HYDERABAD THURSDAY APRIL 22, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION COVAXIN SHOWS 78% EFFICACY AGAINST MILD TO SEVERE COVID Bharat Biotech on Wednesday said Phase III interim analysis results of its coronavirus vaccine Covaxin has shown high efficacy against Covid-19 ZERO CHANCE OF HOSPITALISATION The vaccine maker noted that the second interim data of the Phase III study also showed that chances of hospitalisation due to the infectious disease were reduced by 100% after taking the Covaxin jab. The efficacy against asymptomatic Covid-19 infection was 70%, suggesting decreased transmission in Covaxin recipients, Bharat Biotech said in a statement ■ 25,800 NEUTRALISES DOUBLE MUTANT VARIANT ■ Covaxin neutralises multiple variants of SARS-CoV-2, including the UK, Brazil and South African variants, and effectively works against the double mutant strain, too, ICMR said Bharat Biotech said safety and efficacy results from the final analysis will be available in June 2021 | P7 PEOPLE BETWEEN 18 AND 98 YEARS OF AGE TOOK PART IN COVAXIN’S PHASE-III TRIAL 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 24 PATIENTS DEAD AS O2 SUPPLY HIT Leakage in oxygen storage tank in Nashik civic hospital leads to disruption in supply of air to Covid patients on ventilator support; Maharashtra orders a high-level probe EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Mumbai AT least 24 Covid patients who were on ventilators in Dr Zakir Hussain Hospital in Maharashtra’s Nashik district died after their oxygen supply suddenly stopped on Wednesday . The tragedy was triggered by a leakage in the oxygen storage tank. Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope said the leakage happened due to a technical glitch. “The oxygen storage tank’s outer pipe leaked, resulting in dropping the pressure of oxygen.” India’s daily count more than sum of six top nations INDIA 2,95,041 A comparison of cases reported on Wednesday of 7 countries with highest daily infections Argentina 29,145 SIX NATIONS’ TOTAL Brazil 69,381 2,89,699 Turkey 61,028 Source: OWID US 54,672 Germany 31,397 France 44,076 District Collector Suraj Mandhare said that a pivate company looked after the tank maintenance, adding technicians closed the tank valve preventing more deaths. Some of those who died were on the path to recovery and were due to be discharged from hospital in a few days, their family members claimed. Maharashtra Chief Minister NATIONWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths APRIL 20 APRIL 21 2,57,409 1,54,761 1,761 2,95,041 1,67,457 2,023 Scary trend: TPR in 17 dists higher than TS’ average of 3.9% D O N I TA J O S E @ Hyderabad Medical oxygen gas leaks out from a storage unit at Zakir Hussain Municipal Hospital in Nashik on Wednesday | PTI Uddhav Thackeray said he does not have words to express his grief. “How to console the relatives of the deceased? This is an accident but this is a very sorrowful incident,” he said in a statement. The CM also ordered a probe to find out if the tradegy was due to negligence. “A high-level probe will be conducted. No one should do politics over this incident. The entire Maharashtra is mourning over this incident,” he added. Thackeray also announced `5 lakh financial help to the family members of those who died in the accident. PM Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah also expressed anguish over the tragedy . Dr Zakir Hussain Hospital is run by the Nashik Municipal Corporation, which is ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party . Meanwhile, Tope said Maharashtra is facing an acute shortage of medical oxygen. “We produce 1,280 MT of oxygen and all of it goes to hospitals. We are getting 300 MT from other states but we need an additional 500 MT to fulfil the demand as per the present active patient numbers,” Tope said. Delhi back from oxygen brink S O M R I TA G H O S H @ New Delhi THE oxygen situation stayed critical for most of the day here on Wednesday with major hospitals sending SOS seeking immediate replenishment and the Delhi High Court criticising the Centre for poor management and its lopsided priority . The situation changed by early evening with the Centre increasing Delhi’s oxygen quota and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal acknowledging it. Max, the largest private sector healthcare provider in NCR Delhi, put out a statement saying it has between 2 and 18 hours of oxygen alone in its network. The group has around 1,400 Covid-infected patients, most of whom require oxygen support. Another issue flagged by many of the hospitals was that the oxygen units were diverted to either Faridabad or commandeered by the city administration or stopped by the local administration at Greater Noida. “At Manipal