coimbatore l monday l April 26, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l late city EDITION 551 o2 generation plants to be set up in ghs Across india The dedicated pressure swing adsorption (PSA) plants aim to arrest the acute shortage of oxygen gas across the country execution cost borne by pm-cares fund The plants, funded by PM-CARES, would soon come up at identified hospitals in district headquarters to ensure they have a captive oxygen generation facility. Along with the ‘top-up’ liquid medical oxygen, these facilities seek to ensure that government hospitals do not face sudden disruption in supplies and have adequate stock to manage Covid patients ■ 150 tonnes 162 sanctioned earlier, 33 operational ■ Earlier, the Centre had claimed that 33 of the 162 approved PSA plants were functional. But ground reports suggested even that many were not operational. The 551 are in addition to the 162 Hospitals appear more comfortable at present with the oxygen refill system that is already in place instead of pushing for PSAs liquid oxygen carried so far by the railways’ Oxygen express 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 Mumbai reports lowest infection rise in a month Mumbai recorded 5,542 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, its lowest single-day rise in infections so far this month. The city’s total tally now is 6,27,651 Liquid oxygen use The Centre barred the use of liquid oxygen for any non-medical purpose and asked units to maximise its production NATIONWIDE Positive in bengal A patient who tested positive for Covid-19 being taken to a critical care unit at the M R Bangur Hospital in Kolkata on Sunday | Arunava Sen April 24 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths April 25 3,46,786 2,19,838 2,624 3,49,691 2,17,113 2,767 Starting today, TNIE will gainfully utilise the space freed up by suspending IPL coverage. To begin with, we have a picture collage capturing grim Covid reality across the country PAGE 12 Explosive rise places B’luru at top of active Covid heap City records 151% spike in patient volume since April 15; experts call for lockdown “There is a need to impose a lockdown, and this time should be utilised by the government to shore up facilities like oxygen beds in all hospitals, medical colleges, nursing institutes, covid care centres, hostels, ayurvedic and homeopathic hospitals and colleges. In the first phase more efforts were made than what is being done now. In the second wave, @ Bengaluru Bengaluru has emerged as the city with the highest active Covid-19 case load in the country with 1,80,542 patients currently under treatment in hospitals and in home isolation. Experts are rattled by the explosion in cases, on which they are basing their desperate appeal for strict measures — even a complete lockdown — to stem the massive spread. Bengaluru recorded a whopping 151.35% increase in the volume of patients currently under treatment since April 15 when the figure was 71,827. With this jump, Bengaluru, in a dubious distinction, is far ahead of Delhi (93,080 active caseload) and more than double of Mumbai (75,498), the cities which stand ranked second and third, respectively . Bengaluru’s active caseload has increased so dramatically in the past few days that the number at present is 27.62% of the city’s total number of people who tested positive since March 2020, which on Sunday stood at 6,53,656. It is this explosion that has thrown the city’s health system out of gear, causing oxygen shortages and nonavailability of beds even for critically sick. Professor at Indian Institute of Public Health Giridhara R Babu, a senior epidemiologist and member of the state government’s Technical Advisory Committee, told TNIE, worrying stats Express News Service the intensity and efforts need to be scaled up to five times.” Looking at the way the growth in figures is occurring, he foresees the second wave peaking in mid-May. “The people and the government let their guard down, which has led to such a rise in cases. Instead of cooperating with the government, restaurants, hotels, cinema theatres, gyms etc demanded relaxations and became super spreaders of the virus, where norms were not strictly adhered to,” he said. Active cases Daily deaths 7,00,000 6,00,000 5,46,635 5,22,438 6,32,923 5,98,919 5,70,035 6,53,656 6,15,518 5,83,675 5,56,253 5,33,842 5,12,521 5,00,000 @ New Delhi/Mumbai Senior government doctors involved in management of quarantine and home isolation during the first wave said the state government had failed at every step. “They let their guard down in testing and tracking. Earlier, the thrust was on covid care centres, but now it is on home isolation, but no tab is kept on the isolated. They have turned super spreaders as they move about from the 3rd or 5th day of infection instead of staying put for 17 days,” said a doctor Bengaluru Urban has logged a whopping 151.35% jump in active cases in the last 11 days, making it a major Covid hotspot Total cases 8,00,000 Delhi extends lockdown by a week, Mumbai breathes easy State government’s failure behind surge, say doctors Nirad Mudur & Bosky Khanna 4,00,000 3,00,000 2,00,000 1,00,000 0 71,827 79,616 30 57 87,724 97,897 43 1,03,178 60 97 1,80,542 1,49,624 1,24,894 1,62,171 1,37,813 1,14,833 92 70 68 124 149 77 Apr 15 Apr 16 Apr 17 Apr 18 Apr 19 Apr 20 Apr 21 Apr 22 Apr 23 Apr 24 Apr 25 On a day the Delhi government opted for another week of lockdown to contain the spread amid erratic oxygen supply crippling its healthcare apparatus, Mumbai seemed to have turned the corner, with its municipal body on Sunday saying that a dip in numbers, fresh arrival of vaccines and adequate oxygen supply had bolstered its fight. Announcing the fresh lockdown till May 3, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the positivity rate had peaked to 37% during the ongoing shutdown, before dipping to under 30% on Sunday “This is not . to say that the disease is ebbing. It may increase or decrease in the coming days,” he said. The city government, however, allowed courier services and some sections of selfemployed people to ply their trade, provided they possess e-passes. Stating that the oxygen situation in Delhi was dire, he said: “Delhi’s current requirement is 700 MT and what’s reaching us is 330-335 MT.” He said he has written to the CMs of all states to divert their surplus to Delhi to bridge the shortfall. Meanwhile, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said it would resume inoculation at all its centres with the arrival of 1.5 lakh fresh Covishield doses. Its municipal commissioner said that the oxygen situation, too, was ‘normal’ as all supply issues had been resolved. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) Govt hijacking vax, claim Cong-ruled states E x p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi Accusing the Centre of step-motherly treatment, states ruled by the Congress and its allies on Sunday accused it of hijacking vaccines from manufacturers and doubted if they would be able to vaccinate people in the 18-45 year age group from May 1. At a joint press conference, the health ministers of Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Punjab and Jharkhand said the Centre has already taken away a major portion of the stock and doses are not available to them. “How do we vaccinate adults of 1845 years as Serum Institute has said they will not be able to provide vaccine till May 15? We have the capacity , but not the vaccine. States should get the supplies. The Centre should provide vaccine,” Rajasthan health minister Raghu Sharma said. His Chhattisgarh counterpart T S Singh Deo alleged that the Centre was playing politics of vaccination. “There is no way shots can be No reason for states to complain, says Vardhan New Delhi: The Centre liberalised the vaccination strategy following requests from nearly all states to do so, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday, adding there was no reason for them to complain now Tight lockdown norms keep residents of Chennai indoors Our IPL Space administered if the vaccine is not available. How will we provide vaccination? We are ready to vaccinate, provided we have the vaccines. The country is being misguided. The Centre has made a joke of this,” he charged. Punjab health minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said, “If the Centre does not support us, how can we roll out the vaccination drive? We are only hand-tomouth on vaccines,” Sidhu said. Jharkhand health minister Banna Gupta charged that “the government that talks of one Constitution, one tax, is now trying to derive benefit out of the pandemic through differential pricing of vaccines.” CP B a l a s u b r a m a n ya m @ Chennai The Anna Statue junction on Mount Road wears a deserted look during the lockdown, in Chennai on Sunday. The police said not many violations were reported in the city | P Jawahar Don’t divert oxygen to AP, TS when we need it, CM tells PM E x p r e s s n e w s s e r v i c e @ New Delhi Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighting the shortage of medical oxygen in Tamil Nadu, and asserting that there is no justification for diverting 80 KL of oxygen to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. “There is a growing need for medical oxygen in Tamil Nadu due to the high level of oxygen-dependent active (Covid) cases... The State is taking all efforts to reduce the number of positive cases, but considering the current trend, the State would require 450 MTs shortly, which would be more than our production capacity of 400 MTs,” the Chief Minister wrote. He added that while the maximum number of active cases last year was about 58,000, it has already crossed a lakh this year. This has increased the demand for oxygen, and efforts are on to provide adequate and uninterrupted supply he stated. , Last week, Tamil Nadu Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan had expressed concern over the Centre diverting oxygen. “We are not against giving oxygen to any other States, but our objection is compulsory diversion,” he had pointed out. Continued on P4 All-party meeting on reopening Sterlite today Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami will hold an all-party meeting at the Secretariat on Monday to discuss, among other things, the reopening of the Sterlite Copper plant to produce oxygen | P5 The State capital went into ‘silent mode’ once again on Sunday, with only the loud sirens of ambulances piercing the silence, indicating a health emergency The lockdown, to . contain the spread of Covid-19, forced most people to stay indoors, not out of fear of the reinvigorated virus, but out of fear of the penalty of venturing outdoors. A day earlier, they thronged markets to ensure they had enough supplies to get through the lockdown. The city roads, manned by 7,000 police personnel at 200 checkpoints, wore a deserted look, bringing back memories of last year. Police officers at two checkpoints told Express that those who ventured out did so to buy medicines and food. “Experience from the previous lockdowns taught people how to evade the police,” an officer quipped. Interior roads leading to main roads were blocked to restrict vehicular movement, while arterial roads, including Poonamalle High Road, ECR, and OMR, were kept open. STATEWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths April 24 14,842 9,142 80 April 25 15,659 11,065 82
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