HYDERABAD TUESDAY MAY 04, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION CT SCAN IN MILD COVID CASES DOES MORE HARM THAN GOOD CT scan has side effects and can end up doing more harm than good for mild Covid cases, according to AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria EQUALS TO RADIATION OF 400 CHEST X-RAYS MILD ILLNESS NEEDS NO MEDICATION “One CT scan is equivalent to 300 to 400 chest X-rays... repeated CT scans in younger age increase the risk of cancer in later life. Exposing yourself to radiation again and again may cause damage,” he said. Guleria added that several blood tests for biomarkers are also not needed in mild illness if the oxygen saturation is fine, fever is not high and there are no other symptoms ■ ■ Dr Guleria said CT scans should be done only when hospitalised. “If there is a doubt, one should opt for a chest X-ray,” he said He said that clinical management guidelines are clear that people with mild illness need no medicine. One can take ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine; no need to take too many medicines | P7 93% IF OXYGEN SATURATION GOES BELOW THIS, THE PATIENT SHOULD RUSH TO A DOCTOR 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 KCR orders yet another probe against Eatala Ex-minister vows to fight back and take legal recourse; Cong MP Revanth Reddy says KTR too purchased Devarayamjal lands Former minister Eatala Rajender receives a grand welcome from his followers in Huzurabad of Karimnagar district on Monday I am confident that I will emerge unscathed. I am ready to face any kind of punishment, if any of the charges which the State has framed against me are proven — Eatala Rajender other members of the committee. The value of the Devarayamjal lands under the “illegal occupation” is about `1,000 crore, the order said. The order also said there were reports that large constructions have been made on these lands without any valid permission and in flagrant violation of several laws, gravely hurting the sentiments of the devotees and the donors. These actions, the order said, constituted grave violations of several laws in force. The terms of reference for the committee are that the team shall conduct a detailed en- quiry and submit a report to the government on the details of the encroachers and the land encroached upon. The nature of encroachment and the present usage, the details of documents possessed by these encroachers, the details of permissions if any issued by any government body, violations of existing government regulations, the extent of vacant land, the extent of land under encroachment by the benamis and the influential persons behind them, extent of revenue loss to the temple and recommended action. However, responding to the charges framed against him on the assigned lands in Masaipet mandal in Medak district, Rajender said at his media conference earlier in the day that he would fight back by taking legal recourse. CONTINUED ON P4 Mamata thinks big, preps to become face of Opposition in ’24 HER image of a “street fighter” firmly established following TMC’s thumping win over the BJP in the West Bengal Assembly elections, Mamata Banerjee will now try to galvanise other parties to fight against the saffron brigade in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. Set to be sworn in as the chief minister of the state for the third time on Wednesday , she said her party will celebrate the landslide victory at Kolkata’s famed Brigade Parade Ground, but only after the Covid-19 situation gets better. Leaders from other states will be invited to her victory parade. “I am a street fighter. I can boost people so that we can fight against BJP. One cannot do everything alone. I think all together, we can fight the battle for 2024. But let’s fight Covid first,” said Mamata on Monday . Mamata’s statement is seen as an indication that she is going to play a key role in mobilis- MAY 3 3,92,488 3,07,865 3,689 3,68,147 3,00,732 3,417 JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT May 3 16.5 lakh doses Total doses 15,88,71,435 2,15,185 people in 18-44 years age group received their first dose MAY 1 MAY 2 7,430 5,567 56 5,695 6,206 49 Active cases in Telangana stand at 80,135 BIG ASPIRATION P R A N A B M O N D A L @ Kolkata MAY 2 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths TELANGANA Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths V V B A L A K R I S H N A @ Hyderabad THE noose around for mer Medical and Health Minister Eatala Rajender’s neck further tightened on Monday with the State government ordering yet another probe into the allegations that he and several others had encroached 1,000 acres of endowment lands in Devarayamjal village on Hyderabad’s outskirts. Ironically, the probe orders came even as the former minister was explaining to the media how hollow the allegations, reported in TRS mouthpieces -Namasthe Telangana and Telangana Today were. , Defending himself, Rajender argued that he and several others had purchased the lands even before they were declared as endowment land in 1990s and that pointing an accusing finger at him was nothing but witch-hunting. The only leader who came in his support was Congress MP A Revanth Reddy who released , documents claiming