30 PERCENT 50,00,000 (1 March 2021 - 24 May 2021) INDIA’S DAILY CASES 40,00,000 DROP IN CASELOAD IN THE PAST 10 DAYS NATIONWIDE MAY 24 MAY 25 Fresh cases 2,22,315 1,96,427 Recoveries 3,02,544 3,25,850 Deaths 4,454 3,511 30,00,000 20,00,000 JAB-O-METER May 24 HUBBALLI WEDNESDAY MAY 26, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION DAILY COVID CASES GO BELOW 2 LAKH, LOWEST IN A MONTH Single-day rise in new Covid infections fell to the lowest level in 41 days on Tuesday, according to Union health ministry data Source: mygov.in 10,00,000 0 1 Mar 1 Apr 1 May 24 May DAILY TEST POSITIVITY RATE ,TOO, COMES DOWN CASES DOWN IN DELHI, BUT UP IN T.N., N-E A total of 1,96,427 new coronavirus infections were reported in the past 24 hours, while the toll tally climbed to 3,07,231 with 3,511 fresh fatalities – the lowest in 21 days, the data updated at Tuesday 8 am showed. India had registered 1,84,372 new cases on April 14. In another positive note, the daily test positivity rate came down to under 10% to settle at 9.54% ■ ■ Data show that active caseload in six states, including Delhi, has come down by half since mid-May. However, in Tamil Nadu and some north-eastern states, cases seem to be going up The Union health ministry said cumulatively, the active caseload in India has now come down to 25,86,782 | P7 23,65,395 doses TAKE YOUR May 25 SHOT 18,77,419 doses TOTAL DOSES: 20,04,94,991 1,84,372 FRESH CASES WERE REPORTED ON APRIL 14, THE PREVIOUS LOWEST POINT 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 Black fungus: CM for new discharge protocol E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru THE Covid discharge protocol should be changed to include mucormycosis or black fungus checks for patients with inputs from ENT specialists, insisted Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Tuesday, during a meeting with officials and ministers to review the pandemic situation. TESTING TIMES PU-II exams in July, dates yet to be fixed EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru THE Second PU examinations will be held in July this year, but the exact dates are yet to be worked out, said Pre-University Education Department Director Snehal R said on Tuesday The . exam pattern and timetable too will be decided after discussion and announced later, she said. The PU department requires around 75 days to schedule, conduct and announce the exam results, she said. At a meeting of education ministers of various states on May 23, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had suggested conducting exams only for major subjects. But Snehal said that changing the format for PU exams now would be difficult as preexam work has been completed. “Students will be put under tremendous stress if the pattern is changed now,” she said. She appealed to departments concerned to hold all-India entrance exams for professional courses only after CBSE Class 12 exams, which are scheduled between July 15 and August 26 this year. By that time, the Second PU exams too should be completed to help students appear for competitive exams. With black fungus cases on the rise in the State, health department officials were told to ensure that all hospitals treating Covid patients follow a revised protocol that includes testing, treatment and prevention of the fungal infection. “Now that we know how mucormycosis is caused, prepare a discharge protocol that will include preventive measures as KARNATAKA MAY 24 MAY 25 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 25,311 57,333 529 22,758 38,224 588 well as treatment. Discuss with ENT specialists and include their suggestions, and ensure all hospitals follow this protocol to prevent the spread of black fungus,” he told officials HDFC Bank flags likely retail loan repayment defaults EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE WITH the pandemic still raging and no end in sight for the common man’s economic distress, banks are bracing for an era of retail loan defaults. Retail loans, which dominated the Covid restructuring of most private banks in 2020-21, are likely to see higher delinquencies as borrowers are busy fighting the impact of the second wave of infections, Sashidhar Jagdishan, CEO and MD of HDFC Bank, said on Tuesday . Borrowers who had to avail cover under regulatory dispensations like moratorium and