PANDEMIC IN CRITICAL PHASE 929 Peru Mexico Brazil 384 904 India 2,192 HIGHEST DAILY DEATHS US 2,616 34,895 France 50,678 71,832 80,631 US Turkey KALABURAGI TUESDAY APRIL 13, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 14 CITY EDITION HIGHEST NEW CASE LOADS Brazil India 1,68,912 Figures newly reported in the last 24 hours Source: WHO 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 SPUTNIK V IN INDIA’S VACCINE BASKET Has over 90% efficacy; to be imported from Russia for now; at least five pharma majors have licence to produce it in the country S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA , C H E TA N A B E L A G E R E @ New Delhi / Bengaluru The New Indian Express Wishes its readers a HAPPY UGADI Our offices and press will remain closed today and there will be no issue of the paper on Wednesday Inflation soars to four-month high, industrial output slips A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi IT looks like the second Covid wave could inflict more pain on the economy than feared. The Index of Industrial Production contracted by 3.6% in February, while retail inflation rose to a fourmonth high of 5.52% in March, government data showed. Experts say prospects of a revival are bleak in the immediate future. “We are still far from witnessing a sustained recovery . Growth pattern of primary and intermediate goods is pointing to a lacklustre industrial perfor mance in short- to medium-run,” said Devendra Pant, chief economist, India Ratings. According to Barclays, if existing restrictions on economic activities stays for two months, it could hit nominal GDP by 0.34 percentage points and real GDP by 0.20 percentage points. AMID an apparent shortage of Covid shots and the new monster wave of fresh infections, an expert panel of the apex drug regulator on Monday recommended adding Russia’s Sputnik V to the country’s vaccine basket. Sputnik V based on human , adenoviral vectors, is one of the only three vaccines in the world — the others are by Pfiz- er and Moderna — with over 90% efficacy . The two-dose vaccine, which has to be administered 21 days apart, costs about $10 or `750 per dose on the international market. It is the Central Drug Standards Control Organisation’s subject expert committee on Covid-19 (SEC) that met on Monday and vetted the Sputnik V application for Emergency Use Authorisation. The vaccine developed by Russia’s Gamaleya National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, has shown 91.6% efficacy against the infection and 100% efficacy against severe disease. It can be Lockdown can’t be ruled out if cases rise, says CM EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bidar/Bengaluru “WE have appealed to people to wear masks, use sanitisers, not step out and ensure social distancing. They should respond to this for their own health. If not, then more stringent measures or lockdown will become necessary People should not give op. portunity for that and follow protocols,” said Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday . “Coronavirus is spreading fast. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to me for a few minutes on Sunday and asked what measures we have taken to control it,” said Yediyurappa, who was in Bidar to campaign for BJP at Basavakalyan where there is a bypoll. He said that night curfew may have to be extended to other parts of the State if the number of Covid cases do not come down in the next 15 days. His statement came on the day Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala held a meeting with Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar and Additional Chief Secretary , Health, Jawaid Akhtar to take stock of the Covid situation. The briefing comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s video conference with Governors of all States on Wednes- KARNATAKA APRIL 11 APRIL 12 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 10,250 2,638 40 9,579 2,767 52 day. Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu too will participate in the video conference. A statement from Raj Bhavan said that a discussion on the Covid situation was held and the officials submitted a detailed report to the Governor. With ministers, including the CM, away campaigning for the bypolls, no representative from the ruling dispensation was at the meeting. Vala’s meeting with officials comes after Modi, during a video conference with CMs last week, insisted that the fight against the pandemic has to be fought under the leadership of Governors and guidance of chief ministers. At Basavakalyan, Yediyurappa asked opposition parties to work with the government in tackling the pandemic. “The government will hold an allparty meeting after the bypolls. Decision on steps to control the spread of the virus will be taken there,” he said. He was optimistic that the situation will come under control if people follow Covid protocols. Impose Section 144 in public areas: TAC The Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has put forward 16 points of advice for the State Government to handle the current spike in cases, one of them being the enforcement of Section 144 in public areas, like markets. Coronavirus is spreading fast. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to me for a few minutes on Sunday and asked what measures we have taken to control it B S Yediyurappa, Chief Minister 24-hr campaign ban on Cannot conduct Didi for code violation online exams, says Deputy CM NO NET GAIN EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi/Kolkata THE Election Commission of India on Monday banned West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee from campaigning for 24 hours for violating the Model Code of Conduct by inciting voters to gherao Central forces and seeking votes on communal lines. The ban, effective from Monday 8 pm, comes two days after four persons were killed in CISF firing at a polling booth in Cooch Behar. Already upset with the poll panel over the 72-hour bar on political leaders from entering Cooch Behar, Mamata branded Monday’s order as undemocratic and unconstitutional and announced a protest at Kolkata’s Gandhi Murti from Tuesday noon. The ban was imposed after the EC refused to accept Mamata’s explanations on two notices it had served on her. Stating that her handwritten missives betrayed selective amnesia, the EC said she had made “highly insinuating and provocative re- EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru mark laden with serious potential of breakdown of law and order and thereby adversely affecting the election process”. The EC had sought explanation from Mamata last week for allegedly urging minorities to not divide their votes and inciting women to gherao security personnel. The poll panel said: “It is self-evident from the perusal of all reports that allegations mentioned in your handwritten note are factually incorrect, without any empirical evidence whatsoever and devoid of substance.” In her response, Mamata had argued that she had not sought to influence people to vote on religious-sectarian lines and her speeches were unequivocally in line with the spirit of the model code. DEPUTY Chief Minister Dr CN Ashwath Narayan, who is also the minister for higher education, made it clear on Monday that it is not possible to hold online examinations for higher classes. After holding a meeting on the Covid situation, he said, “It will not be possible to conduct online exams under the present system. They will be held only in the offline mode and a few deemed universities may be able to hold online exams. But government institutions will not be able to do it,” he said. The timetable for degree, postgraduation, diploma, and engineering exams has been slightly affected because of the ongoing bus strike and exams will resume immediately after the strike ends, he added. “Physical classes will start once the pandemic is brought under control. Students can either attend physical or online classes. But the attendance for either of the two is a must,” he emphasised. Dr Ashwath Narayansaid that the academic year 2021-22 will begin with online classes for the first few days. stored at a comfortable 2-8 degree Celsius and is also being produced in the lyophilized (dry) form, which makes it easier for distribution. Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, along with at least four other companies, have already tied up with Russian Direct Investment Fund, the co-developer of Sputnik V for its production in , India. Last Friday, the expert panel had sought additional data from Dr Reddy’s Laboratories on its Sputnik V trial, in its second such request after an initial evaluation in February . Top sources said the Drug Controller General of India will now consider the SEC recommendation before it final approval as the third vaccine for administration in India. The first two are Serum Institute of India’s locally-made AstraZeneca-Oxford University Covid-19 vaccine Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s indigenously produced Covaxin. Sputnik V is likely to be im- ported from Russia initially for emergency use in the country, government sources said. Sputnik V’s approval comes amidst growing clamour to approve other Covid-19 vaccines in India irrespective of their bridging trial status in the country. Authorities concede that while bridging trial data is required to authorise the use of any vaccines in the country under the existing norms, it may be exempted under the present P7 clinical trial norms. DRIVEN BY DEVOTION Even as Covid rages nationwide, a sea of humanity converges at Har ki Pairi in Haridwar for a holy dip in River Ganga during the second shahi snan of the Kumbh Mela on Monday | PTI NATIONWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths APRIL 11 1,52,879 90,584 839 APRIL 12 1,68,912 91,719 904
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