kannur l thursday l may 13, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION Fear of full-scale war as Israel-Hamas clash kills 56 More attacks likely before a ceasefire Israeli airstrikes have levelled at least two apartment towers in Gaza. Warning shots have allowed civilians to evacuate the buildings, but the material losses will be immense. Israel’s Defence Minister Benny Gantz vowed more attacks on Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups in Gaza to bring “total, long-term quiet” before considering a ceasefire Tension gripped West Asia as Israel on Wednesday stepped up air strikes on Gaza while Hamas continued its rocket attacks 1,050 Women, children among those killed ■ ■ ■ Worryingly, there is no sign either side is willing to back down Since Monday, 48 people were reportedly killed in Gaza, including 14 children, three Palestinians in the West Bank, and five Israelis A 31-year-old Keralite woman working as a nurse in Israel was among those killed in the Hamas rocket strike on Tuesday | P9 Rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel, according to ISRAELI ARMY 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 No recovery Second wave peaked on Apr 21; in sight as IIP India lockdown not needed contracts by 8.6% in FY21 Daily change in new cases 7-9-2020 to 22-9-2020 2000 1,500 1,000 @ New Delhi Retail inflation cools to 4.29% in April Retail inflation slipped to a three-month low of 4.29% in April, on account of easing of prices of kitchen items such as vegetables and cereals, according to the data released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation on Wednesday | P10 10000 22 Sep 2020 Daily change in new cases 13-3-2021 to 11-5-2021 21 Apr 2021 5000 7 Sep 2020 Based on 7 day rolling average -500 -1,000 -1,500 -2000 first wave 0 13 Mar 2020 -5000 Acceleration peak on Sep 9 3 Apr 2020 Acceleration peak on April 21 second wave Cases, deaths rise; Kerala staring at lockdown extension CM refuses to rule it out, says decision by weekend; health experts say it is the only available option SURGE DURING LOCKDOWN U n n i k r i s h n a n S @T’Puram FUN AND JOY Feza Ferin and Fiha Ferin, sisters from Perambra, Kozhikode, have fun while drawing mehandi designs on their palms on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr on Wednesday. The festival celebrations are restricted for the second straight year due to Covid | T P Sooraj The New Indian Express wishes its readers on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr Our offices will remain closed today. There will be no issue of the paper tomorrow OCCUPIED 55.3% of beds 72.9% of ICUs 74.1% of ventilators 72.2% non-ICU beds with oxygen Active cases TPR Deaths 4,23,514 4,19,726 4,17,101 4,23,957 4,32,789 68 65 79 95 May 11 May 12 64 May 10 28.2% 28.9% 27.6% 26.8% 29.8% May 9 Notwithstanding the preparations for the swearing-in ceremony of the government on May 20, the state is likely to extend the lockdown beyond May 16 as the number of Covid patients seeking treatment shows little sign of abating. Though CM Pinarayi Vijayan said a decision on extension would be taken after assessing the situation by the weekend, it is learnt that the administrative machinery is gearing up for continued restrictions. On Wednesday, five days after the lockdown was enforced, the state reported its highest daily Covid case count (43,529) and deaths (95). The average test positivity rate in seven days has reached 27.88 per cent. Indications are that more than one person out of four tested have turned positive. Experts are in favour of continuing the lockdown as they believe the situation on the ground has not improved much to have a rethink. “Lockdown is not the best option to deal with a pandemic. But that is the only option available to the government now,” said Dr V Ramankutty, a health economist, epidemiologist and emeritus professor at the Sree Chitra Tirunal May 8 The Index of Industrial Production (IIP) for March, released on Wednesday showed , that factory output registered a 22.5% growth for the month. However, experts say there is nothing to rejoice as this ‘growth’ was due to low base effect and that industrial activity in FY21 actually shrank by a whopping 8.6% compared with 0.8% contraction in the previous financial year. Besides, the March 2021 numbers don’t reflect the impact of localised lockdowns and night curfews across the country . According to data released by the National Statistics Office (NSO), the manufacturing sector output contracted by 9.8%, mining sector output contracted 7.8% while electricity shrank by 0.5%. “The pace of the IIP’s expansion in March 2021 was in the middle of our forecast range (17.5-25%). Given the low base of the lockdown, we believe it’s more meaningful to compare the industrial performance in March 2021 with March 2019, which reveals a mild albeit sobering contraction of 0.5%,” said Aditi Nayar, Chief Economist at ICRA. “We expect the IIP to expand by a transient but relatively meaningless about 150% in April 2021 on the low base of the nationwide lockdown that was in effect in April 2020,” she added. 0 15000 Based on 7 day rolling average 500 New cases E x p r e ss Ne ws Se r v i c e 9 Sep 2020 20000 41,971 35,801 27,487 37,290 43,529 Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology. The rise in the number of patients under treatment and the death rate are considered major criteria for deciding the lockdown, according to experts. The slow pace of vaccination has also been a handicap in containing the virus spread. The state has over 4.3 lakh Covid patients with only 17.5%of the population having received at least one dose ● More on P4 of vaccination. 