HYDERABAD THURSDAY MAY 06, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION 25% OF GLOBAL COVID DEATHS LAST WEEK WERE FROM INDIA 46% GLOBAL CASES IN THE SUBCONTINENT WHO Epidemiological Update said that of the 93,000 global deaths between April 26 & May 2, India accounted for 23,000 EUROPE & AFRICA RECORD LESSER DEATHS Continuing the trend of spike that started around eight weeks ago, the global case count touched 57 lakh in the past one week, of which 26 lakh came from India. In the South-East Asia Region, case and death counts were high, with India accounting for over 90% in both categories. The WHO said the case count was at its highest levels since the beginning of the pandemic ■ ■ ■ Cases in India surged by 20%, the highest globally, followed by Brazil, which saw an increase of only 4%, the report added Case incidence in the Eastern Mediterranean, Europe, Africa & the Americas slumped, while the Western Pacific Region was stable Death count decreased in Europe, Africa and the Western Pacific 32% DECREASE IN CASES RECORDED IN TURKEY, FOLLOWED BY FRANCE’S 23% 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 Somesh sees no need for TS lockdown Double mutant EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad EVEN though Telangana High Court on Wednesday suggested imposition of a weekend lockdown, the State government is of the view that there is no need for such a measure as it believes that the pandemic is under control. As soon as the High Court adjourned the case after making a few suggestions TIGHT DEADLINE SC puts Centre on leash while giving relief from contempt K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed a contempt notice slapped on the Centre by the Delhi High Court but gave the government time till 11 am on Thursday to share its comprehensive action plan on ramping up medical oxygen supply to Delhi’s hospitals to 700 MT. “The plan shall indicate the sources of supply, provisions for transportation, and all other logistical arrangements necessary to ensure the fulfillment of the requirement of NCT of Delhi,” its order later said. A bench comprising justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah said exercising powers under contempt will not solve the problem faced by Delhi. “When country is facing a humanitarian crisis court must aim at problem solving,” their order read. “The Centre’s effort now has to be to comply Putting . officers in jail or hauling them up for contempt is not going to get oxygen to Delhi.” During the hearing, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said, “If Delhi gets 500 MT of oxygen, they will be able to manage.” However, Justice Chandrachud said, “As an institution, we can’t accept that. We ourselves have ordered you to supply 700 MT. We can’t go back.” Mehta said, “It is my assumption that a particular quantity is enough. It is the case of the Delhi government that they need 700 and after some days 900. Let there be an audit by an independent body on the real requirement.” Delhi received 585 MT on Wednesday . Justice Chandrachud said, “We will give you some time to calculate how much you can go up to tonight midnight and how are you going to achieve the 700 MT target. We can’t accept 585 MT for today or tomorrow. We have to inch as close to 700 MT as possible.” HC asks govt to fix fee ceiling for treatment Expressing concern over the exorbitant fee collected by the private hospitals, the High Court asked the TS government to fix fee ceiling for Covid treatment and also on prices of drugs. The court also directed the government to specify the charges for drugs like Remdesivir on reining in Covid-19, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar said at a media conference: “The situation is under control. The Covid-19 graph is showing a downward trend. In these cir- cumstances, there is no need for a lockdown. There is no conclusive proof that a lockdown would arrest the spread of the virus. I have enough data to show this. If such a measure is taken, it would only end up depriving livelihoods.” The Chief Secretary howev, er, said that the government would surely consider the suggestion made by the High Court. “At present, there is no need. The Cabinet will take a call if such a situation arises,” the said, emphasising that Covid-19 management was better in Telangana than in any other CONTINUED ON P4 State. First in India: State to launch outpatient clinics for Covid-hit V V B A L A K R I S H N A @ Hyderabad FOR the first time in the country, the Telangana government is all set to open Covid19 outpatient (OP) clinics on a massive scale with an objective to reduce the mortality rate as well as the number of serious cases. Close to 6,000 