vijayawada l sunday l may 09, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l late city EDITION telangana gets nod to test drones for vaccine deliverY Faster delivery, improved access strategy Will have to submit report to centre The approval is part of Centre’s strategy to enhance the scope of drone usage in the country to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. On April 30, the state government was permitted to use drones for experimental delivery of shots within the visual line of sight. The ministry said this would serve its dual plan of ensuring faster vaccine delivery and improved healthcare access The state has to meet the Centre’s conditions to begin trials by May-end for delivery beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) ■ ■ ■ On April 22, the Indian Council for Medical Research was granted conditional exemption for a similar experiment with IIT-Kanpur One of the conditions laid down by the Centre mandates that drone operations shall be limited between sunrise and sunset After trials, the state will submit a Proof of Concept to the Centre 400 feet is the height permitted for the drones to fly during the test runs 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 what’s allowed tamil nadu Milk supply, courier services, fuel outlets, Amma canteens Shops selling essentials (grocery, vegetable, meat, and fish) can function till 12 pm without running AC most of india shut down Map shows level of restrictions and the active case load across states Jammu & Kashmir 44,307 kerala Essential, emergency travel Medical shops. Restaurants (takeaway and delivery) Banks on Monday, Wednesday and Friday Interstate travel on e-pass. Weddings & funerals with 20 attendees max AP Govt offices (8-11:30 am) Essential services Unhindered travel for Covid-19 management duties Delhi, UP, Haryana, J&K, Rajasthan Essential shops TELANGANA Essential shops, Emergency travel Marriage and funeral attendance with ceiling Jharkhand Essential shops, select govt & private offices Industry, construction, agricultural and mining CHHATTISGARH Essential shops, restaurants Banks and post offices BIHAR Home delivery from 9 am to 9 pm Weddings, funerals with ceiling on attendees PUNJAB Essential shops, travel with negative report Government offices with 50% staff Agriculture, grocery, hardware items and liquor till 5 pm on weekdays ODISHA Essential shops till noon on weekdays. Travel of 500 metres from homes Weddings and funerals within ceiling MP Essential and emergency services. Time window for shops to operate (varying duration) Govt offices, industries Himachal Pradesh 29,513 Punjab 69,724 Rajasthan 1,99,147 Madhya Pradesh 95,423 Gujarat 1,46,385 Meghalaya 2,466 Uttarakhand 67,691 Jharkhand 61,177 Delhi Sikkim Bihar 91,305 2,398 1,15,067 Uttar Pradesh 2,54,118 Haryana 1,15,963 kARNATAKA Restaurants takeaway, getting groceries on foot till 9 pm Standalone bars and liquor stores (6-10 am) Milk booths, Shops selling essentials (6-10 am). Veg pushcarts Home delivery of food, e-commerce, essentials Flights and trains. Cabs to and from airport and rail stations Pharmacies, fuel stations, banks Arunachal Pradesh 1,893 Ladakh 1,400 Maharashtra 6,57,019 AP plans to get more O2 from Centre to meet its demand fully, says Principal Health Secretary Nagaland Assam 2,433 35,493 West Bengal 1,24,098 Manipur 3,506 Mizoram 1,906 Tripura 2,533 Chhattisgarh 1,31,041 Odisha 78,602 Goa 31,716 Telangana 71,308 Karnataka 5,36,661 Andhra Pradesh 1,86,695 active cases Tamil Nadu 1,35,355 Kerala 4,02,997 ENC, VSP vow to augment oxygen supply in State partial lockdown lockdown no lockdown complete lockdown in TN from tomorrow Chennai: Intensifying measures, gradually, Chief Minister MK Stalin on Saturday announced a complete lockdown for two weeks beginning on May 10. Stalin said during the lockdown period, State government offices will not function. It will apply to Central government offices too. E x pr e ss N e ws S e r v i c e @ Vijayawada The State government has roped in the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) and Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL), the corporate entity of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP), to strengthen oxygen supply network. As per the directive of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy , Principal Secretary (Transport) MT Krishna Babu on Saturday held talks with the ENC and RINL officials to overcome the shortage of oxygen. The Indian Navy has agreed to transport 25 cryogenic tankers of liquid oxygen from Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia to Andhra Pradesh. Disclosing this to mediapersons, Principal Secretary (Health) Anil Kumar Singhal said now with Navy chipping in, the oxygen supply chain to hospitals will be further strengthened. “Our efforts to get more oxygen allocated to AP have yielded results as the Centre has increased oxygen allocation to the State to 590 MT. However, the al- location is not adequate to meet the oxygen requirements of the State fully Hence, we are contin. uing our efforts get more oxygen from the Centre. At the same time, we have urged the Centre to allocate oxygen from the plants near AP like Bellary in Karnataka and Chennai in Tamil Nadu, to the State as it ensures speedy transportation of the elixir of life,” he said. The Principal Secretary said 491 MT of oxygen was supplied to government and private hospitals in the last 24 hours. The government has also urged Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to allocate 90-100 MT of oxygen that it has at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota to AP “If ISRO allocates it, . the oxygen needs