Latest guidelines issued by ICMR on plasma, Remdesivir 1 Remdesivir can be used in patients with moderate to severe disease within 10 days of symptom onset 4 Remdesivir must not to be used in patients who are not on oxygen support or in home settings 2 Plasma can be administered in early moderate disease within seven days of symptom onset; useless after 7 days visakhapatnam l saturday l april 24, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION 5 Off-label use of tocilizumab in case of severe disease recommended, preferably within 24 to 48 hours of the onset of the disease or ICU admission 3 Remdesivir not recommended for those with severe renal impairment or hepatic dysfunction 6 Upper respiratory tract symptoms or fever without shortness of breath or hypoxia defined as mild disease, patients advised home isolation 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 Situation stays grim, SC puts off hearing free jabs to 18+, night curfew from today Takes dim view of criticism by senior lawyers E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ Vijayawada k a n u s a r d a @ New Delhi A day after terming the current Covid situation as a national health emergency while taking suo motu cognisance of it and demanding an action plan from the Centre within 24 hours, the Supreme Court on Friday abruptly wrapped up its hearing and posted the case for Tuesday . It took a dim view of the worry of senior advocates that the SC’s intervention could hamper proceedings at six high courts that were already hearing the matter and passing speaking orders. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde, who demitted office later in day looked angry , and told senior advocate Dushyant Dave, “You have imputed motives to us without reading our order. We never said a word and did not stop high courts. We had asked the Centre to go to HCs and report to them.” “We love my lords. But it was a genuine perception because my lords have done it in the past,” Dave countered. Justice S Ravindra Bhat, who is part of the bench, said, “We never said a word and did not stop HCs. We asked the Centre to go to high court and report to them. What kind of perception you are talking about? Talk about these proceedings.” Continued on: P7 NATIONWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths April 22 3,14,835 1,78,841 2,104 April 23 3,32,730 1,93,279 2,263 Covid-19 patients, some of them on stretchers, waiting for beds outside the GTB Hospital in New Delhi on Friday | Parveen Negi Crack down on O2 hoarding, black marketing, PM to CMs E x p r ess n e w s se r v i c e @ New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged chief ministers of the worst Covid-hit states to crack down on black marketing and hoarding of medical oxygen and key medicines for SARS-COV-2. Chairing a meeting with chief ministers of 11 states and Union Territories from where most Covid cases are reported, he asked them to facilitate seamless movement of medical oxygen. Calling for united response to the runaway pandemic, Modi told the CMs that Air Force and Railways are being pressed into service to transport oxygen. Modi urged states to set up a coordination committee for timely supply of oxygen to different hospitals in their states. “This committee should ensure that as soon as there is allotment of oxygen from the Cen- tre, it can deliver oxygen as per requirement in different hospitals of the state immediately said the PM. ,” NITI Aayog Member V K Paul gave a presentation in the meeting on raising medical facilities and targeted treatment of Covid patients. The CMs were urged to make the district administrations in their respective states accountable for making available key medicines for treating Covid patients. “India’s success during the first wave of the pandemic was our united efforts and strategy. We will have to address this challenge in the same way,” said the PM, assuring Centre’s full support to states. The meeting was live-streamed by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, which drew the PM’s ire. Kejriwal’s office expressed regret but claimed they were not officially informed that the P7 meeting was confidential. 25 deaths in 24 hrs in Delhi hospital E x p r ess n e w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi Twenty-five critical patients at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, one of the biggest private hospitals in Delhi, died and the lives of another 60 were at risk on Friday reportedly due to oxygen shortage. While the hospital did not spell the reason for the deaths, sources said low oxygen concentration could be the reason. “Critical patients need high-pressure oxygen supply ,” said an official. Early on Friday morning, the hospital had sent out an SOS saying the lives of many patients were hanging in the balance due to low stock of oxygen. “25 sickest patients have died in last 24 hours at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. Oxygen will last an- other two hours. Ventilators and Bipap (ventilators for invasive treatment) not working effectively. Resorting to manual ventilation in Intensive Care Units and Emergency. Major crisis likely. Lives of another 60 sickest patients in peril,” read the statement issued by the hospital. Following this, an oxygen tanker arrived at the hospital a