tirupati l sunday l APRIL 25, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l late city EDITION 8 dead, 31 missing in U’khand avalanche; rescue ops on 384 rescued after glacier collapses The avalanche occurred after a part of a glacier collapsed, trapping around 430 road construction workers. Search operations were mounted by the Indian Army and ITBP, resulting in the rescue of 384 people. Seven injured persons were flown to the Army hospital in Joshimath in helicopters. Both the Army and the ITBP’s forward camps in the area were unaffected | P8 Disaster struck Border Roads Organisation’s Sumna-Rimkhim road site in Chamoli near India-China border on Friday night 18 inches second major disaster since february ■ The site is located near the confluence of the Girthigad and the Kiogad, two streams that originate from the Dhauli Ganga river, which witnessed a calamitous avalanche in February, killing 80 ■ The road is crucial to gain access to locations like the disputed Barahoti area, where Chinese transgressions have been reported ice lost per year in glaciers since 2000 due to climate change 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 Delhi HC asks Centre when 480 MT of oxygen per day allocated for Delhi would see light of the day, raps Delhi govt for being inefficient; says people who could be saved are also dying Announcement Dear reader, India is going through its worst phase of the Covid pandemic. Hundreds of thousands of people are struggling, many in vain, to exercise their right to live, as a ramshackle universal healthcare system proves that it has no answers to the challenges posed by a creepy bug. The health ministry’s daily bulletin of fresh positive cases and fatalities has hit the stratosphere, so have SOS messages from individuals and hospitals seeking oxygen refill and lifesaving medicines. Hospitals refuse fresh admissions for want of Covid beds. The rush at crematoriums is heart-breaking. Most of us already have friends or relatives who have succumbed to Covid-19 or are battling for life. In such a tragic time, we find it incongruous that the festival of cricket is on in India, with layers of bio bubbles creating protection. This is commercialism gone crass. The problem is not with the game but its timing. Cricket, too, must accept that we are passing through an unprecedented crisis. In the circumstances, The New Indian Express has decided to suspend IPL coverage in the newspaper with immediate effect till a semblance of normalcy is restored. This is a small gesture towards keeping the nation’s attention focused on life and death issues. We are sure that our readers will see the point. These are times when we must stand as one nation with one resolve. — Editor HC fumes as govts pass the oxygen buck the Delhi High Court on Saturday pulled up both the Centre and the Delhi government for passing the buck in the midst of a pandemic and directed them to ensure smooth supply of oxygen to various hospitals in the national capital. In an urgent hearing on Saturday a bench of justices Vipin , Sanghi and Rekha Palli warned it will hang any person who tries to obstruct oxygen supplies to hospitals here. The court said those who have low immunity may eventually die but the problem comes when people who could be saved are also dying. “We are calling it a wave, it is actually a tsunami,” the court said. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, said there might be a rapid rise in the number of cases in May and June and the country needs to be ready for the worst. He explained how the government is working round the clock to import oxygen and are exploring the remotest possibility of generating oxygen from wherever it is possible. The court was hearing sub- sos messages flood twitter @Tarunvijay My elder cousin brother, 91, no plasma available, no oxygen cylinder. Hospiral docsxsaidghar le jaiye. #Faridabad. Where are we heading t ? Those without any connection, those who do not know any influential person, those who are just commoners,,,, @malini_aisola @JaiveerShergill An Undertaking that loved ones are being asked to sign at @SarojHospital, Delhi hospital that says it is not the responsibility of the hospital if the patient dies due to scarcity of oxygen Need hospital bed for a 8month pregnant lady -oxygen level has dipped to 84 and situation not looking good at all. She is right now in Dwarka -Any leads please let me know!! @AdityaRajKaul #SOS DELHI Baby needs ventilator. In Critical State. Ad-Nehru vihar Mustafabad Delhi Age 2.2year Please help, Delhi!! @sumeetbhasin Requirement of Plasma Donor on urgent basis of “A or AB” blood group. Age - 53 Years/ Female Admitted in Fortis Hospital Shalimar Bagh Night curfew in force in AP K a n u S a r d a @ New Delhi