Albin Mathew tirupati l saturday l may 15, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION Kerala on high alert over flood, cyclone threats With heavy rains pounding Kerala for the past two days, the state govt has started evacuating people from low-lying areas Rains lash state, sea swallows houses I.m.d. sounds Red alert in five districts While non-stop rains have led to waterlogging and uprooting of trees, high waves and sea incursion damaged several houses in coastal hamlets across the state. Chellanam, a coastal village in Ernakulam district, which is already reeling under Covid load with test positivity rate way above the state average, was among the worst-hit as tidal waves entered homes | P5 ■ IMD has sounded red alert in Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod projecting extremely heavy rains due to a depression in the Arabian Sea, which is forecast to turn into Cyclone Tauktae. The cyclone is set to affect the entire western coastline right up to Gujarat, where it is likely to hit on May 18 May 31 Southwest monsoon to arrive a day earlier than its normal onset 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 2 bn a really tall order: Experts S u m i S u k a n ya D u t ta @ New Delhi A day after the Centre projected the availability of a whopping 2 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines in India during the last five months this year, experts expressed scepticism over the numbers saying they look impractical if not impossible. India at present produces 2.3 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine daily, which needs to be scaled up six-fold between August and December if the ambitious target is to be met. V K Paul, member Niti Aayog, who also heads the National Covid-19 task force, had on Thursday said 2.16 billion doses of Covid 19 vaccines will be be available in the country between August and December, enough to cover nearly 95 crore of India’s adult population. The projected doses include 75 crore of Covishield, 55 crore of Covaxin and 15.6 crore of Sputnik V whose local produc, tion will begin in July . The estimates also included NATIONWIDE MAY 13 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths MAY 14 3,62,727 3,43,144 3,52,181 3,44,776 4,120 4,000 30 crore doses by BioE, 5 crore of Zydus Cadila vaccine, 20 crore by Serum Institute of India’s Novavax, 10 crore of Bharat Biotech-Washington University’s nasal vaccine and 6 crore of Gennova vaccine, all of which are still under various phases of clinical trials. How can their production be ramped up so quickly? “It is a very ambitious target. I would be surprised if that’s achieved, but I am not sure how that is going to happen,” said microbiologist and immunologist Sudhanshu Vrati. According to R Ramakumar, an economist with Tata Institute of Social Sciences, as per the projections, SII will have to raise the production of Covishield to nearly three times per day to meet the target. “SII is already struggling to meet the promise of 3.3 million doses of Covishield per day by July. How are they going to make 6.4 million doses per day by December?” he asked. Continued on: P8 May 13 19,75,176 doses May 14 10,79,759 doses Total doses: 18,04,29,261 Jab-o-meter Take your shot Sputnik V available at `995 Express News Service @ Hyderabad A day after it obtained clearance from the Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories soft-launched Sputnik V vaccine by administering the first dose in Hyderabad on Friday . The company had got the first consignment of the Russian vaccine on May 1. While more consignments of Sputnik V vaccine are expected to arrive in the coming months, supply is expected to commence from Indian manufacturing partners, too. The im- ported vaccine is priced at an MRP of `948 plus 5% GST per dose, which comes to `995.40. The price is likely to be lowered when local supply begins. “With the rising cases in India, vaccination is our most effective tool in our battle against Covid-19. Contributing to the vaccination drive is our biggest priority right now to help Indians stay healthy and safe,” said G V Prasad, co-chairman and MD of Dr Reddy’s. Meanwhile, Zydus Cadila ann o u n c e d p l a n s t o m a ke 5 crore doses of its vaccine, which is under phase-3 clinical trial, by the year-end. Modi red-flags Covid acceleration in rural areas MA N ISH A N A N D @ New Delhi In his first public comment after the second wave of Covid-19 wreaked havoc, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday sent out a message of hope while warning farmers to stay on guard as the pandemic is fast advancing into rural India. “This pandemic is spreading fast in rural villages.... Aware- @ Vijayawada AP CID arrested K Raghu Rama Krishnam Raju, rebel YSRC MP of Narasapuram, from his residence in Hyderabad on Friday. He was arrested for his alleged ‘hate speeches’ against certain communities and spreading ‘disaffection’ against the government. A case was registered against the MP under Section 124A (Sedition — Whoever, by words, either spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representa- tion, or