Hospital, we have 230-plus Covid patients. Our oxygen supplier Linde is willing to supply from its Faridabad unit but Garima Mittal (Faridabad Deputy Commissioner) has taken control over Faridabad Linde plant... We have only 12 hrs of supplies left,” said Pramod Alagharu, CEO of Manipal Hospitals. However, Garima Mittal denied the allegation. Dr Karan Thakur, vice president of Apollo Indraprastha, to had similar supply issues. In the Delhi High Court, the Centre was hauled over the coals for the mess. “Why is the Centre not waking up to the gravity of the situation? We are shocked and dismayed hospitals are running out of oxygen but steel plants are running,” the court said and ordered providing oxygen by what ever means forthwith. It said heavens are not going to fall if industries, including steel and petroleum, run on lower capacity till oxygen is imported. State govts can buy Covishield at `400 per dose EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi TWO days after the Centre liberalised the Covid19 vaccination policy by allowing states and private hospitals to directly procure the shots from the manufacturer, Serum Institute of India on Wednesday said it will sell Covishield at `400 per dose to states and `600 per dose to private hospitals. Currently Covid vaccination , at private hospitals costs `250. The vaccine will continue to be given free to those above 45 years in the vaccination centres run by the Centre, while states can decide on their inoculation programme. SII said Covishield will still be cheaper than foreign jabs, which cost `750-1,500 per shot. Though a statement by the Serum Institute of India did not mention the change in price to the Centre, in an interview to a TV channel, Serum CEO Adar Poonawalla said the vaccine per dose will now cost a re-negotiated price of `400 per dose to the Centre. Currently, the Centre buys the vaccine at `150 per shot. IN what can be described as a disturbing development, at least 17 out of 33 districts in Telangana have been reporting higher test positivity rate (TPR) than State’s average of 3.9 per cent. The district-wise data analysed by Express found that 17 districts, predominantly in the western and northwestern parts of the State, were having TPR higher than the State’s average. According to the latest district-wise data, as many as 1,29,637 tests were conducted on April 17, with 5,093 positive cases detected on the day However, . considering the caseload, some districts have been conducting lower number of tests. But on the whole, testing in State has nearly doubled within a month’s time from approximately 50,000 to more than one lakh tests. The highest test positivity rate was seen in Kamareddy, where for every 100 individuals tested, nearly 7.09 per cent tested positive. The district recorded 232 positive cases out of 3,269 tests conducted. This is double that of the State where only 3.9 per cent of tests among 100 individuals returned positive. Close on heels of Kamareddy were Nirmal (6.3 per cent), Medchal (6.2 per cent), Nagarkurnool (6.1 per cent), Yadadri (6.01 per cent), Jagtial (6.01 per cent). Each of these districts have been conducting between 2,000 to 7,000 tests per day . In Nalgonda, where a bypoll was held recently there was a sharp rise in , TPR of 5.9 per cent, which indicates poor testing in the district. THREE DAYS AFTER TESTING +VE, KCR VISITS HOSPITAL Three days after he tested positive for Covid-19, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao underwent six types of tests at Yashoda Hospital in Somajiguda on Wednesday | P4 SHOCKING STATS Districts TPR average Kamareddy 7.09% Nirmal 6.3% Medchal 6.2% N’kurnool 6.1% Yadadri 6.01% Jagtial 6.01% Nalgonda 5.9% Nizamabad 5.8% Sircilla 5.5% Mancherial 5.3% Medak 5.25% M’nagar 5.19% Rangareddy 4.7% Adilabad 4.12% Sangareddy 4.12% Vikarabad 4.12% Karimnagar 3.96% A large number of migrant workers wait at the Secunderabad railway station to board a train to their natives states, on Wednesday | VINAY MADAPU | P3 TS launches live bed availability tracking system Govt hosps will get 4 L Remdesivir vials: KTR EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad TELANGANA Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths APRIL 19 APRIL 20 5,926 2,209 18 6,542 2,887 20 NOW, knowing the availability of beds both in private and government hospitals for Covid-19 patients is just a click away . The Telangana Health Department has launched a live bed availability tracking link. The link was unveiled on Wednesday, when the State reported 6,542 cases of Covid-19. The active cases in the State are now at 46,488, of which, as per the bed availability data, nearly 15,855 patients are hospitalised. The link shows availability of beds in both government and private