CMYK SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 08 MAY 2021 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR ‘THERE WILL BE POLITICAL CHURNING’ OZ TO LIFT BAN ON RETURNEES FROM INDIA P10 Partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain/thunderstorm. Temperature to be in the range of 36-25 degrees Celsius. Max: 36.0 °C(+1) SUN RISES 05:00 hrs MOON RISES 02:30 hrs New moon on 12 P5 P12 Govt for strong measures to combat 3rd Covid wave; 2nd wave showing decline in some areas PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 7 MAY RAINFALL: 000.5 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY TEMPERATURE P7 ‘Third wave preventable’ WEATHER Max.86% HORROR STORY IN CRICKET’S INDIAN BUBBLE MODI GOVT HAS FAILED PEOPLE OF INDIA: SONIA Min. 37% Min: 24.5 °C(-2) SUN SETS 18:06 hrs MOON SETS 14:28 hrs May THUMBNAILS Muslims offer prayers at the Charminar on the last Friday of Ramadan, in Hyderabad. IANS here may not be a third wave of coronavirus in the country if strong measures are taken and effectively implemented at the state, district and city-level, the country’s top scientific officer said on Friday, two days after he warned that this wave was inevitable. K Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser, said the “insidious asymptomatic transmission” can be stopped if the guidance about precautions, surveillance, containment, treatment and testing is followed. “If we take strong measures, the third wave may not happen in all places or indeed anywhere at all. It depends on much how effectively guidance is implemented at the local level in the states, districts and cities everywhere,” he said. T Petrol at Rs 102-mark in Rajasthan, MP: Petrol m price on Friday scaled to Rs 102 per litre in some parts of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh after rates were raised for the fourth straight day after ending of more than two-week-long hiatus during Assembly elections in 5 states. On Friday, petrol price was hiked by a steep 29 paise per litre and diesel by 31 paise a litre. Go back to HC for speed hearing to halt Central Vista construction: SC As India reported another record 4,14,188 new coronavirus infections, along with 3,915 fresh fatalities, on Friday morning, Vijay Raghavan said that the ongoing second wave of the pandemic has already started declining in some places. On 5 May, Vijay Raghavan said that as the virus mutates further, a third wave of Covid infection is inevitable and it is necessary to be prepared for new waves. Asked when the second wave which has already infected lakhs and killed thousands, will ebb, Vijay Raghavan said it has already started declining in some places, though he cautioned that "there are other places of great concern all over the country. PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Fifty lakh doses of Covishield vaccine earmarked by the Serum Institute for export to the United Kingdom have now been made available for the inoculation of 18-44 age group in 21 states/UTs in India, amidst a surge in Covid-19 cases, official sources said. The Centre’s decision to allocate these doses to 21 states and UTs came after Prakash Kumar Singh, director, Government and Regulatory Affairs at Punebased Serum Institute of India, recently wrote to the Union health ministry 53L Remdesivir alloted to states NEW DELHI, 7 MAY The Centre has allocated 53 lakh Remdesivir injections to the states, giving highest quantity of 11.57 lakh doses to Maharashtra, 5.75 lakh doses to Karnataka, 4.95 lakh to Uttar Pradesh, and 4.19 lakh to Gujarat. The allocation list was issued by the Union Chemical and Fertilisers Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on Friday. (P4) seeking permission for the same. The Serum Institute had on 23 March sought permission from the ministry to supply 50 lakh doses of Covishield to the UK, citing an agreement with AstraZeneca in this regard, while assuring India that its own anti- coronavirus vaccination programme will not be disturbed due to this supply. “The stock of 50 lakh doses of Covishield vaccine is now available for inoculation of 18-44 age group people in 21 states and UTs,” an official source said. The Ministry has asked the states to contact the company and initiate procurement activity promptly. While some states have been allocated 3,50,000 doses each, others got 1,00,000 doses each and two others have been assigned 50,000 doses each based on the Covid19 caseload, official sources said. The jabs are labelled as Covid-19 Vaccine Astra Zeneca injections and not Covishield. Developed by Oxford University and SwedishBritish pharma major AstraZeneca, Covishield is being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII). 