of Nellore district will be met to some extent,” P4 he said. andhra pradesh may 7 Fresh cases 17,188 Recoveries 12,749 Deaths 73 Samples tested 1,00,424 May 8 20,065 19,272 96 1,01,571 A stampede like situation prevails at several vaccination centres in Tirupati on Saturday | Madhav K No 1st dose of Covid vaccine now E x pr e ss N e ws S e r v i c e @ Vijayawada Rush at Covid vaccination centres across the State continued on Saturday Though the health department has made it clear that due . to limited stock of Covid vaccine, priority is being given to people who need to take the second dose, people thronged the vaccination centres in large numbers. Vaccination in Guntur district was temporarily suspended. Collector Vivek Yadav said, “We will resume vaccination tomorrow after resolving technical and database issues.” Principal Secretary (Health) Anil Kumar Singhal also clarified that given the limited stock of vaccine, which is sufficient to administer it to those who are scheduled for the second dose, it was decided not P4 to give Covid jabs to those seeking the first dose now. SC forms National Task Force to formulate ways to scientifically allocate O2 K anu S arda @ New Delhi The Supreme Court on Saturday constituted a 12-member national task force to formulate a methodology for scientific allocation of medical oxygen to all states and Union Territories. The order comes in the backdrop of several states complaining about an +ve Covid test report no longer mandatory for hospitalisation E x pr e ss N e ws S e r v i c e @ New Delhi In view of the difficulty being faced by Covid patients in getting timely medical care, the Centre on Saturday removed the requirement for positive test report for hospitalisation in both government and private hospitals. The move comes after many instances of hospitals turning away even critical patients for want of test reports. The revised policy says no patient will be refused services for any reason. The Union health ministry said admissions must be based on need and that beds can’t be occupied by persons who don’t need hospitalisation. The Centre has asked the chief secretaries of all states to issue necessary orders within three days to enforce the new policy . big loss MK Kaushik loses battle 1980 Olympic gold medallist and former national coach MK Kaushik died on Saturday after battling Covid-19 for the past three weeks. He was 66 and is survived by his son and wife | P11 acute oxygen shortage and blaming the Centre for not providing sufficient quantum. Initially, the task force would get a six-month tenure, with the Centre nominating two nodal officers, who would arrange logistics, including communication with members, and virtual meetings of the task force. In the 24-page order, a bench, comprising justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah, said the taskforce shall draw upon the human resources of the Union government for consultation and information. It would also be free to formulate its modalities and procedures for working. “The rationale for constituting a task force at the national level is to facilitate a public health response to the pandemic based on scientific and specialised knowledge,” the order read. The court said that a consensus had emerged on the need for ensuring allotment of medical oxygen on a scientific, rational and equitable basis and suggest- IMA roasts Centre for explosion of Covid cases, lockdown hesitancy EX P R E S S N E W S S E R VI C E @ New Delhi District Collector D Muralidhar Reddy inspects an oxygen tank ready for installation at the Government 8General yrs Hospital in Kakinada on Saturday | EXPRESS vijayawada l SATURdAy l MAy 08, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l lATE ciTy EdiTiON Had the Centre heeded to the experts’ adviceadvocate on ec’sfor aquits and gone panel complete citing conflict of values lockdown, the country could have been spared the huge uptick in cases, said the Indian Medical Association (IMA) in a strongly-worded statement on Saturday. Calling the Centre’s handling of the pandemic “extremely lethargic”, the IMA15,000 H 35,000 H 40k-60k H 95k-1.2L decisions H 3,500 H said the Centre’s H 45,000 H1.2L H 1,800 were rarely in sync with the ground realities as it largely ignored the PANdEMic PROfiTEERiNG suggestions made by health DRDO drug professionals. AddS TO PATiENT STRESS approved Blaming the Centre for the surge, the IMA said An anti-Covid a national lockdown of at least 10-15 days was necoral drug essary as it would have given the struggling developed by healthcare infrastructure breathing space to “rethe DRDO has coup and replenish both the material and the been approved manpower”. It also dismissed individual lockby the DCGI for downs and night curfews by states as ineffective emergency use in breaking the chain. as an adjunct The IMA lashed out at the health ministry for therapy in not charting out a roadmap for implementation moderate to of phase 3 of vaccine rollout. It saidO2 supplier We were told to many centres severe cases. cheated us pay `5l had suspended the drive due to lack of stock. Itupfront Clinical trials of was also critical of the Centre’s differential pricthe drug showed ing system for purchases made by states and priit helps in faster vate hospitals. recovery and Recalling the country’s success against small reduces pox and polio, the IMA said the victory against the supplemental dreaded diseases was madereach out toonly through at aP cops possible public Huge crowds dependence on free vaccination. to clear their travel doubts PHcs in Guntur for covid vaccination oxygen | P7 The medical body also came down heavily on the government for the