TIRUPATI l MONDAY l SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l LATE CITY EDITION YOGA, CHYAWANPRASH IN GOVT’S POST-COVID CARE LIST The Union health ministry on Sunday issued a care protocol for those who have recovered from the Covid-19 infection SIGNS TO WATCH OUT FOR MONITOR TEMPERATURE, B.P. AT HOME The ‘Post-Covid Management Protocol’ also recommends the daily practice of meditation and breathing exercises. Recovered patients may also take a teaspoon of chyawanprash along with milk or warm water daily. One must watch out for and seek immediate medical help in case of high fever, breathlessness, unexplained chest ache or focal weakness ■ The guidelines also call for regular monitoring at home of temperature, blood pressure, blood sugar and oxygen levels ■ Those with persistent dry cough or sore throat have been advised to do saline gargles or steam inhalation ■ The advisory recommends a balanced and nutritious diet 37.02 lakh PEOPLE HAVE RECOVERED FROM COVID-19 IN INDIA CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Loads of issues in unusual session Oppn set to raise economy, unemployment, LAC in Parliament; Centre lines up 45 bills On Monday, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan will make a statement on the CovSTATE of the economy tension id-19 situation in the Lok Sabha, , between India and China, GST while Parliamentary Affairs compensation to states, and the Minister Prahlad Joshi will raging Covid-19 pandemic could move an amendment on Quesdominate the monsoon session tion Hour as an exception for the of Parliament beginning Mon- current session. day. While the OpposiThe Lok Sabha will tion is gearing up to put Mandatory take up only unstarred the government on the Covid test questions for which the mat on these issues, the government’s answers All MPs have Centre has a long list of will be tabled in the been asked to House, with no provilegislative proposals to undergo Covid sion for asking any suppush through. test and only plementary question. This time, Parliament those who With the Bihar Assession will be much received a sembly elections close different because of the negative report on the heels, the floor restrictions mandated by the Covid-19 proto- will be allowed managers of the BJPto sit in the col, with no Question led ruling alliance are session Hour being allowed. clear that the Opposition will not ease presO n S u n d ay, b o t h Houses of Parliament had meet- sure on the government on the ings of their respective Busi- state of economy . ness Advisory Councils (BAC). Meanwhile, the government The Lok Sabha BAC will have bracing to push 45 legislative another meeting on Monday to proposals. Eleven Bills have finalise the agenda for the next been necessitated against Ordi18 sittings, while the Rajya Sab- nances promulgated after the ha would be allowing discus- Budget session of Parliament sions on issues raised by the was adjourned sine die due to Opposition. the pandemic. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi Govt open to early shots before full Phase 3 test the government is planning to allow vaccination of a section of people even before Phase 3 trials of Covid-19 vaccine candidates are completed and their results analysed for safety and efficacy in a large number of volunteers. Curiously the announcement , comes close on the heels of the S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi THE Centre is considering “emergency use authorisation” of Covid-19 vaccine, especially for senior citizens and people working in high risk settings, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan revealed on Sunday . “This shall be done after a consensus has been reached,” said Vardhan, while interacting with his social media followers through an online platform, called Sunday Samvaad. The statement indicates that Shah back in AIIMS for full check-up Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who had recovered from Covid-19, was admitted to the AIIMS on Saturday night for complete medical check-up before Parliament session begins IMPACT AT A GLANCE DISTRICT New cases Total cases Trump administration in the US declaring a similar intent. Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration’s office had, however, said drugmakers seeking emergency authorisation for Covid vaccine will have to meet a higher standard of efficacy than normally would be required for such a clearance. New deaths Total deaths Anantapur Chittoor 521 957 49306 49398 7 5 407 525 East Godavari Guntur Kadapa Krishna Kurnool Nellore Prakasam Srikakulam Visakhapatnam Vizianagaram West Godavari other states From abroad 1414 792 585 397 441 844 788 733 415 573 1076 0 0 76808 45338 36165 21274 51625 43374 36442 32230 43848 27946 50474 2461 434 5 4 6 5 5 7 7 2 6 4 3 0 0 454 463 306 347 417 391 374 286 358 196 388 0 0 66 new deaths Back home, senior officials in the health ministry, said while the Drugs and Cosmetics Act does provide for such an emergency use authorisation, it can be done only by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation — India’s drug regulator — after analysing the limited data from early stage trials. “Also, as of now no vaccine maker or importer has approached the regulator for such an emergency use authorisation in India, which was granted in case of some drugs for Covid-19,” said a top official. AP VIRAL WATCH 9,536 new cases 72,233 NEW SAMPLES TESTED 10,131 new recoveries 5,67,123 4,67,139 4,912 total deaths total cases total recoveries 45,99,826 total samples tested 95,072 86,139 active cases tests per million 12.33% positivity rate recovery rate 0.87% 82.37% mortality rate VISION 2024 State committee of BJP reshuffled under new chief EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada RECENTLY-APPOINTED BJP state chief Somu Veerraju, who announced that he would strengthen the party to put up a tough fight in the 2024 legislative Assembly elections, on Sunday reconstituted the state committee, attempting to strike a balance among leaders of all three regions and give prominence to women. While 10 vice presidents were picked, Somu appointed five general secretaries, 10 state secretaries, one treasurer and a state office secretary . Six people were made spokespersons. For mer ministers who joined the party from the TDP Adinarayana Reddy and Ravela Kishore Babu were made vice presidents, with former Visakhapatnam MLA P Vishnu Kumar Raju, Relangi Sridevi (Rajamahendravaram), Kaku Vijaya Lakshmi (Nellore), Malathi Rani (Eluru), Nimmaka Jayaraju (Parvathipuram), Pydi Venugopal (Srikakulam), P Surendar Reddy (Nellore) and Chandramouli (Kurnool). CONTINUED ON P5 Digital divide proves to be challenge for online education in rural areas dents in the ‘high tech’ category