bhubaneswar l tuesday l may 18, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late CITY EDITION bleeding, clotting events post COVID jabs minuscule National Adverse Event Following Immunisation Committee (AEFI) said 26 potential cases were reported after the drive 0.61 cases per million covishield shots The health ministry data said of the 23,000 adverse events after jabs, only 700 or 9.3 cases/million doses were serious. The AEFI reviewed 498 such cases and found 26 potential thromboembolic (clots in blood vessel) events, pegging the reporting rate at 0.61 cases/million Covishield doses. It reported no potential thromboembolic events after Covaxin jabs | p7 ■ 70% figure lower compared to uk, germany ■ ■ The analysis followed global reports of embolic and thrombotic events after AstraZeneca-Oxford (Covishield) shots in March Figures in India are much lower than the four cases/million doses reported in the UK or 10 events per million doses in Germany AEFI in-depth study sample was based on jab figures till April 3 Less risk of aeFI among southeast asians than europeans: PAnel 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 Naveen announces task force for oxygen supply logistics E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday announced formation of a task force to further strengthen supply logistics of medical oxygen and prepare a master plan for the State to look into immediate needs and future exigencies for a long drawn batt l e a g a i n s t t h e C ov i d - 1 9 pandemic. Addressing a meeting of all MLAs chaired by Speaker Sur- jya Narayan Patro, the Chief Minister also announced a threemonth survey by ASHA and anganwadi workers from May 24 for Covid symptoms and comorbid conditions among people at the community level. The ASHA and anganwadi workers will be given an additional incentive of `1,000 per month for the purpose. Stating that community involvement has been one of the main pillars of Covid management in Odisha, the Chief Min- ister said `10,000 will be sanctioned for each Gaon Kalyan Samiti for undertaking Covid related activities since they are at the cutting edge of the State’s outreach and present in every village. Sarpanchs continue to have the powers of district collectors in enforcing lockdown, he said and added that they are free to start temporary medical centres (TMCs) based on need and inflow of people from outside. However, the State has started functioning zonal TMCs as flow of people from outside is very less compared to last year, he added. He also announced that the ASHA workers will be provided one time assistance of `10,000 for bicycle, cupboard, slippers, umbrella and torch as they monitor home isolation cases. As availability of medical oxygen is crucial in the fight against the pandemic during the second wave, the Chief Minister said the government is closely monitoring the huge logistics involved in deploying the cylinders, refilling and transportation in time to ensure error-free supply . He said the government is establishing oxygen plants within the main hospitals and importing large number of oxygen cylinders since there is short supply in ‘Demand shock’ to add to India Inc’s distress, says RBI The second Covid wave could push businesses into further distress with a ‘demand shock’ as people — and companies — are holding on to their purses due to falling incomes, job losses, and an overall weak consumer sentiment, according to the Reserve Bank of India. “High frequency indicators suggest that the biggest toll of the second wave is in terms of a demand shock – loss of mobility, discretionary spending and employment, besides inventory accumulation, while the aggregate supply is less impacted,” RBI said in its monthly bulletin for May released on , Monday . Painting even a bleaker picture for the economy RBI said , its recent projections were “extremely tentative” given the disproportionate base effects. It added that it might have to revise its GDP growth forecast of 26.2% for the first quarter “made before the full fury of the resurgence”. Preliminary data on petrol and diesel sales point to a decline in fuel demand in April, due to mobility restrictions. Diesel sales contracted 1.7% on a month-on-month basis, while petrol sales slipped 6.3% in April. Electricity generation stagnated sequentially but rose 8% compared with April 2020. Pointing to such growth fig- ures, when compared annually , RBI said the impact of the second Covid wave on industrial activity may be less severe than the first. It may however, , be noted that industrial production surged out of a twomonth contraction on the back of a favourable base effect. E-way bills — an indicator of domestic trade — recorded a 17.5% month-on-month contraction in April. “This could be pointing to a moderation in GST collections in the coming months,” RBI observed. Similarly, most of the original equipment manufacturers of passenger vehicles reported a monthly fall in April, reflecting subdued demand. If infections don’t ebb and demand weakens further, it could worsen price instability , the central bank warned. versus variant race may tighten PAGE 12 NATIONWIDE MAY 16 MAY 17 3,11,170 2,81,386 3,62,437 3,78,741 4,077 4,106 May 16 Take 17,33,232 doses your May 17 shot 14,79,592 doses Total doses: 18,44,22,218 Jab-o-meter ODISHA Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths MAY 16 11,732 12,077 19 MAY 17 10,757 11,821 22 Govt fixes hiring charges for pvt ambulances Bhubaneswar: Amid allegations of people being fleeced by ambulance owners, the State government on Monday fixed the maximum hiring charges for the emergency vehicles by private hospitals and operators. The ceiling has been fixed for patient transport, basic life support and advance life support ambulances based on market prices of the vehicles, said a notification issued by the Transport department | P3 development and transport minister Firhad Hakim, who is The CBI on Monday created a also administrator of the KMC, big flutter by arresting three T r i n a m o o l M L A f r o m newly elected Trinamool Con- Kamarhati, North 24 Parganas, gress lawmakers — two of Madan Mitra and Sovan Chatthem ministers — and a former terjee, former mayor of KMC, Trinamool minister and mayor and arrested them. of Kolkata Municipal CorporaSubmitting its chargesheet tion (KMC), who had joined the before the special court, the BJP but later resigned, in con- CBI opposed the bail petitions nection with the 2014 Narada of the accused, saying they sting operation. could influence witWhile a special court Arrest me too, nesses and tamper granted all four insays Mamata with evidence. terim bail, the CalThe Narada sting Chief Minister cutta High Court happened in 2014 and Mamata Banerjee stayed it following a the tape was released reached the CBI CBI appeal. They will before the 2016 Bennow be in judicial office around 10.45 gal polls. The sting custody till the HC am and reportedly had targeted seven of demanded that hears their case on Trinamool’s MPs, they arrest her or Wednesday . four MLAs, a deputy The arrests were release all her party mayor and an IPS ofmade following pros- MLAs. She left the ficer. It purportedly premises around ecution sanction givshowed them accept4.45 pm en by Governor Jaging bribes from a ficdeep Dhankar. But titious company for the Trinamool called it illegal doing favours. as the CBI had not sought the In his submission before the Speaker’s permission. “The court, Trinamool MP and lawCBI did not seek my permis- yer Kalyan Banerjee, who repsion to arrest the MLAs. I re- resented the accused MLAs, ceived no letter from them,’’ said, “The CBI sought approval said Speaker Biman Banerjee. in January from the Governor Early in the morning, CBI but he kept it in the drawer of sleuths raided the apartments his table. He, however, gave his and houses of panchayat min- nod when the Assembly was ister Subrata Mukherjee, a vet- yet to be formed and the miniseran in Bengal politics, urban ters were yet to be sworn in.’’ E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kolkata l On the slopes are automated manufacturing and services that can be delivered remotely vaccine Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Action based on Guv’s prosecution sanction; Calcutta HC stays bail given by lower court l Each tip of the ‘U’ represents sectors that are weathering the storm - agri at one end and IT on the other l In the well of the ‘U’ are the most vulnerable groups that have to risk exposure such as doctors, healthcare workers, law and order personnel, civic staff, small businesses, etc the government has floated a global tender to procure vaccines and protect people. “We have also formed a high-level advisory committee to guide the State in its fight against the virus,” he said. The Chief Minister said the government intends to provide a healing touch to affected families by continuing to cover the widows and orphan children under the Madhubabu Pension Yojana. The children will also get free education, he CONTINUED ON: P5 added. Narada stick back as CBI arrests 3 Trinamool MLAs U-shaped impact s e s a s en @ New Delhi the country. “We are ensuring sufficiency in terms of oxygen and critical medicines,” he added. The Chief Minister said at the same time Odisha is also supporting other states for their oxygen requirements which has been widely appreciated. “It is a matter of pride for us that Odisha is able to help other states in this crisis time and save precious lives,” he said. Stating that vaccination will be the main strategy to fight the virus, the Chief Minister said Strong waves pummeling a promenade near the Gateway of India as the cyclone passes by the Mumbai coast | PTI two barges adrift with 410 aboard Reclassified as very severe storm Modi speaks to Maha, gujarat CMs The severe cyclonic storm de-anchored two barges at the Bombay High with 410 personnel but all of them were safe. The Indian Navy has deployed three frontline warships to rescue the people aboard the barges The Meteorological Department on Monday evening reclassified Tauktae as very severe cyclonic storm. It tore into the Union Territory of Diu at 133 kmph, the IMD said. It is likely to turn into severe cyclonic storm after landfall Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and assured every help to tide over the damage. The Centre has deployed armed forces for relief and rescue Tauktae kills 6 in maha before Gujarat landfall E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Mumbai Tropical cyclone Tauktae, which formed in the Arabian Sea, made landfall in Gujarat late on Monday night. The cyclonic storm, packing wind speeds up to 210 kmph, pummeled the west coast before landfall between Porbandar