tirupati l wednesday l may 12, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION W.H.O. Warns against use of Ivermectin to treat Covid Safety, efficacy doubtful: chief scientist “Safety and efficacy are important when using any drug for a new indication. WHO recommends against use of ‘ivermectin’ for Covid-19 except within clinical trials,” Dr Soumya Swaminathan, WHO’s chief scientist, tweeted. The drug’s manufacturer Merck & Co, too, had issued a statement earlier saying there’s no clinical proof that it can fight the virus The World Health Organization on Tuesday said using the antiparasitic drug to treat Covid-19 infection is not safe ■ TWO But govt says it will cure mild cases ■ WHO’s warning came a day after the Goa govt approved use of ivermectin as preventive treatment for all adults against Covid This medicine had recently been included in the Union health ministry’s revised national Covid treatment protocol as a possible treatment option for people with mild disease This is the 2nd warning by w.h.o. Against Ivermectin in past 2 months 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 flattening the infection curve Madhya Pradesh 13,100 Covid fight drags on 11,578 28 Apr 11 May Map shows India’s active case burden (Covid-19 patients who haven’t recovered) and case positivity rates (%) Uttarakhand 7,481 7,542 9 May Chandigarh 27.5% Himachal Pradesh 24.9% Punjab 17.6% Meghalaya 15.5% Uttarakhand 21.01% Jharkhand 16.4% Delhi Sikkim Bihar 25.7% 24.4% 16.2% Haryana 34.3% Rajasthan 30.2% Nagaland Assam 22.6% 15.7% Madhya Pradesh 24.3% Goa 49.6% Karnataka 32.4% Kerala 22.5% Chhattisgarh 20.5% Chandigarh Puducherry 42.8% Tamil Nadu 21.85% 11 May Ladakh 150 6 May 11 May 17,604 Rajasthan 17,322 131 27 Apr 11 May Telangana 1.32% Lakshadweep 125 11 May 14,406 14,111 15,583 11 May Chhattisgarh 13,092 29 Apr 10 May Bihar 129 14,191 13,229 7 May Andaman & nicobar 62 14,305 35 2 May 11 May 16 states and 42% of districts in the country continue to show Covid surge; national test positivity rate at 21% big dip in active cases for the first time; plateauing or declining in 18 states ing 21%, positivity rates in as many as 310 districts are above the national average. Underscoring the need to enhance testing in order to curb the pandemic in rural areas, the government announced that rapid antigen tests (RAT) will now be allowed at all government and private health facilities. Also, RAT kits approved by renowned global agencies will not need separate validation in India. As of now, said ICMR direc- @ New Delhi Two Jagananna Oxygen on Wheels AC buses are ready for deployment for Covid patients in Rajamahendravaram | EXPRESS Govt affidavit shows low May stock for 18+ S u m i S u k a n ya D u tta @ New Delhi Only about 2 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses may be available for the 18-44-year age group across India this month, an affidavit filed by the Centre in the Supreme Court revealed. In other words, just one dose is available for 30 beneficiaries, since the population of this age g roup in India is about 60 crore. It explains why people are finding it difficult to book their vaccination shots this month. The affidavit shows that 1.5 crore doses of Covishield and 50 lakh doses of Covaxin are available in May for “other than Govt of India channel” in May Under the Centre’s de. centralised and liberalised vaccination policy, which came into effect on May 1, it will procure 50% of the total Covid vaccine supplies directly, which will then be shared with states to inoculate the population over 45 years. Fifty per cent of the supplies, however, will have to be procured directly by states and private hospitals, which can then be used to administer shots to the 18-44-year age group, under the revised vaccination strategy . The document shows that the highest allocation — of about 34.38 lakh vaccine doses — have been made for Uttar Pradesh, followed by Maharashtra (over 18 lakh) and Bihar (about 16 lakh). Officials in the Union health ministry said that the allocations under this category had been worked out on a statewise population of 18-44 years pro rata and it had already been conveyed to the state at the end of April. Continued on: P8 The Covid-19 situation in at least some states may be showing some signs of improvement despite 42% of the total districts in India — 310 on 734 — still experiencing runaway infections, data presented by the Centre on Tuesday showed. Eighteen states in India, including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Haryana, are showing a decline or plateauing of cases, the Union ministry of health and family welfare said in a press briefing. The glimmer of hope came on a day when the active coronavirus cases dropped by over 30,000 for the first time in over two months. However, 