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A Chequered History Cooking Up the Past SADHGURU SPEAKS Abiding Legacy of a Maestro The Body Remembers All Number of days taken to cross one lakh Covid-19 cases getting fewer Data shows the spike has come mainly from Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Haryana, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh K U M A R V I K R A M @ New Delhi WITH the number of Covid-19 cases crossing the 5 lakh mark on Friday, an analysis of the number of days taken to cross each 1 lakh shows it is getting increasingly fewer. This is particularly true for the last couple of weeks during Unlock 1.0. India took nearly 110 days to cross one lakh confirmed positive cases. But subsequently the , time taken has been short. It took just 15 days to reach 2 lakh cases, 10 days for 3 lakh, eight days for 4 lakh, and only six days to cross 5 lakh cases. The confirmed Covid-19 cases have surged by over 3 lakh in the last 26 days of Unlock 1.0 that began on June 1. The total number of confirmed cases was 1.98 lakh on June 1 and it crossed the 5 lakh mark on June 26. It was on January 30 when the country recorded the first confirmed Covid-19 case when a person who had returned to Thrissur district in Kerala from China tested positive. The growth was very slow initially as in a span of four days, two more people tested positive in Kerala. They too, had returned , gone to China on a vacation. It was on May 18 when India recorded one lakh confirmed cases, which means it took over three months (109 days). But, the infection began spreading fast and captured most parts of the country during the last couple of weeks. Covid-19 cases crossed the 2 lakh mark on June 2, a day after the government announced Unlock 1 on June 1 with only a few restrictions. This was further relaxed on June 8 with the opening of malls, restaurants and places of worship in most parts. Thereafter, the number of positive cases has galloped. The cases reached 3 lakh on June 12. It became 4 lakh on June 20 and crossed 5 lakh on June June 26. The data has revealed that the spike is coming mainly from Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Haryana, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. While Maharashtra has the highest caseload in the country it has also started wit, nessing a sudden spike since the last two days as the cases have gone up by over 10,000 in the last two days. Similarly, Delhi has also started witnessing a large number of fresh Covid-19 cases as it is recording a daily addition of over 3,000 cases. Delhi has added more than 25,000 cases in the last one week and the spike has been attributed to the increase in testing. After the Centre’s intervention, the city has been testing between 15,000 and 19,000 samples every day . VIRUS CASES DOUBLING IN LEAPS AND BOUNDS 1 to 1 lakh 117 days (Jan 30-- May 18) 1 lakh to 2 lakh 15 days (May 18- June 2) 2 lakh to 3 lakh 10 days (June 2—June 12) 3 lakh to 4 lakh 8 days (June 2-June 20) 4 lakh to 5 lakh 6 days (June20—June 26) WHEN SKILLS OF DOC HELP PEOPLE IN NEED East Ludhiana SDM, himself a doctor, not only oversaw rescue operation in inundated villages but also provided first-aid and medicine to people affected by floods | P5 SIX STATES A CONCERN Govt data revealed that the virus spike is coming mainly from Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Haryana, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in the country Biggest rise takes cases past 5 lakh EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE country registered 18,552 new Covid 19 cases on Friday taking the total con, firmed infection cases in the country past the half a million mark. Data by the Union Health Ministry on Saturday morning showed that the Covid-19 tally in India is now 5,08, 953. With 384 new deaths reported within 24 hours, the number of total infection deaths has reached 15, 684. Maharashtra, which recorded 5,024 new cases in a day, now has 1,52, 765 cases followed by Delhi, which has 77, 240 cases, 3,460 of which were reported in a 24-hour period. As the situation in Delhi remains particularly worrisome, the Centre listed out the help it has offered to the state government in tackling the Covid 19 crisis. The ICMR has supplied diagnostic material for carrying out 4.7 lakh RT-PCR tests to the 12 functional labs in Delhi, the health ministry said, adding that looking at the sudden surge of cases, 50,000 antigen-based rapid tests were also provided. All the test kits have been given free of cost to Delhi. The National Centre for Disease Control has been supporting the Delhi government through technical guidance on all aspects of Covid-19 surveillance and response strategy it said. , A swarm of locusts flies over DLF area in Gurugram on Saturday morning. The pests also entered some parts of Delhi before moving to Uttar Pradesh | PTI Flying locust visit to Delhi, Gurugram PA R V E Z S U LTA N & H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ New Delhi/ Chandigarh THE locust attack in Gurugram and outer areas of the national capital on Saturday morning sent the authorities into tizzy However, they heaved . a sigh of relief as the swarm moved towards Uttar Pradesh. T h e D e l h i g ove r n m e n t sounded alert in two districts, south and west, as the locusts were spotted on the outskirts — Chhattar pur, Asola Bhati Mines and Dwarka. “A large group of locusts was heading towards Palwal in Haryana. However, a small segment entered Delhi’s Asola Bhati area on the border,” said Delhi’s en- NCPCR RED-FLAGS STONE PELTING BY KIDS vironment minister Gopal Rai. The Delhi Air Traffic Control asked pilots of all airlines to take necessary precautions