thaman S @MusicThaman FIGHTING FOR LIFE A VERY GOOD MUSICIAN O+VE PLASMA VERY URGENT LOCATION DIYA HOSPITAL E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada Covid patients getting free oxygen, arranged by a Sikh organisation at Indirapuram Gurdwara, in Ghaziabad on Saturday | pti missions by the counsel for Maharaja Ag rasen Hospital, Jaipur Golden Hospital, Batra Hospital and Saroj Super Speciality Hospital over shortage of oxygen for treating seriously-ill Covid patients. States are arranging from tankers to everything. We are just assisting them. But in Delhi, everything NATIONWIDE April 23 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Takes charge as Chief Justice of India p8 3,46,786 2,19,838 2,624 K M a d h u S u d h a k a r @ Kurnool Lack of proper fire safety measures in Covid hospitals in the district poses a grave risk to patients as most of them do not have the mandatory No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the fire services and disaster management department. The hospitals which do not have NOCs include Kurnool Government General Hospital (GGH), State Covid Hospital, Nandyal District Hospital and Adoni Area Hospital. The district administration has arranged 1,260 beds in 18 government and private hospitals to treat Covid cases. Three government and two private hospitals do not have NOC. One private hospital is running with just conditional NOC due to inadequate fire safety equipment, District Fire Officer (DFO) V Sreenivasa Reddy told TNIE. The DFO said they issued notices to the hospitals to install fire safety equipment and obtain NOC from the fire services department. In Kurnool GGH, 500 beds have been arranged for Covid patients. Centre says `150 per dose of Covishield, SII says `400 The confusion over the price of SII’s vaccine continued on Sunday, with the Centre saying it would keep procuring Covishield and Covaxin at `150 per dose. The statement came on a day when SII said it would sell its Covishield for `400 a dose to states and `600 for private hospital. The Union health ministry’s clarification was in response to Jairam Ramesh’s tweet, saying the Centre would be paying more. However, Ramesh said the Sunday’s statement did not address the issue of the price differential. “1. SII said `400 is the new price for ALL new govt procurements States & Centre. What’s the truth? 2. States have to buy from SII at `400 -Highest in the World- for Made in India vaccine. Why?” he tweeted. Bharat Biotech, issued its rate card, saying its Covaxin would be sold at `600 a dose to states and at `1,200 to hospitals. Though all the wings in the hospital possess fire safety equipment, it is yet to be operationalised to get NOC. The 60-bed Nandyal District Hospital and 85-bed Adoni Area Hospital, which are exclusively for Covid cases, do not have fixed firefighting equipment as per fire safety norms. Similarly, Vishwa Bharati Hospital and Sri Gayatri Hospital are yet to get NOC from the fire services department. The 100-bed Santhiram Hospital in Nandyal is being run with conditional NOC, the District Fire Officer said. Speaking about other hospitals, including Covid and non-Covid hospitals, the DFO said 176 private hospitals have been issued NOCs against the total 250 across the district. Other hospitals have been asked to get NOCs, he said. P3 AP places order for 4.08 cr doses of Covid-19 vaccine Vijayawada: The State government has placed an order for 4.08 crore doses of Covid vaccine. It was decided to vaccinate 2.04 crore people in the age group of 18-45 in the State from May 1. Principal Secretary (Covid Management and Vaccination) Muddada Ravichandra on Saturday wrote letters to Bharat Biotech, Serum Institute of India and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories placing the order for Covid vaccine. “We have written to all the three companies to supply 4.08 crore doses as we are not sure of the availability with each supplier,” Ravichandra said. 86 KHG docs deputed to VIMS to treat Covid cases @ Visakhapatnam With the sharp spike in Covid-19 cases in the district, 86 doctors from King George Hospital (KHG) have been deputed to Visakha Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS) District Collector V Vinay Chand inspected VIMS on Saturday and reviewed the available fa- medical infra Last week, a 50-year-old woman jumped to death from the King George Hospital building in Visakhapatnam, where she was undergoing treatment for Covid-19. She reportedly took the extreme step due to depression over her condition and fear of uncertain future. Similar cases of people resorting to the extreme step unable to overcome their fear of Covid-19 and possible post-Covid complications were reported in the State. It is suspected that several such cases might have gone unreported. Psychologists and psychiatrists opine that it is high time for the State to revive counselling for Covid patients to create confidence among them. Though Covid counselling was provided during the first wave, it is yet to be revived during the second wave. “Psychological and psychiatric counselling in cases of those showing suicidal tendencies is recommended. We did the same for five months during the CovWIT H The Covid Generation helpline Dial 104 for info http:/hmfw.ap.gov. on Covid services in/covid. 