16 states continue to show a surge, pointed out Lav Agarwal, joint secretary in the health ministry . While the country’s test positivity rate remains a stagger- Cadila’s Virafin priced at `11,995 per dose Zydus Cadila’s Virafin, which recently received emergency use approval for treating moderate Covid cases, has been priced at `11,995 per dose. Virafin is a single-dose therapy that can reduce the need for oxygen support, the company claimed @ Vijayawada Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday shot off two letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to allocate 910 MT of liquid oxygen and 20 LMO (Liquid Medical Oxygen) tankers to Andhra Pradesh. He also urged the Prime Minister to direct Bharat Biotech to transfer technology of manufacturing Covaxin and ICMR-NIV to provide the viral strain to whoever interested and capa- ble of producing the vaccine. The present allocation of oxygen to the State is inadequate in view of rise in Covid caseload. “The allocation of LMO to AP as on April 24 was 480 MT and the active caseload was 81,471. On May 8, a revised allocation of 590 MT was made to the State. However, today our active caseload tor general Balram Bhargava, RT-PCR testing capacity in the country is 16 lakh per day while 17 lakh RATs can be conducted every day. Bhargava also said home-based testing solutions are being explored and plans are afoot to set up RAT booths within schools, colleges, community centres, RWA offices among others. The Centre, meanwhile, applauded the Covid containment models adopted by Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra, suggesting their replication at the national level. “The decentralized approach Mumbai has adopted in Covid-19 containment needs to be adopted at the national level,” said Agarwal. “We have observed that strict measures like restrictions on mass gatherings and on intermingling of people along with closing of non-essential activities for 15 days reduce the rate of growth and cases start plateauing,” he said. “I was with my mother in the ward of Sri Venkateswara Ramnarain Ruia Government General Hospital on Monday evening. She spoke to me around 7:30 pm for a while. Later, she suddenly faced difficulty to breathe. She gestured to me that she was finding it difficult to breathe. Several patients on other beds in the tested positive for Covid-19. As her condition worsened, she was shifted to the ICU ward located on the first floor of the hospital. She is survived by her husband CS Kumar and two sons. Kumar works as a physical education teacher and lives with his family near KLM is 1,87,392. Hence, the revised oxygen allocation is not at all commensurate with increasing active caseload,” Jagan said. Getting 210 MT of oxygen allocated from Odisha, which is 1,400 km away from Rayalaseema region, is causing delay as availability of tankers has become a major con- ‘direct Biotech for transfer of tech’ Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy also urged the Prime Minister to direct Bharat Biotech to transfer technology of manufacturing Covaxin and ICMR-NIV to provide the viral strain to whoever interested and capable of producing the vaccine Hospital on Puttur Road, Renigunta. Not only Thanuja Rani, several others admitted in the first and second rooms of ICU on the first floor of the hospital, failed to get oxygen for a few minutes when the pressure of oxygen supply dipped be- I witnessed the entire episode unfolding at SVR Ruia Government General Hospital on Monday evening. It was horrible. Several patients struggled to breathe before their death —Hemalatha K1,400 H3,500 K7,500 H350 K700 H1,400 K1,400 @ Vijayawada For the first time, the daily count of Covid fatalities has crossed the 100-mark in Andhra Pradesh. A total of 108 people fell victim to Coronavirus in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Tuesday the highest till , date in the State. The previous highest daily count of Covid fatalities was 97, which was recorded on August 14 and 22, 2020. Chittoor which reported the highest daily Covid count of 2,426 in the State, also recorded the highest fatalities of 18. It was followed by Visakhapatnam with 12 fatalities, East Godavari, Guntur and Vizianagaram with 10 each, Prakasam with nine, Nellore with eight, Krishna with seven, Srikakulam with six, Anantapur, Kurnool and West Godavari with five each and Kadapa with three. straint. Four Rayalaseema districts and Nellore are continuously drawing oxygen from Bellary in Karnataka and Chennai in Tamil Nadu. The hospitals have binding contractual agreements with the suppliers from these locations, he said. The Chief Minister also took the delay in oxygen supply to Sri Venkateswara Ramnarain Ruia Gover nment General Hospital in Tirupati, which led to the tragic death of 11 Covid