that even KT Rama Rao, the TRS working president and son of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, too purchased the Devarayamjal lands. The committee constituted to probe these land dealings is being headed by Commissioner Panchayat Raj M Raghunandan Rao. Collectors of Nalgonda, Mancherial and Medchal, Prashanath Jeevan Patil, Bharati Hollikari and Swetha Mohanty respectively are the NATIONWIDE ing other forces and bring them together on a common platform to challenge the mighty BJP. With an impressive performance in the Assembly elections where her party bagged 213 seats, the West Bengal chief minister is going to play a role in national politics, said a TMC leader. Mamata said many political leaders and chief ministers called and congratulated her. “But this is the first time I have not received any call from the Prime Minister. He may be busy with other affairs,” said Mamata who suffered a narrow loss in Nandigram under controversial circumstances. Mamata’s announcement of inviting the leaders from other states is said to be aimed at forming an alternative force against BJP. During the elections, she wrote to several chief ministers and leaders, who are not part of the NDA, asking them to unite against the Centre’s decisions which are “against the interest of the common people”. Grief-stricken relatives of the deceased patients outside the Chamarajanagar district hospital on Monday | UDAYARSANKAR S O2 HORROR CONTINUES 24 die in Karnataka hospital, 8 in Andhra EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chamarajanagar/Vijayawada/New Delhi TWENTY-four Covid patients died in Chamarajanagar District Hospital in Karnataka on Sunday night allegedly due to lack of timely oxygen supply . On Sunday the hospital was , left with three dozen cylinders and the expected delivery did not arrive as scheduled. Some patients felt breathlessness and informed their family and friends about the situation. The hospital staff advised the attendants of patients to shift them to other hospitals. The situation slipped out of control as patients started dying, creating panic. Meanwhile, Mysuru M P Prathap Simha intervened and rushed 50 cylinders. He also made arrangements for another 180. However, the tragedy had occurred by the time the cylinders reached and supply was restored. In another incident, four Covid-19 patients with comorbidities died due to non-availability of staff to man the ventilators at the Aland Taluk Hospital in Kar nataka’s Kalaburagi. Andhra Pradesh also reported deaths from alleged oxygen shortage. Eight Covid patients reportedly died due to short supply of oxygen in Hindupur Government General Hospital in Andhra Pradesh in the early hours of Monday . According to information, oxygen supply to the patients on ventilators and oxygen masks started decreasing around 5:10 am. Attendants of patients who noticed the situation informed the matter to the hospital staff. Irked by the 18+ VAX PUSH CRAWLS; SUPPLY SIDE CRUNCH IN VARIOUS STATES EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Mamata Banerjee addressing a press meet in Kolkata on Monday | BIBHASH LODH On the day of the Bengal election results, Mamata tried to build pressure on the Central government on the vaccine issue. She threatened a sit-in demonstration if the Centre doesn’t give free vaccines to all the citizens of India. She is also among the opposition leaders who wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday demanding free vaccination. “About Rs 30,000 crore is required to give free vaccines to all and allotting that amount is not an issue for the Central government. BJP has spent huge money in Bengal elections. Had they used a part of it, people would have got free vaccines,” Mamata said. THE Supreme Court on Monday said media is a powerful watchdog in democracy and cannot be stopped from reporting any court hearing. The observation came on the Election Commission’s plea challenging the Madras High Court’s sharp remarks warn- ing its officials could be hauled up for murder for not strictly enforcing Covid norms in the run up to the recent Assembly elections. “We cannot say that media will not report the discussion that takes place in court. The discussion that takes place is in as much public in- terest as the final order of the court. The discussion in court is a dialogue between the Bar and the bench. Media is a very powerful watchdog in protecting the sanctity of this process,” a bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud said. The bench asked the EC to take HC’s ob- JUST three days after the rollout of the Covid vaccination programme for those in the 18-44 age group, the process is just about crawling across the country Chart topper Gujarat . has barely crossed 1 lakh cumulative vaccinations in that age group, followed by Rajasthan (75,817), Maharashtra (73,455), Haryana (54,946) and Delhi (39,799), apparently due to vaccine shortage. Reports of acute scarcity of jabs came from various states, including Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. While Andhra has fully exhausted its stock, just 1.58 lakh doses of vaccines are available in Telangana, said Dr G S Rao, Director of Public Health. Karnataka received five lakh vials of Covishield