restructuring after the first Covid wave are more likely to default, the CEO said, implying that the lender will be “cautious” in these extraordinary times. HDFC Bank already saw an uptick in cheque bounce rates in April. Talking to investors in a call hosted by Macquarie Research, Jagdishan said that the second Covid wave hitting the rural areas will have an impact on both business momentum and recovery . As on March 31, the bank restructured total loans worth `6,508.37 crore comprising 3.36 lakh accounts under the Reserve Bank’s one-time scheme. Of this, 2.87 lakh accounts were for retail loans amounting to `5,456 crore or 92.5 per cent. Corporate borrowers have largely stayed away from restructuring their dues. The trend is similar for other private banks, too. Total restructuring by Axis Bank amounted to `844.6 crore, of which retail loans accounted for `503.71 crore as on March 31. Similarly, Kotak Mahindra Bank restructured loans worth `121.5 crore, of which `82.38 crore consisted of retail loans. ICICI Bank and Yes Bank were outliers that saw more corporate loan recast. INDIANs have salted away a neat `1 lakh crore in bank deposits in just three fortnights of the current fiscal (FY22). Interest rates are literally nailed to the floorboards, so the big money flowing into banks, experts caution, could be a sign of rising household stress. It’s an unusual increase for the months of April and May , and with lockdowns in force, some believe it’s a sign of precautionary savings, compounded by the need to hold disposable cash to counter health and economic uncertainties. Typically, bank deposits and credit offtake decline in April and May. But, FY21 bucked the trend with deposits rising by a staggering `2.8 lakh crore in the first three fortnights. Now, FY22 is a torchbearer, with customers saving much more this fiscal, but whether this will have a significant THE BIG CHANGE Deposits (H crore) PROTECTIVE CHAIN Why this BJP MLA can’t afford protection of central forces ter or even a toilet. Touched by their protectee’s plight, the jawans have started buying vegetables from local groceries using their own money and giving it to the MLA for arranging meals for them and her family as well. Chandana bagged victory from Saltora defeating her contender, a TMC veteran in the area, by 4,145 votes. “My husband is a mason. Our daily average earning is `400. Because of lockdown, the source of income has dried up. My husband and I are MGNREGA card holders,” she said. -2,50,525 -1,04,780 -1,46,966 -1,19,028 -80,025 1st fortnight 2nd fortnight 3rd fortnight 1,01,357 -80,579 82,555 -60,333 -28,783 9,091 Source: RBI, SBI Research salutary impact on consumption spending is unclear. As an OECD paper underscored last December, lockdowns in several countries strengthened motives for precautionary saving among households, discouraging investment and purchases of durable goods. PHASE 3 clinical trials in nearly 2,400 people in India have begun to test the efficacy of experimental antiviral drug Molnupiravir against Covid-19, following regulatory approvals by the Central Drug Standard Control Organisation. This drug, developed by Merck originally is an oral broad spectrum antiviral , agent that has shown promise in treating mild and moderate Covid cases in earlystage trials in some countries. In India, five companies have entered into voluntary licensing agreements to produce generic versions of it. And MSN laboratories has received permission to conduct the trials. Dr Suneetha Narreddy , senior consultant, infectious diseases, at Apollo Hospital in Hyderabad, which is one of the 40 sites in India where the phase 3 trials will be held, said that the drug is showing promise. “Data from early stage trials and preliminary analysis of phase 3 trials from outside India looks very promising but we should wait till the trials are concluded in India to say something definitive,” she said, adding it is being given to nonhospitalised patients with mild and moderate disease. “Final analysis will depend on how many of the patients with or without this drug in the placebo and treatment arm go on to develop severe disease or needed hospitalisation.” NARADA SCAM BJP MLA Chandana Bauri along with the central forces sent for her security by the party, in front of her dilapidated hut in Saltora, West Bengal (H crore) -1,75,73 -83,297 -56,379 2,82,876 1,03,334 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi The axle of a train being chained at the Shalimar Station in Howrah to save it from cyclone Yaas, on Tuesday. The cyclone will make landfall on Wednesday | BIBHASH LODH Credits FY18 FY19 FY20 FY21 FY22 Phase 3 trial of new Covid drug at Apollo, elsewhere SECURITY COVER FOR Chandana Bauri, BJP’s MLA in Saltora, West Bengal, defeating the TMC candidate in the recent Assembly elections was easier than bowing to her party’s decision to provide all BJP Bengal legislators with central force personnel security cover. Chandana, the wife of a daily wage earner, found it impossible to offer the four central force jawans, who were sent for her security, daily meals and make arrangements for accommodation for them. The homemaker-tur nedMLA’s husband, who is jobless because of the lockdown, and her two children reside in a dilapidated single-room hut with tiled-roof without running wa- In the face of uncertainty, people saving every penny SESA SEN @ New Delhi Subodh Kumar Jaiswal appointed CBI director P R O N A B M O N DA L @ Kolkata toms like eyelid edema, redness in the eye, any visual disturbance.” Yediyurappa said the advisory should be turned into a revised protocol. The lockdown has brought down cases in urban areas. Similar curbs should be enforced in rural areas, he said. “There should be no home isolation in villages and all patients must be shifted to CCCs,” he added. Sizing up economy stress EXPRESS READ New Delhi: Senior IPS officer Subodh Kumar Jaiswal was on Tuesday appointed as the new CBI chief for two years, according to a personnel ministry order. A 1985-batch IPS officer of the Maharashtra cadre, he is currently the DG of the CISF. and ministers. The Karnataka Health Department on May 18 issued an advisory to Covid patients being discharged to report symptoms of mucormycosis. “Patients are advised to strictly control diabetes mellitus and report any of the following symptoms: Facial pain/cheek pain, bloody and foul smelling nasal discharge, nasal stuffiness and eye symp- The Supreme Court on Tuesday permitted the CBI to withdraw its appeal against the Calcutta High Court order allowing house arrest of four leaders, including three from TMC, in the Narada bribery case. P8 CONTINUED ON: P10 Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa reviews the new Metro line, which extends from Mysuru Road- Nayandahalli-Kengeri Metro Station, on Phase-II of the Namma Metro project, in Bengaluru on Tuesday | ASHISHKRISHNA HP Intense political buzz ahead of cabinet meet BA N SY K A L A P PA @ Bengaluru THERE has been an intense political activity in the state since Saturday with prominent leaders rushing off to Delhi and some top ministers holding a hush-hush meeting. Minor Irrigation Minister CP Yogeshwara who visits New Delhi regularly to meet the party central leadership was on Monday night accompanied by party MLA Arvind Bellad, who is considered an upcoming leader. Though Yogeshwara and Bellad, who represents the Hubli-Dharwad South constituency could not meet any , of the top leaders, they spoke to Karnataka in-charge Arun Singh over phone, party sources told The New Indian Express. It is discussed within party circles that Bellad, a LIngayat leader, is one of the top names doing the rounds for the chief minister’s post if there is a vacancy at the top. It was said that Mines and Geology Minister Murugesh Nirani too was expected to head to Delhi, but the visit was cancelled at the last minute. The sudden intense activity coming ahead of the , cabinet meeting on Thursday , has raised many eyebrows within BJP circles. What set off the buzz was the meeting in Hubli-Dharwad on Saturday Union min. ister Pralhad Joshi, who too is said to be in the race for the CM’s post, met ministers Dr K Sudhakar, Byrathi Basavraj and former minister Ramesh Jarkiholi, who were instrumental in bringing BJP to power. Sudhakar, who was visiting Tumakuru, later headed to Chitradurga, where he was joined by Byrathi Basavraj. The duo then went to Shiggaon, Haveri to meet Home Minister Basavraj Bommai and PWD Minister CM Udasi. The four met over dinner. But more interesting was the breakfast meeting the next morning in Hubballi where Pralhad Joshi joined them.
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