logistics issues leading to a shortage of medical oxygen despite the country being self-sufficient in production. It also questioned the government data on the number of new cases and mortalities, asking why the actual Covid-19 statistics was not being released. Citing an example of false RT-PCR negative tests, the IMA said that authorities were not adding cases traced through CT scan. resIGns dAy After sC rejeCts eC plAInt chaNdigarh ambulance to Delhi with oxygen and ventilator Now hYderabad Five-litre imported oxygen concentrator Normal cost ■ MaharaShtra Tocilizumab to treat severe cases Now Normal cost Now bihar Oximeters essential to check oxygen saturation Normal cost Now blaCK marKeT ■ The Supreme Court had also refused to bar media organisations from reporting the oral observations made by various courts “Media is powerful and communicates what happens in court... Not only judgments, but raising questions, answers and dialogues. ThE TErm sErvEd By ram, who callEd iT a ‘chErishing milEsTonE’ of his carEEr It not reporting observations is far-fetched,” the SC had said Kakinada GGH is jam packed with influx of Covid patients Two patients accommodated on single bed, some forced to adjust on floor aNdhra PradeSh MaY 6 MaY 7 Fresh cases 21,954 17,188 Recoveries 10,141 12,749 Deaths 72 73 Samples tested 1,10,147 1,00,424 Private hospitals demand huge sums upfront for admission; ambulances make a killing and so do oxygen cylinder providers; pulse oximeters cost a bomb ExprEss nEws sErvicE I China said Friday the risk of damage from a rocket falling back to Earth was “extremely low”, after the United States warned it could crash down on to an inhabited area. Military experts in the US expect the body of the rocket to come down some time around Saturday or Sunday and warned it was difficult to predict where it will land and when. 16 t is not just that the totally inept national healthcare management has made the second wave of Covid-19 more lethal than it ought to have been. It’s that pandemic profiteering by vultures in the system has amplified patient distress and even led to loss of lives. From oximeters to oxygen to ambulances to hospital beds and life saving medicines, the prices of all of them have jumped manifold. even in states that imposed a price cap on those services, there is hardly any regulatory system to curb fleecing. Amid a surge in Covid cases, the demand for hand sanitisers, masks, pulse oximeters and thermal scanners has gone up. With no cap in the pricing or mechanism to ensure quality, the market is flooded with low-quality products. For example, a pulse oximeter which used to cost around `300 a few months ago now costs upwards of `3,000 in many states. In tamil Nadu, an oximeter was priced at `700 in March. But one has to shell out `3,000 to buy it now. the inflation in price is almost the same across the country — from around `900 before the pandemic to up to `3,500 now. According to sources, medical shops get branded oximeters priced between `900 and `5,000, for which MrP is charged. However, products from some Chinese companies will not have MrPs on them. “this is where overpricing occurs. though the cost is only `700-1,200, medical shops charge up to three times that amount,” said a source. the demand, as well as price, of infrared thermal scanners has also shot up. “During the first wave, the price of infrared thermal scanners had gone up and later the demand declined. till recently the price was , around `500. But now the price has gone up to `1500-2,000 again,” said All Kerala Chemist and Druggist Association’s ernakulam district presi- E x p r E s s n E w s s E r v i c E @ Vijayawada “DeAr @APPOLICe100, I need to leave for Nagpur from tanuku, West Godavari district, by my personal vehicle, tomorrow. Will I be allowed to travel? If so, do I need to produce any papers at the border checkpost? I will be crossing Garikapadu checkpost. Kindly respond.” this is the tweet of Praveen Marothi, who wants to go to his hometown Nagpur in Maharashtra. Minutes after he tweeted, AP police replied, “You should be able to leave Andhra Pradesh without any requirements, Praveen. thank you for reaching out.” Another man approached police Saturday vellore newindianexpress com 08 05 2021 l l Despite challenges in these desperate times, many NGOs, organisations and volunteers are actively engaged in helping those in need by providing food, shelter, running errands, animal care...you name it. These selfless bunch of people are keeping the spirit of humanity alive. In the first of a series, here’s the list of a few KErala sahrudaya, charitable organisation Sahrudaya, a charitable organization under Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese of the Syro Malabar Church, caters to the needs of the destitute in the district under its project ‘Karunya Sparsham’. Food packets are distributed on all weekends. Ernakulam 0484-2344243 People For Animals (PFA) The organisation has been engaged in rescue and rehabilitation, feeding and taking care of animals. PFA provides shelter for pets when all family members are Covid positive. Thiruvanathapuram 9061607700 Fr Davis chiramel’s hunger hunt Fr Davis Chiramel, Founder of Kidney Federation of India, is engaged in feeding those requiring food anywhere in Kerala. This priest has started another humanitarian effort to provide food for those in his locality — Thrissur — in coordination with a group of people. Thrissur 9447883378 Rakshak Accident and Rescue service Angamaly (Ernakulam) 9847048674 TElangana 9400778362 Rajiv Youth Foundation The Malappuram-based NGO provides home delivery of food kits and medicines to people during the lockdown. Malapurram firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Annapoorna charitable foundation The NGO distributes food kits to the poor in society. Providing food and essential items to those who are in need during the pandemic. Also helping in blood donation. Kannur 94477 35845 The volunteers have stepped into social service like, giving food to the beggars, protecting animals, taking care of around 200 palliative patients and providing ambulance services. Mattannur, Kannur 0490 2473512 Kochi Their cancer care campaign under Caritas India has launched a telemedicine helpline for cancer patients who can’t travel to hospitals during the 9061080017 Hyderabad 9133266399 https://twitter.com/cyberjagrithi Hyderabad 9746061123 ambulance help All Kerala Ambulance Owners and Drivers Association has been on the forefront of helping people reach hospitals on time. They help make available vehicles in areas which has a dearth of it anywhere in the state. 7995404040 No food waste Hyderabad 9866006269 @nfw_hyderabad shakina Foundation Rikit shahi Delivery of commodities or run errand for any one in home isolation in Khairatabad area Khairatabad, Hyderabad 9963033832 9566170334 seva Bharthi The organisation is providing beds in Covid Isolation Center at at RVK School, Annojiguda, for mild and asymptomatic cases. It is free. Hyderabad Chennai 99405 63528 Chennai 9884089770 karunai Ullangal The group runs free emergency rescue vehicles to transfer patients from one hospital to another, get CT and other scans or pick up and drop services to and from government hospitals. They have two vehicles with oxygen, one normal rescue van and an auto. Chennai 9841776685 Pasi illa thamilaham The NGO is performing last rites of Covid victims along with a free hearse service. They bury or cremate the corpse and conduct rituals pertaining to the victim’s religion. They also distribute food for the homeless on Sundays. Tenkasi They are delivering medicines at the doorsteps of elderly people, epsecially those who cannot venture out due to the the pandemic Hyderabad The foundation is providing free lunch to Covid patients in home quarantine. They have provided food to more than 2,800 patients around since they started last week. Relief Riders Providing Free Ambulance, free food and medicine kit to home isolated patients. They also provide oxygen cylinders (2 nos) and concentrators (2 nos) on free rent 040-48212529 covid surge impact Alliance Rajasthan Youth Association cosmo Elite Foundation They help in buying groceries, essentials and over the counter medicines for Covid patients in home quarantine and senior citizens. The group has two doctors among them to verify the medicines. They plan to start food delivery. Relief riders hachiko Hachiko is a dedicated pet boarding, grooming and pet clinic in Vennala. Since March, Hachiko provides facilities for pets whose owners are in isolation or quarantine. Have clinic facilities, pet supplies and other facilities at the center. Kochi As the cyber crime increases during covid with people claiming to sell remdesivir injections and other covid related resources. The organisation helps people to file cyber crime complaints. Feed the needy The group is helping people to coordinate with patients and donors for plasma donation. Also helping with ambulance service The foundation is providing free food, oxygen cylinder, isolation centres, medicine, oxygen on wheels Hyderabad 8008008012 sachithra soman She takes care of pets especially dogs and has been offering her service to people who have been quarantined or hospitalised. She will visit the pets and feed them. 9847727088 For speech and hearing impaired National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH) has launched a 24*7 helpline exclusively for speech and hearing-impaired persons. The helpline offer counselling services to stressrelated issues in addition to answering queries and concerns relating to Covid-19. Sign language interpreters are available to attend the WhatsApp video calls. 9446750983, 9496918178, 9249505723. Anywhere TaMIl nadU cyber Jagrithi pet care sehion Preshita sangam The organization has been providing food for those in quarantine and also those suffering due to the lockdown, besides the poor. The central kitchen provides food for over 1,000 and this sometimes goes above 2,000. Edakochi Alapuzha Mini sports and Arts club The service is providing help by getting medicines and other facilities for COVID care. The NGO helps people get medicines that are unavailable in their area. Those in need can contact Rakshak 24/7 Ashakiranam hand of good lockdown. Oncologists will attend to cases through video calls. Helps in finding covid resources. They can verify resources leads. 88833 40888 community kitchen Sridhar Vembu, CEO of Zoho, announced that his company’s community kitchen has begun providing meals to people in Tenkasi. People who have been struggling for food can get a meal there. Tenakasi 97914 26564 R soya (self help group in coordination with Tirunelveli Corporation) They distribute food to approximately 1500 people every day. They are also providing shelter at two homes for the homeless (at the Corporation as well as at a shelter near the high ground in the city) andhra seven hills Arcade Residents of this society have set up provisions to distribute food to patients in home isolation. Report needed to avail free services. Vidyanagar (Tirupati) 7382013870/9100640979 YMJ trust Provides food to patients’ relatives who wait at government and private hospitals. The trust also offers financial help to those in need and provide an ambulance service Kanniyakumari 7010259901 Rajesh Udhavum karangal student