otherwise, brings or attempts to bring into hatred or contempt, or excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards the government), 153A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 505 r/w and 120 B of the IPC. According to sources, Additional Director General (CID) PV Sunil Kumar ordered an inquiry against Raju and during investigation, it was revealed not a nation that loses hope in tough times. This challenge will be overcome with strength and dedication,” while interacting with farmers to mark the transfer of the eighth installment of the PMKisan Nidhi scheme. Modi’s optimism came at a time when the Centre and the states are spar- ring over the availability of vaccines, high fatalities and lack of medical support to the affected people. While he refrained from fixing accountability for the lapses that led to the explosive second wave, he claimed the world is facing an invisible enemy and “every gover nment department is working day and night to ease the pain of the nation.” IYC prez questioned by delhi police B V Srinivas, who has been applauded for aiding people in distress, was questioned on his supply chain of O2, meds and relief materials, drawing anger on social media | P7 HC stays TS govt order on e-passes for Covid-19 patients to enter Hyd had so far denied entry to ambulances. It wanted to know who had given powers to the Taking serious exception to State government to deny perthe denial of entry for ambu- mission to ambulances to enter lances from Andhra Pradesh Telangana. The government into the State, the Telangana should understand that the High Court on Friday stayed Constitution has given to all the government order, which the right to life, the bench mandated that all Covid-19 pa- said. tients should obtain e-passes to The AG, defending denial of enter Telangana. permission to ambulances, said A division bench of the decision was taken the High Court headed keeping in view the by Chief Justice Hima lack of availability of Kohli, after hearings beds for Telangana Refusing on a lunch motion citizens, who were permission to an moved by a retired offinding it difficult to ambulance into ficer Venkatakrishna get admission in hosTS is against the Rao, directed that the pitals. He cited the Constitution. stay order be in force Delhi government imThe Telangana till further notice. The posing restrictions on government division bench also should understand admissions to hospilaid down that the tals. He said that it that the Indian State should not issue had been clear that the Constitution has given to all the orders in any form rep at i e n t s i n o t h e r right to life stricting the moveStates should come to ment of ambulances Telangana only after High Court Bench across the borders. confirmation of a bed The bench, during in a hospital. There the hearing, took the State gov- has been a steady increase in ernment to task, asking wheth- the rush of Covid -19 patients er it did not know that such an from neighbouring States of action was in defiance of the Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, court’s earlier orders. AP and Karnataka, he said. It asked whether the governThe petitioner prayed to the ment did not know that refus- court to declare the denial of ing permission to an ambu- entry into Telangana for ambulance into Telangana was lances as ultra vires and ensure against the Constitution. The free passage for them to court pointed out that no State Hyderabad. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e Kurnool SP Fakeerappa Kaginelli arranges an oxygen cylinder to a patient whose ambulance was stopped at Pullur toll plaza on Friday | Express 60 ambulances stopped at AP-TS border till 9 pm E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kurnool/Vijayawada Tension prevailed at Andhra Pradesh-Telangana border in Kurnool and Krishna districts on Friday with Telangana police disallowing ambulances carrying Covid-19 patients into the neighbouring State. Family members of some Covid patients entered into an argument or pleaded with the Telangana police to let their ambulances go to Hyderabad. A total of 60 ambulances were stopped at the toll plaza since Thursday midnight and of them, 12 were carrying Covid patients who were in various stages of severity . Unconfirmed reports claimed two Covid patients, one from Kadapa and another from Nandyal had died due to undue delay at the toll plaza. However, Kurnool police clarified they had verified the reports and no CID nabs rebel Raju for promoting contempt against govt, hate speech E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e ness about this among rural people and cooperation of panchayat raj institutions are equally important,” he said. A recent report by SBI’s Ecowrap said the share of rural districts in new cases increased to 48.5% in May as compared to 36.8% in March. However, Modi added, “India is that through his speeches on a regular basis, the MP was indulging in systematic and schematic effort to cause tensions among the communities and, attacking various government dignitaries