* Shortages, momentum and the search for meaning by Seth Godin

* Shortages, momentum and the search for meaning [ https://p.feedblitz.com/r3.asp?l=178060805&f=1081591&c=7647005&u=5102652 ]

A general malaise is not new. Sociologists have been writing about it since the Second World War. Today, of course, the malaise isn’t simply general, it’s also specific.

There’s too much pain and disconnection and uncertainty in the world. And yet, there are technological marvels, new opportunities and many people who have enough resources to meet their needs. For someone with enough, two things can get in the way of a life filled with meaning:

Affluence and stasis.

When we don’t have enough to eat, don’t have a roof over our heads, don’t have something that we need and can imagine getting, it’s not a general malaise, it’s a specific one. If you’re in this position, life is hard indeed.

On the other hand, spoiled kids are spoiled by parents who have already figured out how to cover their basic needs. When people stop focusing on making a contribution or wrestling with urgency, it’s easy for them to feel a sense of ennui.

And stasis is the feeling that nothing much is going to improve.

In wartime London, under attack eighty years ago, food was scarce and life was dangerous. But those that survived recall it as being a great moment (even if it was something that they’d very much like to avoid repeating).

Compare this to the widespread dissatisfaction described by people who grew up expecting things to get better (momentum) who are now coming to the conclusion that it might not happen.

“Compared to what,” is the question that gets asked at work and home every day, and if the ‘what’ is yesterday, it’s difficult to keep a positive promise forever. Day trading on better is a rough ride.

As we enter a post-industrial economy where good jobs are going to continue to get more scarce, creating a positive cultural dynamic-one in which the social contract can deliver meaning-is more urgent than ever.

The constant awareness that’s pumped in via the media rarely matches the experiences (positive or negative, exciting or not) that many people choose to experience every day. That mismatch often translates into unhappiness.

Press Information Bureau Government of India Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

06 MAY 2021 11:16AM by PIB DelhiEffective Allocation of COVID-19 Materials received from the Global Community by Centre to States and UTs

There has been an unprecedented surge in the number of COVID19 cases in the country since the past few weeks. The health infrastructure of several States and UTs has been overwhelmed by the very high number of daily cases and increased mortality.

Following the spirit of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, the global community has extended a helping hand in supporting efforts of Government of India in this collective fight against the global COVID19 pandemic.

Government of India has been receiving international donations/aid of Covid-19 relief medical supplies and equipment since 27 April 2021 from different countries. All items received so far are allocated to the states/institutions and substantial part of it stands delivered. This is an ongoing exercise. The aim is to extend all support and assistance through various means and measures to strengthen the States’ and UT’s efforts during this critical phase. 

On the other hand, the cumulative number of COVID19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 16.25 Cr today as the Phase-3 of the nationwide Vaccination Drive expands further.

9,04,263 beneficiaries of the age group 18-44 years received their first dose of COVID vaccine across 12 States. These states are Chhattisgarh (1,026), Delhi (1,29,096), Gujarat (1,96,860), Jammu and Kashmir (16,387), Haryana (1,23,484), Karnataka (5,328), Maharashtra (1,53,966), Odisha (21,031), Punjab (1,535), Rajasthan (1,80,242), Tamil Nadu (6,415) and UP (68,893).

Cumulatively, 16,25,13,339 vaccine doses have been administered through 29,34,844 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today. These include 94,80,739 HCWs who have taken the 1st dose and 63,54,113 HCWs who have taken the 2nd dose, 1,36,57,922 FLWs (1stdose), 74,25,592 FLWs (2nddose), 9,04,263 beneficiaries under 18-45 age group (1st dose), 5,31,16,901 1st dose beneficiaries and 1,29,15,354 2nd dose beneficiaries more than 60 years old and 5,38,15,026 (1st dose) and 48,43,429 (2nd dose) beneficiaries aged 45 to 60 years.

HCWs1st Dose94,80,739
2nd Dose63,54,113
FLWs1st Dose1,36,57,922
2nd Dose74,25,592
Age Group 18-44 years1st Dose9,04,263
Age Group 45 to 60 years1st Dose5,38,15,026
2nd Dose48,43,429
Over 60 years1st Dose5,31,16,901
2nd Dose1,29,15,354

Ten states account for 66.87% of the cumulative doses given so far in the country.

More than 19 lakh vaccination doses were administered in the last 24 hours.

As on Day-110 of the vaccination drive (5th May, 2021), 19,55,733 vaccine doses were given. Across 15,903 sessions, 8,99,163 beneficiaries were vaccinated for 1st dose and 10,56,570 beneficiaries received their 2nd dose of vaccine.

Date: 5th May, 2021 (Day-110)

2nd Dose89,932
18-44 years1st Dose2,32,028
45 to 60 years1stDose4,02,585
2nd Dose4,21,409
Over 60 years1stDose1,58,217
2nd Dose5,14,385
Total Achievement1stDose8,99,163

India’s cumulative recoveries stand at 1,72,80,844 today. The National Recovery Rate is 81.99%.

3,29,113  recoveries were registered in the last 24 hours.

Ten states account for 74.71% of the new recoveries.

The graph below shows the week-on-week average daily recovered cases. While just 53,816 weekly recoveries were registered at the start of April, the figure has surpassed the 3 Lakh mark (3,13,424) by week ending today starting at the end of April.

4,12,262 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours.

Ten States including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka,Kerala,Haryana, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh andRajasthan report 72.19% of the new cases.

Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 57,640. It is followed by Karnataka with 50,112 while Kerala reported 41,953 new cases.

India’s total Active Caseload has reached 35,66,398. It now comprises 16.92% of the country’s total Positive Cases. A net incline of 79,169 cases recorded from the total active caseload in the last 24 hours.

Twelve states cumulatively account for 81.05% of India’s total Active Cases.

The National Mortality Rate has been falling and currently stands at 1.09%.

3,980 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

Ten States account for 75.55% of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (920). Uttar Pradesh follows with 353 daily deaths.

Five States/UTs have not reported any COVID19 deaths in the last 24 hours. These are D&D & D&N, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Ladakh (UT) and Mizoram.



HFW/COVID States data/6th May2021/1

Press Information Bureau Government of India Ministry of Railways

06 MAY 2021 7:16PM by PIB DelhiOxygen Expresses deliver more than 2511 MT LMO in 161 tankers to different states

Overcoming all hurdles and finding new solutions, Indian Railways is continuing its journey of bringing relief by delivering Liquid Medical Oxygen(LMO) to various states across the country. So far, Indian Railways has delivered 2511MT (approx) of LMO in 161 tankers to various states across the country.

40 Oxygen Expresses have already completed their journey so far.

It is Indian Railways endeavour to deliver as much LMO as possible in the shortest time possible to the requesting states.

Till date 174 MT has offloaded in Maharashtra, 689 MT in UP, 190 MT in MP, 259 MT in Haryana, 123 MT in Telangana and 1053MT in Delhi.

Presently 22 tankers are on the run with more than 400 tonnes of LMO which are expected to arrive in MP, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi. Running of new Oxygen is a very dynamic exercise and figures keep getting updated all the time.