BELAGAVI FRIDAY APRIL 30, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 14 LATE CITY EDITION GOVT ALLOWS STEROID USE FOR PATIENTS IN HOME ISOLATION WHAT MEDICINES ONE SHOULD TAKE AT HOME The latest guidelines state that if Covid symptoms persist beyond seven days, doctor should be consulted for treatment with low-dose oral steroids REMDESIVIR INJECTION ONLY IN HOSPITALS If fever is not controlled with a maximum dose of Paracetamol 650 mg four times a day, consult the doctor, who may consider advising non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug like Naproxen 250 mg twice a day, the Union health ministry said. “Tab. Ivermectin (200 mcg/kg once a day, to be taken on empty stomach) for 3 to 5 days should be considered,” the guidelines stated ■ ■ Inhalational Budesonide (given via inhalers with spacer at a dose of 800 mcg twice daily for five to seven days) to be given if fever or cough persist beyond five days, they added Remdesivir or any other investigational therapy must be administered only in a hospital setting, the health ministry said 10 days DURATION OF HOME ISOLATION FOR PATIENTS AFTER ONSET OF SYMPTOMS 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 Vax by mid-May for 18+ in K’taka EXIT POLL Chief Minister says drive in state will be taken up in phases, depending on availability of vaccine stocks Poll of polls gives 137 to Trinamool, 142 to BJP; DMK sweep seen in TN; Pinarayi projected to retain power A N U S H A R A V I @ Bengaluru WITH Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing the opening up of Covid-19 vaccination for citizens between the ages 18 and 44 starting May 1, lakhs of people in that age group have been registering on the CoWIN app since Wednesday. However, Karnataka may start vaccinating citizens in that age group only towards the later part of May second week or early part of May third week. With a severe backlog of orders and demands from multiple states other than their prior commitment to the Union Government, vaccine manufacturers may be able to deliver the first batch of vaccines, independently being procured by Karnataka, only by mid-May . Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, in a statement on Thursday, said the fourth phase of the vaccination drive will be taken up “in stages”. With crores of citizens who have registered for the vaccination raising complaints about not finding slots or centres to schedule their jabs, the CM said the drive will begin as and when vaccine stocks are made available. “The State Government is procuring one crore doses of vaccine. Work order has been placed to procure an additional one crore doses of vaccine. The fourth phase of the vaccination drive will be taken up in stages. Pharmaceutical companies are enhancing their production capacity to meet the increased demand. A third vaccine option is also being introduced. Under these circumstances, the vaccination drive will continue based on the availability of vaccines. The drive will be planned to ensure systematic, disciplined and smooth implementation,” Yediyurappa said in the statement. The CM, however, refused to set a timeline on deliveries of the vaccines that have already been ordered as well as the date on which the government will roll out the fourth phase. Meanwhile, sources in the government suggest that Karnataka may receive its first batch of the one crores doses of Covishield vaccines from Serum Institute in Pune only in the secP3 ond week of May . BENGAL TOO CLOSE TO CALL WEST BENGAL EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi Chances of Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress retaining power in West Bengal appeared too close to call, while Assam is likely to give the BJP another shot at power, if exit poll projections on Thursday are anything to go by In Tamil Nadu, exit polls . predicted a crushing victory for the M K Stalin-led DMK, while the Pinarayi Vijayanled LDF appeared comfortably ahead in the race to retain power in Kerala. As for Puducherry exit polls put it , in the BJP’s pocket. ABP News CVoter predicted the Trinamool getting between 152-164 seats, while BJP could get between 109121 in West Bengal. The Left alliance, including the Congress, is expected to get between 14-25. On the contrary, the Republic-CNX polls gave the BJP a slight edge by projecting 138-148 seats for the party in the 294-seat Assembly and 128-138 to the Trinamool. The eight-phase polls in West Bengal ended on Thursday evening. As for Assam, the BJP-led NDA is likely to beat antiincumbency to retain power. The India Today-Axis My India exit poll gave 75-85 of Assam’s 126 seats to the NDA. The Congress’s grand alliance is likely to win 40-50 seats, it predicted. In Tamil Nadu, the exit polls predict a landslide for the Opposition DMK alliance, giving it a staggering 165 of the 234 seats that went to polls. The