organisation A team of students working in an organisation is supplying medicines and other essential commodities to Covid patients in home isolation Gudur, Nellore 9895261141, 9846021141 040-67419503 covidhelphyd Tirunelveli 9976649066 9505908258 Nari sena global Women Forum Ambulance service, hearse vans and last rites of Covid victims. Also distribution of food to those in need, especially during Sunday lockdowns. The forum is providing free food for Covid positive patients in home isolation. Virudhai Vizhudhugal homemade goodness Aruppukottai (Virudhunagar) 98421 22046 / 7010763134 Distribution of food to the homeless as well as other programmes like door delivery of items to patients in isolation. Virudhunagar 99941 81139 Anbaal inaivom ilaignargal sangam Distribution of food to the homeless as well as those in quarantine. Also supply of medicines and food if there is demand. Subsidisation of grocery items in villages and town area Sivakasi 73392 37879 Aram trust Last rites of Covid patients and, distribution of food and medicines to isolating patients. Rajapalayam 93453 96026 90807 70910 / Food oN puSHCART To cater to the needs of daily-wage labourers, who have lost their source of income due to Covid, a financier has come up with a novel way to give them food. He places food parcels and bananas in a pushcart near Gobichettipalayam bus stand Gobichettipalayam SRi SATHyA SAi SEVA oRGANiSATioNS The organisation will be providing lunch to patients in isolation from Saturday. Salem 9994349579, 9487569702 pet care Urvanam The animal rescue group offers free pet care if families are down with Covid. They take care of dogs, cats, birds and fish. Visakhapatnam 9603648754, 7893656403, 8106407087 Providing free food to families in home isolation. Visakhapatnam Madurai 9940832133 6300667177 satish savitri sarella Sarella of Future-India Foundation is delivering food packets to people in home isolation. Vijayawada 8317553253 cooking food The cooking teacher, who is also part of Art of Living, and her team are providing food packets to those in home Isolation and unable to cook Vijayawada 9618000399 sanjeevini seva trust V Venkataramana Reddy of the trust is helping in transporting unclaimed bodies of Covid victims and performing their last rites. Anantapur 9440476651 Life World charitable trust Uday Kumar of Life World Charitable Trust in Hindupur of Anantapur district, with the help of his friends, is performing last rites of victims. Hindupur 9908052099 spandana Organisation Providing patients food to those in home isolation and takes care of other necessities without charge. Also performing last rites. Kadapa 998556385 the Bashas SK Mehaboob Basha and brother SK Jillani are providing free food and operating ambulances for free transportation of patients to hospitals and shifting bodies to burial grounds. THe brIGHTer sIde: p12 Carbon emissions from energy dropped by 10% in EU last year Kadapa 9441030986 Britain wants climate finance for poor nations Everest open but get tested, keep distance environment adventure MeDAn (InDOneSIA): Indon e s i a ’s r u m bl i n g M o u n t Sinabung erupted Friday spew, ing a thick column of volcanic ash 2.8 kilometers (1.7 miles) into the sky . Villages near the volcano in north Sumatra province have been relocated after past eruptions, and there were no further evacuations or casualties from the new blast. People have been advised to stay 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the crater’s mouth and to be aware of ashfall and avalanches of volcanic debris. Activity at the volcano was increasing, with at least 15 smaller eruptions recorded in the past week, said Armen Putra, an official at the Sinabung monitoring post. ‘The potential for eruption is still high. There will be more eruption in the near future,’ Putra said. Sinabung is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia, and some 30,000 people have been forced to leave nearby homes in the past few years. Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is located on the ‘Ring of Fire,’ an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Ocean. BeIjIng: China has opened Mount everest’s norther n slope to a few dozen mountaineers who will be tested for the coronavirus and must keep their distance while ascending the world’s highest peak. Both nepal and China closed the mountain to foreign climbers last year because of the pandemic. nepal has allowed in foreign climbers this season despite a surging COVID-19 outbreak, and at least one climber, a norwegian, confirmed last month he had contracted the virus. nepal mountaineering officials have denied any outbreak on the mountain, citing only altitude sickness and other ailments common in the cold, harsh, low-oxygen environment where climbers stay in close quarters. This week, the Himalayan nation halted all flights as part of a strict lockdown of its capital and major cities amid its recent surge. In contrast, China, where COVID-19 first emerged, has now largely contained domestic transmission of the virus, but it has maintained restric- tions such as health checks and is on guard against imported cases. The 38 people who were issued Chinese permits to climb the peak, known as Qomolongma in Tibetan, must come from parts of China that are at low risk for infection and must show a clean bill of health before attempting the summit, state media reported Friday . They must undergo temperature checks regularly use bot, tled oxygen and stay 4 meters (13 feet) from other climbers at the summit. They will be provided masks, thermometers and disinfectant. Climbing schedules from the south side of the mountain, which is in nepal, will be