STATES CRACK THE WHIP DELHI Is witnessing the fourth wave of Covid-19 infection Fourth wave seems less serious than previous ones as there are fewer deaths and Govt not planning hospitalisations, a lockdown as says CM Arvind of now Kejriwal MAHARASHTRA 47,827 CASES ACROSS STATE, 8,832 IN MUMBAI ON FRIDAY Eateries, bars and restaurants in Pune district HYDERABAD SATURDAY APRIL 03, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION ordered to be shut for seven days from Saturday Will order complete lockdown across state if situation doesn't improve in 2 days, says CM Uddhav Thackeray Children and youngsters constitute 47% of new cases KARNATAKA School hostels, gyms, club houses and pools shut 2ND WAVE FAST-N-FURIOUS, 10 STATES FIGHTING INFECTION EXPLOSION S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi AT least 10 states are fighting the fresh Covid-19 wave, according to government data. The second wave, which started in February in a handful of states led by Maharasthra, has now spread to more states. Till last month, it was Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat that were riding the second wave of the pandemic. But now, four more states — Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana — are showing alar ming growth rates in active cases. Worryingly, the seven-day moving average of the test positivity rate, which is 6.3% nationally is seen rising in some , states including West Bengal, Odisha, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand. Over the past 24 hours, the country has recorded 81,466 new cases taking the cumula- tive active cases to 6,14, 696 — the highest since October. In the past 21 days, cases have zoomed from 18,377 (March 10) to 81,466 (April 1). In the first wave, which peaked in September last year, daily cases had jumped from 18,000 to 80,000 plus in 65 days. Trends suggest India may soon surpass the peak of 93,277 cases recorded on September 17. Not just infections, Covid deaths are also rising. For more than a week now, the daily death count has been above 200. On April 1, this number touched a whopping 469. Experts say the second wave could be more intense than the first one. The oft-cited reason for the infection explosion is the relaxed, careless behaviour by public and lax health administration. However, the role of mutant virus in driving the transmission is also under investigation. According to Union health ministry data, eight states -- Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Kar nataka, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh -- have shown a steep rise in cases. As much as 81.25% of the new cases are from these eight P8 states. 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 KCR draws plan for integrated growth of RR & Medchal-Malkajgiri districts A nodal agency to be formed to find solutions to problems the two districts are facing now NEW DEVELOPMENT PLAN EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad THE State government will soon constitute a nodal agency , under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, to oversee the integrated development of Rangareddy and Medchal-Malkajgiri districts, which are well connected with Hyderabad. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao took a decision to this effect during a review meeting held at Pragathi Bhavan on Friday. He also announced the decision to provide the necessary funds for the development works. The nodal agency will be tasked with the responsibility of finding long-lasting solutions to the problems persisting in the two fast growing districts. During the meeting, the Chief Minister said that con- IBRAHIMPATNAM AMONG TOWNS TO BE DEVELOPED IN RANGAREDDY PEERZADIGUDA OF MEDCHAL DISTRICT TO GET FACELIFT Shadnagar, Pedda Amberpet, Ibrahimpatnam, Jalpally, Shamshabad, Turkayamjal, Manikonda, Narsingi, Adibatla, Shankarpalli, Tukkuguda and Amangal municipalities. Badangpet, Bandlaguda Jagir, Meerpet, Jillelaguda Municipal Corporations Boduppal, Peerzadiguda, Jawahar Nagar and Nizampet Municipal Corporations. Medchel, Dammayiguda, Nagaram, Pocharam, Ghatkesar, Gundla Pochampally, Tumukunta, Kompalli, Dundigal municipalities struction of integrated vegetable and non-veg markets, town halls and roads and providing drinking water, power and other basic amenities should be taken up in all Assembly segments, municipalities and important towns in these two districts. He also said that solutions should be found for flooding, drainage water and traffic problems. The CM directed the Chief Secretary to conduct a meeting with Ministers, MLAs and MLCs and also with officers of all the departments from these districts for chalking out an action plan for the development. Ministers P Sabitha Indra Reddy and Ch Malla Reddy and several MLAs were present at the meeting. “Hyderabad is being devel- oped as a cosmopolitan city. Rangareddy and Medchal-Malkajgiri are part of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. In tune with the changing situation, the municipalities and corporations in