12 Opposition parties press Modi for free mass vaccination E x p r ess Ne ws Se r v i c e @ New Delhi As many as 12 heads of Opposition parties on Wednesday wrote a joint letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding free mass vaccination, allotting funds and foodgrain for the poor, expediting vaccine production and putting the Central Vista project on hold. The letter comes following fiercely fought Assembly elections in West Bengal and Kerala where the Trinamool Congress and the Congress and the Left Front were pitted against each other, showing the rising index of Opposition unity . Gratitude This C’garh doc chose Mysuru for Covid duty A j i t h M S @ Mysuru When words come up short to express gratitude to health workers who are busy saving lives, actions speak. A young doctor, who flew down from Chandigarh, has now volunteered to work for free at the Mysuru district Covid-19 hospital where his mother, who was in a very critical state, was saved. Dr Harsha, who hails from a family of agriculturists in Mandya district, is pursuing his MD in Radiodiagnosis at PGIMER, Chandigarh. The gesture has come in for much praise at a time when most hospitals are grappling with an acute short- age of staff and repeated recruitment drives have yielded no results. It all started after Dr Harsha’s mother’s vitals started fluctuating when she was under treatment for Covid at a hospital in Maddur, Mandya district, and was in urgent need of an ICU bed. While many hospitals denied 48-year-old Rajalakshmi a bed saying she was too critical to be saved, the Covid-19 hospital in Mysuru agreed to take her. “Many had written off her case, but it was the Mysuru district hospital and Dr Rajeshwari H R, the Dis- trict Surgeon, who gave us with hope and shifted her to the ICU. After 10 days of care, she is now finally out of the ICU and recuperating well,” said a relieved Dr Harsha. Inspired by the efforts of the staff in saving his mother, Dr Harsha has been voluntarily treating patients at the hospital ever since. “The hospital has sufficient infrastructure and facilities. But since the ICU beds are full, and with a shortage of manpower, it is challenging for the existing staff since the patients are in critical condition and each one of them needs constant attention,” he said. Dr Harsha 8 May 2020 M S Se s h a d r i a n d T J a c o b J o h n I ndia’s second Covid wave has rapidly decelerated, the peak is just over, there is no need for a nationwide lockdown now. We used an innovative method to analyse daily numbers of new cases, by studying the acceleration and deceleration of both the first and the second waves of the coronavirus epidemic. The result of first wave showed that the numerical peak was a few days after the beginning of deceleration. Deceleration of the second wave started on April 21 and the numerical peak (4,14,433 cases) occurred on May 6, followed by a declining average in daily numbers. This indicates that a nationwide lockdown is not necessary now. Its usefulness was when the second wave was rapidly rising, during March or early April. Individual states can study their numbers of new cases using this technique and decide on the need for, and timing of regional lockdowns. Full article on: newindianexpress.com Munnar retreat: 2 more priests die, 3 critical; Covid hits probe E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram TWO more priests who had contracted coronavirus after taking part in the CSI South Kerala diocese annual retreat in Munnar last month died on Wednesday . Rev C Binokumar, 39, of Amboori and Rev Y Devaprasad, 59 of Arayoor, breathed their last at Dr Somervell Memorial CSI Medical College Hospital at Karakonam near here. They were on ventilator support for many days. Two other priests --- Rev Bijumon and Shine B Raj --- who too were part of the retreat, had died on April 29 and May 4, respectively Three more priests infect. ed with Covid are under treatment. Their condition is said to be serious. Binokumar was a junior vicar of Ambalakkala Church at Cheriyakolla near Karakonam. Devaprasad was a vicar of West Mount Church at Veeranakavu near Kattakada and also the administrative committee member of the CSI South Kerala diocese. The funeral of the priests will be held on Thursday at their native places, adhering to the Covid protocol. According to V T Mohanan, member of CSI Matteer Memorial Church at Palayam, Binokumar and Devaprasad had participated in the retreat from April 15 to 17. More on P4 NATIONWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths MAY 11 MAY 12 3,29,942 3,48,421 3,56,082 3,55,338 3,876 4,205 Jab-o-meter May 11 23,85,092 doses Take your May 12 shot 17,72,261 doses Total: 17,70,85,371 STATEWIDE may 11 MAY 12 Fresh cases 37,290 43,529 Recoveries 32,978 34,600 79 95 Deaths Stalin govt to float tenders to buy vaccines Chennai: Global tenders would be floated for procurement of Covid vaccines and all steps shall be taken expeditiously to inoculate those in the 18-44 age group, the Tamil Nadu government said on Wednesday. Chief Minister M K Stalin has also ordered industries and medical departments to immediately set up more units to produce oxygen and procure it from steel plants located in other states.
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