tadepalligudem l sunday l may 23, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l city EDITION Yaas may turn into a very severe cyclonic storm: IMD It is likely to reach north Bay of Bengal near West Bengal and the north Odisha and Bangladesh coasts by May 26 morning wind speeds up to 165 kmph, heavy rains Days after Tauktae pummeled the west coast and wreaked havoc, Yass’ formation sent the National Crisis Management Committee into a huddle on Saturday. Attending the meeting, the IMD said the cyclone will pack wind speeds up to 155-165 kmph, accompanied by heavy rainfall and storm surges in the coastal districts and recommended large scale evacuations ■ 6th 85 ndrf teams, army, ships on stand-by ■ ■ While the NDRF will deploy 85 teams, the army, navy and coast guard, along with ships and aircraft, will also chip in for rescue Covid-appropriate shelters set up, with adequate stocks of food grains, drinking water, medicines and other essential supplies Works on to ensure uninterrupted oxygen and medicine supplies named by oman, it is the 6th storm over north Indian ocean this year 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 Sonu Sood to set up two O2 plants in State in June andhra pradesh may 21 May 22 Fresh cases 20,937 19,981 Recoveries 20,811 18,336 Deaths 104 118 Samples tested 92,231 90,609 covid tracker 1,85,25,758 total samples tested 15,62,060 10,022 13,41,355 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e Total caseload @ Nellore/Kurnool Bollywood actor Sonu Sood has announced that the first set of oxygen plants being funded by him will come up at the Government General Hospital in Kurnool and at the District Hospital in Atmakur in June. The actor, in a tweet on Saturday, stated that more oxygen plants in the other needy States will be followed. It may be noted that Nellore Collector KVN Chakradhar Babu appealed to the actor to support the efforts of district administration in Covid response. The Collector wrote a letter to Sonu Sood explaining the situation in Nellore. “Now, the district is receiving 9 MT of liquid medical oxygen from Sriperumbudur, 20 MT from Chennai and 16 MT from Visakhapatnam every day The sup. ply of oxygen is inadequate and many patients are waiting for oxygen beds in government hospitals. I seek your support to the district administration in this regard,” the Collector stated. Responding to the letter, Sonu Sood has started efforts to set up an oxygen plant at the District Hospital in Atmakur at a cost of `1.5 crore. Chakradhar Babu thanked Sonu Sood for his decision to set up the oxygen plant at Atmakur at the P5 earliest. Total deaths Total cured helpline 1902 to lodge complaints 104 8297-104-104 WhatsApp Chatbat number - type Hi, Hello, Covid to know official info about Coronavirus Dial for info on Covid services Staff throng the RTC Complex in Vizag on Saturday for registration for the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine | G Satyanarayana http:/hmfw.ap.gov.in/covid.dashboard. aspx - Covid dashboard Stop vax supply to pvt hosps: CM Urges PM to make entire stock available to Centre, States to vaccinate all eligible people E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop supply of Covid-19 vaccine to private hospitals so that the entire stock of vaccine is made available to both the Central and State governments to take up vaccination of all eligible people in the country . Jagan said the Centre’s decision to allow private hospitals to directly procure the vaccine is sending out wrong signals to the people. In a letter to Modi on Saturday, the Chief Minister said making various options available to the public to get vacci- nated in both government and private hospitals will be a good idea only if there is a surplus supply of vaccine, wherein anyone can choose any mode. “In the present situation, where vaccine supply is very limited, providing vaccination option to the private hospitals is socially unacceptable and administratively difficult to monitor as they may charge a high price for a Covid jab,’’ he said. Conveying his government’s heartfelt thanks for the support given by the Centre to the common fight against Covid-19, Jagan said the Centre has taken a policy decision, issued guidelines for a liberalised policy and revised the vaccination strategy “As per the liberalised . policy, the private hospitals willing to provide vaccination services may procure vaccine doses directly from manufacturers, exclusively from the 50 per cent supply earmarked for other than Government of India channel,’’ he said. The policy is disadvantageous to poor: Jagan “Not only the policy is disadvantage to the poorer sections of the society, who cannot afford the high cost, but it helps create a situation of black marketing of vaccine, which administratively is a herculean task to control,’’ Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy said Though several States, including Andhra Pradesh, have decided to vaccinate people in the age group of 18-44 also free of cost, currently only those aged above 45 years are being vaccinated in AP as they are more vulnerable to Covid, he said. “The policy decision of the Government of India to allow the private hospitals to directly purchase the Covid vaccine is sending out wrong signals to the people. Due to the price differential