consulted so packs of climbers don’t meet, said nyima Tsering, head of the bureau overseeing Chinese climbing operations. People not registered to climb on the Chinese side are strictly barred from that side. Last year, China used the break in climbing to haul some 6 tons of garbage off the mountain that has attracted everlarger groups of climbers enabled by commercial mountaineering companies. Since the individual bony ossicles of these rings fell apart after these animals died more than 60 million years ago, our team made scans of the fossils and then digitally reconstructed the eyes. Of all the theropods we examined, H. sollers and S. deserti had some of the proportionally largest pupils. S. deserti‘s pupil made up more than half of its eye, very similar to night-vision specialists that live today like geckos and nightjars. In today’s nocturnal animals, hearing can be as important as keen eyesight. To figure out how well these extinct dinosaurs could hear, we scanned the skulls of 17 fossil theropods to decipher structure of their inner ears and then compared our scans to the ears of modern animals. All vertebrates have a tubelike canal called the cochlea in their inner ear. Studies of living mammals and birds show the longer this canal, the wider the range of frequencies an animal can hear and the better they can hear very faint sounds. dent P V tomy . It is the same story for essential drugs. A pharmacist working in a private hospital in tenkasi, tamil Nadu said Covid patients are fleeced by private hospitals and pharmacies in several hearing in a small theropod suggest it was a moonlight predator Night vision and superb ways. “Ulinastatin, Methylprednisolone Sodium Succinate, and enoxaparin Sodium injections are currently sold three times their MrPs. A respiratory exerciser worth `250 is sold for `900 in the pharmacies attached to hospitals. A high concentration oxygen mask worth `300 is sold for `1,100,” he added. An official with the tenkasi govclimate change BRUSSeLS: Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion dropped 10 per cent in the european Union last year amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to estimates from the eU’s statistical office. eurostat said in a statement Friday that emissions fell in all of the eU’s 27 member nations compared to 2019 as governments imposed lockdown measures to slow the spread of the virus. greece recorded the largest decrease (-18.7per cent), followed by estonia (-18.1per cent), Luxembourg (-17.9per cent), Spain (-16.2per cent) and Denmark (-14.8per cent). The countries with the smallest reductions were Malta (-1per cent), Hungary (-1.7per cent), Ireland (-2.6per cent) and Lithuania (-2.6per cent). eurostat said the sources of the cutbacks varied. ‘The largest decreases were seen for all types of coals. The consumption of oil and oil products also decreased in almost all member states, while natural gas consumption decreased only in 15 member states and increased or stayed at the same level in the 12 others,’ the office said. CO2 emissions from energy consumption account for about 75per cent of all man-made greenhouse gases in the eU. The amounts produced are influenced by many factors, including economic growth, transportation and industrial activities. As part of the ‘european green Deal,” the eU has committed itself to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55per cent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. Brussels is also aiming to become ‘climate-neutral’ by midcentury . Scientists say this goal needs to be achieved to keep average global temperatures from rising above 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 F) by the year 2100. Spewing fire Mount Sinabung erupted in North Sumatra on Friday I AP sight-kick paleontology Today, barn owls, bats, leopards and many other animals rely on their keen senses to live and hunt under the dim light of stars. These nighttime specialists avoid the competition of daylight hours, hunting their prey under the cloak of darkness, often using a combination of night vision and acute hearing. But was there nightlife 100 million years ago? In a world without owls or leopards, were dinosaurs working the night shift? If so, what senses did they use to find food and avoid predators in the darkness? To better understand the senses of dinosaur ancestors of birds, our team of paleontologists and paleobiolo gists scoured research papers and museum collections looking for fossils that preserved delicate eye and ear structures. And we found some. Using scans of fossilised dinosaur skulls, in a paper published in the journal Science on May 6, 2021, we describe the most convincing evidence to date for nocturnal dinosaurs. Two fossil species – Haplocheirus sollers and Shuvuuia deserti – likely had extremely good night vision. But our work also shows that S. deserti also had incredibly sensitive hearing similar to modern-day owls. This is the first time these two traits have been found in the same fossil, suggesting that this small, desertdwelling dinosaur that lived in ancient Mongolia was probably a specialised night-hunter of insects and small mammals. Looking to theropods By studying fossilised eye bones, one of us, Lars Schmitz, had previously found that some small predatory dinosaurs may have hunted at night. Most of these potentially nocturnal hunters were theropods, the group of three-toed dinosaurs that includes Tyrannosaurus rex and modern birds. But to date, fossils for only 12 theropod species included the eye structures that can tell paleontologists about night vision. Eye bones for night Scleral ossicles are thin, rectangular bone plates that form