these two districts should be developed along with Hyderabad,” Rao said. People in these two districts should get medical and educational facilities on a par with those living Hyderabad, he said. The respective MLAs should prepare development plans after identifying the issues and needs of their respective segments, Rao said and added that the nodal agency should meet regularly . The peoples’ representatives of these two districts should have at least one meeting every month with the Chief Secretary he added. , EXPRESS READ 51 die as train ploughs into a truck in Taiwan Local residents try to rescue one of the six persons being swept away by Godavari water near SRSP in Pochampad Six meet watery grave in Godavari EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Nizamabad IN a tragic incident, six persons met with a watery grave while taking bath at the VIP Pushkhar Ghat of Sri Ram Sagar Project in Pochampad village, on Friday The deceased, . including three minors, were identified as J Suresh, 40, J Yogesh, 16, Bobbili Srinivas, 40, and his sons Bobbili Siddartha, 16, Bobbili Srikar, 14, and D Raju, 24. They were natives of Nizamabad. The local residents managed to rescue the seventh person, Ravi Kanth from drowning. According to ACP V Raghu, the incident occurred when around 25 people from three families gathered at the Godavari Ghat for tonsuring ceremony of a child. After the ceremony they ven, tured into water to take bath. But as they failed to fathom depth of the water, two children first started to drown. In an attempt to save them, the other members of the group too entered the water. As none of them knew how to swim, six of them were swept away by the strong currents. The locals, despite their attempts, succeeded in saving only one person. Expert swimmers managed to retrieved all the six bodies, which were later sent to the government hospital in Balkonda for post-mortem. Meanwhile, TRS MLC K Kavitha conveyed her condolences to the family members and promised to provide financial support to those who lost their kin. Hualien: At least 51 people were killed in Taiwan on Friday when a train carrying 480 people collided with a vehicle on the tracks and then derailed inside a tunnel, in the island’s worst railway accident in decades. Officials said the devastating collision was caused by a railway maintenance truck that slipped down an embankment above the tracks near Hualien | P9 Covid cases rise, but IPL stays on track Chennai: Even as April 9, the beginning of the Indian Premier League, fast approaches, focus is back on the rising Covid-19 numbers. It doesn’t help that new infections are rising at an alarming rate in both Mumbai and Chennai. However, the BCC) has assured the franchises that there is no cause of concern | P11 2 kids die, parents critical after eating contaminated fruit E N S @ Peddapalli IT’S strange but true. Two children of a family died while undergoing treatment at the government hospital in Karimnagar on Friday while their parents are in critical condition at a hospital in Hyderabad after allegedly con- Shivanand Sravan suming a fruit that was contaminated with some toxin. According to some relatives of the family from Vissampeta in Anthargaon mandal of Peddapalli district, Daraboina Srisailam and Gunavati, the parents of the two children — Shivanand, 11, and Sravan, 13 — purchased muskmelons on Wednesday They kept the fruits . in a shelf at their home, which they consumed on Thursday and fell sick after which they were shifted to the government hospital in Karimnagar. It is suspected that the fruit was contaminated by rats which consumed poison placed in the house by the couple. KU students stage a protest in front of the residence of Minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao in Hanamkonda on Friday Week after suicide bid, jobless youth breathes his last; protests rock TS EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Warangal TWENTY-EIGHT-year-old unemployed graduate, Boda Sunil Naik, who was depressed over the State government not issuing job notifications and attempted suicide by consuming pesticide a week ago in Warangal, breathed his last at Hyderabad’s NIMS Hospital in the early hours of Friday . Naik’s death sparked protests by students and triggered adverse reactions by leaders of Opposition parties against the TRS government. Naik, a resident of Gudur mandal in Mahabubabad district, had shot a video of himself after consuming pesticide on March 26 near the Kakatiya University campus. In the video, he rued that Telangana is not issuing notifications for government jobs to fill up existing vacancies and also the dearth of employment opportunities in the State. He also said that he had been waiting for more than five ployees from 58 years to 61 years for the job notifications. years left his brother disMeanwhile, his body was tak- traught and forced him to take en to his native village of Te- the extreme step of ending his javath Ramsingh Thanda in own life. Gudur mandal by Friday “My brother completed his