little after 9 am. Dr S Rana, chairman of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said, “I would not 13 patients die in maharashtra hospital blaze Mumbai: At least 13 Covid-19 patients died after a fire broke out at the intensive care unit on the second floor of the four-storeyed Vijay Vallabh Hospital at Virar on Friday. The fire started in the air-conditioning unit of the ICU due to a shortcircuit. There were 17 patients in the ICU at that time. The fire brigade rushed to the spot and doused the fire in five minutes. Bengal count climbing too, thanks to election rallies P r a n a b M o n d a l @ Kolkata When horrified people looking at the humongous political rallies with mask-less supporters in West Bengal a couple of weeks ago wondered if such mobilisation was wise, the prompt reply of politicos was the state’s Covid-positive count was far below that of high incidence states. The numbers have since climbed with Bengal reporting a record daily spike of 12,876 positive cases on Friday , as compared to 4,511 on April 12. Within those 11 days, the toll went up four times from 14 on April 12 to 59 on Friday. And at least 80 large rallies were held in the state during that period. On February 26, the day poll panel announced Bengal’s election schedule, the daily positive cases in Birb- ascribe the deaths due to shortage of oxygen... a large number of patients are in serious condition. However, we are facing severe oxygen shortage and are resorting to manual ventilation to ensure patients survive.” The chairman added the hospital needs timely supply of medicalgrade oxygen to save patients’ lives. About 500 Covid-19 positive patients are currently admitted in the hospital and about 150 of them are on high flow of oxygen support. hum, Nadia and West Burdwan districts were 2, 6 and 10, respectively. Almost a month later, on April 22, the three districts recorded 624, 455 and 596 fresh positive cases respectively, indicating its rapid unspooling in rural Bengal. Two candidates have so far died of Covid-19 and others like state Congress president Adhir Ranjan C h o w d h u r y h ave b e e n hospitalised. While the Election Commission of India on Thursday af, ter a stinker from the Calcutta high court, banned roadshows and public meetings with more than 500 people ahead of the last two phases of the ongoing Assembly elections, who should be held accountable for sleeping on the job? “Among other reasons, big rallies played a crucial role in the spread of Covid-19 in rural areas,’’ said an official. Record spike of 12,876 cases, toll up 4 times in 11 days West Bengal reporting a record daily spike of 12,876 positive cases on Friday, as compared to 4,511 on April 12. Within those 11 days, the toll went up four times from 14 on April 12 to 59 on Friday. And at least 80 massive political rallies were held in the state during that period. Two candidates have died of Covid so far. express read 1.02 cr SHG women get `1,109 cr Vaddi benefit Vijayawada: The State government on Friday released `1,109 crore to 1.02 crore women members of 9.34 lakh SHGs under YSR Sunna Vaddi Scheme. Addressing beneficiaries through a video conference, Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy said yet another step was taken for women’s empowerment. Tenders floated for addl works of Polavaram Vijayawada: The Water Resources Department has floated tenders for additional head works of Polavaram project. It is expected to finalise the developer in the first week of May. It is learnt that the bidding will end on April 28, following which officials will go for reverse tendering with eligible bidders. ACB arrests Dhulipalla for graft in Sangam Dairy Vijayawada: ACB sleuths on Friday arrested former Ponnur MLA and senior TDP leader Dhulipalla Narendra Kumar and two others in connection with a case filed against them for allegedly indulging in corruption in Sangam Milk Producer Company Limited (SMPCL), popularly known as Sangam Dairy. P4 IAF airlifts O2 tankers, docs IAF deploys transport aircraft C-17, C-130J, IL-76, An-32 and Avro to airlift big, empty oxygen tankers and containers to various filling stations across the country; Chinook and Mi-17 helicopters on standby Flies doctors and nursing staff from Kochi, Mumbai, Vizag and Bengaluru to various hospitals in Delhi Cadila jab Virafin gets nod Ahmedabad-based Zydus Cadila gets restricted emergency use approval from the from drug regulator to use antiviral drug Virafin for the treatment of moderate Covid19 infection. It is a single dose jab; drug will be available on the prescription of medical specialist for use in hospital/institutional setup, says company Curfew will be clamped in Andhra Pradesh from Saturday between 10 pm and 5 am. A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level review meeting on Covid-19 chaired by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday . It was also decided to vaccinate people in the age group of 18 to 45 years from May 1 free of cost. A total of 2.04 crore people in the age group of 18 to 45 will be covered under the vaccination drive. The Chief Minister directed officials to get the required doses of Covid vaccine from the Centre. Despite the sharp spike in Covid cases in the State, the Chief Minister is firm on conducting SSC, Intermediate, degree