TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 25 MAY 2021 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P5 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Strong surface winds during the day. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 37 and 27 degrees Celsius respectively. NEW DELHI, 24 MAY Min: 21.2°C (-5) SUN SETS 19:11 hrs MOON SETS 05:08 hrs THUMBNAILS People stand in a queue to receive a doses of Covid vaccine at GMCH Hospital. In Guwahati AGENCIES on Monday. PIL on Covid treatment protocol: A PIL has been filed in Delhi High Court against Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Niti Ayog, and the Government of India, seeking a reconsideration of the prevalent treatment protocol and change of “wrong treatment protocol” for mild cases of Covid-19. The PIL sought to convince the court to direct ICMR to investigate, hold clinical trials and change the Covid(P2) 19 treatment protocols, if necessary. H SHAH ASSESSES CYCLONE IMPACT West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar Islands AT A GLANCE STATES ome minister Amit Shah today held a review meeting with chief ministers of West Bengal, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh and the Lt Governor of Andaman & Nicobar Islands to assess their preparedness to deal with Cyclone Yaas forming in the Bay of Bengal. Shah specifically reiterated that the States and the union territory administration should make adequate power back-up arrangements in all Covid19 hospitals, labs, vaccine cold chains and other medical facilities. He advised them to ensure adequate stocks of all essential medicines and supplies in hospitals, keeping in view the likely disruption of movement of vehicles. For health facilities, including temporary hospitals, likely to be affected by the cyclone, the Evacuation of patients in advance in order to secure from losses A 24x7 control room is Adequate power backfunctioning in the MHA, up arrangements in all which can be contacted at Covid-19 hospitals, labs, any time for any assistance vaccine cold chains and by the States and the UT other medical facilities Home Minister advised them to make adequate arrangements for securing them from losses and for evacuation of patients in advance, if necessary. He said advance action taken in this regard on the Western coast a few days ago had ensured that there was no adverse impact on any medical facility. Shah assured the States and the Union Territory of all cooperation of the Central Government and its agencies, and directed senior officers for the same. He said that a 24x7 con- trol room is functioning in the MHA, which can be contacted at any time for any assistance by the States and the Union Territory. The Indian Coast Guard, the Navy, the Army and Air Force units have been put on standby. Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik thanked the Central Government for convening the meeting and for extending assistance to the State Government. He said that all necessary steps have been taken by his Government to handle and manage the cyclone. The deep depression over Bay of Bengal intensified into cyclonic storm ‘Yaas’ today and is likely to make a landfall between Paradip and Sagar Islands near Balasore in Odisha. The cyclone is expected to cross West Bengal- cross north Odisha coast belts during noon on 26 May instead of evening hours. The diameter of the cyclone is likely to be around 700km, according to sources in India Meteorological Department (IMD). Unlike Amphan, that hit the land about 35 km South of Sagar Islands in South 24 Parganas coming as close as 15 km later and brushed past Kolkata , cyclone Yaas is likely to have maximum impact in East Midnapore. Pfizer, Moderna's ‘no' to Delhi govt on vaccines: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said US pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Moderna have declined to sell coronavirus vaccines to the city government as they want to directly deal with the Centre. “We have had talks with Pfizer and Moderna. They said they won't give us vaccine and will directly talk to the Centre. I appeal to the Central government with folded hands to talk to these firms,” Kejriwal said. (P2) Steady dip in new cases, but fatalities increase NEW DELHI, 24 MAY A steady decline in daily new Covid-19 cases has been observed since the last 17 days in India, the Union health ministry said on Monday. India crossed the grim mark of 4k Covid-19 deaths with 4,454 new fatalities due to Corona infection in last 24 hours on Monday even as total fatalities due to the coronavirus infections crossed threelakh mark, Union Health Ministry data revealed. In the last 12 days India has recorded over 50,000 deaths. On Monday, with 2,22,315 fresh cases in 24 hours, India witnessed the lowest rise in infection since April 21, according to the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry. According to the Health Ministry, a total of 3,02,544 people have been discharged in the last 24 hours, with 2,37,28,011 being cured from Covid till date. Delhi logs 1,550 cases, 207 deaths: Delhi today recorded 1,550 fresh coronavirus cases and 207 Covid-linked fatalities while the positivity rate stood at 2.52 per cent, according to the Delhi government’s latest (See P2) health bulletin. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee also assured that necessary steps are being taken to ensure that there is minimal loss of life and property due to the impending cyclone, and that the State Government is fully prepared. Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy said that necessary precautions are being taken. The Lt Governor of Andaman & Nicobar Islands Admiral D K Joshi informed the Home Minister that the cyclone would have little or negligible impact on the Islands. The safety of all shipping and fishing vessels, and all ports and oil installations in the area was also reviewed during the meeting. The States were asked to ensure that all fishermen are brought back to shore and messages in local languages over mobile phones, television, social media and through village panchayats are disseminated. STORM IS BREWING Delhi Police raid Twitter offices: Delhi Police teams arrived at offices of Twitter near Delhi on Monday evening after serving notice in connection with a row over the social media site marking BJP leader Sambit Patra's tweet on a "Congress toolkit" as "manipulated media". Police teams went to Twitter's offices at Gurgaon and Lado Sarai, seeking a response to their notice. SNS & PTI P10 Yaas : HM holds review meet with three CMs STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Min: 27% TEMPERATURE Max: 36.0°C (-4) SUN RISES 05:26 hrs MOON RISES 18:02 hrs P9 GO WHERE YOU WILL, HE’S THE TOP SCORER P12 CALM BEFORE LANDFALL Asks states, UT to ensure power back-up arrangements in Covid hospitals RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 76% GAZA TRUCE: BLINKEN IN MIDDLE EAST TO PUSH PEACE TALKS NEPAL OPP MOVES TOP COURT AGAINST HOUSE DISSOLUTION ‘GOVT DOES NOT SEEM TO CARE’: RAHUL’S DIG AT CENTRE ON VACCINES Kolkata is expected to have lesser impact of cyclone Yaas than Amphan last year, according to sources in IMD. sns Dark clouds hover in the sky ahead of landfall of cyclone Yaas at Dhulagarh in Howrah district on Monday. ‘Yaasmay be more severe than Amphan’: Mamata wants more cyclone aid for Bengal STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE ‘Odisha prepared for Covid-cyclone twin challenges’ KOLKATA 24 MAY West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee today apprehended that impending Cyclone Yaas will be more severe than last year’s Amphan with its impact persisting for 72 hours and complained to Union home minister Amit Shah against lesser financial assistance for the cyclone being sanctioned to West Bengal than both Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. Addressing a Press conference at Nabanna, Miss Banerjee said she questioned Mr Shah as to why Rs 400 crore of cyclone assistance was allotted to Bengal compared to Rs 600 crore to Odisha and Andhra Pradesh at the meeting earlier. “Mr Shah said the decision depended on science. I understand the political science behind it but don’t know this science,” she said. Deliberating on the impact of Cyclone Yaas, Miss Banerjee said it will affect all the 20 districts of West Bengal. State government has targeted evac- uating around 10 lakh people from areas having high risk of devastation. The chief minister will stay back at Upanna, an annex building of Nabanna, which will serve as the control room for cyclone Yaas, on 25 May to monitor the situation for 48 hours. The Army, NDRF and SDRF have been put on alert. Fifty one disaster management teams are ready. Power backup facilities have been arranged at hospitals and vaccination centres. Miss Banerjee said that sufficient relief materials have been stocked up and 4,000 cyclone centres have been set up. State agriculture department has announced compensation for farmers if their crops are damaged due to the cyclone. Farmers will receive compensation of Rs 13,500/hectare if their 21.80 crore vax doses provided to States, UTs 2,67,52,447 To minimise vax wastage, on-site registration enabled for 18-44 years NEW DELHI, 24 MAY SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 24 MAY 27,20,716 2,22,315 3,02,544 3,03,720 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. MONDAY 24 MAY 2021 The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday said that more than 21.80 crore vaccine doses have been provided to States and 1.80 crore doses are still available with States/UTs to be administered. The Government of India has so far provided, both through the free of cost and direct state procurement, more than 21.80 crore vaccine doses to States/UTs. More than 48 lakh doses will be given to the States/UTs within the next 3 days. SNS The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday initiated on-site Registration in addition to online appointment for 18-44 years age group now on CoWIN, the service is only enabled only for Government Covid Vaccination Centres (CVCs) to minimise vaccine wastage and to facilitate those without internet reach. The ministry said the reason behind it to provide maximum vaccination as in case of sessions exclusively organised with online slots, towards the end of the day, some doses may still be left unutilised in case the online appointee beneficiaries do not turn up on day of vaccination due to any reason. In such cases, on-site registration of a few beneficiaries may be necessary to minimise the vaccine wastage. Although CoWIN provides for features such as registration of up to 4 beneficiaries with a mobile number, facilitates registration and appointments through applications, such as ArogyaSetu and Umang and through the Common Service Centres, people requiring facilitated cohorts facility and those without access to internet or smart phones or mobile phones may still have limited access for vaccination. Therefore, the feature for on-site registration and appointment is now being enabled for 18-44 years age group on CoWIN. This