vijayawada l tuesday l may 04, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION CT scan in mild COVID cases does more harm than good Equals to radiation of 400 chest x-rays “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 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 ■ 93% Mild illness needs no medication ■ 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 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 Partial curfew for 2 weeks to contain Covid-19 spread TDP leader Sabbam Hari passes away Shops to be open from 6 a.m to 12 p.m; essential services exempted medical infra 44,599 558 Available beds Covid hospitals 3,597 37,670 Patients undergoing treatment in hospitals 1,01,204 Patients on ventilator Patients in Home support Isolation 81 - Covid Care Centres A barricaded road in a containment zone at Innispeta in Rajamahendravaram on Monday | EXPRESS E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada With the sharp spike in Covid-19 cases in the past few weeks, the State government has decided to impose further restrictions for 14 days from Wednesday Curfew will be im. posed from 12 noon to 6 am. All business and commercial activity will be allowed only from 6 am to 12 pm. Thereafter, only essential services will be allowed. To prevent people from congregating in large numbers during the relaxation hours, prohibitory orders under Section 144 will be in force during which assembly of more than five persons at a place will not be allowed. After 12 noon, people will be allowed to come out only for emergency services, exempted from curfew. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, who held a review meeting on the Covid-19 situation, took the decision to impose further curbs on the movement of people in the State in view of the surge in new Covid-19 cases. “The decision to impose further restrictions and extend the curfew hours has been taken to curb the Covid-19 spread and at the same time to enable the general public continue their daily activity and also ensure that the trade and businesses are not affected,’’ Jagan Mohan Reddy said. While the State reported 18,972 new infections and 71 deaths on Monday, 23,929 new infections and 84 deaths were recorded on Sunday, the highest till now, and 19,412 new infections and 61 deaths on Saturday. Since March 24, curfew from 10 pm to 5 am is being imposed. But night curfew has failed to bring down the spike P4 in new infections. 41,780 - Available beds as on May 2 146 - Hospitals with oxygen facility 26,446 - Oxygen beds covid tracker may - 2 23,920 83 1,14,299 71 New cases 1,15,275 Deaths New Tests may - 3 18,972 Deaths New cases 11,63,994 Total caseload 10,03,935 Total Cured 8,207 Total Deaths New Tests vax details 66,96,306 Total jabs given vax stocks Covishield (GoI) - Nil 1,67,18,148 Covaxin (GoI) - Nil Total Tests helpline 104 Covid helpline (24x7) Expected - 5L doses http:/hmfw.ap.gov.in/ covid.dashboard.aspx Covid dashboard 8297-104-104 WhatsApp Chatbat number - type Hi, Hello, Covid to know official information about Corona fear factor Counselling for Covid-19 patients need of the hour K V S a i l en d r a @ Rajamahendravaram Recently, a 60-year-old woman from Pidimgoyya village in East Godavari district died by suicide fearing that she too might contract Coronavirus after her husband tested positive for Covid-19. The woman was mentally disturbed over her husband testing positive. She slit her throat and died before being shifted to hospital, Bommuru police said. Another woman jumped into River Godavari after her husband died of Covid in Korangi village, but luckily she was rescued by local fishermen. These may be stray cases of people getting mentally disturbed ever since the pandemic spread in the State. But psychologists say that people may be successfully recovering from Covid-19 but some of them are not able to overcome the psychological trauma of getting distanced from their near and dear. Speaking to TNIE, Rajasekhar, head of Department of Psychology, Adikavi Nannaya University (AKNU), said people who have successfully recovered from Covid are not able to overcome the psychological trauma. Good response to AKNU online counselling AKNU Vice-Chancellor M Jagannadha Rao came up with the initiative to offer counselling to people, who have been witnessing a change in psychological behaviour out of fear, and to drive away their anxiety. The team of psychologists are attending to nearly 15 calls a day “It is the stigma attached to the infection that is causing a fear among the infected persons. Some of them had not even got tested to know whether they were actually suffering from the virus or not,’’ the Assistant Professor said. Rajasekhar said that online psychological counselling for Covid patients launched by Adikavi Nannaya University is getting a good number of calls from people. Though the online counselling was supposed to be for people of twin Godavari districts, the counsellors are getting calls from not just other parts of AP , but also from neigbhouring Telangana and Karnataka. P4 No need to panic over N440K There is no need for people to panic over reports that the N440K variant of Covid-19 is more virulent than other known variants of Coronavirus and it is the reason for the sharp spike in new infections in the State in the last few weeks. Speaking to TNIE, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) Advisor Rakesh Mishra said N440K strain, which was found in 20-30 per cent of samples in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Telangana will fade away in the coming weeks. However, people are advised to strictly adhere to Covid Appropriate Behaviour like wearing mask, maintaining physical distance, personal hygiene and proper sanitation, as the o2 horror continues new variant of Covid-19 – B.1.617 known as ‘Double Mutant’ or ‘Indian Variant,’ is steadily becoming a dominant ‘variant’ of Coronavirus, he said. Detected in several cases in Maharashtra initially the Dou, ble Mutant Coronavirus is now increasingly found in samples in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana and other States. The B.1.617 variant contains mutations from two separate virus variants, namely E484Q P4 and L452R. Activists of political parties and family members of Covid victims stage a protest at Hindupur Government General Hospital on Monday | Express 24 Covid patients die in Karnataka hospital Eight die in Hindupur due to O2 shortage K S h i v a K u m a r @ Chamarajanagar At a time when the Karnataka government has come under fire over shortage of ICU beds, oxygen and Remdesivir supplies to hospitals, about 24 Covid-19 patients died at the Chamarajanagar District Hospital on Sunday night due to shortage of oxygen. Family m e m b e r s a n d r e l a t ive s thronged the hospital on Monday morning, grieving over the loss of their loved ones. The horror unfolded even as there were claims from some quarters that, in fact, more people had died. The Chamarajanagar District Hospital, with 180 beds, has 55 oxygenated beds, 53 ICU beds and 24 ventilators. Although, the situation was normal till Saturday, anxiety gripped the medical staff on Sunday evening as the hospi- tal was left with less than three dozen cylinders which would have barely lasted a few hours. The hospital authorities were expecting oxygen cylinders from neighbouring Mysuru as NATIONWIDE may 2 MAY 3 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 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 got their 1st dose on Monday the liquid oxygen tanker, that was expected to arrive from Ballari, had not reached. Around 10 pm on Sunday, some of the patients suddenly started feeling breathless due to shortage of oxygen and Need national lockdown to tide over second wave: CII no new strain S G u r u S r i k a n t h @ Vijayawada Grief-stricken relatives of the deceased patients outside the Chamarajanagar district hospital on Monday | Udayarsankar S Visakhapatnam: Former MP and TDP leader Sabbam Hari died at a private hospital in the city on Monday. The 69-year-old former Vizag mayor tested positive for Covid-19 on April 15. He is survived by a son and two daughters. His wife died two years ago. His last rites will be performed on Tuesday. Leaders of various political parties expressed shock over the sudden demise of Hari. Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu P4 mourned the death of Hari. employees and ensure that their employee balance sheet remains healthy,” his stateIn what may be the first hint ment read. of India Inc favouring lockKotak said that industry down measures, the Confeder- should take cue from automoation of Indian Industry on bile companies such as Maruti Monday urged the Centre to Suzuki, MG Motor and Honda take “strongest steps including Motorcycle and Scooter India, curtailing economic which have halted activity” to save production tempolives. “Given the currarily or advanced rent pandemic situamaintenance schedtion, safeguarding ules in the interest lives is of utmost of the safety of their priority and nationemployees. wide maximal reMeanwhile, Insponse measure at dia’s manufacturing the highest level is index in April grew Uday Kotak called for to cut the at the slowest pace transmission links,” said CII in eight months, as output and president Uday Kotak. new orders were flat due to the On the other hand, industry impact of Covid on industry . should voluntarily minimise The IHS Markit India Manuthe use of manpower at work- facturing Purchasing Managplace, limiting it to critical ac- ers’ Index (PMI) was at 55.5 in tivities required by law for the April, almost flat against next two weeks, said Kotak, March’s reading of 55.4. In PMI also a top banker. parlance, a print above 50 “All responsible corporates means expansion while a score should strive to protect their below 50 denotes contraction. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi called up their family members and friends. A few even raised alarm and were in tears, pleading with the paramedical staff for oxygen. The panicked health staff on duty told the attendants to shift the patients to other hospitals saying they were are helpless without oxygen supply . Soon, the situation slipped out of hand and patients started to die, creating panic in the hospital. In the meantime, the district authorities got in touch with Mysuru MP Prathap Simha, who held a conference call with Chamarajanagar Deputy Commissioner M R Ravi and ADC Nagaraj, who is in charge of oxygen supplies, and ensured that 50 cylinders were rushed to the hospital. This was immediately followed up with 180 more cylinders. However, some had died by then. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Anantapur Eight Covid-19 patients reportedly died due to short supply of oxygen in Hindupur Government General Hospital 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 the patients who noticed the situation, informed the matter to the hospital staff. Irked by the ‘indifferent attitude’ of the hospital staff, the attendants broke the windows and rushed to the beds with oxygen cylinders kept on standby on the P4 hospital premises. 18+ vax push crawls; supply side crunch in various states E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e 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 Gu. jarat 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 P7 come from the Centre and not on SII, he said. Can’t bar media reportage on oral observation: SC to EC K a n u S a r d a @ New Delhi 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- 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.
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