patients on Monday night, to the notice of P4 Prime Minister. We stood helpless as patients died, recount eyewitnesses ward were also facing difficulty in breathing, just like my mother. I tried to help her, but even as I looked on helplessly, she breathed her last at around 8:50 pm,” recalled G Nireesh Kumar, son of Thanuja Rani (47), who died along with 12 others after oxygen supply was disrupted for some time in the hospital. She was admitted to Ruia Hospital on April 28 after she H1,000 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e ruia o2 horror D S u r end r a K u m a r @ Tirupati ICU without ventilator 14 AP reports single-day highest fatalities of 108 after August 14 Allocate 910 MT of O2 to AP: CM to PM E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e 10 ICU with ventilator 10 An expert team from Naval Dockyard inspected oxygen supply network at SVR Ruia GGH on Tuesday. It will submit a report to the Centre after finding out the reasons for the O2 disruption 10 May E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e 7 Critical Naval Dockyard team inspects Ruia Hospital Gujarat 12,169 11 May Noncritical care with O2 Drugs and investigations H600 K600 H1,700 K2,900 O2 and nebulisation charges 0 K1,500 H2,000 0 Cost of PPE per day at H400 (3 for non-critical, four for critical without ventilator and five for H1,200 K1,200 H1,600 K2,000 critical ICU with ventilator Nutritious diet H350 K350 H350 K350 Disinfection cost per day H100 K100 H250 K250 Total cost per patient per day H3,600 K5,850 H10,800 K14,400 All the rates are same in NABH Hospitals and NABH amount is only extra NABH amount H400 K650 H1,200 K1,600 Total cost per patient per day H4,000 K6,500 H12,000 K16,000 17,421 6 May Daman & Diu 232 Haryana 11 May Noncritical care Consultation charges 11 May 5 May 159 Length of stay Isolation ward/ICU rent, administrative charges, nursing, monitoring, maintenance charges and basic interventions 19,799 27 Apr 09 May 11 May Active cases fewer than 50,000 (13 states) Active cases between 50,000 and 1 lakh (6 states) Active cases more than 1 lakh (13 states) 20.550 Delhi 838 839 Odisha 24.4% Andhra Pradesh 26.2% 27 Apr 24,396 11 May Component for non-NABH and NABH Hospitals 26,051 7 May 5,547 1 May West Bengal 34.4% Maharashtra 22.5% Uttar Pradesh 10 May 8,036 Telangana Manipur 17.5% 10 May 5,880 29 Apr The State government on Tuesday issued a GO revising rates for Covid treatment in non-NABH and NABH hospitals under the Aarogyasri scheme 52,564 Andhra Pradesh Jharkhand 6,305 64,247 27 Apr 34,813 11 May Rate card for Covid treatment Maharashtra tween 7:50 and 8 pm. “It created chaos in the ICU ward as all the attendants of patients were worried with their dear ones struggling to breathe. They did whatever they could to comfort the patients. With their efforts just like mine failed, they stood there in a shock, helpless witnessing the struggle of the patients,” he said in a voice filled P5 with grief. Hemalatha of Tirupati, an eyewitness, alleged that O2 supply was disrupted for more than 45 minutes| Madhav K With the addition of 108 more fatalities, the State’s toll increased to 8,899. A total of 86,878 samples were tested on Tuesday, compared to 60,124 samples on Monday. A total 1,75,14,937 samples have been tested in the State so far. Yet again, the number of fresh infections crossed the 20,000andhra pradesh may 10 May 11 Fresh cases 14,986 20,345 Recoveries 16,167 14,502 Deaths 84 108 Samples tested 60,124 86,878 mark with a total 20,345 cases reported in the last 24 hours, taking the State’s tally to 13,22,934. Chittoor recorded the highest number of 2,436 cases, followed by Visakhapatnam with 2,371. Only the two districts, registered a daily count of more P3 than 2,000. NATIONWIDE MAY 10 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths MAY 11 3,66,161 3,29,942 3,53,818 3,56,082 3,754 3,876 Jab-o-meter May 10 24,30,017 doses Take your May 11 shot 23,85,092 doses Total: 17,51,71,482 30.4 lakh across 30 States/UTs in the 18-44 age group got jabs so far express read Biz activity dipped to last june levels, finds Japanese brokerage firm New Delhi: With almost the entire country in the grip of localised lockdowns, India’s business activity has shrunk to levels last seen in June 2020, according to Japanese brokerage Nomura. The Nomura India Business Resumption Index which tracks business activity on a weekly basis, fell sharply to 64.5 for the week ended May 9 from 69.7 a week ago. This is 35% below prepandemic levels. The sharp drop in NIBRI suggests state-wide lockdowns are hurting sequential growth. International experiences suggest the correlation between mobility and gross domestic product growth is much weaker during the second wave,” it said.
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