on Monday, but Kerala was awaiting fresh stock. As on May 2, it had just 2,67,510 doses. Maharashtra has purchased about 3 lakh doses for the 18+ age group but has no stock for the 45+ population for which the Centre is the only provider. Meanwhile, the Centre announced it has already placed orders for 11 crore doses of Covishield and 5 crore doses of Covaxin for May through July amid concerns that no recent orders were issued. The clarification came amid Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawala saying that the vaccine supply crunch will continue for at least 2-3 months. The impetus to prepare for the crisis ought to come from the P7 Centre and not on SII, he said. servations in the right spirit. Senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi appearing for the EC, said, “Harsh criticism is welcome, but certain observations should not have been made.” Justice Chandrachud said, “Speaking for myself, I would not have used the words of Madras High Court.” The bench later reserved its order. Two Indian KKR players tested positive for Covid despite being part of the seemingly impregnable bio bubble in Ahmedabad, causing all round anxiety. In Delhi, two officials and one support staff of CSK were found infected 30 ON AI FLIGHT TO ROME TEST POSITIVE At least 30 fliers on board Air India’s Amritsar-Rome flight last Wednesday were found Covidpositve on arrival. Two of them were flight crew members. All 242 passengers on the flight are now on quarantine in Italy JOURNOS ON LIST OF FRONTLINE WORKERS IN JUST A FEW STATES Though over 150 journalists have so far succumbed to Covid-19 on the line of duty, and many others are infected, just a handful of states like Punjab, West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar have designated accredited mediapersons as frontline workers for inoculation. In Kerala, the proposal to add journalists to the list was kept on hold as only a small number of vaccine doses were allotted for frontline workers. TN, too, does not treat journalists as frontline workers though Chennai Corporation let mediapersons on poll duty to take the jab. Need national lockdown to tide over second wave: CII the use of manpower at workplace, limiting it to critical activities required by law for the IN what may be the first hint of next two weeks, said Kotak, India Inc favouring lockdown also a top banker. measures, the Confederation of “All responsible corporates Indian Industry on should strive to proMonday urged the tect their employees Centre to take and ensure that their “strongest steps inemployee balance cluding curtailing sheet remains economic activity” healthy,” his stateto save lives. “Given ment read. the current pandemKotak said that inic situation, safedustry should take guarding lives is of cue from automobile utmost priority and companies such as Uday Kotak nationwide maximal Maruti Suzuki, MG response measure at the high- Motor and Honda Motorcycle est level is called for to cut the and Scooter India, which have transmission links,” said CII halted production temporarily president Uday Kotak. or advanced maintenance On the other hand, industry schedules in the interest of the should voluntarily minimise safety of their employees. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi Telangana yet to receive allocated 8 L vax doses E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad Can’t bar media reportage on oral observation: SC to EC K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi ‘indifferent attitude’ of the hospital staff, the attendants broke the windows and rushed to the beds with oxygen cylinders kept on standby on the hospital premises. Though they tried to administer oxygen, eight patients died. Attendants of other patients too rushed out to get oxygen cylinders, fearing the shortage in might lead to death of their kin. The situation in Delhi continued to remain grim with several private hospitals scampering to refill their oxygen stocks. Dharamveer Solanki Hospital in Rohini, MKW Hospital in Rajouri Garden, and Batra Hospital said they were facing difficulty due to shortage of the life-saving gas. Batra Hospital said it would cut down the number of beds until the situation improves. IPL PLAYERS WITHIN BIO BUBBLE INFECTED TRS TRIUMPHS IN WARANGAL & KHAMMAM MUNICIPAL CORPORATIONS AND 5 MUNICIPALITIES|P2 THOUGH Telangana was allocated nearly eight lakh doses of vaccine for the first fortnight of May the State is yet to receive any , of them. On Monday, Director of Public Health Dr G Srinivasa Rao said that only 1.58 lakh doses of the vaccine were left with the State and it was yet to receive the rest. The State has previously been allocated around 8.3Lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines for the coming fortnight. The State has been given 6.28 lakh doses of Covishield and 2.07 lakh doses of Covaxin. This is grossly less than what the State is capable of spending in a day It has been vaccinat. ing nearly two lakh individuals a day prior to vaccine shortage. Owing to this inconsistent supply, the government announced that all vaccines will be routed via Cowin.gov.in alone and no walk CONTINUED ON P4 in registrations will be allowed.
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