The New Indian Express wishes its readers a PANDEMIC IN CRITICAL PHASE WHICH STATES ARE DOING WHAT KERALA MAHARASHTRA Vaccine stocks running out Ward-level committees get more say; most PHCs upgraded to Family Health Centres GUJARAT NEW DELHI Full daily production capacity of 1,200 metric tonnes of oxygen channeled for medical use Logs 5,469 new cases, its biggest singleday rise since the beginning of the pandemic 14 private hospitals declared ‘full Covid-19’; not allowed to admit others Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court asks Maharashtra government to consider setting up an oxygen production unit in Nagpur High Court pulls up state government, saying the reality is contrary to what the government claims Sixth round of sero survey gets underway in Delhi; to collect 100 samples each from 272 wards Our offices and press will remain closed today and there will be no issue of the paper on Wednesday Peru India US Mexico Brazil 384 904 2,192 HIGHEST DAILY DEATHS 929 2,616 34,895 France 50,678 71,832 80,631 US Source: WHO Turkey WARANGAL TUESDAY APRIL 13, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION HIGHEST NEW CASE LOADS Brazil India 1,68,912 Figures newly reported in the last 24 hours UTTAR PRADESH WHAT’S NEXT Night curfew imposed in Shravasti, Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Allahabad, Meerut, Ghaziabad, Bareilly and Muzaffarnagar districts and the Lucknow Municipal Corporation area 13,685 fresh cases logged; 72 fatalities Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and PM Narendra Modi to interact with Governors on April 14 Comes after Modi called for the involvement of governors, too 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 Expert panel gives Emergency Use Authorization; has over 90% efficacy S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi AMID an apparent shortage of Covid shots and the new monstor wave of fresh infections threatening to create a tsunami of sorts, 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 adeno, viral vectors, is one of the only three vaccines in the world — the others are by Pfizer and Moderna — with over 90% efficacy The two-dose vac. cine, which has to be administered 21 days apart, costs about $10 or `750 per dose on the inter national 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 Authorization. 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 stored at a comfortable 2-8 degree Celsius and is also being produced in the lyophilized (dry) form, which makes it easier for distribution. NATIONWIDE APRIL 11 1,52,879 1,68,912 Recoveries 90,584 91,719 839 904 TELANGANA Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths APRIL 10 APRIL 11 3,187 2,251 787 565 7 6 Stop attacking KCR or face consequences, KTR to BJP EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Warangal MINISTER K T Rama Rao on Monday warned the BJP that TRS too could run a c a m p a i g n o f c a l u m ny against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah if its local leaders do not desist from using objectionable language against Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. Interacting with the media, he said: “This is our last warning. If you push us too far, we will hit back, using similar or even worse language.” He was annoyed that the BJP was using minor boys to post objectionable content against KCR on social media which he said only showed the despicable depths to which the BJP had descended. “We are exercising restraint even under extreme provocation because we are cultured people,” he said. Referring to unemployed youth, Sunil Naik’s suicide, he said that though the boy ended his life because notification for civil services was delayed, the BJP had poisoned his mind saying that the delay was due to failure of the State government. “But who gives notification for recruitment to civil servP2 ices?” he asked. MAMATA BANNED FROM CAMPAIGNING FOR 24 HOURS | P8 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 aft e r a n i n i t i a l eva l u at i o n i n 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 imported from Russia initially for emergency use in the country, government sources said. Sputnik V’s approval comes amidst growing clamour to approve other proven Covid-19 vaccines in India irrespective of their bridging trial status in the country . TS seeks 30L vax doses, Centre allots 4.6L APRIL 12 Fresh cases Deaths Throwing caution to winds, thousands of devotees offer prayers during Ganga aarti at Kumbh Mela 2021 in Haridwar, Monday | PTI E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad THE Central government will provide, as of now, only 15 per cent of the Covid-19 doses asked by the Telangana government. On Monday senior officials of the , Public Health Department told Express that the State would shortly receive 4.64 akh doses of Covid-19 vac- c i n e. S t a t e C h i e f S e c r e t a r y Somesh Kumar, in a letter written to Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on April 10, had raised the alarm over the low stocks of Covid-19 vaccine in the State and asked the Centre to provide at least 30 lakh doses, which he said would last for 15 days. CONTINUED ON P4 Tribals beat up forest officials for trying to clear podu land E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Khammam TRIBAL women beat up three forest beat officers on Monday when they went to Chintaguppa village in Dummagudem mandal in Bhadradrikothgudem district to clear Podu land. The three Forest Department officials who were beaten up included two tribals — Sode Rajesh and Banothu Vijaya. The other staffer was SK Hussain. Senior department officials from the district accused Pinapaka TRS MLA and Government Whip, Rega Kantha Rao of holding a meeting with the tribals and instigating them to act against Forest Department officials for retrieving forest land under podu cultivation. Earlier too, the MLA courted controversy by publicly appealing to all tribals to drive away Forest Department officials if they obstructed podu cultivation. The trouble broke out when the beat officers tried to retrieve forest land of about 27 hectares, over which the tribals had taken up podu cultivation. Rajesh, one of the three officers, said: “We recently took up necessary works for afforestation under the Telangana ku Haritha Haram in the forest land that was under podu cultivation. Initially there was a protest by the tribals but later we Tribals tie forest officials to a tree at Chintaguppa village in Dummagudem mandal of Bhadradrikothagudem district had a dialogue with them and they stopped obstructing us.” On Monday, as the District Forest Officer was supposed to come for inspection of the land, one of us went to the location to place a few chairs there. “He went there in a department vehicle. The tribals gheraoed him and beat him up, after which he called two of us. We reached the spot but they beat us too. They tied me to a tree which had many red ants. The ants started crawling all over my body and started biting me. I requested them to release me but they did not heed my plea.” Later, one of the officials called up a senior forest officer, who rushed to spot and rescued them P2 from the angry tribals. E X P R E S S R E A D Industrial production slips, retail inﬂation soars New Delhi: IT looks like the second Covid wave could inflict more pain on the economy than feared. The Index of Industrial Production (IIP) contracted by 3.6% in February, while retail inflation rose to a four-month high of 5.52% in March | P10
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