chennai l tuesday l may 18, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 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 figure lower compared to uk, germany 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 ■ ■ ■ 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 70% 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 Inter-district travel in TN: Weddings dropped from ‘emergency’ list B A n b u s e lv a n @ Chennai The Tamil Nadu government has dropped weddings from the ‘emergency event’ category as the new inter-district travel restrictions to contain Covid-19 came into force on Monday The . site to register for inter-district travels (https://eregister.tnega. org) gives only three options for travel using private vehicles. They are: medical emergencies, elderly care, and death and funeral rituals. The private vehicles include two-wheeler, auto rickshaw, car, taxi, bus, van and truck. The site also mandates submission of documents as proof for the aforementioned reasons of travel. However, those who want to travel interdistrict to attend weddings or other non-emergency purposes can still travel by trains or flights. A senior State government official said, “Those travelling for marriages or any other nonemergency purpose now have to choose either train or flight. While booking the tickets, the traveller has to furnish his/her tamil nadu MAY 16 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 33,181 21,317 311 MAY 17 33,075 20,486 335 details and separate registration in the government portal is not needed.” Last year, when the government imposed similar interdistrict travel restrictions, weddings were categorised as ‘emergency event’ and people were allowed to travel using an e-pass. The fresh curbs for attending weddings have been imposed after reports that weddings re- Suburban trains out of e-registration The suburban trains, which receive travellers from Vellore, Chengalpattu, Tiruvallur, and Kancheepuram are exempted from e-registration. The train tickets are issued only to government staff who are engaged in essential services Action based on Guv’s prosecution sanction; Calcutta HC stays bail given by lower court U-shaped impact 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 figMay 16 Take 17,33,232 doses your May 17 shot 14,79,592 doses Total doses: 18,44,22,218 Jab-o-meter l Each tip of the ‘U’ represents sectors that are weathering the storm - agri at one end and IT on the other 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 two-month 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. NATIONWIDE MAY 16 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths MAY 17 3,11,170 2,81,386 3,62,437 3,78,741 4,077 4,106 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 S e r v i c e @ Kolkata l On the slopes are automated manufacturing and services that can be delivered remotely 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 he had no option to register for the trip. “I have to travel to-andfro Chengalpattu, Tiruvallur, and other places for ferrying fruits, but there was no option to register.” However, the government has enabled e-registration for continuous process industries and those manufacturing essential commodities which had been exempted from the lockdown. Narada stick back as CBI arrests 3 Trinamool MLAs ‘Demand shock’ to add to India Inc’s distress, says RBI s e s a s e n @ New Delhi sulted in family clusters in many districts. However, there are no restrictions for people to travel within their district to attend weddings. There is also no provision of e-registration for daily-wage labourers working in fruit and vegetable markets, which are allowed to function till 10 am. S Sathish Kumar, a resident of Chengalpattu, who is a supervisor at Koyambedu market, 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 Express News Service @ 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 fanned by the cyclone. P8 Chennai’s test positivity rate declines in the last one week o m j a s v i n m d @ Chennai CHENNAI is starting to see rays of hope as the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) of Covid-19 has come down from 26 per cent on May 10 to 21.1 per cent on May 16. This means that about 21 out of 100 people tested are now becoming positive. While the city has been testing close to 30,000 people everyday in the period, the daily cases too have reduced from 7,149 on May 10 to 6,150 on May 17; a considerable 1,000 cases drop. This indicates that the virus spread in the city is gradually on a decline. Public health experts clarify that lockdown may not be the only reason for this phenomenon. Former director of public health, Dr K Kolandasamy said, “Not just the lockdown, but the vaccination drive and possible herd immunity too could have , caused the decline.” E X PR E S S R E A D Tamil literary giant Ki Ra passes away Plasma therapy dropped from Covid guidelines Puducherry: Father of Karisal (black soil land) Literature, KiRa alias Ki Rajanarayanan, died at the age of 98, in Puducherry, on Monday night. His close associate ‘Pudhuvai’ Ilavenil confirmed his death on his Facebook page. Due to illness, he was in bed rest for the past few months. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi for his ‘Gopalapurathu Makkal’ | P3 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 He added that since there has been a massive rise in infections, it may also have brought in immunity among some sections, while the simultaneous vaccine coverage may have helped in stopping the cases from spiking. Virologist Dr Jacob John said that the lockdown effect will be seen two weeks after it has been imposed. “This decline may be due to the natural tendency of the vi- rus too. If there is a continuous decline further in the coming days, then it may be a clear indicator of the control measures showing a result,” he explained. John also acknowledged that the momentum of the cases in the State is going downwards. “Epidemiologically, there is a decline. This may vary from district to district. But overall, the cases may come down in the State soon,” he said. P4 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 to c m p r f , wit h l o v e Couples across generations donate generously to Covid Fund Antony Fernando, Krithika srinivasan @ Nagapattinam / Villupuram The raging pandemic and the steely resolve to fight this battle have encouraged many people, and even children, to part with their savings and pocket money and pour it into the Covid relief fund pool. Their con- tributions may seem small as compared to the big league of celebrities and industrialists. Nevertheless, their noble intention has warmed many a heart. In this sea of humanity, three large-hearted couples, two of them newly-wed and the other in their twilight years, rowed with their oars of generosity, taking their boat upstream to- Sharinraj and Surya giving their donation to district collector | Express wards the Chief Minister’s Covid donation box. On a cloudy Monday morning in Nagapattinam, S Sharinraj and V Surya exchanged rings and took their vows in Our Lady of Lourdes Church. After taking the blessings of their parents, they headed straight to the district collectorate in their wedding finery and handed over a cheque of `50,000 to the collector Praveen P Nair towards the Chief Minister’s Covid-19 Relief Fund. Sharinraj, the groom from Manjakollai in Nagapattinam, said, “As we are getting married in the middle of such a global crisis, we thought we should contribute to the relief of patients.” P4
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