HYDERABAD SUNDAY MAY 16, 2021 `12.00 PAGES 24 LATE CITY EDITION ISRAEL’s AIR STRIKE RAZES MEDIA BUILDING IN GAZA Israeli air strikes pounded the Gaza Strip on Saturday and razed a building housing media outlets like AP, Al Jazeera INTEL ON HAMAS MILITANTS PROMPTED STRIKE WEST BANK, SYRIA & LEBANON ON THE BOIL The Israelis flattened the 13-floor building after issuing an evacuation warning. Israel claimed Hamas activists were holed up in the building. Israeli air and artillery strikes on Gaza since Monday have killed 139 people and wounded 1,000 more. Palestinian armed groups have fired 2,300 rockets at Israel, killing 10 people. Over 560 Israelis have been wounded | P9 ■ ■ ■ Violence raged in West Bank during what Palestinians mark as Nakba, the ‘catastrophe’ of Israel’s creation in 1948, on Saturday In the north, where Israel is at war with Syria and Lebanon, tensions were rising; 3 rockets were launched from Syria on Friday UN Security Council will meet on Sunday to address the violence 0NE HIZBOLLAH MILITANT KILLED IN BID TO INFILTRATE ISRAEL FROM LEBANON 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 Cairn goes after Air India to get $1.72 bn from Centre Covid +ve? Consult doc. Don’t panic & rush for O2, ICU EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE retrospective tax dispute between Cairn Energy Plc and the Indian government has taken a curious turn with the UKbased company filing a law suit in a US district court seeking to make Air India liable for enforcement of the $1.2-billion arbitration award it won in December 2020. An international arbitration court in December last year had ruled against India’s decision to retrospectively tax the capital gains made when Cairn UK Holdings Ltd sold shares in Cairn India Holdings Ltd, a Jersey company, to Cairn India Ltd, an Indian company The ar. bitration court also awarded Cairn $1.2 billion damages plus interest and costs, which come to around $1.72 billion. India has challenged it in an appropriate court in The Hague. Why did Cairn sue Air India? “The nominal distinction between (Govt of) India and Air India is illusory, and serves only to aid India in improperly shielding its assets from creditors,” the lawsuit says. The implication is that it could lead to seizing of Air India’s overseas assets such as airplanes to recover the dues from the Indian government. While many see Cairn’s move as a pressure tactic, the company claims it is to protect shareholders’ interest. Meanwhile, sources said the government has not received any notice on the matter. WITH THIS ISSUE THE COMING WAVE ...AND HOW TO BRACE FOR IT PLUS 12 PAGES Health workers checking on Covid-19 patients at the newly-built 500 ICU bed Care Centre in New Delhi on Saturday | PTI Second wave weakening, situation stable: Centre Active infections down for fifth day in a row; national recovery rate improved to 83.88%; Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, UP show drop in cases EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Centre on Saturday said the second wave of Covid-19 has started weakening with recoveries surpassing the fresh cases and the overall test positivity rate coming down to 19.8% from 21.9 % last week. “Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh have reported a decline in active cases. The cause of concern is Tamil Nadu where a rise in the number of active cases has been reported in the past one week,” said Lav Agarwal, joint secretary Union , health ministry . Currently 11 states have over , 1 lakh active cases, while 17 have less than 50,000 cases. V K Paul, member (health), Niti Aayog and chairman of the national Covid19 task force, said the overall Covid-19 situa- tion in the country is showing signs of improvement. “It is evident we can see a certain amount of stabilisation of the second wave of the pandemic. Some states have shown a clear pattern, in some states there are concerns and, in some others, there is a trend towards TELANGANA MAY 14 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 4,305 6,361 29 MAY 15 4,298 6,026 32 an increase,” said Paul, adding that it’s a mixed picture. “But overall, the situation is stabilising and we hope and we will work towards ensuring further stabilisation and rapid decline of this pandemic,” he added. The details shared by the government showed that 10 states account for 85% of the total Covid cases in the country and 24 states have a test positivity rate of more than 15%. Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Daman and Diu, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh have reported a major drop in case positivity rates. On Saturday India registered , a total of 3,26,098 Covid-19 cases that took the overall tally to 2,43,72,907 but the active Covid cases came down by 31,091 compared to Friday This is the fifth . day in a row that active infections have come down. The active cases now stand at 36,73,802 and comprise 15% of the total infections, while the national recovery rate has improved to 83.83%. On a positive note, the number of districts with over 10% test positivity rate, which stood at 533 a week ago has now come down to 516. TO be worried if you have Covid symptoms and have tested positive is entirely understandable. But please do not panic. And, for