during landing and take-off as the deadly pests were flying near the Gurugram-Dwarka Expressway A team was set up . to monitor the situation. However, airport authorities said the flight operations remained unaffected as locusts changed their course. Rai hurriedly called a meeting of senior officials of agriculture, revenue and development departments and directed district magistrates to remain alert. Apart from using pesticides to prevent damage to The apex child rights body directs the J&K govt to book indiviudals and organisations who use children for illegal activities such as stone pelting | P8 Govt adds steroid to list of anti-coronavirus drugs E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi NEARLY 10 days after a study published by researchers said Dexamethasone was found to lower mortality in very sick Covid-19 patients, India has included the drug in its clinical management protocol, meaning it can prescribed for treatment for the disease. In the revised guidelines issued on Saturday, the Union Health Ministry said Dexamethasone can be given to severe Covid-19 patients as an alternative to another steroid Methylprednisolone, which was included in the protocol long back. Dexamethasone is a type of corticosteroid that has long been used for its anti-inflammatory and immuno-suppressant properties. “For patients with progressive deterioration of oxygenation indicators, rapid worsening on imaging and excessive activation of the body’s inflammatory response, glucocorticoids can be used for a short period of time (3 to 5 days),” it said. The dose should not exceed the equivalent of methylprednisolone 1 – 2mg/kg/day or dexamethasone 0.2-0.4 mg/kg/ day it said, adding that a larger , dose of glucocorticoid will delay the removal of the coronavirus due to immunosuppressive effects. Doctors in India said dexamethasone, which is given orally as intramuscular injections , or intravenously is used for conditions including rheumatic issues, skin diseases, and extreme allergies. SANE WORDS Ex-Chinese army soldier with family in India, bats for peace A N U R A A G S I N G H @ Bhopal INDIA and China should fight the coronavirus together instead of its troops killing each other at the line of actual control. This is not the view of a peacenik, a Sinologist or much less an Indophile. These are the words of Raj Bahadur aka Wang Qi, a former Chinese PLA soldier who entered India in 1963, months after the 1962 India-China war, and has lived in India since then. “What can I say, I am a small man. Both countries are run by masters who know what’s good for their national interest,” said Wang, 80, who now lives in Tirodi, a small hamlet in the Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh. Stressing that both India and China were close to his heart, Wang told this newspaper from Tirodi: “Don’t fight each other, the real killer is the novel coronavirus, which has killed thousands and lakhs across the world.” Just 22 years old in 1963, Wang accidentally strayed into Arunachal Pradesh. That is officially But the less charitable . version is that the Chinese army sent him on a spying mission to India. In the months after the war, tension and suspicion were still high between the Raj Bahadur aka Wang Qi feels all should fight Covid together | EXPRESS two nations and the military build-up on both sides was huge. Wang was caught and the Red Cross handed him over to Indian security forces. He subsequently spent nearly seven years in different jails of Rajasthan, Punjab and UP before , being released on a court order in March 1969.He was ordered to be rehabilitated in Madhya Pradesh, which brought him to Balaghat district. In Tirodi, the owner of a flour mill where he got employment christened him Raj Bahadur for his “Nepali-like looks.” Years later he married a local girl, Sushila Mohite, who died in October 2017. They have three children, two daughters and a son, besides grandchildren, all of whom are Indian nationals. Wang appealed to India and China to set aside their differences and pool in their scientific resources to build a weapon to tame the coronavirus. “War and conflict never does any good, it will only destroy families. Both India and China along with other countries need to save human lives.” In February 2017, Wang returned to China for the first time to be reunited with his Chinese siblings after 54 years. CONTINUED ON P7 crops and vegetation, the development commissioner’s office asked districts’ administration and residents to play high decibel music, beat drums, burn neem leaves and burst firecrackers to keep away the pests. “They were small in number and have gone to UP as wind has changed its direction. Nothing can be predicted about their return as it is directly related to the direction of wind,” said AP Saini, joint director, agriculture department of Delhi. Rai said an advisory has been issued to municipal corporations and others and the development commissioner has been told to be in touch with officials of the neighbouring states. “If the movement of insects changes, we will take necessary action,” he said. In the morning, the locust swarms invaded Gurugram around 11.30 am. The clouds of pests covered large parts of the city including MG Road, IFFCO Chowk, Heritage City, Green Estate, Beverly Park, Palam Vihar, Maruti factory in Sector 18 and DLF Phase I-IV besides Ch, akkarpur, Sikandarpur and Sukhrali villages among other places. The pests had started flying to Faridabad in the afternoon, and further to Pawal. From there, they moved towards UP by evening. Boycotting Facebook: Coca-Cola joins other brands in pulling out ad S E S A S E N @ New Delhi their sites. 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