in such a way as to cause loss of faith in the gover nment, which they represent. It was also found that Raju’s speeches and actions brought hatred and contempt against the State government. Following the preliminary inquiry report, on the directions of the Additional DG, a team went to the residence of the MP in Hyderabad and arrested him. P4 such deaths happened. The Andhra Pradesh government impleaded in a house motion petition filed in the Telangana High Court against a circular issued by the Telangana government barring entry of ambulances from Andhra Pradesh. Taking serious note of the issue, the Telangana High Court issued an interim stay on the circular issued by the Telangana gover nment and adjourned the case hearing to June 17. However, Telangana police refused to allow ambulances at the inter-state borders stating that they were yet to receive orders from higher officials on the High Court stay A few am. bulances with Covid patients waiting at Pullur toll plaza in the hope that the court order will force the police to reopen the border were pushed into crisis when oxygen supply P4 started depleting. andhra pradesh may 13 May 14 Fresh cases 22,399 22,018 Recoveries 18,638 19,177 Deaths 89 96 Samples tested 96.446 89,087 covid tracker helpline 13,88,803 Total caseload 9,173 Total deaths 11,75,843 Total cured 2,03,787 Total Active cases 104 1902 Dial for info on to lodge Covid services complaints Covid Hospitals - 669 ICU beds - 6,453 Available - 447 O2 general beds - 23,204 Available beds - 1,175 More oxygen for AP 3 more ISO containers for State 110 MT of LMO from Jamnagar Reliance plant 2 cryogenic containers each carrying 20 MT of O2 to reach Krishnapatnam port from Durgapur steel plant in West Bengal on Saturday @ Hyderabad Vizag gets Covid Care Centre with 300 O2 beds E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Visakhapatnam A 300-oxygen bed Covid Care Centre, inaugurated by ministers Alla Nani, K Kanna Babu and M Srinivas Rao, will ease the pressure for oxygen beds to some extent in the district. The CCC, set up by Pragati Bharati Foundation of YSRC MP V Vijayasai Reddy, will be an ideal centre in the State, Nani said. He described it as a ultramodern hospital with all facilities for Covid treatment. A four-level system will ensure smooth supply of oxygen to patients. All the beds are equipped with alternative Ministers K Kanna Babu, Alla Nani and M Srinivasa Rao and MP V Vijayasai Reddy go round the 300-bed Covid Care Centre in Vizag on Friday | EXPRESS oxygen support as there are oxygen concentrators or cylinders. This will ensure that there will be no disruption in supply of oxygen to patients, he said. During the first wave of Covid, only 40 MT of oxygen was required for patients. Now, the requirement has gone up to 600 MT. AP is ahead of other States in initiating measures to combat Covid effectively he said. , Vijayasai said the CCC was set up to overcome the shortage of oxygen beds. Availability of beds will be displayed on LCD screen at the reception centre. All medicines will be given free of cost, the YSRC MP said. silverlining Effective resource management ensures no shortage of beds in Kurnool GGH k madhu sudhakar @ Kurnool Unlike other government hospitals in the State which are facing acute shortage of oxygen and ICU beds with the surge in Covid cases, the Government General Hospital in the city has enough beds to meet the demand due to efficient management of its resource. About 950 Covid patients are undergoing treatment in the GGH. Of the total, 70 patients are on ventilators and 750 on oxygen support. On an average, 110 Covid patients are admitted to the GGH a day, while 30-40 patients are discharged. About 30 per cent of the total patients in the GGH are from neighbouring Kadapa, Anantapur and Prakasam districts, Mahabubnagar in Telangana and Raichur in Karnataka States. Speaking to TNIE, GGH Superintendent Dr Narendranath Reddy said they are not denying admission to patients coming from neighbouring districts though the active caseload in Kurnool is high. The GGH has an oxygen storage tank with a capacity of 21.5 KLD. Out of the total quantity , 16.5 KLD is consumed. The GGH gets oxygen tankers every day to replenish the stock. In addition to it, a Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) unit with a capacity of 1,000 litres of oxygen per minute is ready for use to meet the additional requirements of the GGH. Adequate number of oxygen beds and ventilators are available in the GGH to tackle any medical emergency due to efficient management of its resources, the Superintendent said. As per the directions of District Collector G Veerapandian, 200 more oxygen beds in German sheds are being arranged on the GGH premises with all necessary medical infrastructure, he said. “Our aim is providing quality medical services to Covid patients. Our team of doctors and staff are discharging their duties efficiently to ensure that Covid patients recover fast, which helps ease pressure on hospital beds,” Dr Narendranath Reddy added.
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