Polls done and dusted, fuel gets pricey Fuel prices are creeping up though economic activity is sliding due to Covid second wave 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 ■ 18 days since the last price revision. ■ Oil companies froze rate revisions during electioneering possibly to soften the blow in poll-bound states like West Bengal City vijayawada l wednesday l may 05, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION andhra pradesh may 3 May 4 Fresh cases 18,972 20,034 Recoveries 10,227 12,207 Deaths 71 82 Samples 1,15,275 1,15,784 tested covid tracker 11,84,028 10,16,142 Total caseload Total cured 1,68,33,32 8,289 Total deaths helpline Total sample tests 1902 to lodge complaints 104 Total beds in 625 hospitals - 44,075 Covid helpline (24x7) Available ventilators - 2,882 Available beds 15,402 (at 10 pm) vax stocks Covishield 5L doses Covaxin Nil All you need to know about restrictions Curfew to be imposed in the State from 12 noon to 6 am from May 5 to 18 to contain Covid-19 spread All firms, shops, business establishments, offices, educational institutions and restaurants shall close at 12 noon and reopen after 6 am. Hospitals, diagnostic labs, pharmacies and those dealing with essential services have been exempted from curfew Exempted from curfew Water supply and sanitation Print and electronic media Telecommunications, Internet Cold storages services, broadcasting services, IT and IT enabled services Petrol pumps, LPG, CNG, petroleum and gas outlets Power generation, and warehousing services Private security services Manufacturing transmission and distribution industries to follow protocol Visitors’ entry barred at Airport Vijayawada: In view of surge in Covid cases, the State government has imposed severe curbs at Gannavaram Airport from Tuesday. Only the passenger and the car driver will be allowed into airport. If others accompany them, they will be stopped at the main gate. Petrol (`) Diesel (`) Mumbai 96.95 (+0.12) 87.98 (+0.17) New Delhi 90.55 (+0.15) 80.91 (+0.18) Kolkata 90.76 (+0.14) 83.78 (+0.17) V’wada 96.32 89.91 Stay home, stay safe: Extended curfew for 14 days from today E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada The State Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday, approved imposition of partial curfew across the State for 14 days from Wednesday . The decision was taken in view of the spurt in Covid-19 cases. Already night curfew (10 pm to 6 am) has been in force from April 24. Now, the duration of the curfew has been extended. Curfew will be enforced from 12 noon to 6 am. Except for essential services, all others, including APSRTC services will be suspended from 12 noon. Information and Public Relations Minister Perni Venkataramaiah (Nani) appealed to the general public not to venture out after 12 noon except for medical services. “For next two weeks, the entire State will be in self-isolation. All activities should be completed between 6 am and 12 noon,” he said, adding that this is an important step to curb the spread of Nod to procure vaccine State Cabinet has given the nod to APMSIDC to procure 9.91 lakh Covishield vaccine doses from Serum Institute of India , Pune and 3.43 lakh Covaxin doses from Bharat Biotech International Limited Hyderabad Covid infection and save lives. Later in the evening, an order was issued formally clamping down the curfew and listing essential services that are exempted. Both print and electronic media, telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting services, IT and IT-enabled services, fuel stations, energy services, water supply and sanitation are exempted from curfew. All manufacturing industries will be operating following Covid protocol and all agricultural operations, including procurement of agricultural produce, are exempted with a rider that they should follow Covid protocol. Another important decision taken was to vaccinate people aged above 45 in a saturation mode before taking up vaccination of 18-44 age group. The vaccines to be procured as suggested by the Centre for 1844 age group by the State will be used for completing the vaccination for 45+ age group along with the vaccine doses provided by the P4 Centre. Annavaram temple closed for devotees Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy temple at Annavaram has decided not to allow devotees for darshan in view of extended curfew in the State from Wednesday due to Covid surge. Other temples have also reduced darshan timings. Devotees will be allowed to have darshan at Durga temple in Vijayawada from 6.30 to 11 am only. Similarly, Simhachalam temple will be open for devotees from 6 to 11.30 am only. India Inc largely in favour of complete national shutdown but health experts are divided, as they feel it should have been done during the onset of the wave India lockdown chorus gets louder E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E Rohit Poddar, MD, Poddar Housing and Development Ltd the government should strike a A day after CII president Uday balance between a full lockKotak called for a national down and allowing business lockdown to break the chain of operations. transmission of coronavirus, Ashish Mishra, CEO of advimany corporate leaders came sory firm, Unnault, said the forward to support the idea Centre should take steps and saying it is all right to take an push people to stay at home. economic hit to save lives. HowAmerica’s top public health ever, health experts are divided expert and White House Chief over the effectiveness of such a Medical Adviser Dr Anthony move at this