visakhapatnam l friday l april 30, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l 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 May 1 rollout just not doable exit poll Andhra says it may get doses only in September; even BJP-ruled states can’t kick it off on Saturday Poll of polls gives 137 to Trinamool, 142 to BJP; DMK sweep seen in TN; Pinarayi projected to retain power Bengal too close to call E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ 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. W e s t B e n g a l ( T o ta l s e at s 2 9 4) Survey TMC+ BJP+ Left+ Republic CNX 133 143 16 ABP Cvoter 158 115 19 Jan Ki Baat 113 173 6 ETG Research 169 110 12 P-MARQ 158 120 14 Peoples Pulse-INDIA TV 88 192 12 Poll of polls 137 142 201 TMC+ 23 INC 19 CPI(M) 34 BJP 6 Others 11 Vacant Ta m i l Na d u ( T o ta l s e at s 2 3 4) 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 TDP - 23.10 (+/- 3%) BJP - 7.34 (+/- 2%) Others - 3.71 (+/- 2%) 124 ADMK 104 DMK 1 AMMK 5 Vacant K e r a l a ( T o ta l s e at s 1 4 0) Survey LDF UDF NDA Poll Diary 77-87 51-61 2-3 Times Now CVoter 74 65 1 Today’s Chanakya 93-111 36-44 0-6 India Today-Axis 104-120 20-36 0-2 Republic TV-CNX 72-80 58-64 1-5 P-MARQ 72-80 58-64 1-5 ABP CVoter 71-77 62-68 0-2 Jan Ki Baat 68-78 48-58 0 Poll of polls 84 54 @ Visakhapatnam District Collector V Vinay Chand has directed the King George Hospital (KGH) authorities to provide 60 more beds in addition to the existing 500 in CSR Block to meet the requirement. Speaking at a review meeting at Andhra Medical College here on Thursday, the Collector instructed the KGH authorities to admit Covid patients soon after their arrival. There should not be any delay in admission of patients for whatever reason. Recovered patients should be sent home without any delay. There should not be any 2 current seat tally of parties 91 LDF 41 UDF 1 BJP 7 Vacant A s s a m ( T o ta l s e at s 1 2 6) Survey BJP+ INC+ Oth Aaj Tak-Axis 75-85 40-50 1-2 Today’s Chanakya 61-79 47-65 0-3 ABP Cvoter 58-71 53-66 0-3 Peoples Pulse 63-68 61-66 0-6 Poll of polls 69 56 1 current seat tally of parties 71 BJP 19 INC 13 AIUDF 11 BPF 12 Vacant P u d u c h e r r y ( T o ta l s e at s 3 0) Survey BJP+ INC+ Oth Republic CNX 16-20 11-13 ABP CVoter 19-23 6-10 1-2 Poll of polls 20 60 more beds in KGH to treat Covid cases: Collector E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e 3 current seat tally of parties AARAA exit poll for Tirupati LS bypoll YSRC - 65.85 (+/- 3%) 13 current seat tally of parties patients outside the hospital block, he said. Vinay Chand enquired about treatment being given to Covid patients with mild and moderate symptoms. He also asked for details of services being provided by doctors in three shifts in CSR Block. KGH Superintendent P Mythili sought recruitment of more doctors, nurses, anaesthesia and ECG technicians, and other technical personnel to treat the increasing number of Covid cases effectively . Andhra Medical College principal PV Sudhakar and other officials attended the meeting. Active caseload rises to 9,179 The number of active Covid cases in Visakhapatnam increased to 9,179 as it recorded a sharp spike of 1,129 new infections on Thursday. As many as 685 people were discharged from hospitals, taking the total number of recoveries to 68,776 in the district. 9 1 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e 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 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 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. “In government facilities, a decision has been taken to vaccinate the elderly If we . receive more vaccine doses, then arrangements can be made to vaccinate the youth as well. But for now, it is hard,” said a core team member of Covid-19 Task Force. Telangana is also not sure if it can start the programme on Saturday. “We do not know how many vaccine doses we will get from the manufacturer. From our end, we expected 10 lakh vaccine doses a day We will make a prop. er plan only based on what the manufacturers inform us that they can supply,” said health minister Eatala Rajender. The state has 2.5-3 crore people in the 18-44 years age group. 