Pandemic in critical phase Which states are doing what Kerala Vaccine stocks running out Ward-level committees get more say; most PHCs upgraded to Family Health Centres Maharashtra Gujarat New Delhi 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 929 Peru 384 904 India 2,192 Highest daily deaths US Brazil Mexico Source: WHO Full daily production capacity of 1,200 metric tonnes of oxygen channeled for medical use 2,616 34,895 France 50,678 71,832 80,631 US Turkey chennai l tuesday l april 13, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 18 l LATE CITY EDITION Highest new case loads Brazil India 1,68,912 Figures newly reported in the last 24 hours What’s next Uttar Pradesh Night curfew imposed in Shravasti, Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Allahabad, Meerut, Ghaziabad, Bareilly and Muzaffarnagar districts and the Lucknow Municipal Corporation area 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 13,685 fresh cases logged; 72 fatalities 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 Jalpaiguri, west bengal Tirupati, Andhra pradesh 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 Jalpaiguri and Andhra Pradesh’s Tirupati, it’s not being observed on the ground | pti & Madhav K @Tirupati Sputnik V in India’s vaccine basket India surpasses brazil in case count New Delhi: India on Monday went past Brazil to become the country with the second highest number of Covid-19 cases. After registering 1,68,912 new infections on Monday, India’s tally reached at 1,35,27,717. According to Johns Hopkins University, Brazil is now at the third spot with 1,34,82,023 cases. The US has the highest number of cases at 3,11,98,055 Expert panel gives Emergency Use Authorization; 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 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 , 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 10,82,92,423 @ New Delhi/Kolkata The Election Commission of India on Monday banned West Bengal Chief Minister 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 unconsti- tutional 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 amnesia, 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 last week for allegedly urging minorities to not divide their votes and inciting women to gherao security personnel. E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E 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, government data released on Monday showed. This, according to experts, signals that the prospects of a revival are bleak in the immediate future. They say it all depends on how the Covid situation plays out in the next few months. “We’re far from witnessing a sustained recovery Growth pat. tern of primary and intermediate goods is pointing to a lacklustre industrial performance in short-to medium-run,” said Devendra Pant, chief economist, India Ratings. According to Barclays, if existing restrictions on economic activities stay for two months, it could hit nominal GDP by 0.34 percentage points and real GDP by 0.20 percentage points. “India’s ability to continue the current run rate may be at risk, given incremental news flow of supply shortages and vaccine bottle- 71,000 jab centres operational on Monday, as compared to an average of 45,000 till now Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths April 11 April 12 1,52,879 90,584 839 1,68,912 91,719 904 Dismissing her replies, 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 and the Constitution. necks,” it added. Rising Covid cases in industrial hubs such as Maharashtra and Gujarat and reports of vaccine shortage triggered panic on the Dalal Street, too. The BSE Sensex fell 1,707.94 points to close at 47,883.38 on Monday . “The second wave may end up delaying the broadening of the economic recovery Edelweiss ,” said, adding the June quarter will be challenging. Meanwhile, the rupee depreciated for the sixth consecutive day on Monday, breaching the 75-per-dollar mark. Tamil Nadu’s Covid curve continued its upward trend on Monday, with 6,711 new cases, 19 deaths, and 46,308 active cases. Of these, 2,105 new cases and 17,098 active cases are in Chennai. The neighbouring districts, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur, reported 611, 277 and 333 cases respectively . At Coimbatore, where 604 new cases were detected, 1,500 beds have been readied at Covid Care Centres. The aim is to keep at least 3,000 ready, said Corporation Commissioner P Kumaravel Pandian. In Vellore, Collector A Shanmuga Sundaram told officials to use electoral rolls to trace people above the age of 45 in regions with many cases, and get them vaccinated. Tiruchy, which reported 184 new cases, could become a hotspot if people continue crowding without wearing masks, say experts. As many as 1.63 lakh people were vaccinated on Monday P4 . Aviation sector On-board meals won’t be provided in flights with duration under 2 hrs; order effective from Thursday 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. Lucknow and Raipur have witnessed such a surge in deaths that the municipal authorities in these