bhubaneswar l monday l may 31, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l late CITY EDITION nearly 12 crore doses will be available in june: Govt Of the total, 6.09 crore doses would be allocated to states for free, while 5.86 crore could be directly procured by them states to get free vax supply schedule ramping up vaccine production The Centre said it would share the delivery schedule for the free doses in advance to ensure cohesion and better planning. The announcement came on a day when the Serum Institute wrote to the home ministry, assuring to supply 9-10 crore doses in June, a steep rise considering the company had in May said it would reach the 10-crore mark only by August/September ■ ■ Bharat Biotech, too, is ramping up production of Covaxin. Its tie-up with the Gujarat Covid Vaccine Consortium will raise its capacity to 10 crore doses by September from one crore in April Of the nearly 21 crore doses administered so far, around 18.5 crore were Covishield, while Covaxin’s share has been around 3 crore 7.9 crore Doses were available in the country during may 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 on covid, Nothing Aspirational about dists classified as such M A N IS H A N A N D @ New Delhi With greater focus on health, nutrition and education among others, 117 districts labeled aspirational in 2018 were supposed to set the benchmark for other districts “by competing with and learning from others”. Conventional wisdom dictated that these aspirational districts would have weathered the Covid-19 storm better than others, but a data analysis shows they have performed as poorly, if not worse, than any other in the country during the pandemic. Take for instance Virudhunagar and Ramanathpuram in Tamil Nadu, ranked first and second by Niti Aayog, the institution that is driving the programme. Virudhunagar accounted for 388 deaths whereas 18 other districts in the state saw fewer deaths. YSR Kadappa, with health 300% spike in Covid cases across Assam’s tea gardens E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kolkata At a time when the national daily case count is steadily easing, the tea gardens in Assam seem to be bucking the trend by registering a whopping 300% spike in infection in 10 days among the workers. The number of cases in 220 estates stood at 1,851 with 14 fatalities on May 19. By May 28, the numbers soared to 6,146 spread over 370 estates with 43 deaths, prodding the state government on Saturday to sanction walk-in jabs for the workers in 18-44 age group. The efficacy of the walk-in drive, however, is doubtful as CM Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday said the state was low on stocks and the arrival of the next tranche was a week away . As of now, the affected tea estate’s labour lines, where workers are lodged, have been declared containment zones, with the patients being sent to Covid care facilities on the estate. However, not all estates are equipped with care centres, with only 271 having them. rank seven, reported 542 deaths in Andhra Pradesh. Nandurbar in Maharashtra was ranked 95 among the aspirational districts. It reported 818 Covid deaths. Osmanabad, also in Maharashtra, saw 1,320 deaths. The district is ranked 20th. Their poor show is perhaps why on the seventh anniversary of the NDA at the Centre, two of the big slogans, aspirational districts and New India, are missing from the celebrations’ lexicon. Launched by Modi in January 2018, the drive was in line with the “New India vision by NATIONWIDE MAY 29 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 2022.” Health was listed as the first in a number of priority areas for the programme. “Health and nutrition, education, agriculture and water resources, financial inclusion and skill development, and basic infrastructure are this programme’s core area of focus,” says Niti Aayog in its website. Mandarins in the government and the think-tank had made such tall claims about these districts that there was a clamour among MPs for inclusion of their constituencies in the list. The largest concentration of aspirational districts is in Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh as the Centre had included a number of “left wing extremism” affected districts to showcase developmental approach against the Maoist violence. Gaya, an LWE-affected district in Bihar, reported 185 Covid deaths whereas there were 20 districts in the state MAY 30 1,73,790 1,65,553 2,84,601 2,76,309 3,617 3,460 May 29 28,09,436 doses May 30 30,35,749 doses Total doses: 21,20,66,614 Jab-o-meter Take your shot H o w t h e y fa r e Health Total Recovered Dead rank cases Virudhunagar (Tamil Nadu) 1 36,400 27,825 388 Ramnathpuram (Tamil Nadu) 2 16,179 12,681 211 YSR Kadappa (Andhra Pradesh) 7 93,709 88,112 542 Raichur (Karnataka) 11 37,521 31,943 264 Kanker (Chhattisgarh) 13 22,652 21,470 205 Banka (Bihar) 77 7,277 7,079 84 Begusarai (Bihar) 48 26,454 24609 125 Gaya (Bihar) 80 33,539 32,699 185 Bahraich (Uttar Pradesh) 89 11,267 10,644 170 Balrampur (Uttar Pradesh) 87 7,349 6,925 129 Siddharthnagar (Uttar Pradesh) 88 9,100 8,534 93 Osmanabad (Maharashtra) 20 57,060 51,712 1,320 Nandurbar (Maharashtra) 95 38,721 36,991 818 Rajgarh (Madhya Pradesh) 15 8,495 7,958 114 Damoh (Madhya Pradesh) 19 7,956 6,970 155 Ranchi (Jharkhand) 32 84,374 79,948 1,539 East Singhbhum (Jharkhand) 27 49,149 47,422 997 (Data as on May 29, 2021, taken from www.covid19india.org) Aspirational districts with fewer casualties. Among the non-LWE aspirational district in Bihar, Begusarai reported 125 deaths due to pand e m i c. T h e a s p i r a t i o n a l district tale is no different in UP, where Bahraich, Balrampur and Siddharnthnagar are reporting high deaths. In Jharkhand, with 19 aspirational districts, the pro- Odisha extends lockdown till June 17, restrictions relaxed in three districts E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e new norms @ Bhubaneswar THE State government on Sunday extended the Covid-19 lockdown further by 16 days till June 17. The lockdown restrictions, though, have been eased in Nuapada, Gajapati and Sundargarh districts in view of improvement in the pandemic situation. Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra said the State government took the decision as the Covid situation continues to be alarming in most districts. All the restrictions imposed in the first phase including weekend shutdown will continue. However, the three districts where the Covid positivity rate is less than 10 per cent (pc) have been allowed to open all shops except salon, beauty parlour and shopping malls for six hours from 7 am to 1 pm. The timing for buying 6-hr relaxation in Nuapada, Gajapati, Sundargarh from 7 am to 1 pm 7 am - 11 am relaxation continues in rest districts Weekend shutdown to continue across Odisha All other restrictions, exemptions carried forward essentials in rest of the districts, however, remain the same from 7 am to 11 am. Relaxation will be allowed in districts where the situation is better, Mohapatra said with a caution that the government will not hesitate to reimpose restrictions if things worsened. There will be no restriction in industrial, agriculture and allied sectors and construction activities along with movement of vehicles transporting essential and non essential goods. The Chief Secretary said that there is a significant change in the situation with Covid positivity rate showing a downward trend. In the last 25 days, the average positivity rate of the State has come down from 25 pc to around 15 pc. While there is a rapid fall in the spread of the coronavirus Cases surge as testing ramped up The new Covid-19 cases surged again as Odisha ramped up testing after the cyclone. As many as 9,541 more people tested positive and 33 succumbed to the disease in last 24 hours. Of the fresh cases, 5,343 were in quarantine and the rest detected during contact tracing. Khurda district continued to remain at the top with 1,342 cases followed by Cuttack (716), Mayurbhanj (695), Sundargarh (595), Angul (562) and Puri (528) | P2 Ensure no eligible person is left out: SRC Israel, Egypt talk truce with Hamas Egypt and Israel held high-level talks in both countries on Sunday to shore up a fragile truce between Israel and the Hamas militant group and rebuild the Gaza Strip after a punishing 11-day war that left parts of the seaside enclave in ruins. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukry received his Israeli counterpart, Gabi Ashkenazi, in Cairo on Sunday | P9 W ITH THI S I S S U E THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) in many western Odisha districts, the situation in some coastal districts like Khurda, Cuttack and Angul is still disturbing. In many districts the positivity rate is between 20 and 25 pc, he said. Claiming that the Covid treatment in Odisha is much better than many other states, the Chief Secretary said there is no shortage of beds, oxygen and medicines in the State. On Covid testing, Mohapatra said that the daily testing has been increased from 40,000 a few days back to 70,000 now. He said Covid vaccination will continue as before during this second phase of the lockdown and people will be allowed to travel in their vehicles to the vaccination centres. He once again appealed to the people to abide by the Covid appropriate behaviour and help the government in its fight against the pandemic. covid update e x p r e ss r e a d As the assessment of damage inflicted by cyclone Yaas commences amidst Opposition allegations that there is a move to corner benefits for ruling BJD supporters, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Jena on Sunday requested the people to be more vigilant and cautious. People have to be more cautious and vigilant to ensure that no eligible person is left out, the SRC said | P3 gramme made no difference in mitigating the hardships of the people as Ranchi and East Singhbhum are reporting huge Covid death figures. Ironically, the Aayog gives 30% weightage to health and nutrition while ranking the aspirational districts. It also lists big corporate names as partners for the programme. ODISHA fire-fighting Rescue ships, including those of Indian Coast Guard, fighting flames to salvage container vessel MV X-Press Pearl, off Colombo port, on Sunday. The vessel has been burning for 11 consecutive days | AFP Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths MAY 29 7,188 11,513 35 MAY 30 9,541 11,881 33 Every DHH to have O2 plant, RT-PCR lab within August E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar In a bid to ramp up health infrastructure across Odisha ahead of a possible third wave, the State government has decided to equip each district headquarter hospital (DHH) with at least one pressure swing adsorption (PSA) oxygen plant and RT-PCR laboratory apart from additional ICU beds at the dedicated Covid hospitals within August. Liquid medical oxygen plants will be set up at all medical college and hospitals while the DHHs will have PSA oxygen plants in next three months, Additional Chief Secretary of Health department PK Mohapatra said. “While all MCHs and a few DHHs already have RT-PCR labs, the rest DHHs will have at least one such lab by the end of August. More general