bhubaneswar 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 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 Vijayan-led 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 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 Today. Axis 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. 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 @ New Delhi 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. 13 201 TMC+ 23 INC 19 CPI(M) 34 BJP 6 Others 11 Vacant Ta m i l N a 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 3 current seat tally of parties 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 2 current seat tally of parties 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 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 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. 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 9 1 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 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 Govt’s ‘flattening curve’ claim jolts experts 91 LDF 41 UDF 1 BJP 7 Vacant FB blocks, restores #ResignModi hashtag Express News Service 142 current seat tally of parties Express News Service Hemant Kumar Rout @ Bhubaneswar This time the fight with Covid will be a long drawn affair as there is no lockdown or shutdown unlike previous year. If you test less, detection of cases will be less Dr Tribhuban Mohan Mohapatra, former ICMR member 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 EVEN as the Covid-19 re-curve is on an upward spiral with occasional drop in number of new cases over the last fortnight, and the test positivity rate has surpassed 15 per cent (pc) , Odisha government’s sudden claim that the graph has begun flattening left health experts perplexed. As the fresh cases dropped by around 16 pc a day after a record spike of 8,386 infections, Director of Medical Education and Training (DMET) Prof CBK Mohanty on Thursday pronounced that the Covid curve is now on a flattening mode with just 6,998 new cases in the last 24 hours. “One can clearly see the fluc- 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 tuation in the number of cases. After it breached the 8,000 mark, the graph again dropped. Like a wave it rises one day and drops the other day. Such a condition implies that Odisha is heading towards flattening the curve,” Prof Mohanty told mediapersons. ODISHA Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Apr 28 Apr 29 8,386 4,521 10 6,998 4,679 12 Warning that such premature announcement will make people more complacent, health experts opined that when the curve is in ascending order and there 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, its medical director Dr Ubaid Hamid said is reverse migration from the worst hit states, it would be too early to say the graph is plateauting or the curve is flattening. Noted microbiologist and former member of ICMR Dr Tribhuban Mohan Mohapatra said this time the fight with Covid will be a long drawn affair as there is no lockdown or shutdown unlike previous year. “If you test less, detection of cases will be less. That does not mean there are no positive cases in our surroundings. The State is under-reporting the cases by not testing in adequate numbers. Besides, Odisha needs to impose stricter measures like lockdown in worst affected districts to block the virus transmission,” CONTINUED ON: P5 he said. 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 prevent a shortage of blood. express read CM urges PM to waive charges for Central forces deployment Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday requested the Centre to waive charges of `4562.23 crore for deployment of Central forces in Odisha to deal with the problem of Left Wing Extremism (LWE) Odisha | P3 `50 lakh ex-gratia for Covid warriors’ kin Bhubaneswar: Odisha government on Thursday announced to continue its earlier policy decision of providing ex-gratia of `50 lakh to the kin of Covid warriors who got infected and succumbed to Covid-19 while performing duty | P2 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 hand Good Samaritans ensure dignity to Covid victims in death ARA B IN D A PAN D A & MAYAN K B H USAN PANI @ Cuttack/Sambalpur AT A time when families and relatives of Covid-19 victims are dreading to touch their last remains, social workers and volunteers have come forward to ensure that they are given a dignified cremation or burial. In Cuttack, 16 volunteers of Sabitri Jana Seva Health Helpline have taken the responsibil- ity of such funerals at the Satichaura crematorium. Ever since the second wave hit, the volunteers haven’t taken a break. Most of them remain in the crematorium round the clock to cremate the victims whose bodies are being brought from different Covid hospitals. “Relatives of the victim do not enter the crematorium fearing the infection but we assure them that their family member gets a A member of Sabitri Jana Seva Health Helpline lighting a pyre at Satichaura crematorium | Express dignified farewell”, said founder secretary of the organisation Bibhuti Kumar Ray, a para legal volunteer of Odisha State Legal Service Authority From arrang. ing firewood to getting the paperwork done and lighting the pyre, the members do it all. During the first wave, the Cuttack Municipal Corporation had assigned the cremations job to the organisation which conducted funerals of 1,200 bod- ies as per Covid protocols at Khannagar, Kaliaboda and Satichaura crematoriums in the city from August 18 to December 31. This time, though, Covid bodies are being cremated only at Satichaura. This year, while 70 Covid infected bodies were cremated from January 1 to March 30, funerals of a whopping 204 such bodies have been done from April 1 to April 29. CONTINUED ON: P5
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