a ring-like structure surrounding the pupils of lizards as well as birds and their ancestors – dinosaurs. Scleral rings define the largest possible size of an animal’s pupil and can tell you how well that animal can see at night. The larger the pupil compared to the size of the eye, the better a dinosaur could see in the dark. ernment hospital said private hospitals were paying `10,000-13,000 bribe to health workers for referring Covid patients to them. “the amount spent on bribing does not matter to these hospitals as they collect `1.5-6 lakh from each Covid patient,” he added. Similarly, private ambulance charges have also risen multiple times. If the charge was `1,000 for a certain distance before the pandemic, it would be around `7,000 now. Sangeeta Mishra, a resident of Uppal in Hyderabd hired an ambulance to ferry a Covid-19 patient to a hospital in Secunderabad — a distance of 10 km. It cost her `15,000. there have been many cases of people shelling out more than `30,000 for ferrying patients within the city limits. Getting admission in hospitals has never been so difficult. Many hospitals in Hyderabad demand an upfront payment of `5 lakh saying initial charges will be drawn from the same. And, people are willing pay this due to scarcity of beds in government hospitals. coNtiNued oN P8 FIrsT persON aCCOuNT wHEN my oxygen saturation plummeted to 88%, I was recommended an oxygen concentrator, a device that separates and supplies oxygen from ambient air. we were told the selling price was`90,000 but rental would be only `22,000. as we could not afford the price, we chose to rent it. Later, through a doctor, we found that the actual rental was only `4,000 and the device’s price less than `45,000. we had to borrow money to get the concentrator on rent. Cheating people in times of distress is inhuman S Prabhakar, T Nagar through twitter seeking advice to enter AP from Odisha during noncurfew hours (6 am to 12 noon) in a private car. A woman sent a message to police to know whether rt-PCr test is mandatory to cross the interstate border. Not just Praveen and the other two, several people from neighbouring tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Odisha and telangana are confused about partial curfew being enforced in the State from May 5 to contain surge in Covid-19 cases. these people are approaching the State police through social media platforms to get clarification before their scheduled travel to avoid any P4 trouble during the journey . My brother tested positive for Covid and on april 15 was rushed to abhaya Medical Care Centre at aV Road in Rajamahendravaram. They checked him and gave prescription for 10 days and suggested home isolation. However, during home isolation, he experienced breathing problems. we rushed him to hospital again, where after a battery of tests, they asked us to pay `2.5 lakh to get an oxygen bed but at the last minute said there were no beds. we hired an ambulance and took him to different hospitals, where we were asked to pay `5 lakh Basheer Ahmed, East Godavari B a n d h a v i a n n a m @ Guntur teNSION prevailed at Mallikarjunapeta Urban Primary Health Centre in the city on Friday as hundreds of people thronged the vaccination centre for Covid jabs. As part of the three-day vaccination drive, officials planned to administer the second dose of vaccine to beneficiaries who received the first dose a few weeks ago. No Covid guidelines were followed by the beneficiaries who thronged the Urban Primary Health Centre in their eagerness to get a Covid jab. Unable to control the situation, the UPHC staff informed the matter to police, who rushed to the place and P4 regulated the crowd. express read Jagan responds to Soren’s tweet Vijayawada: CM Jagan Mohan Reddy responded to the tweet of his Jharkhand counterpart Hemant Soren against PM Modi stating that it is not the time to point fingers but fight Covid. Taking exception to Soren’s tweet, Jagan said, “Dear @ HemantSorenJMM, I have great respect for you, but as a brother I would urge you no matter whatever our differences are, indulging in such politics would weaken our own nation.” Standing Up For Women PLUS 12 PAGES CoUrt HAd refUsed to GAG medIA Ram had been a panel counsel for the Election Commission in the Supreme Court since 2013. His resignation comes a day after the Supreme Court rejected a petition by the poll panel, seeking to expunge pungent remarks of the Madras High Court on holding elections during the pandemic, saying they were not part of the written order. Ram was not part of the case 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 Normal cost tutions shall co-operate with the task force. We expect that the leading experts in the country shall associate with the work of the task force both as members and resource persons. This will facilitate a meeting of minds and the formulation of scientific strategies to deal with an unprecedented human crisis,” it said. Increase beds in GGH to meet surge in Covid cases in EG: Collector poor strategy Mohit D Ram resigned stating that his values were not in consonance with the current functioning of the poll watchdog ed that an expert body of renowned national experts with diverse experience in health institutions be formed. The Central and state governments shall provide complete and real time data for facilitating the work of the task force as and when necessary “All private hos. pitals and other healthcare insti- No Simhachalam darshan from May 10 Visakhapatnam: Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple atop Simhachalam will be closed for devotees from May 10. The decision to suspend darshan has been taken by the temple trust