2,14,91,598 36,45,164 4,14,188 3,31,507 2,34,083 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. FRIDAY 07 MAY 2021 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 7 MAY The Supreme Court on Friday made clear to the Centre that it will have to keep supplying 700 MT of oxygen to Delhi every day till its order is modified, saying it meant business and non-compliance may force it to take firm action. Two days ago, the top court had stayed the contempt proceedings initiated by Delhi High Court against Central government officials for non-compliance of direction to supply 700 MT of oxygen for Covid patients to Delhi, saying putting officers in jail would not bring oxygen and efforts should be made to save lives. A bench comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah had said however that the Centre will have to ensure supply of 700 MT of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) to the national capital daily. In the proceedings conducted via video conferencing, the bench was told by senior advocate Rahul Mehra, appearing for Delhi government that the national capital has received 86 MT today till 9 am and 16 MT is in transit. “We want 700 MT to be supplied to Delhi on a daily basis. We mean business, Please don’t force us to be in a situation where we have to be firm,” the bench said, adding it cannot be that the supply is made for a day then so many caveats like containers are not there and there are difficulties in transportation being put. Justice Chandrachud, speaking for the bench, said that he has consulted Justice Shah on the issue Oxygen crisis over. Now there is no lack of oxygen in Delhi. We should have enough oxygen beds so that no patient is deprived ARVIND KEJRIWAL DELHI CHIEF MINISTER Announcing plans to vaccinate the entire city within three months following a meeting with his cabinet ministers before the hearing on Friday and the view that Delhi has to be given 700 MT LMO daily was a collective one. Earlier, the top court had said that this is an allIndia pandemic situation and it will have to find ways to ensure oxygen supply to the national capital. ‘Can't leave Karnataka citizens in lurch': The Supreme Court Friday said it will not leave Karnataka citizens in the lurch as it refused to interfere with the Karnataka High Court order asking the Centre to increase the daily oxygen allocation for the state from 965 MT to 1200 MT for treating Covid-19 patients. A bench of justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah said the high court’s interim order of 5 May is a “well calibrated, deliberated and judicious exercise of power”. The bench said it was looking at the wider issue and we will not keep citizens of Karnataka in lurch. It refused to accept the Centre’s contention that if every high court starts passing orders for allocating oxygen, it would make the supply network of the country unworkable. Bengal govt moves SC for uniform vaccine policy PROPER DISPOSAL PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 7 MAY NEW DELHI, 7 MAY The Supreme Court on Friday told petitioners to go back to the Delhi High Court if they want a speedy hearing on the PIL seeking a stay on the construction of the Central Vista amidst the raging Covid pandemic, but agreed that the situation is indeed grim. “We would not like to make any further comments on the Covid situation as other benches are seized of the matter,” Justice Vineet Saran observed. The bench comprising Justices Saran and Dinesh Maheshwari refused to entertain a plea by senior advocate Siddarth Luthra who had wanted the apex court to force the Delhi High Court to hear immediately the PIL against the Central Vista construction on the ground that it is not an essential activity. The top court was hearing the appeal against the 4 May order of the high court adjourning the PIL for consideration after 13 days. The High Court said it wanted to first go through what the Supreme Court has deliberated in its 5 Jan judgement, giving a go ahead to the Vista project. The apex court today asked Luthra to mention the matter before the High Court for urgent listing on 10 May.PTI try since April 27, asserting not even one consignment has remained at the airport or seaport. Ahuja said 4,468 oxygen concentrators, 3,417 oxygen cylinders, 13 oxygen-generation plants, 3,921 ventilator/ Bi PAP/ C PAP and over 3 lakh Remdesivir vials besides PPE kits and accessories received as aid from abroad have been delivered or dispatched to various states and union territories till May 5. Bengal sees highest tally: West Bengal registered its highest ever tally of daily Covid cases, logging 19,216 cases while there were 112 deaths linked to the infection. Kolkata recorded 3,915 cases and 28 deaths while North 24-Parganas recorded 3,957 fresh cases and 33 deaths in the last 24 hours. The total Covid case count has reached 9,54,282 with the death toll standing at 12,076 in the state, while there are 1,24,098 active cases. 