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 bhubaneswar l tuesday l april 13, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 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 Behind Hyder’s escape is a murky nexus, from prison to health officials E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar/Cuttack/Sambalpur Gangster SK Hyder planned his escape from SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack and seemed to have received all the support he needed from the prison and health officials. As an embarrassed Odisha Police mounted a massive manhunt for the criminal there is a strong rumour that he may have escaped to Bangladesh via West Bengal routes - the role of the Prison Directorate and SCB authorities has got murkier by the day . How did he get admission in SCB medical college on March 23? Superintendent Prof Lucy Das is oblivious of admission, treatment and the special facilities provided to the gangster. Hyder was admitted to Surgery department for a pro- cedure which can be conducted at any government health facility but he was brought to Cuttack all the way from Sambalpur. Not just once. He came to SCB MCH thrice between January and March. His first visit this year was on January 19 and second on February 23. The third visit was on March 23 when he sought treatment for his eyes (ophthalmology), kidney (nephrology) and general surgery . The big question is who referred him to SCB MCH because VIMSAR authorities deny doing it. “Hyder was brought to VIMSAR in December last year. He had visited to consult about his eye problem which was triggered due to high blood sugar. He was suggested but not referred to Cut- tack,” hospital’s superintendent Lal Mohan Nayak told TNIE. Last year in February, the gangster had visited VIMSAR to consult for plastic surgery as he had sustained a bullet injury in the past. VIMSAR officials had back then also ‘suggested’ him to visit SCB to receive advanced treatment. He then visited SCB’s department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery in April when the nation was under lockdown. Who sanctioned his visits? Prison authorities are mum but they are the ones who sought escort from Sambalpur Police and ferried him several times to Cuttack, including his last visit in March which he ended by escaping. 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 . pattern 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 doses administered across the country so far express read Virus affects 1,741, claims two lives Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s Covid19 tally breached 3.5 lakh mark on Monday with 1,741 more persons testing positive for the virus in the last 24 hours. Two persons, both men and aged 24 and 40 respectively, from Nuapada district also died of the disease taking the death toll to 1,928 | P3 Naveen urges women to vote for BJD Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday made a special appeal to women to come out in large numbers to vote for BJD candidate Rudra Pratap Maharathy in the by-poll to the Pipili Assembly constituency scheduled on April 17 | P2 CONTINUED ON: P5 Industrial production slips, retail inflation soars to 4-month high A n u r a d h a S h u k l a @ New Delhi 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. incremental news flow of supply shortages and vaccine bottlenecks,” 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. 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 NATIONWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths April 11 April 12 1,52,879 90,584 839 1,68,912 91,719 904 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 Na m i ta B a j pa i , Ha r p r ee t B a j w a , E j a z Ka i se r @ 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: P7 With 2nd wave intensifying, Odisha reactivates all Covid care facilities E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar With the Covid-19 second wave assuming menacing proportions by the passing day, the State government on Monday sought to resurrect its dedicated healthcare infrastructure across districts and directed collectors, municipal commissioners and CDMOs to reactivate Covid facilities in government and private hospitals to deal with the situation. Additional Chief Secretary of Health PK Mohapatra asked the collectors to activate existing health facilities in a phasewise manner with an increment of 50 beds at a time. The number of ICU beds has to be 20 per cent of general beds and availability of ventilators should be at least 50 per cent of all lCU beds, he said. The government has asked all private hospitals having 30 beds or more to keep at least 10 per cent beds in general wards and ICUs reserved for Covid-19 patients. “They will increase odisha Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths April 11 April 12 1,379 459 0 1,741 538 2 Private hospitals having 30 beds or more to keep at least 10 per cent beds reserved for Covid-19 patients. They will increase the facility up to 80 pc if caseload increases PK Mohapatra, Addl Chief Secy the facility up to 80 per cent of available general beds and ICUs in a phased manner if caseload increases,” Mohapatra said. In large facilities having more than 100 beds, there should be provision of surgery (all types), maternity care, NICU and dialysis facilities. Meanwhile, the government announced fresh guidelines on functioning of healthcare facilities in a bid to decongest them and prevent spread of the virus from the institutions. As per the guidelines, all elective surgeries will be stopped and emergency surgeries will be taken up with universal precautions. Non-essential admissions will also be restricted. The Central patient registration system will be suspended for the time being and manual registration will be taken up with due social distancing measures in OPDs to avoid the large gathering at the counters. Doctors have also been asked to avoid advising frequent re-visit of patients if not required. Restrictions have also been imposed on the entry of journalists inside OPDs and IPDs. Covid appropriate behaviour will be strictly enforced in hospitals with infection control measures. Only one attendant will be allowed for serious patients in the wards while none will be allowed for ambulatory CONTINUED ON: P5 patients. 24-hour campaign ban on Mamata for MCC violation E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ 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 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 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. 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.
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