evening. graduation in 2016 and was However, with the villagers, trying hard to get a governstudents and a few ment job. He had appolitical leaders replied for other jobs too. fusing to perform I am working for a prihis last rites, his vate company. We are body was kept in the awaiting the notificaambulance, parked tion for 50,000 governon the outskirts of ment jobs promised by village, till late in the Telangana governthe night. ment. The State governMahabubabad Sument must immediately perintendent of Poissue the job notificalice N Koti Reddy tions,” he said. Boda Sunil Naik visited the spot and According to the potried to convince the lice, Naik had been leaders and students to with- preparing for competitive exdraw their protest and let the ams for the past six years in an family perform the last rites attempt to get a government of Naik. job. He had rented a room at Speaking to media, Sunil’s Hanamkonda and was staying brother Srinivas said that the there. He had also appeared State government’s announce- for a police constable written ment on extension of retire- exam but had failed in the ment age of government em- physical test. EC suspends five, orders booth repoll in Assam P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R @ Guwahati THE Election Commission on Friday suspended five polling personnel, including a presiding officer, and ordered repoll at a polling booth in Assam after a polling team, travelling with polled EVMs in a car registered in the name of a BJP MLA’s wife, was held hostage and allegedly attacked. A sub inspector of police tasked with escorting the polling party was also suspended for leaving them stranded and not ensuring their safe arrival at their destination. With the incident trigger- ing a flutter, the EC explained it was raining heavily and the polling party of No 149 Indira MV School of Ratabari seat was returning with escorts when the vehicle broke down and got detached from the convoy . While an alternative vehicle was being arranged, the polling party boarded a ‘passing vehicle’ without checking its ownership. When the car slowed down at Kanaishil around 10 pm, it was surrounded by about 50 people who started pelting stones. The mob did not allow the car to pass, the EC said. WHAT ARE THE ODDS? 15 people contract Covid despite taking both doses of vax D O N I TA J O S E @ Hyderabad THERE have been at least 15 cases of Covid-19 infection amongst fully vaccinated individuals in Telangana. The individuals had completed both doses of the vaccine and still contracted the virus. However, the infection stayed between mild to moderate levels among all the patients, senior health officials said. “As per our information, at least 15 such cases have been reported among individuals who got vaccinated with both doses. There is nothing to panic about this as this is a fairly normal occurrence,” explained Dr G Srinivasa Rao, Director of Public Health. He explains that both the vaccines in India — Covishield and Covaxin offer an efficacy of 71-81%, implying that the rest 20-30% could still get infected even after the vaccination. “No vaccine available in India has 100% efficacy, which means a small proportion will still get infected with Covid-19. However, this must not stop one from taking the vaccine as the benefits are far more,” he said. Milder cases of Covid Doctors across the globe how- ever state that even if the vaccine may not prevent infection, the immune response it starts off in the body helps prevent a severe Covid infection. This implies that the patient may not require oxygen and other medical intervention. “For instance, we had an 80-year-old patient who tested Covid-positive after the vaccine. But the virus had no impact on his lungs and recov- ery was quick,” explained Dr Rao. The health chief further advises that in case citizens contract Covid-19 after the first dose, it is best they complete the 14-day isolation and take the next shot in the designated time-frame. “After the 14-day isolation, they must take the second dose in 4-5 weeks in case of Covaxin and within 6-8 weeks for Covishield,” he said. MERCURY RISING Kothagudem sizzles at 43.80C EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad THERE will be no respite from the soaring mercury levels in Telangana as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in its Extended Range Forecast for two weeks till April 15 said that the maximum temperatures are likely to be above normal, albeit slightly . The IMD has also forecast that heatwave conditions will prevail in the State for the next two days at isolated pockets of Kothagudem, Khammam, Suryapet, Nalgonda, Nagarkur nool and Mahabubnagar. On Friday, highest temperature recorded in the State was a scorching 43.8 degree Celsius, recorded at Julurpad in Kothagudem district. In Hyderabad, it was 39.7 degree Celsius at Saroornagar. In most parts of the State, the maximum temperatures were 2 to 3 degree Celsius above normal. In Khammam, it was 41.6 degree Celsius.
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