50L doses meant for UK to be used in India NEW DELHI, 7 MAY Soren's barb at PM triggers war of words: Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren's jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over their telephonic talks on Covid situation triggered political slugfest with the BJP on Friday accusing Soren of lacking the basic courtesy expected of a person holding his office and lowering its dignity. Soren had on Thursday described Modi's phone call to him on the Covid situation in the country as the PM's “Mann Ki Baat”, instead of business. A Covid patient waits in an ambulance outside the LNJP hospital in New Delhi on Friday. SNS Additional secretary in the health ministry Arti Ahuja said Covid-19 case positivity is more than 15 per cent in more than 24 states and Union territories, with case positivity being as high as 48.5 per cent in Goa, West Bengal’s current case positivy is 33.1 per cent she added. Ahuja said Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand are showing continued plateauing or decrease in daily new Covid-19 cases. But Karnataka, Kerala, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Bihar, Punjab, Assam and Odisha are showing an upward trend in daily new cases, she added. Ahuja also said that over 3,000 tonnes of approximately 11,000 items received as Covid aid from other countries have been dispatched across the coun- ‘Supply 700 MT O2 to Delhi’: SC warns against dereliction Workers wearing PPE suits dump Covid related waste at a hospital in Kolkata on Friday. AGENCIES The West Bengal government moved the Supreme Court on Friday seeking directions to disband the Phase-III vaccine policy of the Centre and adoption of uniform policy of procuring 100 per cent doses of Covid-19 from vaccine manufacturers which can be equitably distributed to all the States and Union Territories for free decentralized distribution. The state government also sought setting aside of the differential pricing mechanism for Covid-19 vaccines and capping the price for Covid19 vaccines at a uniform price of Rs 150 per dose. The intervention application has been SEEKING DIRECTIONS To disband Phase-III vaccine policy of the Centre Adoption of uniform policy of procuring 100 per cent doses of Covid-19 from vaccine manufactures Equitable distribution of doses to all the States and Union Territories Capping the price for Covid-19 vaccines at a uniform price of Rs 150 per dose Mamata writes to PM on O2 filed by the state government in the pending matter taken suo motu by the top court for ensuring distribution of essential supplies and services during the pandemic. It sought directions to the Centre to place a single bulk order for Covid-19 vaccines on a war footing basis on both domestic and foreign manufacturers to ensure universal coverage at the shortest possible time frame. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking increased supply of medical oxygen for Covid treatment. Banerjee also said that the Centre hiked oxygen allocation for other states out of the total production in Bengal, despite its enhanced requirement. (See P3) The state government claimed that it is yet to receive its allocated share of vaccines from the Union government despite a commitment from the Centre that it would be supplied four lakh doses of Covid19 vaccines by 5 May, 2021. The application said that there are reports that on account of vaccine shortages of vaccine, states such as Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Assam, Tripura, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, and UT of Chandigarh had to postpone the scheduled roll out of Phase-III of the Covid19 immunization program. It said that Bengal was also unable to commence phase-III of the vaccine roll out on account of vaccine unavailability. Two Gandhis, a Nehru War rooms, field hospitals key in Mumbai model for Covid fight SUCCESS STORY and a Stalin in TN House As the secPRESS TRUST OF INDIA MUMBAI, 7 MAY PRESS TRUST OF INDIA CHENNAI, 7 MAY What is in a name? In Tamil Nadu, a name may be an indicator to one’s political leanings, nationalist passion or the ideology of the parents of the