board following a request made by priests in view of the upcoming Chandanotsavam. Though the temple is closed for six days, all the daily rituals will be performed as usual, said temple Executive Officer Suryakala. covid tracker 1,71,60,870 TOTaL SaMPLES TESTED 12,45,374 8,519 10,50,160 Total deaths Total caseload A crowded ward in the GGH in Kakinada with two patients sharing a bed | ExprEss general beds are available for new cases. In east Godavari district as on FriUtter chaos prevailed at Kakinada day 3,376 Covid patients are undergo, Government General Hospital on ing treatment in 55 notified hospitals. thursday night as the GGH authorities the doctors had a tough time makfound it extremely difficult to accom- ing the patients, who do not need furmodate nearly 200 Covid-19 patients in ther hospitalisation, opt for home isothe limited number of beds available. lation or Covid Care Centre after Despite the implementation of the getting discharged. Several patients patient discharge policy, were reluctant to get disthe number of new infectcharged till they were comAll ICU, oxygen ees seeking hospital admispletely cured. beds in GGH full sion kept on increasing ramesh, a relative of a The government and by thursday midnight Covid patient, said they hospital has a total of the number touched 200. waited for more than two the eNt Block, which is a 1,211 beds, including 62 hours for a bed in the hosICU and 794 oxygen designated Covid Block, pital. “My mother has conbeds. Of the total, 61 was jam packed with tracted coronavirus. She is ICU beds and 791 patients. having difficulty in breathoxygen beds were the GGH authorities ading. I requested the doctors occupied. Only a few justed the new admissions several times to allocate a general beds are into wards of other departbed to her but was only ments as the entire GGH is available for new cases told to wait for some more a designated Covid hospitime. Finally they allocat, tal. However, doctors had to either ad- ed an oxygen bed for her in the surgical just two people on a single bed in some block,” he said. wards or provide treatment to patients Kakinada GGH Covid Nodal Officer by making temporary arrangements Dr M Kiran said, “Almost all ICU and on the hospital floor. oxygen beds are filled with Covid pathe GGH has a total of 1,211 beds, tients. Several Covid patients are comincluding 62 ICU and 794 oxygen beds. ing with respiratory problems, but the Of the total, 61 ICU beds and 791 oxy- doctors are unable to provide them P4 gen beds were occupied. Only a few beds.” s T r i m u r T h u l u @ Kakinada Total cured 1,86,695 aCTIVE CaSES vacciNe StockS Covishield 2,45,000 Covaxin 75,000 Total beds in 653 hospitals - 45,709 helPliNe 104 Available beds - 14,792 for info on Covid services ICU beds - 6,590 8297-104- Available - 1,312 104 WhatsApp Oxygen beds - 22,887 Chatbat number - type Hi, Hello, Covid to know official info about Coronavirus Available - 4,989 General beds - 16,232 Available - 8,491 Ventilators - 2,887 NaTIONWIde MaY 6 MaY 7 Fresh cases 4,12,262 4,14,188 Recoveries 3,29,113 3,31,507 Deaths 3,980 Jab-o-Meter 3,915 May 6: 22,98,530 doses Take your May 7: shoT 21,27,057 doses GGH Superintendent Dr Venkata Buddha informed the A day after TNIE highlighted Collector about measures taken shortage of beds in Kakinada to overcome the crisis. Government General Hospital, The Collector said Covid paEast Godavari District Collector tients, who are in stable health, D Muralidhar Reddy and Joint should be discharged after five Collector (Development) days of hospitalisation or Keerti Chekuri inspected shifted to Covid Care Centhe GGH on Saturday . tres to overcome shortage express of beds. The Collector directed impact the GGH authorities to Steps will be taken to make alter native aravoid oxygen shortage at rangements to meet the the GGH. A 1.7 KL PSA demand for beds in view of (Pressure Swing Adsorpsharp spike in Covid-19 cases in tion) plant will be set up at the the district. GGH in two weeks. The 10 KL caThe Collector and the Joint pacity oxygen storage tank will Collector, along with medical of- be brought into use in a week. “It ficers, visited Covid wards and will ensure that there is no shortenquired about medical facilities age of oxygen anywhere in East at the hospital. Godavari,” the Collector said. E x pr e ss N e ws S e r v i c e @ Kakinada ToTal doses 16,71,64,452 tragic turn 10 killed in quarry blast in Kadapa E x pr e ss N e ws S e r v i c e @ Kadapa Ten persons died when gelatin sticks exploded at a limestone quarry in Tirumala Konda of Kalasapadu mandal on Saturday morning while they were being unloaded from a Bolero. The intensity of the blast was such that all the 10 persons were blown to smithereens and the body parts were strewn all over the place. However, Kadapa SP KKN Anburajan, who visited the blast site, told the media that six persons died on the spot and four The mangled remains of a Bolero after a blast at a limestone quarry | Express more went missing. Police suspect that the four missing persons might have been killed in the blast. According to Kalasapadu police, C Nageswar Reddy, a YSRC leader from Chenchaiahgari Palle in Brahmamgari Matam mandal, has been operating the limestone quarry. Locals from Kalasapadu, Pulivendula, Vemula, Vempalle and Porumamilla are working in the quarry. The mined limestone is being exported to other countries. When stock of gelatin sticks used for blasting in the quarry depleted, more explosives were brought in a Bolero. While the gelatin sticks were being unloaded from the vehicle between 9:30 and 10:30 am, a huge blast ocP4 curred.
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