and ICU beds will be added to the hospitals treating Covid patients with focus on paediatric care. The process for adding 368 beds in ICUs and 70 in high dependency units at dedicated Covid hospitals has already begun,” he said. Mohapatra said 786 doctors recruited recently will join duty soon along with 5,695 nursing officers. So far around 700 doctors have been deployed in Covid hospitals. The State government has also decided to vaccinate all people aged 18 years and above in five municipal corporations and six district headquarters, where the test positivity is high, on a priority basis. Vaccination of age-appropriate people in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Sambalpur and Rourkela besides Puri, Khurda, Bargarh, Bhawanipatna, Nabarangpur and Koraput will be accelerated CONTINUED ON: P5 soon. Window of credit guarantee opens for hospitals & aviation sector E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi In what could be termed as the unveiling of a fresh round of its economic relief package, the government on Sunday expanded the scope of the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) to more sectors disrupted by the second wave of the pandemic. It will now cover medical colleges, hospitals, nursing homes and the aviation sector. The ministry of finance also extended the validity of the scheme from June 30 to September 30, or till guarantees for an amount of `3 lakh crore has been issued. Disbursement under the scheme is permitted up to December 31, 2021. The scheme announced in May 2020 aimed at giving up to `3 lakh crore unsecured loans to MSME and other sectors severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The government provides guarantee against loans disbursed under the scheme. Earlier, the scheme covered MSMEs, hospitality, travel and tourism, leisure and spor ting sectors, and 26 stressed sectors identified by the K V Kamath Committee. The government has now allowed hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and medical colleges to avail loan up to `2 crore for setting up of on-site oxygen plants under ECLGS 4.0. The loan would be 100% guaranteed by the government. The interest rate on such loans has been capped at 7.5%. The tenure of working capital loans provided to MSMEs under ECLGS 1.0 has been extended from four years to five years. Earlier, a moratorium of one year was given on principal repayment. Now it has been extended by a year. So MSMEs, which have availed loans under the scheme can now pay only the interest amount in the first two years and the rest of the interest and principal in the next three years. Those MSMEs covered under ECLGS 1.0 can now avail additional loan up to 10% of the outstanding amount as on February 29, 2020. Earlier, they could avail loan up to 20% of their debt outstanding as on February 29, 2020. The existing limit of `500 crore debt outstanding under ECLGS 3.0, which is for businesses from hospitality, travel and tourism, leisure and sporting sectors, has been removed. Social security net for next of kin of workers succumbing to Covid New Delhi: All dependent family members of insured persons under the ESIC who succumb to Covid, will be entitled to receive the same level of benefits as is given for death due to employment injury, the labour ministry said | P7 However, the additional loan that can be availed has been limited to 40% (of debt outstanding) or `200 crore, whichever is lower. Aviation has been included in the list of eligible sectors under ECLGS 3.0. Under ECLGS 2.0, 26 distressed sectors were eligible for a maximum of 20% of the debt outstanding as on February 29, 2020. Meanwhile, Indian Banking Association Chief Executive Officer Sunil Mehta said so far `2.55 lakh crore has been sanctioned under the ECLGS scheme, of which `2.4 lakh crore has been disbursed. Monsoon delayed? The IMD on Sunday said the southwest monsoon will arrive in Kerala after a two-day delay on June 3. The forecast was in contrast to private weather monitoring agency Skymet’s report, which claimed the rain bearing winds made soft landfall in Kerala on Sunday India will win, howsoever big the challenge: Modi E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi With his monthly Mann ki baat coinciding with the seventh anniversary of his party’s rule at the Centre, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday sought to convey a message of optimism, saying howsoever big the challenge, India will always emerge the winner. He said it in the context of the pandemic and natural disasters, including cyclones Tauktae and Yaas. “However big the challenge be, India’s victory resolve, her vijay sankalp, has always been equal in magnitude. Her collective strength and our spirit of service has always rescued the country from the midst of every storm,” he said. Modi said in the last seven years, the country has followed the mantra of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, adding there were many moments of national pride during his government’s tenure. Claiming that in seven decades after Independence, only 3.5 crore rural homes had water connections, he said 4.5 crore houses have been given clean water connections in the last 21 months alone. And 15 of the 21 months were during the Corona phase. Referring to the Covid challenge during the ongoing second wave, Modi said oxygen production has been ramped up in a big way. “In the normal course, we were producing 900 metric tonnes of liquid medical oxygen in a day Today, the pro. duction has gone up to 9,500 metric tonnes a day,” he said.
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