individual. After India’s independence, especially in southern Tamil Nadu, many were named ‘Bose’ after freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose. Similarly, the names of ‘Gandhi,’ ‘Nehru’ and ‘Jawahar’ are also common in the state, the objective being perpetuating the hallowed memory of freedom fighters. Also, pure Tamil names and those in memory of leaders of the Dravidian and Left movement are common. The subject of names is in focus again as the 16th Tamil Nadu Assembly has two ‘Gandhis’ one of them a Minister, a ‘Nehru’ who is also a Minister and a ‘Stalin’ who is the chief minister. As is well known, late DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi named his son Stalin (Born 1 March, 1953) after Soviet ruler Joseph Stalin out of his admiration for the Communist ideology. R Gandhi and K N Nehru, as ministers for Handlooms- Textiles and Municipal Administration respectively would report to Stalin! Nehru, a party heavyweight in the Cauvery region won from Tiruchirappalli West and Gandhi from Ranipet segment and BJP’s M R Gandhi, a veteran party leader emerged victorious in Nagercoil in Kanyakumari. Stalin sworn in, Page 4 A system of ward-level ‘war rooms’ where hospital beds are allocated by civic officials and the decision not to dismantle field hospitals were key to Mumbai’s success in tackling the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, officials believe. As much of the country is reeling under an unprecedented surge in cases, the “Mumbai model” has drawn appreciation even from the Supreme Court. Since 1 May, Mumbai is reporting less than 4,000 cases every day, a significant fall from over 8,500 cases a day in the first week of April. On 4 April, the city logged 11,163 cases, the highest so far. On 6 May, it recorded 3,056 cases. India’s financial capital is still reporting more cases daily than the peak of 2,848 cases recorded on 7 October during the first wave last year. But there is no shortage of hospital beds and oxygen for patients, civic officials claimed. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court lauded the efforts of authorities to ensure adequate oxygen supply in Mumbai. “Bombay Municipal Corporation is doing some great work, with no disrespect to Delhi. What they are doing, how they are managing, we can learn from them. “I also understand that Maharashtra also produces oxygen which Delhi cannot do,” said a bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud. As the second wave began, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation focused on testing, contact tracing and treatment besides ensuring that people followed guidelines. But the decision not to take down the infrastructure CMYK ond wave began, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation focused on testing, contact tracing and treatment besides ensuring that people followed guidelines There would have been chaos if we hadn't kept jumbo Covid centres (field hospitals), oxygen beds, ICU beds ready before the start of second wave KISHORI PEDNEKAR put in place during the first wave proved to be more crucial. “There would have been chaos if we hadn’t kept jumbo Covid centres (field hospitals), oxygen beds, ICU beds ready before the start of the second wave,” said Mayor Kishori Pednekar. Additional Municipal Commissioner Suresh Kakani, who insisted that jumbo centres should not be dismantled till 31 March, said the BMC was MUMBAI MAYOR ready for a new surge. “The whole system ~ oxygen, catering, house keeping, doctors and nurses ~ was in place at jumbo centres,” he said. The civic body continued to augment availability of oxygen and ICU beds and medicine stocks, he said. “This is why the BMC had sufficient stock of Remdesivir when everywhere there was a shortage,” Kakani said. The number of beds was doubled from around 12,000 to 24,000 within a month when cases began to rise in February. At present, Mumbai has 31,695 Covid-19 beds, including 12,754 oxygen beds and 2,929 ICU ones. There is no shortage of medical oxygen in the city now, but there were some scary moments when on the night of 16-17 April the BMC had to shift 168 Covid-19 patients from six civic hospitals as oxygen supply ran out. Learning a lesson, it started monitoring the movement of oxygen cylinders from plants to hospitals. During the first wave, the BMC set up a ‘war room’ in each of the 24 wards to guide patients. Thanks to this system, people are not needed to run from one hospital to another in search of beds, as allocation of beds is done by war room officials.
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