cities are setting up temporary crematoriums, as the existing ones cannot take the load. There are reports of bodies be- ing burnt in open spaces in parts of Gujarat, due to a surge in deaths. Even though the fatality rate in Uttar Pradesh is not high at 0.4%, authorities are struggling to cremate bodies. Seeing the rush and long queues, Lucknow Municipal Corporation has decided to set up more electric crematoriums. In Raipur in Chhattisgarh, 35 temporary crematoriums have been created. The state government has approved six more is other districts. In Maharashtra, there are no beds in 12 districts. Authorities have decided to set up ‘jumbo’ Covid-19 care centres in every city Other than that, they have . also advised patients with mild symptoms to be treated at home, so that the load on hospitals does not increase. Continued on: P9 Improved testing, contact tracing & containment measures ahead in TN E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @ Chennai @ Chennai Industrial production slips, retail inflation soars to four-month high An u r a dh a Sh u k l a @ New Delhi doses administered across the country so far TN’s active case count nears 50K; 1.63L vaccinated 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 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 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. NATIONWIDE Tightening the screws to check the spread of Covid, the State government on Monday said at least 90,000 coronavirus tests will be done per day, contact tracing will be expedited, more fever camps will be held, and areas with more than three cases will be micro-containment zones. It also requested the public not to go outdoors unless necessary, appealed to people above the age of 45 to get vaccinated at the earliest, and asked frontline workers to get the jab within two weeks. Clusters of the infection have formed due to non-compliance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) at family gatherings, meetings, schools, banks, factories and other establishments, said an official release statewide Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths April 11 April 12 6,618 2,314 22 6,711 2,339 19 People should ponder what would happen if a family member dies (of Covid), and adhere to the guidelines Edappadi K Palaniswami, Chief Minister issued here after Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami chaired a high-level meeting at the Secretariat on Monday . A committee headed by Commissioner of Revenue Administration K Phanindra Reddy has been formed to monitor the situation and take appropriate steps. Covid Monitoring Offic- ers have been appointed for all districts and Field Support Teams for all Chennai Corporation zones. The Chief Minister said that though the positivity rate is below 5 per cent, at least 90,000 RTPCR tests should be done per day. In containment zones, increased and aggressive testing should be conducted and test results declared within 24 hours, he added, and further said at least 25 contacts of patients should be traced and tested. Across the State, 8.92 lakh fever camps have been conducted, and 14.47 lakh people identified with Covid symptoms, Palaniswami said, adding that more such camps should be conducted. He further said all districts should have enough ventilators, high-flow nasal cannula, medicines, PPE kits and ‘108’ ambulances. P4 Class 12 exams on May 3 postponed to May 31 The State government on Monday postponed the Class 12 public exams scheduled for May 3, to May 31, as the counting of votes for the recently-concluded Assembly elections is slated for May 2. All other exams will be conducted as scheduled ‘Covid norms’: Cop flogs people at eatery E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Coimbatore/Chennai A Sub-Inspector of police brutally thrashed staff and customers at an eatery in Coimbatore, allegedly because they violated the Covid protocol by keeping the facility open late on Sunday night. The incident happened at 10.20 pm, though the government has allowed shops and restaurants to stay open till 11 pm. After CCTV footage of the in- cident went viral, the sub-inspector, Muthu (36), of Kattoor Station, was transferred twice — first to the control room under punishment, and then to the City Armed Reserve police under punishment. He was later suspended. The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) took suo motu cognizance of the issue and sought a detailed report on the assault from Coimbatore City Police Commissioner S Davidson Devasirvatham with- in two weeks. Devasirvatham has formed a team, led by Assistant Commissioner Prem Anand, to conduct an inquiry . The incident happened at Sri Raja Hotel, near the Gandhipuram bus terminal, when a group of women were eating at the facility. CCTV footage shows Muthu entering the eatery and using his lathi to thrash staff and customers collecting takeaways. He forced the customers out, and told the employees to shut the facility P2 Screengrab of CCTV footage showing the attack in Coimbatore | Express
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