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 HYDERABAD WEDNESDAY MAY 19, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION Covid-19 mortality in India decelerating since April 28 M S SESHADRI & T JACOB JOHN 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- 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. 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 TELANGANA Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths MAY 17 3,961 5,559 30 MAY 18 3,982 5,186 27 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 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ 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- Small hosps face huge O2 hurdle KCR extends lockdown till May 30 D O N I TA J OS E @ Hyderabad WITH hundreds of small hospitals too taking the plunge to treat Covid-19 patients, there has been an unprecedented demand for oxygen supply to these hospitals. Many of these hospitals contend that they face problem with with oxygen dealers on a daily basis as they prefer large orders to small ones seeking 10 to 30 cylinders. “We are routinely facing difficulty in getting liquid medical oxygen refills. Almost every two to three days, we have a panic-like situation as the routine dealers are expressing helplessness in honouring the order for fewer number of large cylinders,” said the owner of a hospital in Warangal district, which has 10 oxygen and ICU beds for Covid-19 patients. “We have to either buy an entire new cylinder for about `35,000 to `40,000 in black or ask patients to shift out or make arrangements for small cylinders. It is a very panicky situation,” he added. What further amplifies the problem is the fact that the dealers, who routinely supply oxygen to the hospitals, themselves are facing supply shortage across the districts. “Earlier, they used to charge between `700 and `800 to refill a large cylinder. Now, the charges have gone up to `4,000 and above. The dealers prefer to give it to larger hospitals. Small hospitals miss out,” explained another hospital executive from Mahbubnagar. CONTINUED ON P4 F I N A L LY. . . TS to adopt Ayushman Bharat FLOWERY BED A dog rests among flowers dumped at Gudimalkapur flower market in Hyderabad on Tuesday. With sales dropping due to the lockdown, traders are suffering huge losses | R V K RAO | P3 The lockdown, which is in force in the State, has been extended till May 30. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao took the decision after taking the views of the Ministers over phone on Tuesday. As all the Ministers were busy in their efforts to provide aid and also supervising Covid-19 control measures in their respective districts, the proposed State Cabinet meeting on May 20 stands cancelled, according to an official press release. One overcharging hosp loses licence, three served notices E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad IN a crackdown on private hospitals, though belated, the Telangana Health Department has begun action against those collecting astronomical amounts of money from Covid-19 patients. Director of Public Health Dr G Srinivasa Rao said that the department received nearly 26 complaints in the recent months and based on these complaints, the department E N S @ Hyderabad IN a major relief to Covid-19 patients, the State Health Department on Tuesday signed an MoU with National Health Authority for the implementation of the Ayushman Bharat scheme in the State. With the Central scheme converging with the State government’s Arogyasri, oxygen supply and the cost of essential medicines for the Covid-19 treatment will now be covered under Ayush- cancelled the permit issued to one such hospital in Hitech City . “We want to assure the people that we have begun taking action. Of the 26 hospitals against which complaints have been received, permission to treat Covid-19 patients has been revoked for one such hospital. Three others located in Basheerbagh, Nagole and Secunderabad have been issued show cause notices,” said the Director of Health. man Bharat. The State signed the MoU just a day ahead of the BJP State president Bandi Sanjay Kumar’s proposed threehour fast demanding the State government to implement Ayushman Bharat and include Covid-19 treatment in Arogyasri scheme. The State government had taken a decision in December 2020 itself to join the Ayushman Bharat Yojana. But the MoU was signed on Tuesday . CONTINUED ON P4 They (hospitals) were also seen using excess oxygen and not maintaining protocols Dr G S Rao, DPH 9154170960 WhatsApp No. to complain against such hospitals For benefit of the poor The MoU was signed just a day ahead of BJP leader Bandi Sanjay’s proposed fast, demanding the State to implement the scheme for the benefit of poor people 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. CONTINUED ON P5 DISSENT IN THE STATE COMMITTEE OVER EXCLUSION OF K K SHAILAJA According to CPM sources, seven state committee members criticised the decision to drop former health minister K K Shailaja but none of them reiterated their objection after PB member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan replied in detail to their criticism. “Senior leaders K Ananthagopan, K K Jayachandran, Susan Kody and K P Mary spoke in favour of including Shailaja in the Cabinet. However, the party leadership was of the view that exemption couldn’t be given for just one person,” said a source. Kannur district secretary M V Jayarajan, P Jayarajan and P Sathidevi sought exemption for Shailaja, citing her excellent track record
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