Covid-19 outpatient clinics will become operational across the State, including areas under the GHMC, from Thursday These clinics will . be started at all PHCs, Basti Dawakhanas, sub-centres and other health facilities. The State government took the decision to start Covid-19 OP services to avoid the delay in testing and treating. Currently, people suffering from fever are resorting to selfmedication and going for tests if their condition does not improve. By the time they undergo tests and get the results, seven to eight days are wasted, which is leading to Covid-19 cases turning serious. The government initiative is aimed at avoiding that delay and giving timely treatment. Speaking to Express, CS Amid rising Covid-19 cases, devotees perform pujas outside the Balkampet Yellamma temple in Hyderabad on Wednesday | S SENBAGAPANDIYAN Somesh Kumar, said: “When a patient approaches a Covid19 outpatient clinic, we are providing a kit containing a pamphlet of do’s and don’ts, medicines, multivitamin tablets, antibiotics and steroids. If the fever is not controlled within four to five days, then the patient can use the medicines and steroids.” The Chief Secretary informed that a total of 5,980 Covid-19 OP clinics are being opened across the State. VAX FOR 18-44 GROUP TO BE DELAYED | P4 COVID OP SERVICES Type of facility No. of clinics Teaching Hospitals 16 District Hospitals 27 Area Hospitals 20 Community Health Centres 85 PHCs/UPHCs 863 Basthi Dawaknanas 224 Sub-centres 4,745 Total 5,980 V K Paul says all options to break the chain on table, doesn’t rule out national lockdown EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE quired, will be taken.” Meanwhile, data shared during the briefing marked the THE Centre on Wednesday B.1.617 variant – also known as came up with a grim warning double mutant – as a “variant that a third Covid-19 wave in of concern” for the first time. India was inevitable and admit- Samples collected from at least ted for the first time that 18 states, which underwent geB.1.617, an Indian mutant of nomic surveillance, showed the the virus, could be fuelling the presence of the variant. This massive surge in the country . variant, along with E484Q and “A phase three is inevitable, L452R mutants, was first identigiven the higher levels of the fied in February Its spread has . circulating virus, but it is not been exponential, overtaking clear on what time scale this several other local variants, inwill occur. We should cluding N440K and p r e p a r e f o r n e w Link between B.1.618, suggesting waves,” said K Vijay variant, surge that it was more transRaghavan, Principal missible. Data from Scientific Advisor to The director of the other countries sugNational Centre the Centre said on gest that while E484Q for Disease Wednesday . can escape antibody Amid clamour for Control said that neutralisation, L452R an exercise was stricter measures to increases infectivity . underway to contain the spread of According to the the fierce wave, Niti establish the link WHO, this Indian A a y o g m e m b e r between the rise strain has been de(health), V K Paul, of the variant and tected in at least 17 who also heads the na- the progression of countries, including tional Covid-19 task the disease in the t h e U K , U S a n d country force, did not rule out Singapore. the possibility of a naSources said that tional lockdown to break the following a request by the UK chain of the virus. government, India has agreed Listing the Centre’s guide- to send samples of B.1.617 for lines like night curfews and re- examining the efficacy of the strictions in districts with over available vaccines against it. 10% test positivity rate and Renu Swarup, secretary of more than 60% ICU bed occu- department of biotechnology, pancy Paul said: “In that direc- said initial data has shown that , tion there is a clear balanced vaccines in India effectively advisory. At the same time, if neutralised the variants in ciranything more is required, culation. More work is underthose options are always being way to fully establish the finddiscussed, and decisions, as re- ings, she added. @ New Delhi RBI warns of lasting economic pain, offers balm for most-affected sectors S E S A S E N @ New Delhi WITH the second wave of Covid infections peaking in many parts of the country and experts warning of a third wave, the Reserve Bank of India on Wednesday admitted that India’s economic outlook seems “highly uncertain” and that all projections can go awry . In an unscheduled address on Wednesday, RBI governor Shaktikanta Das said the unexpected spike in Covid cases and localised lockdowns could stymie economic recovery . To cushion the blow to the economy Das unloaded