bhubaneswar 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 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 “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 ■ 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 Pipili bypoll deferred as Odisha set for lockdown NATIONWIDE New cases (last 24 hours) - 8,914 Recoveries - 6,488 Death - 5 Tests - 46,643 TPR - 19.1% Total caseload 4,71,536 Recovered 4,04,063 Death toll - 2,073 Active - 65,347 Total tests 1,02,27,321 Vaccination Total doses administered so far - 59,04,314 First dose 48,96,533 Second dose 10,07,781 stock Covishield (GoI) - 19,900 Covaxin (GoI) - 3,15,530 Covaxin (Odisha) - 1,43,500 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar With the State poised to go into a 14-day lockdown from Wednesday, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Monday deferred the Pipili bypoll scheduled on May 16. The ECI said the decision to postpone the election was taken after taking all material facts, inputs from the Chief Electoral Officer into consideration and taking note of lockdown restrictions imposed by the State government. Fresh notification will be issued after assessing the pandemic situation, the Commission said and added that the model code of conduct in force in the Assembly constituency has also been lifted with immediate effect. Meanwhile, there is no let up in Covid-19 surge as 8,914 new cases, up by around 899 from Sunday, were reported in the last 24 hours despite the weekend shutdown all across the State. The disease claimed five more lives during the period. With one in five tests turning out to be positive, the test positivity rate remained above 19 per cent (pc) even as the State continued to test low at merely 46,643 including 18,494 through RT-PCR. Khurda district reported the maximum 1,258 cases followed by Sundargarh (592), Cuttack (587), Puri (530) and Sambalpur (520). While five districts, including Bargarh (452), Nabarangpur (433), Bhadrak (351), Angul (331) and Jharsuguda (304) recorded more than 300 cases, 18 districts including Balangir, Nuapada, Ganjam, Kalahandi, Jajpur, Nayagarh and Balasore reported over 100 cases each. With this, the total number of confirmed cases soared to 4,71,536 of which 4,04,063 have recovered so far. The active cases in the State stand at 65,347. The death toll has also increased to 2,073. In view of rising cases in prisons, the Health department notified a protocol for management of Covid cases among jail CONTINUED ON: P5 inmates. Refrain from panic buying: pleads SRC E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Jena on Monday appealed people to refrain from panic buying and overcrowding shops ahead of the Statewide lockdown starting from May 5. The SRC said shops selling grocery items, fish, vegetables, milk, food and other essential commodities would remain open from 6 am to 12 noon from Monday to Friday . Stating there is sufficient stock of essential commodities, the SRC said transportation of food items and other goods is also continuing. “Supply of essential items will continue unabated. There is no need for panic buying. Going to crowded places will infect you and ultimately your family”, he said and added such behaviour will defeat the purpose of the lockdown. Jena said Aahaar centres across Odisha will remain open during the lockdown for takeaways only Un. der the Aahaar scheme of the State government, cooked meals are sold to the poor and needy people at an affordable `5 per person. The SRC said educational institutions managed by the Central government like IITs, IIMs and others will be allowed to keep their hostels open with strict adherence to Covid protocols. Big aspiration Mamata thinks big, preps to become face of Opposition in ’24 I am just a street fighter. I can boost people so that we can fight BJP. One can’t do everything alone. Together we can fight the 2024 battle Mamata Banerjee 5 BJP workers killed, Nadda to visit WB BJP president J P Nadda announced a two-day trip to Bengal on May 4-5 after five party workers were killed in post-poll violence. “He will be visiting families of the affected karyakartas,” the BJP tweeted. The party also announced a “nationwide dharna” on Wednesday Swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee will be sworn-in as West Bengal chief minister for a third straight term on Wednesday 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 cel, ebrate 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 mobilising 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 elec. tions, she wrote to several chief ministers and leaders, who are not part of 16.5 lakh doses Total doses 15,88,71,435 IPL players within bio bubble infected 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 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ 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 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. @ New Delhi the NDA, asking them to unite against the Centre’s decisions which are “against the interest of the common people”. 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 `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 The Congress-Left wipeout: P12 said. May 3 2,15,185 people in 18-44 years age group got their 1st dose on Monday E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e Mamata Banerjee addressing a press meet at Kalighat in Kolkata on Monday | Bibhash Lodh 3,68,147 3,00,732 3,417 Take your shot Need national lockdown to tide over second wave: CII P r a n a b M o n d a l @ Kolkata MAY 3 3,92,488 3,07,865 3,689 Jab-o-meter No let up in Covid surge; 8,914 cases reported on Monday with five deaths while low testing and high TPR of nearly 20% raise concern odisha tally may 2 may 2 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths ‘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. 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 Phase III vaccination launched The Phase III of Covid-19 vaccination for people of 18-44 age group was formally launched with 6,420 beneficiaries being administered the first dose of Covaxin in Bhubaneswar on Monday. A large number of young people were seen standing in queues outside the government health facilities braving the scorching sun | P2 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 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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