your own sake, do not self-diagnose and/or self-medicate. Consult your physician on the way forward. If the symptoms are mild, there is no need to rush to hospitals seeking admission and it is pointless worrying about arranging oxygen and drugs like Remdesivir. For, most people infected with novel coronavirus get cured on their own with minimal medical intervention. Only a small percentage of patients need medical oxygen support and round-the-clock attention in a hospital. Ditto with Remdesivir. It’s not for everyone. TNIE spoke to doctors across India and they say they have @ Hyderabad UPON their arrival at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, international passengers will have to undergo a Covid-19 test even if they have a negative test report from the country of origin of their flight, say airport officials. On Saturday passen, gers who were hopeful of making a clear exit from the Hyderabad airport upon arrival were caught off-guard, when they were asked to undergo a mandatory Covid-19 test. Meanwhile, several passengers cried foul that they had to shell out a hefty amount for the test, despite getting tested just two to three days ago. Several passen- gers pointed out that the Union government’s guidelines clearly stated that a negative report from the country of origin, for a test carried out in the last 72 hours, was valid. “My family and I arrived at Hyderabad airport. We were tested two days ago in Oman and were hopeful of exiting the airport with ease. But, despite having the reports, my family had to undergo tests and we had to shell out `7,500 for RT-PCR tests. I had already spent money equivalent to around `24,000 in Oman. We also faced issues as I didn’t have Indian currency to pay for the tests,” lamented Abul Ala Faisal, working in Oman’s Health MinCONTINUED ON P3 istry . EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad/Khammam/Adilabad THE Director of Medical Education Dr K Ramesh Reddy stated that the Government ENT Hospital in Koti will be the nodal centre for admitting and treating black fungus cases in Telangana. The decision was taken after many cases of the fungal infection were reported among Covid patients in the State. On Saturday two cases , of the infection were also reported from two districts — one each from Khammam and Adilabad. The department has also roped in Gandhi Hospital and Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital to tackle the disease. Patients who contract black fungus but are still Covid-19 positive or needing multidisciplinary help from the pulmonology department A day after the High Court directed the State government to allow ambulances from other States and provide treatment to all Covid-19 patients, Prime Minister Narendra Modi intervened and directed Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to increase the supplies of oxygen and Remdesivir injections to Telangana, enabling the State to cope up with the situation. Accordingly the State will get , 10,500 Remdesivir injections daily from Monday onwards. Railway Minister Goyal informed this to Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao over the phone on Saturday night. At present, the State only gets 5,500 Remdesivir injections per day . Goyal informed the Chief Minister that the Central government had decided to in- N Dwarakanath, superintendent, GITAM Covid hospital, Vizag will be treated at Gandhi Hospital, whereas those whose eyes are affected will be treated at the eye hospital. The government is also working to address the shortage of drugs needed to treat black fungus. One of them — Liposomal Amphotericin B — will be procured soon, officials said. The Director of Public Health, meanwhile, has also issued guidelines to all Covid hospitals in the State to incorporate some of the existing best practices into their day-to-day Covid-19 treatment protocol. The guidelines state, “Control the sugar levels during Covid with or without sugars, use steroids judiciously in the correct time, dose and duration. Use antibiotics and antifungals judiciously and clean the humidifier, water for O2 therapy .” CONTINUED ON P4 for hospital beds as soon as they test positive. Doctors in Karnataka say there have been instances of families of Covid-19 patients with mild to moderate symptoms pulling strings to get ICU beds. What they actually end up doing is to block admission of serious patients who really need critical care to survive. “It should be the doctor, and not the patient, who decides which bed he has to be allotted based on his condition,” said Dr K Vijay Kumar, MD, SAI Super Speciality Hospitals, Rajamahendravaram, Andhra. “It has become another job for the already overburdened doctors to educate attendants about the patient’s condition,” said Dr C Arunkumar, medical superintendent, KIMS hospital, Hubballi, Karnataka. CONTINUED ON P5 MP Raju claims torture, medicos to examine him E N S @ Vijayawada K RAGHU RAMA Krishnam Raju, rebel YSRC MP of Narasapuram, alleged third degree torture by the CID officials when he was detained by them on Friday night. He was remanded to judicial custody till May 28 by the VI Additional Munsiff Magistrate Court in Guntur on Friday . On being produced in court, Raju told the court that he was kept in a room in the