various mone, tary tools for banks and relief INSIDE measures for small businesses as well as individuals. RBI announced a special `50,000 crore term liquidity facility with three-year tenor for banks to support entities such as vaccine manufacturers. Das also announced a one-time loan restructuring for individuals as well as cash-starved sectors. Banks will create a ‘Covid loan book’ and such loans will be considered as priority sector lending. Banks can park surplus liquidity equal to the size of such books with RBI for a rate 40 bps higher than reverse repo rate of 3.35%. While the announcement nudged banks to undertake fresh lending to the emergency health services, it may be noted that bank credit offtake was only 5.6% in FY21 despite a host of liquidity measures by RBI last fiscal. The central bank has offered a special `10,000-crore longter m repo operation of three years tenure for small finance banks for on-ward lending. RBI also brought in a resolution framework for vulnerable small businesses. Borrowers with exposure up to `25 crore, who didn’t avail earlier facilities and where loans are standard as on March 31, 2021 will be eligible for restructuring in the P10 second round, Das said. VAX DRIVE LOSES STEAM, SECOND DOSES DELAYED I P7 Hyd firms to help Covid patients breathe V N I L E S H @ Hyderabad AMIDST the mounting oxygen crisis in the country caused by second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, Hyderabad-based companies are developing essential technological solutions that will play an important role in saving the lives of patients in severe health conditions. One such firm is the Apollo Computing Laboratories, which has developed a portable non-invasive ventilator named SwasthVayu that weighs less than 3kg. Developed in collaboration with the CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories, it costs just around `1.25 lakh per unit. The company has already provided around 1,200 of these venti- tied to surge, 3rd wave inevitable Hyderabad-based chemical engineer Praveen Gorakavi, left, with his innovative product ‘Vayuputra’ that produces oxygen from Hydrogen peroxide lators to nine hospitals run by the Delhi government, recently supplied a few units to the government of Jharkhand and has another 2,000 ready to be shipped. Speaking to Express, Baddam Jaipal Reddy, Managing Director of Apollo Computing Laboratories and a former ISRO scientist, said that the device can be utilised in medical wards, make-shift hospitals or even at home. It has been successfully tested on hundreds of Covid-19 patients at various hospitals, including Mysore Medical College Hospital and Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad. An important feature of SwasthVayu is that it has three layers of filtration mechanism — one each at the inlet, inter-stage and exhale stage — to prevent inhaling or exhaling of aerosol and droplets by Covid-19 patients as well as healthcare personnel. CONTINUED ON P2 2 in Jaishankar’s UK team test +ve P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi MINISTER of External Affairs S Jaishankar on Wednesday confirmed that members of his delegation who are in the UK to attend the G7 foreign ministers’ meeting had tested positive for Covid-19 and that the entire delegation is in self-isolation. “As a measure of abundant caution and also out of consideration for others, I decided to conduct my engagements in the virtual mode,” Jaishankar tweeted. He joined the G7 meeting virtually. The news came hours after Jaishankar met US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and UK Home Secretary Priti Patel. LOCKDOWN-LIKE SITUATION ALREADY IN MANY STATES Maharashtra: Lockdownlike curbs imposed since April 5 Odisha: Two-week lockdown since May 5 Andhra Pradesh: Two-week noon-to-6 am curfew starting May 5 Kerala: Mini-lockdown till May 9, night curfew Telangana: Only night curfew so far Tamil Nadu: Shops selling essential commodities can function till 12 noon Karnataka: Corona Curfew extended till May 12 West Bengal: Shops to open from 7 am to 10 am and 5 pm to 7 pm Jharkhand: Lockdown since April 22 Madhya Pradesh: Staggered Janta Curfew in various districts Uttar Pradesh: Corona Curfew till May 10 morning Bihar: 11-day lockdown starting Wednesday Punjab: Non-essential shops shut till May 15 Haryana: Lockdown from May 3-10 Rajasthan: Virtual lockdown from April 19 to May 3 Chhattisgarh: Lockdown extended till May 15 J&K: Corona curfew in 14 districts till Thursday morning; four districts under curfew till May 10 Northeast: Almost all states have clamped night curfew; complete lockdown in Meghalaya's East Khasi Hills district
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