KANNUR l MONDAY l SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l 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 | P2 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 PARLIAMENT Loads of issues in unusual session On Monday, Union Health @ New Delhi 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 current session. of Parliament beginning Monday While the . The Lok Sabha will Opposition is gearing take up only unstarred up to put the governquestions for which the ment on the mat on government’s answers these issues, the Centre will be tabled in the has a long list of legislaHouse, with no provitive proposals to push sion for asking any supthrough. Mandatory plementary question. With the Bihar AsThis time, Parliament Covid test sembly elections close session will be much All MPs have on the heels, the floor different because of the been asked to managers of the BJPrestrictions mandated undergo Covid led ruling alliance are by the Covid-19 prototest and only col, with no Question clear that the Opposithose who tion will not ease presHour being allowed. received a sure on the government O n S u n d ay, b o t h negative report on the state of Houses of Parliament will be allowed economy . had meetings of their to sit in the Meanwhile, the govrespective Business Adsession visory Councils (BAC). er nment bracing to The Lok Sabha BAC push 45 legislative prowill have another meeting on posals. Eleven Bills have been Monday to finalise the agenda necessitated against Ordinances for the next 18 sittings, while the promulgated after the Budget Rajya Sabha would be allowing session of Parliament was addiscussions on issues raised by journed sine die due to the pandemic. the Opposition. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Heat on Jaleel as oppn steps up protests Nothing to tell those spreading canards, says minister; Cong, BJP workers wave black flags, try to block his car E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @T’Puram TWO days after he reached the Enforcement Directorate office in Kochi in a secretive manner and was quizzed by sleuths in connection with the gold smuggling case linked to the UAE consulate, Higher Education Minister K T Jaleel continues to feel the heat with opposition parties intensifying protests and insisting on his resignation. The youth outfits of the Congress and BJP took to the streets on Sunday and tried to block Jaleel on his way to Thiruvananthapuram from his house in Malappuram. They showed black flags at him at Valanchery, Changarakulam, Perumbilavu, Paliyekkara toll plaza, Angamaly, Attingal, Thiruvananthapuram and other places. However, the minister was seen greeting the protesters by waving his hands from the car. While the Opposition UDF has declared its intention to scale up protests with a plan to observe fast in front of the Secretariat and district collectorates on September 22, in what could be more trouble for the minister, it is learnt that the NIA and Customs too will quiz him in the smuggling case in the coming days. 145 deaths in 13 days, climbing Covid-19 toll in state worrisome A N U J A S U S A N V A R G H E S E @ Kochi AS the battle against Covid-19 wears on, Kerala is witnessing a rapid surge in the spread of the virus. Along with the rising number of daily cases, the death toll too is increasing sharply . I n t h e 1 3 d ay s s i n c e Thiruvonam day, 145 deaths have been officially confirmed, with the state consistently reporting more than 10 deaths daily in the last 11 days. As many as 15 deaths were reported on Saturday and 14 on Sunday The num. ber of confirmed Covid deaths in the state in August alone was 221. Compared to other Indian states, the mortality rate (MR) due to the pandemic in Kerala has been low throughout. However, what is disconcerting is that the MR has risen steadily from 0.31 per cent in July to 0.41 per cent as on date. “While analysing the statistics from August to September, we can see the MR has seen a significant rise from 0.31 to 0.41 per cent. Earlier too, we have seen higher MR, when it touched 0.7 per cent in June. There had been an encouraging decline over many weeks, but now we are seeing a rise,” said Rijo M John, health economist and senior fellow at the Centre for Public Policy Research. “The state has been reporting a high number of Covid cases in the past few weeks. As the number of cases is going up, the number of patients succumbing to the infection is also bound to rise. Compared to other Indian states, however, Kerala will be successful in keeping the death rate low, with our improved healthcare system and medical infrastructure,” said Rijo. Meanwhile, Dr Anup R Warrier, infectious disease expert, said with more cases being reported, the number of deaths would also go up as for every diagnosed case, there would be many undiagnosed cases. Por tending bleak times ahead in the Covid fight, Health Minister K K Shailaja had recently said that the number of Covid deaths in the state was likely to go up. “We also cannot rule out the fact that our hospitals are overburdened, so in the coming days, we can expect more deaths. If we factor in the unreported Covid deaths, the numbers will be much higher than the current figures,” said Anup. ALARMING 221 confirmed Covid deaths reported in August 92 deaths in past seven days Date Deaths Sept 13 14 Sept 12 15 Sept 11 14 Sept 10 12 Sept 9 12 Sept 8 13 Sept 7 12 CASE DIARY 3,139 tested +ve on Sunday 1,855 people recovered 30,075 active cases 2,921 local transmission cases ‘OPPN’S ONLY AIM IS TO DESTROY MIN’S IMAGE’ As of now, the enforcement directorate has only questioned Jaleel and the opposition is already out to besmirch the government’s image, said Minister A K Balan. “How can answering questions of a central agency be construed as a crime?” he asked. The opposition’s only aim is to destroy Jaleel’s image, said the minister. CM SHOULD STEP DOWN: CHENNITHALA All wars for dharma had been won by disclosing only what needs to be disclosed and hiding what needs to be hidden Various leaders of ruling party and their family members are being summoned by the ED for the first time in the history of the state The CM is wary of removing Jaleel from the cabinet as he knows that two more ministers are under the radar of the investigating agencies K T Jaleel, Higher Education Minister Ramesh Chennithala, Oppn leader