Change in daily deaths 250 18 Mar 2021 - 16 May 2021 200 Based on 7-day rolling average 150 ■ 100 16 May 50 0 19 Mar 26 Mar 2 Apr 9 Apr 16 Apr 23 Apr 30 Apr -50 visakhapatnam l WEDNESday l MAy 19, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION Covid-19 mortality in India decelerating since April 28 tion peak of mortality was on April 28, one week after the momentum peak of new cases on April 21. The numerical peak of mortality is imminent — hopefully within the next one week. The daily deaths will decrease thereafter and the requirement for oxygen, Remdesivir, ICU or/ and ventilator beds in hospitals will progressively decrease in the coming weeks. M S S esha d r i & T J a c o b J o hn O ur momentum, acceleration and deceleration graph of the second wave of Covid-19 in India was carried in these columns on May 13. Using the same technique, we analysed the acceleration-deceleration of Covid-19 daily deaths (seven-day rolling average). The accelera- The one-week lag between peaks of the second wave momentum and mortality acceleration reflects the interval between case detection and death. If vulnerable patients get admitted early and on time, the interval would be ~ 3 weeks. The short lag-time underscores the need to educate elderly and the vulnerable (those with diabetes, hypertension, chronic heart, lung, kidney or liver problems) to seek early medical attention for fever with cough/sore throat. Since mortality acceleration peaks of states and districts will be asynchronous with the national data, they ought to analyse regional data using this technique to formulate regional policy decisions. Full article on: newindianexpress.com 7 May 14 May 15 May -100 20,000 15,000 10,000 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 ■ Daily change in new cases 13 Mar 2021 - 16 May 2021 Based on 7-day rolling average 0 14 Mar 21 Mar 28 Mar 4 Apr 11 Apr 18 Apr 25 Apr 2 May 9 May 16 May -10,000 -15,000 MAY 18 2,81,386 2,63,533 3,78,741 4,22,436 4,106 4,329 May 17 14,79,592 doses May 18 12,79,896 doses Total doses: 18,57,66,518 Jab-o-meter 5,000 -5,000 NATIONWIDE MAY 17 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Take your shot andhra pradesh may 17 May 18 Fresh cases 18,561 21,320 Recoveries 17,334 21,273 Deaths 109 99 Samples tested 73,749 91,253 Shailaja axed, Pinarayi kin among fresh faces in team Seventeen out of 21 ministers are newbies; swearing-in on May 20 Navy personnel shifting three persons rescued from Barge-P305 by a Seaking helicopter for medical attention at INS Shikra in Mumbai | PTI 7 killed in Guj; 183 saved, 77 missing as barge sinks E x p ress N e w s S er v i c e @ Mumbai/Delhi At least seven persons were reported killed in Gujarat as cyclone Tauktae tore into the state on Monday night and over 70 people were missing on the high sea after a barge sank 35 nautical miles off Mumbai. Search and rescue operations by Navy and Coast Guard personnel managed to save 183 of the 261 onboard Barge P-305 that got de-anchored and toppled. In all, 324 people in different barges had been rescued when reports last came in. Of them, 297 are safe in their vessels that had drifted off Gujarat coast. Naval ships Beas, Betwa and Teg joined INS Kochi and Kolkata for the rescue operations for Barge P-305, said Commander Vivek Madhwal. P8I Reconnaissance Aircraft and naval helicopters were also deployed. In another operation, a Navy Seaking helicopter was launched to rescue crew of GAL Constructor, which ran aground north of Mumbai. The copter rescued 35 GAL crew members. Of the 137 onboard GAL Constructor, all have been shifted to a secure loContinued on P8 cation. B S R E E JA N @ T’Puram THE infusion of fresh blood into the new LDF government in Kerala would have been hailed as a political masterstroke had the CPM leadership shown a little prudence in granting legitimate exemptions and put in place checks to weed out nepotism in selection of ministers. The decision of CPM state committee on Tuesday to replace all existing ministers with 10 fresh faces and one senior, who had served a term earlier, completed the generational shift the party had started by dropping all two-time MLAs during the candidate selection. The CPI, which also followed the norm, replaced all the four ministers with fresh faces. On final count, 17 of the 21 ministers-designate are new faces. Along with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, JD(S) nominee K Krishnankutty and NCP nominee A K Saseendran had served term in the 2016 cabinet. CPM leader K Radhakrishnan had been a minister in the 1996 E K Nayanar government, besides serving as the Speaker during 2006-11. However, the charm of the list which had talented leaders such as P Rajeeve and K N Balagopal, who had proved their parliamentary skills in the Rajya Sabha, and three women ministers — a first for Kerala — as ministers-designate was shadowed by the decision to exclude K K Shailaja. Being a central committee member and second only to Pi- Krishna reports 1st black fungus death in AP? E x p ress N e w s S er v i c e @ Vijayawada/Ongole The first suspected black fungus death in the State was reported from Krishna district even as nine suspected fungal infection cases emerged from Prakasam. A 30-year-old Covid-19 patient reportedly died of black fungus in Krishna district a couple of days ago and it came to light on Tuesday after Collector A Md Imtiaz ordered an inquiry into the death. The secretary of Katuru village panchayat in Vuyyuru mandal died while undergoing treatment for Covid-19 and he showed suspected symptoms of the fungal infection. DMHO M Sushasini was not available for a comment on the suspected black fungus death. Nine suspected black fungus cases were reported from Ongole, ChiralaPerala, Kanigiri, Donakonda and Markapur in Prakasam district. Two of the cases are being treated in the