1902 to lodge dashboard.aspx complaints Covid dashboard Total beds in 204 8297-104-104 hospitals - 23,189 WhatsApp Chatbat number - type Hi, Available beds - Hello, Covid to 13,302 (at 8 pm) know official Available information ventilators - 2,704 about Corona STATEWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths April 23 April 24 11,766 4,441 38 11,698 4,421 37 id first wave. I myself along with another senior had offered our services voluntarily We are . ready to extend our services virtually now,” TS Rao, rehabilitation psychologist and vice-president of National Rehabilitation Psychologists Association, told TNIE. There are people who are afraid of getting vaccinated fearing possible side effects and they need P4 counselling, he said. T H IS Deadline medicare E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e s g u r u s r i k a n t h @ Vijayawada ISSUE PLUS 12 PAGES Most Covid-19 hospitals in Kurnool don’t MCT comes up with 5% tax discount have NOC posing fire hazard to patients E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi ramana 3,32,730 1,93,279 2,263 April 24 is put on us,” the Centre said. “Let’s try and not be a cry baby Solicitor General Tushar ,” Mehta said in response to Delhi government lawyer’s complaint that the Centre was not complying with the guidelines for oxygen allocation. It also asked the Centre when the 480 MT of oxygen per day allocated for Delhi would see the light of the day . “You had assured us that 480 MT per day will reach Delhi. Tell us when will it come?,” the court questioned Centre. The matter would be heard next on P7 April 26. Night curfew came into force in the State on Saturday. The curfew from 10 pm to 5 am will be in force till further orders. Business establishments closed well before the stipulated timings so that the staff and employees reach their destinations before 10 pm. Policemen were deployed in cities and towns at busy junctions to enforce the curfew strictly Police made announce. ments through public address system at the busy junctions asking people not to venture out of their homes after 10 pm. Police officials said in the initial days, they will educate people about the curfew and after two or three days, they will take stringent action against the violators. Transport facilities were made available at bus stands and railway stations for those arriving at these places to reach their destinations. Covid patients need to be counselled to allay fears cilities. Speaking to newsmen later, he said no Covid patient should be sent back citing non-availability of beds. Steps are being taken to ensure that doctors are available in all the wards of VIMS 24x7. Nodal officers will monitor the functioning of hospital round-the-clock. Deputy Collector V Suryakala, Ayush RDD Y Sekhar and SSA PO Mallikharjuna Reddy and Gajuwaka GVMC Commissioner inspects Covid care centres GVMC Commissioner G Srijana inspected the Covid care centres being set up at Pineapple Colony (Mudasarlova) and Bakkannapalem with 1,700 beds. She directed the staff to ensure proper hygiene at the Covid care centres tahsildar will be the nodal officers of VIMS. Addressing a review meeting at the hospital, Vinay Chand asked APMSIDC EE DA Naidu to monitor oxygen supply at VIMS regularly . The hospital director was asked to prepare a roster for three shifts of staff and help desks to provide infor mation to people. Steps should be taken to rectify minor lapses, he said. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Tirupati Households need to pay property tax for the current financial year before April 30 to avail of the 5 per cent discount offered by MCT The Municipal Corporation of Tirupati (MCT) has offered 5 per cent discount on advance payment of property tax for the financial year 2021-22. In a statement here on Saturday, MCT Commissioner PS Girisha said households need to pay property tax for the current fiscal before April 30 to avail of the 5 per cent discount. A special counter has been set up at Lalita Kala Auditorium on the MCT office premises for the payment of property tax. Denizens can also pay the property and other taxes online in view of surge in Covid cases.
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