AIADMK, which had the BJP as its ally , could end up end up with 66 seats. As for Kerala, the LDF is all set to retain power with the poll of polls predicting 84 to LDF, 54 to UDF and 2 to the BJP. If the India TodayAxis exit poll is to be believed, the LDF is expected to win around 104-120 seats, UDF 20-36, BJP 0-2 and others 0-2. Survey Republic CNX Times Now Cvoter Jan ki Baat ETG Research P-MARQ Peoples Pulse-INDIA TV TMC+ 133 158 173 169 158 88 BJP+ 143 115 113 110 120 192 Left+ 16 19 6 12 14 12 137 142 13 Poll of polls TA MIL N A D U Survey DMK+ ADMK+ AMMK+ Oth Republic CNX 165 63 6 P-MARQ 177 52 5 Today’s Chanakya 174 57 3 Axis-My India 185 46 2 1 Cvoter 166 64 1 3 Poll of polls 173 56 2 KERALA Survey Poll Diary Times Now-Cvoter Today’s Chanakya India Today-Axis Republic TV-CNX P-Marq Jan ki Baat LDF 77-87 74 93-111 104-120 72-80 72-80 68-78 NDA 2-3 1 0-6 0-2 1-5 1-5 0 84 54 2 BJP+ 75-85 61-79 58-71 63-68 INC+ 40-50 47-65 53-66 61-66 Oth 1-2 0-3 0-3 0-6 69 Poll of polls UDF 51-61 65 36-44 20-36 58-64 58-64 48-58 56 1 ASSAM Survey Aaj Tak-Axis Today’s Chanakya ABP Cvoter Peoples Pulse Poll of polls BJP+ 16-20 19-23 9 1 WITH Director General of Police-Training Padam Kumar Garg retiring on Friday, the State Government has issued orders elevating Bengaluru City Police Commissioner and Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Kamal Pant to the rank of DGP on Thursday . While promoting Pant, the government has also upgraded the post of Commissioner of Police, Bengaluru City, from the rank of ADGP to DGP The . New Indian Express had first reported in its April 3 edition that the government is likely to retain Pant as City Police Commissioner though he was due for promotion as DGP . This is not the first time the City Police Commissioner’s post is being upgraded. CONTINUED ON: P3 @ New Delhi OVERSIGHT BOARD RAP CURRENT PART Y POSITION WEST BENGAL 294 TMC+ INC CPI(M) BJP Oth Vacant 201 23 19 34 6 11 KERALA 140 LDF UDF BJP 91 41 1 TAMIL NADU 234 ASSAM 126 AIADMK DMK AMMK 7 Vacant - 124 104 1 BJP, AGP+ INC AIUDF BPF 71 19 13 11 How an NGO in Tenkasi led by Mohammed Ali Jinna is helping people in the region give Covid victims a decent burial | P13 Oversight Board of FB overturned a decision to remove a user’s post under the ‘Dangerous Individuals and Organisations’ category and urged it to avoid mistakes that silence voices of religious minorities Vacant - Football star Sunil Chhetri is giving access to his Twitter account to ‘real-life captains’, who are doing amazing work, helping in transmission of info @ Bengaluru EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Oth 1-2 20 Poll of polls INC+ 11-13 6-10 5 - Vacant 12 NATIONWIDE APRIL 28 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths May 1 rollout just not doable EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE THE proposed May 1 launch of the mass vaccination programme for all Indian adults looks doubtful with states not having enough vaccines and a Chief Minister moving the calendar as far ahead as September. Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Assam, West Bengal, Punjab, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh have said the inoculation drive may get delayed by weeks or even months. Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are trying hard to meet 3,60,960 2,61,162 3,293 JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT APRIL 29 3,79,257 2,69,507 3,645 April 28 20,49,754 doses April 29 20,84,931 doses TOTAL DOSES: 15,21,05,563 SOCIAL media giant Facebook on Wednesday blocked posts tagged #ResignModi in the wake of the Covid tsunami, but restored them a few hours later claiming it had done so on its own by mistake. A Facebook spokesperson said, “We temporarily blocked this hashtag by mistake, not because the Indian government asked us to, and have since restored it.” For its part, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said the government had not issued any direction to remove the hashtag. the launch target but there is confusion on availability of the jabs. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday said doses for the 18-45 years age group will be available only after the current inoculation drive for those above 45 years is completed. And, that will be in September. According to Jagan, it will take four months to complete vaccinating the youth population, which means they will be fully vaccinated only by the end of January . The situation is no different In the few hours when the suspension was on, Facebook’s notification showed, “Posts with #ResignModi are temporarily hidden here. Some content in those posts goes against our Community Standards.” Posts with the #ResignModi hashtag criticised the lack of Covid beds, the continuing shortage of oxygen support, the massive political rallies in poll-bound states, the acute shortage of vaccines, and the huge rush