stage. Fauci, too, recently said India Many CII members includ- must impose a nationwide ing Tata Consultancy Services, lockdown for a few weeks. Infosys, Maruti Suzuki, Hero However, experts in India MotoCorp, Mahindra & Mahi- are not convinced of the need ndra, JCB and Kotak Mahindra for lockdown when the infecBank have already taken ac- tion is already rampant. tion on their own Dr Oommen John keeping the safety of Maha cases of the George Instiemployees in mind. tute for Global Health coming While services sector India pointed out that down organisations have it will be difficult to India’s worst moved to the work ensure that people Covid-hit state from home model, s t ay w i t h i n t h e i r Maharashtra manufacturing firms homes in densely pophave halted produc- reported 51,880 ulated urban contexts. tion and advanced cases on Tuesday. “At the current stage The state has their maintenance of the pandemic, unbeen able to schedules. restricted access to dibring down fresh agnostic tests is criti“Saving lives is cases to a more important than cal,” he said. manageable producing steel. ProA senior virologist range after it duction can suffer as based in Delhi said long as the country is imposed a state- lockdown is most efwide lockdown in need of any refective when enforced last month source available with just when the infecthe company,” said tions begin to surge. Sajjan Jindal, managing direc- “Scientifically speaking, I am tor of JSW Group, which sup- not sure how much can be plies liquid oxygen to hospi- achieved by a widespread natals. Another corporate leader, tional lockdown considering who did not wish to be named, the unique challenges we have said India’s healthcare system in our country, especially in is stretched to its limits. “Sus- high density population areas pending non-essential business such as slums where people activities and a complete lock- share toilets and water taps.” down for two weeks is the only Having faced widespread way out,” he said. criticism last year for imposHowever, real estate tycoon ing a nationwide lockdown Niranjan Hiranandani called without warning, the Centre for a balanced approach. “A this time is not in favour of complete economic lockdown shutting down the economy On . will cast a dark shadow on April 8, Prime Minister Nareneconomy and lead to more fa- dra Modi told states to manage talities due to increased unem- the Covid situation without imP7 ployment,” he said. posing a lockdown. NATIONWIDE may 3 MAY 4 Fresh cases 3,68,147 3,57,229 Recoveries @ New Delhi 3,00,732 3,20,289 Deaths 3,417 Jab-o-meter May 3 Take your shot 3,449 May 4 16.5 lakh doses K a n u S a r d a @ New Delhi 11,49,009 doses The Delhi High Court on Tuesday put the Centre on notice over hauling it up for contempt of court for failing to comply with its May 1 order to provide Delhi 490 MT oxygen immediately for Covid patients and a subsequent Supreme Court order to bridge the city’s deficit. In sharp comments, a bench comprising justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli told the Centre, “You can bury your head in the sand like ostrich, we won’t.” Criticising the Centre for poor execution, the bench suggested: “You should hand over the distribution of oxygen tankers to an IIT or an IIM. They will do a much better job... The point is Supreme Court has said Delhi must get 700 MT, so it must get it. It’s your responsibility .” While the Centre raised its supply to 433 MT on Monday night, the Delhi government said it is not enough. “Even with 420 MT people are dying,” the Delhi government represented by senior advocate Rahul Mehra said. But when the Centre tried to dismiss it as rhetoric, the bench shot back: “How can you be so insensitive? Is this merely rhetoric? How can you say this? It’s highly unfortunate.” The Centre also informed the court that 12 oxygen tankers are on their way to Delhi, adding it will file a compliance affidavit in the SC. But the bench retorted, “We fail to understand what good a compliance affidavit will do when the required oxygen is not being brought to Delhi.” Total: 16,04,18,105 Ambulances take dead bodies from the Super Speciality Hospital in Anantapur on Tuesday night; (R) Kin of a victim in tears; (below) Anantapur MLA Anantha Venkatrami Reddy with district collector Gandham Chandrudu at the hospital | Express O2 disruption causes death of 4 patients E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Anantapur At least four Covid-19 patients reportedly died due to disruption in oxygen supply in the cancer unit of a super-speciality hospital in the city on Tuesday night. There were allegations that shortage of oxygen l e d t o t h e d e at h o f t h e patients. According to sources, the patients who are on ventilator support faced severe problem in breathing due to sudden disruption in oxygen supply between 7:30 and 8 pm, and some of them fell off their beds. Noticing that the oxygen supply was stalled, security guards and other hospital staff immediately brought oxygen cylinders and provided oxygen to the patients. Some other patients were rushed to the adjacent superspeciality unit. By the time alternative arrangements were made and some shifted to the super-speciality unit, at least four patients breathed their last. The district authorities converted the cancer unit attached to the super-speciality hospital into a Covid hospital in the wake of spike in cases. The unit has a 3 KL capacity oxygen tank. District Collector Gandham Chandrudu, District Medical and Health Officer Kameswara Prasad and Anantapur MLA Anantha Venkatarami