K Surendran, BJP state president Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala has asked Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to step down if he has an iota of dignity left in him. The statement came following reports of Industries Minister E P Jayarajan’s son having received commission in the Life Mission project. He claimed that the state has never had such stinking governance. A large posse of police force was deployed along the NH to ensure security to the minister. At Paliyekkara toll plaza in Thrissur, Youth Congress (YC) leader Sajeer Babu suffered a fracture on his hand when police used force to disperse the protesters who tried to block the minister’s vehicle. In Kollam, YC activists hurled rotten eggs at the minister’s vehicle. Earlier, Valanchery police arrested 16 ABVP workers who protested in front of Jaleel’s residence. The state has been witnessing widespread protests after Jaleel was quizzed by the ED. Earlier in the day the minis, ter wrote a Facebook post defending himself, which enraged the opposition parties further. In the post, he said he does not want to say anything to those who spread canards and fallacies without any hesi- tation. “All wars for dharma had been won by disclosing only that need to be disclosed and hiding those that need to be hidden,” he said. Speaking to mediapersons at Thavanoor in Malappuram, Jaleel said he has said all he wanted to in the ● More on P4 Facebook post. Youth Congress workers staging a protest as Minister K T Jaleel’s vehicle passes through Angamaly on Sunday | EXPRESS Centre open to early shots before full Phase 3 test 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 platfor m, called Sunday Samvaad. The statement indicates that 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 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. Shah back in AIIMS for 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 Parents and others accompanying NEET examinees crowd outside the exam centre at Toc H Public School in Kochi | A SANESH Social distancing goes for a toss outside NEET centres in Kochi PA R V AT H I B E N U @ Kochi/T’Puram SOCIAL distancing and Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) went for a toss at several centres in the state, especially in Kochi, where the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for MBBS and BDS courses was held on Sunday . Officials said parents and others accompanying examinees maintained social distancing measures to an extend at exam centres in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode. Of the 1,27,592 students enrolled for NEET, 1,08,787 candi- dates appeared for the exam in 324 centres across the state. More than 15.65 lakh aspirants across the country took the exam, which was held in a single shift on Sunday, from 2pm to 5pm. T he examination was held in centres across Alappuzha, Ern a k u l a m , K a n nu r, Kasaragod, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram and Thrissur districts. In the exam centres in Kochi, students and parents were seen crowding outside the exam centres, ignoring Covid EXPRESS READ ENDING CASTE BIAS Finally, Vattavada gets a public salon that serves all viloor, Devikulam MLA S Rajendran on Sunday inaugurated the public barber shop opened by the Vattavada panchayat authorities for cutting the hair of men belonging to all religions and castes. Once considered untouchables because of their hereditary occupation as leather makers, the Dalits belonging to the Chakkliya community E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Idukki CASTEISM runs deep in a majority of people in Vattavada, a village in Idukki sharing border with Tamil Nadu, so much so that, for years, barbers have been turning away lower-caste clientele. However, thanks to the long struggle by a group of youngsters, politicians and social workers, a public salon has opened its doors to everyone. In a function held at Ko- A man gets his hair cut at the public barber shop at Vattavada protocol, which required the people to maintain social distancing, among other things. “Parents must not crowd in front of the school building,” a police officer screamed at the top of her voice. “Just pray for your children. They are safe in the school building. Come back at 5pm,” she told the parents of NEET examinees in front of Toc H Public School, Kochi. However, many turned a deaf ear to her and continued crowding outside the gate, watching their wards move inside the building. ● More on P4 in Vattavada had been denied access to barber shops by the upper caste men and they were even served in separate tumblers or coconut shells in tea shops. Even as the bizarre practices like two-tumbler systems came to end by 1990, the discrimination prevails in barber shops even now. It was only recently that People belonging to upper castes, including me, will get the hair cut at the salon so that it will be a model for others to emulate — Ramaraj, Vattavada panchayat president some Dalit youths from the village decided to complain to the panchayat authorities about the discrimination. Despite the move, the barbers refused and said they preferred shutting their shops to cutting the hair of Dalits. Eventually, two barber shops in Vattavada were closed down by the panchayat authorities five months ago. Dalit men from the village continue to get their hair cut at salons in Munnar or Ellappetty, both ● More on P5 nearby towns. AICC approves jumbo committee of KPCC T’Puram: AICC leadership has approved a jumbo committee of KPCC office-officers, including 96 secretaries and 10 general secretaries. A 175-member KPCC executive committee too has been announced. KPCC president Mullappally Ramachandran — who was appointed on September 19, 2018 — has finally got a full-fledged committee ahead of the local body polls. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST No plan to contest polls, states GTech T’Puram: As the privatisation of Thiruvananthapuram airport has become a point of debate with the elections approaching, GTech dismissed reports of joining any alternative political movements or contesting the upcoming civic body elections. The clarification came amid a report that it was part of a platform preparing to contest elections. GTech was in favour of the privatisation move. 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