Pandemic in critical phase Which states are doing what 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 THIRUVANANTHAPURAM l tuesday l april 13, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l late city EDITION Highest new case loads Brazil India 1,68,912 Figures newly reported in the last 24 hours Source: WHO What’s next Kerala Maharashtra Gujarat New Delhi Uttar Pradesh Vaccine stocks running out 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 Night curfew imposed in Shravasti, Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Allahabad, Meerut, Ghaziabad, Bareilly and Muzaffarnagar districts and the Lucknow Municipal Corporation area Ward-level committees get more say; most PHCs upgraded to Family Health Centres 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 Haridwar, uttarakhand Dhupguri, west bengal Tirupati, Andhra pradesh Kozhikode At a time when the nation is devoting its full attention towards somehow managing the second wave of the pandemic that has completely gone out of control, Covid-appropriate behaviour like wearing mask and observing physical distancing is the gold standard to stay safe. Not just experts but political and religious leaders of all shades concur and propagate the message. But going by the surge of crowds at (from left) Haridwar’s Kumbh Mela and political rallies at West Bengal’s Dhupguri and Andhra Pradesh’s Tirupati and shopping in Kozhikode, it’s not being observed on the ground | pti & EXPRESS Sputnik V in India’s vaccine basket NATIONWIDE April 11 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths April 12 1,52,879 90,584 839 1,68,912 91,719 904 Running out of hospital beds as numbers climb N a m i ta B a j pa i , H a r p r ee t Bajwa, Ejaz Kaiser @ Lucknow/Chandigarh/Raipur It’s a scary picture. Twenty of the 28 districts in Chhattisgarh, 12 districts out of 36 in Maharashatra, 13 districts out of 52 in Madhya Pradesh and eight districts out of 22 in Punjab have run out of beds owing to the rising number of Covid-19 cases. Jharkhand is not doing well either, with capital Ranchi reporting a shortage of beds. Some of these districts also have a shortage of Remdesivir and oxygen to treat the severely ill patients. Continued on: P7 Expert panel gives Emergency Use Authorisation; 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 @ New Delhi Amid an apparent shortage of Covid shots and the new monster 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 , adenoviral 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 international market. It is the Central Drug Standards Control Organisation’s 37,63,858 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. 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 , vaccine doses given till 8 pm on Day 2 of Tika Utsav 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 its final approval as the third vaccine for administration in India. 10,82,92,423 doses administered across the country so far Vigilance raids Shaji’s houses, seizes `50 lakh E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kannur hands full A woman purchases vegetables from a shop in Ernakulam market amid heavy rain on Monday. The vendors are eager to do some brisk festival business though the situation is not fully in their favour because of rain and stricter Covid restrictions | Arun Angela | P4 Thunderstorm lashes state Yellow alert in wayanad today On Monday, thunderstorm with light to moderate showers lashed various parts of the state. The India Meteorological Department has forecast light to moderate showers across Kerala for the next five days. The IMD issued a yellow alert for Wayanad on Tuesday. Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad districts will receive isolated heavy rainfall from Wednesday to Friday. 24-hour campaign ban on Mamata for MCC violation E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi/Kolkata The Election Commission 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 Election Commission refused to accept Mamata’s explanations on two notices it had served on her. Stating that her handwritten missives betrayed selective am- THE Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) seized `50 lakh from the house of IUML leader and MLA K M Shaji in a raid conducted on Monday at his house at Manal near Azhikode in Kannur. The vigilance team raided Shaji’s houses in Kannur and Kozhikode simultaneously for alle gedly amassing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. Kannur police reached the spot to prevent any protests or untoward incidents following the raid. A court here had ordered a vigilance probe against the Azhikode MLA last November on allegations that he amassed assets disproportionate to his known sources ● More on P5 of income. 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 . 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 clinical trial norms. 