have a TV or smartphone, while ‘low tech’ is for those with a baTHE digital shift of classrooms sic mobile phone, and the ‘no is proving to be a disadvantage tech’ category is for students to students of gover nment who have no gadgets to attend schools in rural and tribal areas online classes. of the state, as they do not have Explaining how classes are access to TVs or smartphones. conducted, RV Krishna, a mathThe shift from in-classroom ematics teacher at the government school in Chodateaching to digital v a r a m o f learning through the Visakhapatnam disinternet or TV became trict, said they teach imminent in view of the Covid-19 outbreak. Not everyone has a through Doordarshan for now, and students Though students of TV or smartphone who don’t have a TV private schools and to attend these some gover nment classes. So we map or smartphone are the students and sent to attend classes schools in urban areas send the ones with with a nearby student have a smooth sailing, no gadgets to who has one. For that doesn’t seem to be attend classes with those who can’t attend the case for most stua nearby student dents in rural and tribonline classes, workwho has a TV or al areas. Lack of acsheets are sent homes smartphone cess to the internet, through ward volunRV Krishna, teacher teers, and later collectsmartphones and other required gadgets ed for assessment. has increased peer pressure Stating that lack of access to among students. Teachers too technology is a major reason struggle to use technology they why students don’t attend classes, government school teachers are unfamiliar with. Government schools started in rural areas say less than 50 online classes almost a month per cent of students attend digiago, with students placed in tal classes. For those who have three categories based on the smartphones, lack of money to technology they have — high recharge phones, and poor sigtech, low tech and no tech. Stu- nal prove to be a roadblock. P5 SREE CHANDANA M @ Visakhapatnam NEET AND NASTY A woman wishes her daughter ahead of the NEET examination; (right) candidates violate physical distancing norms as they line up to take the test at Padmavath Junior College in Tirupati on Sunday | MADHAV K EXPRESS READ Heavy rain expected in parts of state till Thurs Vijayawada: Under the influence of a low pressure area, thunderstorms with lightning and heavy to very heavy rainfall are likely to occur at isolated places in East and West Godavari district, Krishna and Rayalaseema districts until Thursday | P4 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) Couple tries to sell kidney, gets duped of `16 lakh EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada A couple from Auto Nagar here, who wanted to tide over their financial difficulties by selling a kidney, fell prey to cyber fraudsters and were duped of `16.61 lakh. The couple transferred the amount in 24 transactions, believing the words of the fraudsters who said it was required as processing fee and other charges. Though the transactions were made in November last, the couple realised only later that they were cheated, and lodged a complaint at the Penamaluru police station on Saturday. The case was referred to the Cyber Crime police station on Sunday and an investigation , is on. According to Penamaluru police inspector M Satyanarayana, the couple — V Venkata Prasad, 40, and N Bhargavi, 34 — along with some others, started a pharmacy three years ago by pledging gold and borrowing money. They incurred huge losses, and decided to shut the business in 2019. As the financiers mounted pressure on them to repay the loans, the duo reportedly sold a piece of land Hoped to get `2 crore in return for kidney The couple reportedly took loans to pay the fraudster in the hope that they would get the promised `2 crore. As there was no response, they said they decided not to donate the kidney. The ‘doctor’ then collected `4 lakh more, saying it was needed to cancel their membership in their native village and cleared the debts partially . Bhargavi came across an online advertisement about ‘kidney donation’, and after discussing it with Prasad, decided to donate a kidney to clear their debts and help start another business. Bhargavi then sent a message to the numbers mentioned in the advertisement. She was contacted by a person who identified himself as Chopra Singh, a Delhi-based doctor, who promised to give them `2 crore for the kidney . CONTINUED ON P4 FIGHTING THE STIGMA Nellore residents team up to perform last rites of unclaimed Covid-19 victims D S U R E N D R A B A B U @ Nellore ALLAYING fears that one may contract coronavirus by performing or attending the last rites of an infectee, a group of people from Nellore district teamed up to conduct the last rites of unclaimed bodies of Covid-19 victims. They did this for around 18 bodies from Udayagiri, Kavali, Atmakur, Damaramadugu, Nellore city and Buchireddypalem in the district. The approximately 25 mem- bers of the team have been following the Covid-19 protocol when cremating or burying bodies. They hail from Nellore city and rural mandals, and have been doing this for two months. Since March, when Covid-19 hit the district, the team joined hands with the local hospital administration to perform the last rites of victims. They get calls from the Government General Hospital about unclaimed bodies, and get PPE kits from NGOs. “There is nothing to fear about cremating or burying the body of a Covid-19 victim as the WHO and ICMR declared that the virus does not stay in a dead body more than six hours. We have been performing the last rites as per the victims’ religious traditions,” said Dr M V Ramanaiah, who leads the team. “It is pathetic that even close relatives of victims hesitate to attend their funerals. This must stop, and the deceased need to be given a decent funeral. There is no danger in performing the last rites of Covid-19 victims. Even the ashes do not pose any danger. Every person needs a decent funeral, and this pandemic should not be allowed to alter the relationships between relatives, friends and dear ones,” said Vankadari Srinivasulu, a member of the team. People on the team have been involved in various vocations and menial jobs in and around the city limits, he added. Nellore district reported 44,696 cases of Covid-19 until September 12, and has about 7,000 known active cases. Another member of the team, Madala Venkateswarlu, said they started performing the last rites of victims to raise awareness among the public on that fact that the virus doesn’t remain in dead bodies for long. “We will continue doing this with the support of our team members, who are involved in various jobs,” he added.
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