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 continued on P7 third week. A long queue of ambulances carrying bodies of Covid victims waiting at Peenya crematorium in Bengaluru | Vinod Kumar T Jabs for 18+ unlikely till Sept: CM E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has said Covid vaccine for people in the age group of 18-44 is likely to be available in September at the rate of current production in the country and it may take four months to cover an estimated 60 crore people. In other words, vaccination of 18 plus people will only be completed by February next year. Hence, it is imperative for people to strictly adhere to Covid Appropriate Behaviour to protect themselves from the virus, he said. @ New Delhi Oversight board rap 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 Our IPL Space 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 How an NGO in Tenkasi (TN) led by Mohammed Ali Jinna is helping people in the region give Covid victims a decent burial | P11 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. NATIONWIDE April 28 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 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 STATEWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths April 28 14,669 6,433 71 April 29 14,792 8,188 57 tered to only 12 crore people, while 2.6 crore people received the second dose. A total of 39 crore doses of vaccine is still required. At present, Bharat Biotech is manufacturing one crore doses of Covaxin per month and Serum Institute six crore doses of Covishield. It will take a few more months for Dr Reddy’s Labs and other pharma companies to produce Covid vaccine. About 20 crore doses of vaccine can be readied by August. At the rate of present production, the demand for 39 crore doses can be met by August or SepP4 tember, he analysed. After raids, Kadapa hosps halt Covid case admissions FB blocks, restores #ResignModi hashtag E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e He made the observations at a high-level review meeting on Covid situation in the State on Thursday He said the only solu. tion to Covid is vaccination and it is uncertain when this problem will be resolved. There are 26 crore people above 45 years of age in the country. They should be given two doses of vaccine, which will require a total of 52 crore doses. The first dose of vaccine was adminis- 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 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 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kadapa Amid ongoing crisis of shortage of beds for Covid patients, private Covid hospitals in the district have stopped admitting new cases alleging official harassment. The private managements put ‘No Admission’ boards in front of their hospitals on Thursday . The move comes a day after vigilance sleuths conducted raids on private Covid hospitals in the district. They found that KCH Hospital and Komma Hospital were charging `25,000 to `30,000 per day for a Covid patient in Intensive Care Unit and `3,000 per day for supply of oxygen in violation of the rates fixed by the State government. The police registered cases against the two hospitals under Section 420 (cheating) and other sections of the Indian Penal Code. A staffer of KCH Hospital was arrested during the raid. The district administration has permitted 11 private hospitals to treat Covid cases. Of the total, eight hospitals are located in Kadapa town and the remaining in other parts of the district. P4 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 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 unsung hero This 27-yr-old has performed last rites of 110 Covid victims K V S a i l en d r a @ Rajamahendravaram Carrying dead bodies of Covid patients from hospitals and even homes has become a routine affair for Mallisetti Bharat Raghava, a resident of Bommuru in Rajamahendravaram, Andhra Pradesh. Since the start of the pandemic, the 27-year-old along with a couple of his friends has performed the last rites of at least 110 de- ceased persons irrespective of their religion. “When I was in college, my father died of illness in Visakhapatnam. We did not have money to shift the body to Rajamahendravaram and had to keep the body for one full day It . was then that I decided that the dead need a decent farewell and started helping those who can’t afford it,” he says. An MBA graduate, he owns a goods truck to eke out a livelihood. Raghava doesn’t demand any money but will accept any amount that people give for performing the last rites. “I spend the amount on fuel and buying PPE kits for ourselves or for the funeral material”, he explains. During the first wave of the pandemic, which saw several people abandon dead bodies of their kith and kin in morgues, Raghava was called by the hospital managements to perform the final rites as bodies started to pile up. “In the initial days, I faced resistance and was stigmatised by neighbours. But that died down as days passed by People began to un. derstand that coronavirus is universal and nobody is immune to it”, he says. “There were instances where the family members contracted the virus and could not perform the last rites. I took the responsibility to arrange for the funeral,” he says adding that it is quite painful to see that people were not even in a position to bid farewell to their family members.
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