Reddy rushed to the hospital to take stock of the situation. Mediapersons were not allowed to enter the hospital premises. Speaking to the media outside the hospital, a woman whose husband was admitted to the unit four days ago, said that the hospital authorities were saying that her husband was recovering. “All of a sudden, they informed me that my husband had died,’’ she wailed. Emerging out of the hospital, MLA Venkatarami Reddy said notices to superintendent, contractor District Collector Gandham Chandrudu has issued a show-cause notice to cancer hospital superintendent Bhaskar asking him to explain why action should not be taken against him for the disruption in oxygen supply and the death of patients. Similarly, he slapped a notice on Varasi Agency, which runs the oxygen plant on the hospital premises asking why its contract should not be scrapped for the lapse there was a minor disruption in supply of oxygen to the ICU and four patients had died. The MLA, however, added that the deaths were because of the critical condition of the patients. Collector Chandrudu left the hospital without disclosing any information while the DM&HO said that he is not the incharge to reveal anything and asked the media to get a comment from the Collector first. The hospital incharge K Bhaskar was not available for a comment. Just a few days ago, there were similar reports of deaths. A few patients who were on ventilator support in Anantapur Government General Hospital, died. Eight patients reportedly died in Hindupur GGH due to shortage of oxygen. Admitting that there was short supply of oxygen, officials claimed that the deaths were not due to shortage of oxygen, but those who were in critical condition and with comorbidities lost their life. 14 dead in turf fight after Bengal verdict IPL suspended after Covid cases in bubble P r a n a b M o n d a l @ Kolkata Hours after trends showed Trinamool Congress’ landslide victory in West Bengal on Sunday, the state convulsed under post-poll violence wave — from Sitalkuchi in the north to Sonarpur in South 24 Parganas — that left at least 14 people dead, including two women. While the BJP claimed seven of the victims were its supporters, the Trinamool counted six of the diseased as its workers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and inquired about the situation. BJP president J P Nadda met the families of the victims to express solidarity . BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya alleged that houses over 4,000 houses were ransacked and at least 100 shops were looted. The party also alleged that two of its booth agents were gang-raped, but there was no confirmation from the police. Trinamool spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said in most of the cases, the deaths were a result of the BJP’s factionalism between old workers and turncoats. “In some places, the BJP’s provocation triggered public anger,” he claimed. A worker of the Indian Secular Force, a partner of the Left Front, was killed in Bhangar, BJP national president J P Nadda meets kin of victims in Sonarpur | PTI South 24 Parganas. In Kolkata’s Kankurgachi, slain BJP worker Abhijit Sarkar’s mother alleged her son was beaten to death by Trinamool supporters. Shovarani Mondal, a woman in her mid-60s, was allegedly killed at Jagaddal in North 24 Parganas, when she tried to protect her BJP worker son from being dragged away. In Sitalkuchi, 19-year-old Manik Baidya was shot dead by alleged Trinamool supporters. The Trinamool alleged two of their supporters Saju Khan and Bivas Bag were beaten to death by BJP supporters in Jamalpur, East Burdwan, for shouting Jay Bangla. In Hooghly, Trinamool worker Debu Pramanik was hacked to death at his home. Another party man Ganesh Mandal was killed at Raina, East Burdwan. P8 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Chennai The inevitable has happened. The BCCI postponed the IPL indefinitely. Just over a week ago this newspaper had suspended its IPL coverage due to the pandemic and the devastation it has been causing. It had said, the timing of the tournament was not right. And over the past week, ever since the teams moved from Chennai and Mumbai, there has been anxiety among the players and support staff. It even led to players’ pull-out Delhi HC says it will not do an O2 ostrich and even Ravichandran Ashwin took a break to be with his family who had the infection. But after two players in Kolkata Knight Riders and two support staff in Chennai Super Kings tested positive, the BCCI was still looking at shifting the IPL to Mumbai. But after Wriddhiman Saha testing positive for Covid-19 at the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s camp the board was forced to suspend it indefinitely Australian . contingent is left stranded because of stringent policy of their government for those who return from India. express read Cabinet approves hike in remuneration for priests, imams, pastors Vijayawada: The State Cabinet on Tuesday approved the proposal to enhance the financial support to archakas working in temples, muazzins and imams in mosques and pastors in churches. The Cabinet, which discussed the subject of promoting religious harmony in the State, has decided to enhance the remuneration/ honorarium of archakas in temples, muazzins and imams in mosques. The Cabinet also felt the need to extend the same to pastors in churches. It approved the proposal to extend financial assistance to the pastors by providing them an honorarium of `5,000 per month.
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