and engineering examinations as per schedule. “Students should not lose their precious academic year. Conduct the examinations as per schedule strictly adhering to Covid guidelines and ensure that students are not affected. There should not be any negligence on the part of officials in this regard,” Jagan said. He emphasised the need for further strengthening the 104 call centre to curb the spread of virus in the State. Each and every call received by the call centre should be attended without fail. A joint collector will monitor the functioning of the call centre to win the people’s trust,” he said. Taking stock of testing, availability of vaccine and medicines to treat Covid cases, he instructed the officials to set up care centres as required without any delay. At the same time, testing should be P4 ramped up, he said. Effective steps to combat Covid 104 call centre to be further strengthened for better reach Covid testing to be ramped up with focus on primary contacts Private hospitals charging more than prescribed fee to treat Covid cases not to be spared Availability of adequate stock of Remdesivir to be ensured Black marketing of the drug to be curbed with an iron hand Production and distribution of oxygen to be streamlined Steps to be initiated to get allocation of more oxygen to Andhra Pradesh by the Centre Chief Minister speaks to MDs of Hetero and Bharat Biotech State Covid tally surges past 10-lakh mark E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ Vijayawada The Covid-19 tally of the State crossed the one million-mark with 11,766 fresh infections reported in the 24 hours ending Friday 9 am. Now, the cumulative number of Covid cases reported in the State since last year is 10,09,228. After Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh became the fifth State in the country to surge past the one million-mark. Compared to Thursday 1,007 more cases were reported , in the State on Friday . The Covid tally surged past the eight lakh-mark on October 23, 2020 and it crossed the nine lakh-mark on March 30, 2021, taking 158 days. It took just 24 days for the tally to breach the 10 lakh-mark from nine lakh, which clearly shows the fastest growth of Covid cases. A total of 45,581 samples were tested in the last 24 hours against 41,871 samples tested the previous day With the rise in sample testing, . the number of Covid positive cases also increased. A total of 1,58, 80,750 People wait in a queue at SVIMS in Tirupati on Friday to get Covid vaccine | Madhav K samples have been tested in the State so far. Five districts reported a daily count of more than one thousand. Chittoor continued to report a fourdigit daily count for more than a week. It recorded the highest number of 1,885 cases, followed by Guntur with 1,593, Anantapur with 1,201, Kurnool with 1,180 and Srikakulam with 1,052. Shortage of oxygen beds, ventilators hits major cities stateWIDE April 22 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Samples tested covid tracker S G u r u S r i k a n t h @ Vijayawada With the spike in Covid cases, people are increasingly finding it difficult to get beds with ventilators and equipped with oxygen supply in hospitals in major cities like Vijayawada, Guntur, Tirupati and Visakhapatnam in the State. The family members of a middleaged employee, who was admitted to a well-known private hospital in Visakhapatnam for severe Covid infection, were asked to opt for elsewhere as it was short of oxygen supply. His worried family members and friends contacted every hospital to get a bed equipped with a ventilator and oxygen supply. After much effort, they managed to get one. There are several cases like this. It only shows hospitals in Andhra are facing oxygen shortage. When contacted by TNIE, a senior official in the health department admitted that the situation is critical in cities like Vijayawada, Guntur, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati and Anantapur as more patients with serious infection are flocking to After a long time, Anantapur reported a daily count of more than thousand among the four Rayalaseema districts. Out of the total 13, nine districts recorded more than 500 cases each. West Godavari witnessed the lowest daily count of 190. The number of active cases in the State crossed the 70,000-mark and P3 reached 74,231. 74,231 Active cases 10,09,228 Total cases 7,579 Covid toll 9,27,418 Recoveries April 23 10,759 3,992 31 11,766 4,441 38 41,871 45,581 hospital infra Dial 104 for info on Covid services 1902 to lodge complaints Total beds in 204 hospitals - 23,189 Available beds 13,302 (at 8 pm) Avail ventilators 2,704 Oxygen cylinders being taken to a filling point at Suryaraopet in Vijayawada on Friday | P Ravindra Babu 1,58,80,750 Total samples tested these cities for better treatment. As on date, the State has 2,727 ventilators, but the demand is more than double the number. In fact, the State is facing oxygen shortage, more so in private hospitals, which was even admitted by Health Minister Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas (Nani) after a Group of Ministers’ meeting on Covid Thursday He said . they are making efforts to address the issue, while maintaining that government hospitals have enough P3 supply of oxygen. 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