offered to them and also the flexibility available to the private hospitals to fix the price of their Covid jabs, some are charging as high as `2,000 to `25,000 per dose from the P4 public,” he said. Anandaiah’s Covid medicine is not authentic: Ayush chief E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Nellore A team of experts from the State Ayush Department, led by its Commissioner Ramulu Naik, observed a demonstration by B Anandaiah on preparation of his ‘ yurvedic mediA cine’ for Covid-19, at Krishnapatnam on Saturday . The team also interacted with a few beneficiaries who took the medicine. Interacting with Anandaiah, the experts collected all details of ingredi- ents he uses to produce the medicine. Further, they enquired about his educational qualifications and technical background. The team is expected to submit a report to the State government within 7-10 days on the Ayurvedic medicine. After stopping the distribution of the medicine on Friday, which created chaos in Krishnapatnam, the government sent a team of experts from the Ayush Department to probe the matter. On the direc- Steroid overuse sparked black fungus cases, says Centre; tally at 8,848 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi The Centre on Saturday released a national list of mucormycosis (black fungus) infection case count among the convalescing Covid patients, placing the number at 8,848. It blamed uncontrolled and irrational use of steroids as part of Covid-19 treatment regimen for the infection, but said it was not an outbreak. Admitting that the supply of Amphotericin B, a drug used to treat the infection, was limited, it said efforts were on to ramp up the production capacity . “Amphotericin B’s availability and supply is being raised. The Ministry of Pharma is coordinating with the Ministry of Health to provide license to five additional manufacturers. The existing manufacturers are working towards increasing their production capacity ,” said Lav Agarwal, joint secretary of the health ministry . Meanwhile, stating that Cov- id was not responsible for black fungus cases, Dr VK Paul, NITI Aayog’s member (health), said: “Steroids are wonder drugs that help save lives, but when irrational doses are given, they have a negative impact. One of them is black fungus.” Stating that the infection existed even during pre-Covid times, he said: “It is an uncommon illness that primarily affects the diabetic, but it has not spread in the form of an outbreak.” As per official data, 23,000 vials of Amphotericin B have been sent to the worst-hit states like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra and Telangana, among others. According to AIIMS, New Delhi, chief Dr Randeep Guleria, persistent headache or swelling on one side of the face were some of the symptoms of the rare infection. He said discolouration in the mouth and decreased sensation in any part of the face, too, were signs that convalescent patients must consult a doctor. An ambulance to Krishnapatnam being halted by police on Saturday | Express tions of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, the ICMR was requested to send a team to examine the medicine, following which an ICMR team visit- ed Krishnapatnam and collected samples of the medicine from Anandaiah on Friday evening. While Anandaiah was engaged in demonstrating the medicine preparation to the Ayush team, his family members were learnt to have distributed it to those coming to the village seeking it. Meanwhile, police were deployed in the village to ensure the safety of Anandaiah. All vehicles coming to Krishnapat- fresh faces cong takes a leaf out of CPM book to select LoP E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ T’Puram Five time MLA from Paravoor, VD Satheesan (56) will be the new Opposition leader of Kerala as his appointment as the Congress Legislature Party leader was confirmed by the high command on Saturday . His elevation came after former AICC president Rahul Gandhi and general secretary K C Venugopal ignored pressure tactics employed by dominant groups led by Oommen Chandy and Ramesh Chennithala and instead went by the sentiments of majority of active workers and youth leaders. The party also took into account the change in political environment triggered by the revolutionary steps taken by the CPM and CPI to replace an entire P5 generation of political leaders with fresh faces. nam are being thoroughly checked. Government Whip and TUDA Chair man Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy visited Krishnapatnam on Saturday . Ayush Commissioner Ramulu Naik told the media that they would not consider Anandaiah’s preparation an Ayurvedic medicine and authenticate it as a cure to Covid. “No Ayurvedic medicine protocols were followed in its preparation. It should be treated as a country P4 medicine,” he said. The worst is yet to come for developing nations, says IMF E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E India’s second Covid wave is a warning for things to come in low- and middle-income countries that have escaped the pandemic till now, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). “The ongoing catastrophic second wave in India, following a terrible wave in Brazil, is a sign the worst may be yet to come in the developing world,” said a report co-authored by IMF’s