hospitals in realtime. At present, nearly 27,306 beds continue to be available across the State. The live bed tracking data comes after the government faced severe criticism for the outdated data being released in the State medical bulletins. As per the accounts of several individuals, the bed data furnished in the bulletin was not up to date and that people following that and heading to hospitals were being turned away . One can now know the availability of beds in various hospitals by visiting https:// health.telangana.gov.in/ or http://22.214.171.124/SpringMVC/Hospital_Beds_Statistic_ Bulletin_citizen.htm Meanwhile, the Covid-19 cases continue to rise sharply across the State. As per Wednesday’s bulletin, the highest caseload was reported in GHMC with 898 cases, followed by Medchal with 570 cases and Rangareddy with 532 cases. The number of micro-containment zones has also increased to 491 from 363 zones, which were for med on Tuesday . E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad MORE than four lakh doses of Remdesivir, which is being widely used for treating Covid-19, will be made available at all the government hospitals in about a week’s time. In statement issued here on Wednesday, IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao said that an assurance to this effect was made to him by the manufacturers of the drug during discussions he had with them following instructions from Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. As there is a shortage in supply of the drug, following a surge in the number of Covid-19 positive cases, the Minister held talks with the drug manufacturers as Remdesivir proved to be efficacious for those patients who are CONTINUED ON P5 kept on oxygen following breathlessness. DO IT YOURSELF GUIDE If symptoms are minor, get tested and stay home if you are Covid-positive: Dr John EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE W ith SOS messages flooding social media networks seeking assistance for hospital beds and oxygen for Covid patients in the wake of the unprecedented surge of infections during its ongoing second wave, it is important to realise that not all patients require hospitalisation. TNIE spoke to Dr Jacob John, retired professor of virology at CMC, Vellore and Dr Giridhara R Babu, senior epidemiologist and professor at TAKE YOUR SHOT Total vaccinated Covaxin 1.1 cr Covishield 11.6 cr Our vaccines rock Check out the breakthrough infection chart below, which quantifies the people who got Covid after vaccination. The max percentage is 0.04%, which confirms that the jabs offers a high level of protection. No point in vaccine hesitancy any longer BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION Received Positive after 1st Received 2nd Positive after 1st dose dose dose 2nd dose 93,56,436 4,208 (0.04%) 17,37,178 695 (0.04%) 10,03,02,745 17,145 (0.02%) 1,57,32,754 5,014 (0.03%) the Indian Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru, to guide you on safely managing the symptoms so as to stay safe. Q: Based on what parameters should patients decide whether to stay home in isolation? Dr John: The parameters have not changed much from the previous wave. If you are infected and you have a sore throat, fever, runny nose, headache, loss of smell, it is likely you have Covid-19. Get tested and stay home if you’ re positive. Dr Babu: The person should first be clinically fit and asymptomatic or a mild case with symptoms like mild fever below 100.4 degree F and oxygen saturation above 95%. Senior citizens with comorbidities such as hypertension, diabetes, heart diseases, chronic lung, liver, kidney disease, cerebrovascular disease, etc., after proper clinical evaluation. He/she should have a separate room, preferably a separate toilet, too, at their residence for self-isolating and also for quarantining the family contacts. A care giver should be available 24X7. Q: If at home, what are the medicines and other protocols to be followed? Dr John: Have telephonic contact with the doctor. Touch base with the physician every half day if possible. Have a lot of fluids and rest. A strategy that works for many people is buying a pulse oximeter. As long as the saturation stays above 95, there is not much to worry about. Of course, this is possible only for the rich or educated. TELANGANA HELPLINES Call centre number for helpline, telemedicine and grievances: 104 State Health Department: 04023450624 / 23450735 GHMC: 9154686549, 9154686552, 9154686558, 9154686557 Helpline for last ride service for Covid-19 deaths: 7995404040 & 9490617440 Dr Babu: The suggested medication is Tablet Ivermectin 12mg for 3 days or Tablet Favipiravir 1800 mg (200 mg × CONTINUED ON P5 9) on Day 1.
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