CID office last night and around five persons with their faces covered with handkerchiefs entered the room and tied him with a rope. He said he was beaten with sticks on his feet. Later, they asked him to walk in the room and after he did, he was again beaten on the feet 4-5 times. When he was unable to walk, they left the room, the MP said. The AP High Court has asked a three-member medical board to examine Raju and submit a P5 report on the same. Cabinet pushing papers in the shadow of PMO tarakhand government for Dehradun-Mussoorie ropeway THE Union Cabinet has met at project. The absence of any role least five times since the second of the Cabinet in the health criwave of the pandemic began in sis is in sharp contrast to allate March or early April, but most all critical decisions being not a single decision was relat- driven by the PMO to control ed to the ongoing surge, at least the pandemic. After the PM that is what can be concluded canceled all public rallies for from the information the latter phases of the government has the Bengal elections, Empower made available. he reached out to a ASHA staff All that the Cabinet number of CMs either In yet another has done since April 1 on the phone or virtuPMO-driven is take insignificant ally to take stock of meeting, the PM decisions on metro the pandemic. The PM asked senior projects, memoranalso held a video conofficials to dum of understandference with 10 of empower ASHA ing with other nations them on April 23. and Anganwadi a n d p r o d u c t iv i t y Besides, the PM has workers, besides linked schemes. been holding scores calling for For instance on of virtual meetings April 20, when the sec- distribution plan with stakeholders to on oxygen | P7 ond wave was about to deal with specific ispeak and patients sues concerning oxywere scurrying for non-existent gen, medicines, vaccines, hospihospital beds and oxygen, all tals, which are attended by the that the Cabinet cleared was the officials and experts. The nonsecond phase of Bengaluru’s involvement of the Cabinet in metro project and MoUs with the Centre’s response has raised New Zealand, Australia, Bang- eyebrows and suggestions that ladesh and Brazil. In the last the Cabinet system of governmeeting on May 12, the Cabinet ance is being weakened. CONTINUED ON P7 transfered ITBP land to the UtM A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi LANDFALL IN GUJARAT, COASTAL AREAS AT RISK The IMD on Saturday said that cyclone Tauktae would touch Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Naliya around May 18 with a wind speed ranging up to 175 kmph. It also warned of storm surge of two-three metre above astronomical tide to inundate coastal areas (Left) AN IMD map charting the cyclone’s route in the Arabian Sea; (right) Thiruvananthapuram residents salvage household articles from what remains of their houses | VINCENT PULICKAL | P5,8 After TS HC’s rap, Modi increases critical supplies to State EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad Moderate cases require clinical monitoring and only severe disease needs constant monitoring in Intensive Care Units in hospitals Koti ENT to be nodal centre for black fungus as disease reaches dists MANDATORY TEST UPON ARRIVAL IRKS INT’L FLYERS EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE come across panicky patients and their attendants insisting on ICU or oxygen beds, irrespective of the condition of the patient. Their angst may have been triggered by scary reports of deaths due to oxygen shortage and scarcity of certain lifesaving drugs. But this further burdens the country’s already creaky health infrastructure. Let’s bear in mind that 85% of Covid patients do not require hospitalisation. However, the scare around the ongoing second wave of the disease is such that many people start scouting crease the supply of injections. He also informed Rao that the State would get an additional 200 tonnes of medical oxygen too. Oxygen would be supplied to the State from Bhilai in Chhattisgarh, Angul in Odisha and Durgapur in West Bengal, Piyush Goyal said. The Union Minister wanted Rao to coordinate with authorities concerned on the transportation of oxygen to the State. Goyal also responded positively to the State’s request for more Covid-19 vaccine doses. Goyal wanted Rao to give preference to administration of second dose, to which the Chief Minister replied that Telangana was doing the same thing. Goyal told Chandrasekhar Rao that the Prime Minister had instructed him (Goyal) to supply the required medical oxygen, Remdesivir injections and vaccines to the State. Modi took this decision against the backdrop of the Telangana High Court’s direction that the Telangana government should provide treatment to all the Covid-19 patients, which increased the burden on the State. Patients from four States are admitted in various hospitals in the State. Of the total Covid patients in the State, over 40 per cent are from other States. NATIONWIDE MAY 14 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths MAY 15 3,43,144 3,26,098 3,44,776 3,53,299 4,000 3,890 May 14 10,79,759 doses May 15 17,14,247 doses TOTAL DOSES: 18,21,99,668 JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT
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