71,000 jab centres operational on Monday, as compared to an average of 45,000 till now Pinarayi writes to Centre statewide April 11 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 6,986 2,358 16 April 12 5,692 2,474 11 Curbs in Kerala: Shops till 9pm, 2-hr limit for events E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram KERALA, witnessing a surge in Covid cases and infection rate, has decided to impose stricter restrictions to avoid crowding, despite most sectors doing some brisk business this festival season. As per the decisions taken at the review committee chaired by Chief Secretary V P Joy on Monday, hotels and shops have to down shutters by 9pm. All public functions have to end within two hours. While 200 people will be allowed for outdoor functions, only 100 can attend those held indoors. No feast will be allowed, but food packets can be distributed to attendees. Restaurants should permit only 50% of its capacity to dine at a nesia, the EC said she had made “highly insinuating and provocative remark laden with serious potential of breakdown of law and order and thereby adversely affecting the election process”. The EC had sought explanation from Mamata for allegedly urging minorities to not divide their votes. A NINE-MEMBER gang beat a 59-year-old man to death at his house in Punalur on Sunday night following a dispute over parking of a motorcycle. The deceased is Suresh Babu, a native of Vilakkuvettam. He was a rubb e r t a p p e r i n a n e a r by plantation. Two persons — Mohanan and Sunil — have been arrested while others have absconded. The police have started trying to time. Mega shopping festivals in malls and super markets have been banned. The state reported 5,692 new cases on Monday The test posi. tivity rate rose to 12.53 per cent, the highest since December 7 last year. TPR on Sunday was 10.75%. The meeting also decided to increase the daily RTPCR tests. The existing mechanism of observation and quarantine monitored at the local body-level will also be strengthened. Wednesday’s ‘Vishukani Darshanam’ at Guruvayur temple will be held between 2.30am and 4.30am. Devotees will not be allowed inside the temple. Kerala completed 50 lakh jabs on Monday, but experts said vaccines alone would not help contain the surge. ● More on P5 HC issues order, polls in state’s 3 Rajya Sabha seats likely on April 30 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram With the Kerala High Court on Monday ordering that elections be held to three Rajya Sabha seats — which are set to fall vacant in the state on April 21 — before the current assembly’s term expires, the chief electoral officer is expected to issue the notification for the same on Tuesday . Sources said the candidates can file nominations till April 20 once the notification is issued. The scrutiny of nominations will be held on April 21, with the last date for withdrawal of nomination being April 23. The elections will be held on April 30, a source said. Earlier in the day, the High Court directed the Election Commission to take immediate steps to complete the elections process to the three Rajya Sabha seats from Kerala. “When the Commission itself has admitted it is duty-bound to conduct the election and complete the process at the earliest, it is only appropriate that it takes expeditious steps without further delay to complete the elections before another electorate comes into existence on May 2,” Justice P V Asha said. The court issued the order while disposing of the petitions by the Kerala Legislative Assembly Secretary and CPM MLA S Sarma challenging the Election Commission’s decision to keep in abeyance the proceedings for the proposed elections. The court added that the Commission had to expedite the proceedings so as to see that the representation in the upper house from Kerala was always in full swing and to avoid a situation where the nomination was made by the existing assembly and voting by another assembly . Parking dispute: 9 beat 59-yr-old to death E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kollam CM Pinarayi Vijayan wrote to Health Minister Harsh Vardhan requesting additional 50 lakh vaccines in the next two days. track them down using mobile hanan started verbally abusing phone tower location and CCTV him. It resulted in a fight befootage. tween the two. According to the Mohanan rang up his Punalur police, the incifriends and relatives to dent occurred around rough up Surjith. They 10pm when a dispute beganged up and barged gan over parking of a into Suresh’s house. motorcycle by Surjith, Suresh, who tried to proson of Suresh, on the tect Surjith, was beaten Suresh Babu road near Mohanan’s up on his chest and head. house. The houses of While Suresh suffered Mohanan and Suresh are close severe blows to his head, his to each other. When Surjith re- wife Latha and Surjith too sus● More on P4 fused to shift the vehicle, Mo- tained injuries. express read Jaleel moves HC over Lok Ayukta order Kochi: Higher Education Minister K T Jaleel on Monday moved the High Court seeking to quash the Lok Ayukta’s order finding him guilty of nepotism. In his plea, Jaleel said the order was passed without conducting any preliminary investigation. P4 Holy month of Ramadan begins today in state Holy month of Ramadan will begin in Kerala on Tuesday, Muslim religious leaders declared it after sighting the crescent moon on Monday. Due to Covid’s second wave, believers will observe fasting adhering to protocol. P4 Sanju’s sensational century goes in vain Mumbai: Sanju Samson’s hundred on his captaincy debut went in vain as young pacer Arshdeep Singh held his nerve in the final over to help Punjab Kings pull off a thrilling four-run win over Rajasthan Royals in an IPL game here on Monday. 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