HYDERABAD FRIDAY APRIL 30, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 28 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 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 anti-incumbency to retain power. The India TodayAxis 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. EXIT POLLS PREDICT TRS VICTORY Three exit polls conducted by AARA, Mission Chanakya and Atma Sakshi Survey predicted the victory of TRS in Nagarjuna Sagar Assembly bypoll. Nomula Bhagath is the TRS candidate. The election took place on April 17 and the counting will be on May 2. RT-PCR TEST OF KCR GAVE NO DEFINITE RESULT 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 @ Hyderabad IN a bloody daylight robbery which claimed a security guard’s life, two youngsters opened fire at the staff of Write SafeGuard, a cash management service (CMS) agency while the , latter were replenishing cash in an HDFC Bank ATM machine at Patelkunta i n Ku k a t p a l l y o n Thursday afternoon. During the firing, the security officer Mirza Subhan Ali Baig (74) accompanying the CMS van received a bullet injury in the stomach and died, while the ATM officer Chintala Srinivas (33), received a bullet injury in the leg. Another bullet shot by the offenders hit the ATM booth glass door. Baig had earlier served as a constable in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). 3 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 UDF 51-61 65 36-44 20-36 58-64 58-64 48-58 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 56 1 Poll of polls ASSAM Survey Aaj Tak-Axis Today’s Chanakya ABP Cvoter Peoples Pulse Poll of polls PUDUCHERRY Survey Republic CNX ABP Cvoter BJP+ 16-20 19-23 9 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. 1 N A G A R J U N A S A G A R B Y P O L L *votes in % TRS Cong BJP Others AARA 50.48% 39.93% 6.31% 3.28% MISSION CHANAKYA 49.24% 37.92% 7.8% 5.04 % AATMA SAKSHI 43.5% 39.5% 14.6% 2.4% The RT-PCR test conducted on Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao did not give accurate result on Thursday. Another RT-PCR test will be conducted again in next two to three days, an official release from CMO said. Police said the robbers on a Pulsar bike tailed the CMS vehicle from Kukatpally. When the staff were filling cash in the HDFC ATM booth, the culprits tried to snatch the cash from the staff. In the scuffle that followed, the suspects opened fire on the staff. Two other staffers escaped unhurt in the incident. The suspects made away with a `500 note bundle, valued at `5 lakh. The two suspects were reportedly nabbed in Sangareddy district later in the day . Cyberabad Commissioner VC Sajjanar said the offenders belong to an interstate gang. Analysing the offence, police suspect that the culprits conducted a recce of the spot and after thorough planning, committed the offence. CONTINUED ON P5 A long queue of ambulances carrying bodies of Covid victims waiting at Peenya crematorium in Bengaluru | VINOD KUMAR T Will vax drive run blood banks dry? EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE INDIA’S blood banks could face a crisis, with lakhs of people set to get vaccinated against Covid-19 from May 1. This is because the National Blood Transfusion Council (NBTC) has said blood banks shouldn’t receive from people within 28 days of them taking either dose of the vaccine. Most blood donors are in the 18-44 age group, which will be eligible to get vaccinated from May To avoid being caught off . guard, doctors are urging the public to donate blood before EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ 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 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 APRIL 29 3,60,960 2,61,162 3,293 JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT 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 receiving the vaccine. The minimum interval between the two doses is four weeks, which means, if you want to receive the second dose at the earliest, you can’t donate blood for 56 days, explained Project Director of Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS) Deepak Jacob. The Tamil Nadu State Blood Transfusion Council (SBTC) recently urged blood banks to encourage people to donate blood at the earliest, as “not being able to donate blood for the next two months, when everyone is getting vaccinated, will result in a shortage of blood.” A doctor in Siva g ang a warned that if enough people don’t donate blood before getting vaccinated, the maternal mortality rate could rise. “But motivating people to donate first, without discouraging them from taking the vaccine, is a tightrope walk,” another doctor added. In Chennai, a senior doctor opined that the NBTC could reduce the deferral period to preP5 vent a shortage of blood. Despite HC’s rap, SEC to go ahead with ULB polls FB blocks, restores #ResignModi hashtag Oth 1-2 20 Poll of polls INC+ 11-13 6-10 Robbers kill guard, loot `5 L from ATM in Hyd EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 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 S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad NOT withstanding Telangana High Court’s critical comments on Thursday on conducting elections to seven urban local bodies (ULBs), the State Election Commission (SEC) decided to go ahead with the polls on Friday The ULBs that are going to the polls are . Warangal, Khammam Municipal Corporations, Siddipet, Jadcherla, Kothur, Achampet and Nakrekal municipalities. The High Court expressed dissatisfaction over the SEC’s preoccupation with conducting the elections despite Covid-19 scourge playing havoc with the lives of people, but, after submitting a report to the HC on the measure it was going to take to prevent spike in the positive cases, the court asked it to ensure adherence to all Covid-19 protocols. The court also wanted all liquor shops to be shut as a precautionary measure. The High Court deplored the SEC for going ahead with the elections and asked it if it was necessary even at the cost of people’s CONTINUED ON P5 the lives. 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 HELPING HANDS Couple steps in to take care of kid as Covid +ve parents land in hosp D O N I TA J O S E @ Hyderabad The 10-year-old boy enjoys a meal at the home of new ‘family friends’ after his parents were hospitalised in Hyderabad AS Covid-19 tears through families infecting the young and old, the nuclear families in Hyderabad are facing a challenge of having to leave their young children alone, in case the elders in the family are hospitalised. In one such heartwrenching incident, a couple from Kolkata, working for an MNC in Hyderabad, had to be suddenly hospitalised after their oxygen levels dropped below 85 per cent. The direct outcome of this was that their 10year-old son was left at the hospital reception without food and water. “I was informed by my company’s HR about the situation. I got in touch with the patient who was nearly slurring in speech. Somehow, we used our best efforts and got the couple TELANGANA Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths APRIL 27 8,061 5,093 56 APRIL 28 7,994 4,009 58 admitted in a hospital. However, we were all in a fix on where to send the child as his Covid test reports were yet to come in,” said Pradeep Gadicherla, IT professional and member of Feed the Needy team. It is learnt that the boy accompanied the parents to the hospital. “They were in a complete nuclear family situation as they did not know any neighbours nor did they have any close colleagues as his team was recently changed to a new project,” Pradeep said “We were very concerned and were discussing what could be done to protect the child,” he CONTINUED ON P5 added.
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