critical care wing of Ongole GGH. Joint Collector TS Chetan enquired about the details of suspected black fungus cases, besides alerting the DMHO. “We have asked all the medical officers to identify patients with l i f e - sa v e r Need oxygen bed? First check covidbeds.info Dee p i ka K o l l u r u @ Visakhapatnam As the world battles Covid-19, Twitter has become a lifeline for many amid acute shortage of hospital beds and oxygen cylinders. SOS requests from people in need of help flood social media platforms. In response, several young volunteers have risen to the occasion. From amplifying to providing verified leads and helping in whatever way they can, the volunteers are working persistently on social media. @beds_covid is the Twitter handle for the website covidbeds.info, wherein one can get reliable information about the availability of beds in different hospitals. Hyderabad-based Kapil Sriram has come up with this website when he decided to volunteer in Covid related services. The website was started in April sharing information about hospital beds in Hyderabad. Now, it has expanded to Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Warangal, Guntur, Nellore and Kurnool. A team of 130 volunteers directly contact the hospital authorities in the seven cities in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh regarding the availability of beds and disseminate the information to the needy . Speaking to TNIE, Sriram, a 30-year-old web developer, said, “The availability of regular beds, oxygen beds, ICU beds and ventilator support in different hospitals in the major cities is updated on our website on a daily basis. We got people of different professions as volunteers – advocates, Chartered Accountants, Human Resource managers, students and of course software engineers.” He said everything is self-driven and things get done out of one’s own interest. “There are 10,000 visitors a day and we have seen close to 2 lakh views to the website,” he said. And their Twitter handle @beds_covid now has around 2,500 followers. Sriram had a bitter experience when his grandfather contracted the virus in mid-April, which motivated him to start P4 the website. suspected symptoms of black fungus in their departments. Two patients with suspected symptoms of black fungus are undergoing treatment in the GGH. We are planning to place an indent for drugs to treat black fungus cases,” Dr D Sree Ramulu, GGH Superintendent, told TNIE. A female patient who was admitted to a private hospital in Srikakulam district on May 7 after testing positive for Covid, developed eye infection in the last two days. Suspecting that it could be a case of black fungus, the doctors informed District Collector J Nivas. With quick action and presence of mind, this Kochi woman beat Covid A JAY K A N T H @ Kochi FOR most people, especially the elderly, staying alone is tough. More so in the midst of a pandemic when all one hears is scary news about how Covid-19 is causing widespread misery and deaths. Kochi resident Elsi Babu, 56, thought it’s all over when she was infected. “I never thought I would make it after I collapsed, unable to stand on my feet or even breathe,” she told TNIE. Elsi lost her husband six years ago and she doesn’t have any children. What saved her was the presence of mind to seek urgent medical help. “I was admitted to two hospitals before finally making it to a major private hospital in Kochi. I don’t remember the sequence of events between April 12 and 22 as I was fighting extreme fatigue and breathlessness. It was only on April 28 that I was discharged from the hospital,” she said. Elsi tested positive for Covid-19 last month, a few days after taking the first dose of the Covid vaccine. “I started to feel tired and breathless on April 11. I waited for a day thinking it’s the normal body reaction. But as I lost strength to even stand up, I rang up my relatives who took me to hospital,” she recalled. As her situation didn’t improve, she was shifted to a Covid hospital. But her situation worsened and she was shifted to a private hospital, where she stayed for 10 days and recovered. One needs to remain alert and seek medical aid if one feels fatigue or experiences heaviness in the chest, she added. narayi in terms of seniority in the party Shailaja was supposed , to the No 2 in the new Cabinet. Her work as health minister which won laurels globally was all the more a reason to make an exemption. But, the CPM state secretariat unanimously decided to apply a uniform scale to all. The inclusion of first-time MLA P A Mohammed Riyaz and R Bindu was also a surprise. Riyaz is the husband of Pinarayi’s daughter Veena T. Though the organisational profile of Riyaz – national president of DYFI – is fit enough to find a place in a CPM cabinet, the party will have to face questions of conflict of interest. Bindu, who had proven her leadership skills as the Mayor of Thrissur coporation, is the wife of A Vijayaraghavan is the current chief of both the state CPM and LDF. tdp to boycott assembly session, sajjala deplores decision of Oppn Vijayawada: The Opposition TDP has decided to boycott the budget session of AP Legislature, which is scheduled to begin on May 20, to protest against the ‘unilateral, undemocratic and illogical decisions’ of the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government. “We have decided to boycott the Chief Minister’s misrule, but not the Assembly,” TDP AP president Atchannaidu said on Tuesday. Reacting to the TDP’s decision to boycott the Assembly session, Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy, Advisor (Public Affairs) to the Government, said the TDP does not have respect to legislative bodies. “The Assembly session is being P4 held to fulfil a constitutional obligation,” Sajjala said.
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