of bodies at crematoriums and graveyards. A few days ago, Twitter had taken down a bunch of tweets critical of how the Centre had handled the pandemic. DELHI HOSPITALS CONTINUE STRUGGLE FOR OXYGEN DESPITE attempts by the government to allay any fears, there seems to be an obvious shortage of vaccines at vaccination centres, mainly private, causing confusion among beneficiaries. Those awaiting their second dose of the vaccine, in particular, are a worried lot as they fear that not getting it in time may compromise its effects in protecting STATEWIDE APRIL 28 APRIL 29 t h e m a g a i n s t t h e N o ve l Coronavirus. Fresh cases 39,047 35,024 Many beneficiaries who were Recoveries 11,833 14,142 scheduled to get their second Deaths 229 270 dose on April 28 and 29 were turned away at private vaccination centres, while those who had their appointments confirmed for April 30 are receiving messages from the CoWIN portal about cancellation of the scheduled vaccination and requesting them to reschedule it. However, no reasons are being offered. Several doctors and staff at private vaccination centres informed TNIE that they are not getting the vaccine supplies. P3 Tougher curbs coming in Kerala The Kerala government on Thursday decided to impose more stringent curbs from May 4-9 as the state’s daily case surge crossed 38,000. For a week from May 4, stringent restrictions will be put in place. People should follow ‘self lockdown’, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Delhi’s VIMHANS Hospital and Rosewood Hospital, both treating Covid patients, sent SOS for oxygen, saying their supplies would last a few hours alone. VIMHANS’ current supply will last for two hours, it medical director Dr Ubaid Hamid said Bharat Biotech’s turn to cut cost A day after SII lowered Covishield price by `100 to states, Bharat Biotech reduced its Covaxin’s cost from `600 to `400 per dose. Sources said the reduction came after a nudge by the Centre UP weekend lockdown extended The state decided to raise the duration of weekend lockdown by 24 hrs. It will cover Mondays too. “Weekend closure will be applicable from Friday 8 pm till Tue 7 am,” Addl Chief Secretary (Home) Navneet Sehgal said Cheat targets Covid patients’ families desperate for ICU beds IN a cruel case that should stand out as a reminder not to fall for unverified posts on social media, offering help in hospital admission, several families of Covid-19 patients have been allegedly cheated by a 31-year-old housing contractor who promised ICU beds against payments. He vanished after receiving the payments, leaving the families worse off. In at least one case, a victim lost both parents due to lack of ICU beds that the accused had promised. Manish Sarkar, hailing from West Bengal and residing in Malleswaram, is alleged to have cheated at least 17 families who were desperately seeking ICU beds. Sarkar’s modus operandi was to circulate his contact number on social media groups, promising ICU beds in quick time for Covid-19 patients. With his post being forwarded several times, may have fallen for his promises in a desperate bid to save their loved ones. He demanded Rs 27,000 as commission for each bed. After he was approached by Jayanagar resident Stephan Raj who was look- CONTINUED ON: P9 B O S K Y K H A N N A & I F F AT H F AT H I M A @ Bengaluru ALL FOR EASY MONEY M A N J U S H E T TA R @ Bengaluru in other states though most prefer not to give a timeline as to when vaccination for 18- to 44-year-olds can start. For example, Kerala, which got 3.5 lakh doses this week and expects another 1 lakh soon, is focusing on inoculating those above 45 years. Telangana is also not sure if it can start the programme on Saturday . BJP-ruled Karnataka has not officially postponed the May 1 rollout date but the state may be able to start only in May second or third week. Pvt, govt health facilities running low on vaccines FB blocks, restores #ResignModi hashtag PUDUCHERRY Survey Republic CNX ABP Cvoter B’luru police OUR IPL SPACE chief promoted to DGP rank EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 3 A long queue of ambulances carrying bodies of Covid victims waiting at the Peenya crematorium in Bengaluru | VINOD KUMAR T ing for an ICU bed for his Covid-19 positive and symptomatic parents, Sarkar allegedly forced him to pay up Rs 20,000 on April 23. On not getting an ICU bed, Raj’s mother and father died over the following two days. After performing the late rites of his parents, an angry and frustrated Raj approached the police on Wednes- day, seeking action against Sarkar. Based on the complaint, the Jayanagar police tracked down Sarkar to his rented house in Malleswaram and arrested him. Sarkar is reported to have confessed during interrogation that he wanted to make easy money and hence cheated the 17 families. 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