and Mahuva in Bhavnagar district around 9.30 pm. En route to Gujarat, Tauktae left a trail of destruction in Maharashtra, where the coastal districts bore the brunt of heavy rains accompanied by squally winds, which uprooted trees and electricity poles, damaged over 2,000 houses and left at least six persons dead. Over 12,000 people were relocated from the coastal areas. Authorities in Gujarat evacuated around 1.5 lakh people from low-lying areas, besides deploying 54 teams NDRF and SDRF teams. The Centre has already deployed armed forces for rescue and relief. Meanwhile, the Indian Army identified vulnerable areas in the state and deployed 180 teams and nine engineer task forces there. Health officials said that Cov- id patients on critical care were shifted to safer places. Over 55 flights to and from Mumbai were cancelled after the city airport suspended operations for the day as wind speeds gusted to 114 kmph. Mumbai, which had suspended vaccination in anticipation of the cyclone, would resume the drive after three days on Tuesday In Gu. jarat, three major airports — Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara — have been closed till Tuesday officials said. , Meanwhile, Goa reported two deaths due to gusty winds P8 fanned by the cyclone. Covid grips test-averse Dongria Kondhs E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar THE Dongria Kondhs who once fended off a powerful international corporate Vedanta’s plan to mine bauxites in the Niyamgiri hills - sacred to them - are fighting a Covid surge. Thirteen more cases have come up in Pakeri village under Rayagada’s Kalyansinghpur block. Test hesitancy among the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG) has emerged a major hurdle in curbing the spread of Covid-19 in the community which is spread across 98 villages scattered along the Niyamgiri hills of Rayagada. There are around 10,000 Dongria Kondhs residing in seven gram panchayats under Bissamcuttack, Kalyansinghpur and Muniguda blocks of the district. Last week, five Dongria tribals had tested positive in Kaly- Dongria families are dominated by women and it is they who refused to undergo the tests first. The other members followed suit Madan Mohan Dalbehera, Special Officer, Parsali DKDA ansinghpur block with reports of more showing Covid symptoms. Amidst resistance by Dongrias, the community resource persons and field officials of the SC & ST Development department and Rayagada administration managed to test 16 residents of Pakeri on Sun- day. Thirteen of them were positive, including the sarpanch Bama Kadraka. The rest refused to undergo test fearing cotton buds being inserted into their noses and hospitalisation if found positive. The indigenous g roup members believe fever and cold are a normal summer phenomenon which do not require medical attention, officials say But with more infec. tion throwing up, there is fear of faster transmission among Dongrias who live in closeknit g roups. Forg et home isolation, most houses are singleroomed and without ventilation. “Dongria families are dominated by women and they refused to undergo tests. The other members followed suit. The persons whom we managed to test yesterday were asymptomatic. We are now told that a majority of the village is showing symptoms”, said Madan Mohan Dalbehera, Special Officer of Dongria Kondh Development Agency, Parsali. Besides, this is the mango plucking season which fetches the Dongrias good money and fearing loss of earning for a fortnight if hospitalised, they are reluctant to get tested. On Monday the tribal devel, opment and block officials held a meeting with leaders of Dongria Kondhs - Lado Sikaka and Krushna Sikaka - where they were counselled about Covid-19 and need to test all the villagers of Pakeri. Subsequently, the tribal leaders urged villagers to undergo tests on Tuesday and some have agreed. “However, we are not sure how many will voluntarily come forward”, said Dalbehera. CONTINUED ON: P5 Trinamool activists protest outside the CBI office over the arrest of party leaders in connection with the Narada scam case, in Kolkata on Monday | PTI why no action against Suvendu, Mukul Roy? Caught on the purported Narada sting tape were Suvendu Adhikari and Mukul Roy as well, but they have since defected to the BJP. While Adhikari is now the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, Roy is the BJP’s national vice president. The CBI hasn’t seen it fit to file a chargesheet against them so far, indicating partisanship | P8 EXPRESS READ Power staff demand Covid warrior status Plasma therapy dropped from Covid guidelines Bhubaneswar: The Nikhila Odisha Bidyut Shramika Mahasangha has urged the government to declare the employees of the power utilities as Covid warriors. Even as the government announced in April to continue its earlier policy of providing ex gratia of `50 lakh if a Covid warrior dies while on duty, the scheme is not applicable to power sector employees | P2 New Delhi: The Centre on Monday dropped the use of off label convalescent plasma for treating Covid-19 patients from its Clinical Management Guidelines. The decision came after a meeting of the ICMR-National Task Force for Covid-19 last week, which found plasma ineffective in treatment. Also, there were reports of its inappropriate use | P7
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