Chief Economist Gita Gopinath and economist Ruchir Agarwal. In the first wave, India’s healthcare system held up fairly well but this time, the country’s medical infrastructure seems to be crumbling under the case load, the discussion paper noted. According to the note, the vaccine coverage in India is expected to remain under 35% of the population by the end of 2021. To get to 60% coverage, India will need to immediately place sufficient vaccine orders of about 1 billion doses through contracts that incentivise investment in additional capacity and augmentation of May 21 13,83,358 doses May 22 15,52,126 doses Total doses: 19,49,51,603 Jab-o-meter Take your shot the supply chain, it added. “In this context, the recently announced financing of about $600 million to the Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech to boost production capacity in the near term is a welcome step,” the report said, adding that authorities estimate two billion doses will be available by the end of 2021. “India is a warning of possible events in other low- and middle-income countries that so far have seemingly escaped the pandemic, including in Africa,” the report said. For India, current bilateral purchases of vaccine plus coverage from Covax will cover about 25% of its population by the first half of 2022. Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access, or Covax, is a worldwide initiative for equitable access to Covid vaccines. The IMF report said India continues to face vaccine production bottlenecks, including due to ongoing shortages of critical raw materials. According to IMF, urgent steps should be taken to eliminate constraints on cross-border exports of critical raw materials and finished vaccines. NATIONWIDE MAY 21 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths MAY 22 2,59,551 2,57,299 3,57,295 3,57,630 4,209 4,194 EXPRESS READ Covid patient jumps to death from hosp building Visakhapatnam: A 45-year-old Covid-19 patient died by suicide at VIMS here on Saturday. V Sudhakar of Sujathanagar in the city was admitted to VIMS on Thursday afternoon. He jumped to death from the third floor of the hospital building. A case was registered. Drop mention of Indian variant, social media told New Delhi: The Centre has asked social media companies to remove any content which mentions or refers to the term ‘Indian variant’ of coronavirus, in a bid to curb spread of misinformation around Covid19. Digital platforms said they have received the latest advisory. WI T H T HIS ISSUE The Unscrupulous Indian PLUS 12 PAGES Boosted by RBI’s dividend gift, FinMin asks PSUs to ramp up capital spending An u r a d h a S h u k l a @ New Delhi Encouraged by the morethan-expected dividend handout from the Reserve Bank of India, the finance ministry has asked Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) to exceed their Capex target by 20-25% than what was originally given in the budget and also to use reserve to increase dividend. The ministry has sent an internal note to the top management of CPSEs in this regard, a senior official told TNIE. “Last year, many CPSEs failed to increase their capex in the first half. It was only after the FM nudged them to do so in several meetings. Learning from the lessons from the first wave, they have been asked to be prompt and scale up so that it will help economic recovery, the official said. Last year, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her meetings with CPSE heads constantly followed up to increase capital spending to make up for the curb in expenditure. It worked. CPSEs in the oil and gas sector alone recorded a capex of `5,610 crore in April, higher than what they had spent the previous year. As the government is likely to miss the divestment target, it is banking on extra dividend. On Friday RBI announced it , would transfer `99,122 crore as surplus to the Centre for the nine months ended March 31. nat u re h as a l l answers How a quaint hamlet continues to evade Covid ramdev misled people: IMA It urged the Centre to take action against the Yoga guru for making unscientific statements against modern medicine | P7 SV KRISH N A CHAITA N YA @ Tiruvallur In all likelihood, the Covid could be this century’s World War, and few have been completely spared of the pandemic’s myriad blows. But strangely one quaint hamlet nested in , the lap of Eastern Ghats on Tamil Nadu-Andhra Pradesh border has managed to keep the infection at bay . Not recognised even by Google Maps, Nariankonai is just a 90-minute drive from the State’s capital. It is home to 60 odd families and has a total population of about 500 people. Every family owns one or two acres of land and they grow vegetables and paddy for self sustenance. Most households also rear cattle and poultry, while they depend on herbs from nearby forest for medicine. Nariankonai Nariankonai hamlet in Thiruvallur district | DEBADATTA MALLICK has a common vehicle to transport produce to the Koyambedu vegetable and fruit market. Though the government on Saturday announced complete lockdown till May 31 and experts emphasis on wearing masks even inside homes, none of these regulations apply here. There is no sense of panic or fear of the pandemic and the residents are in no rush to receive vaccination either.
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