feature will not be available for Private CVCs, presently and the Private CVCs will have to publish their vaccination schedules exclusively with slots for online appointments. Narada: Larger HC bench hear bail Cured ones struggle to shake off hospital memories recall plea; 4 still under house arrest PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 24 MAY STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 24 MAY The four heavyweight leaders Subrata Mukherjee, Firhad Hakim, Madan Mitra and Sovan Chatterjee will continue to be under house arrest till Wednesday as a larger Bench of Calcutta High Court continued to hear the petition of recalling the bail order of the four leaders today. With acting Chief Justice, Rajesh Bindal presiding over the larger Bench going for leave tomorrow, the matter will be heard on Wednesday. Earlier, the CBI moved Supreme Court stating that it challenges the order of a Calcutta High Court Division Bench which put the four leaders under house arrest. It stated that it does not accept the jurisdiction of the five judge Bench to hear the case. Niladari Bhattacharya, counsel for Madan Mitra said that the Supreme Court registry has refused the Special Leave Petition by CBI as there were several faults in it. The CBI was asked to rectify it and file afresh. After the larger Bench of acting CJ Bindal, Justices I P Mukerji, Harish Tandon, Soumitra Sen and Arijit Banerjee of this court refused CBI’s plea of adjourning the matter, petitioners counsel, Avishek Manu Singhvi submitted that the CBI was acting wilfully. The state government’s role is unprece- dented with the chief minister sitting on a dharna in the CBI office, several MLAs being present there, the law minister present at the court and a crowd pelting stones at the CBI office, solicitor general, Tushar Mehta appearing for the CBI, submitted. How is your client affected if this court hears the matter since the Supreme Court has not heard it yet, Justice Mukerji asked Mehta. We moved Supreme Court as it is a very serious matter but will go by whatever the high court holds, Mehta said. Why should hearing be adjourned since a cyclone may lash the state on Wednesday and can hamper virtual hearing, Justice Mukerji asked. Crowded wards with scarcely a doctor or an attendant in sight, patients holding on to each other to go to washrooms so filthy they gagged and, most agonising, people around them dying. For Covid patients now back home, harrowing images from their hospital stay are the hurdles on their road to recovery. Over a year after the pandemic began and deeper into the second, deadlier wave, many of those who have been to Covid hell and back are unable to shake off the memories of their days in hospitals, leading to worries about PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and other anxiety related problems, including insomnia. Health workers attend to a patient at Shehnai Banquet Hall Covid-19 isolation centre, in New Delhi on Monday. IANS It’s a “numbing experience” for many Covid-19 survivors who come out from hospital, observed Dr Samir Parikh, director, Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, Fortis Healthcare, Gurgaon. Their days in hospital are seared into the memories of Covid patients who seem to be healing but maybe only IANS from the outside. “Hardly any doctor attended to us for the first two days. There were six of us ~women and men ~ in the same Covid19 ward. We had to throw empty plastic bottles out of the door to catch the staff's attention. I watched at least three people die on the bed right across from mine,” a Delhi homemaker said, requesting anonymity. The 57-year-old, who is slowly regaining her strength, spent five days at a government hospital in the city. Cases were spiking in the national capital and hospital beds were hard to come by when she was taken ill last month. With oxygen saturation levels falling, high fever and deteriorating HRCT chest values, she needed urgent hospitalisation and the family managed that with some difficulty. She recalled her hospital stay with a shudder. There was no one to take us to the washroom and we, the patients, would hold each other’s hands and go to that very unhygienic toilet, which was down the hall and unisex. Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik informed Union Home Amit Shah that the state is fully prepared to meet the double challenge of cyclone Yaas and Covid. Odisha has built the requisite disaster mitigation infrastructure over the last two decades and its model has been acknowledged to be the best by the international community. The CM appealed to people of low lying areas to shift to cyclone shelters. “You have to be more careful this time as it is a double disaster . So each one must wear double masks, follow hand hygiene and Covid-19 proSNS tocols”, he said. crops are damaged on multi-crop plots. For single-crop plot, the compensation is Rs 6,800/ hectare and for betel leaf vine damage, the amount is 18,000/hectare. Mid-air wedding: DGCA off-rosters SpiceJet crew NEW DELHI, 24 MAY A mid-air wedding took place on board a SpiceJet chartered flight on the morning of 23 May with guests violating Covid-19 social distancing norms, sources said on Monday, adding that the crew has been taken off the roster and an inquiry ordered. The chartered flight, with 160 people on board, left the Madurai airport and remained airborne for approximately two hours on Sunday morning before returning there, they added. A senior official of aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said that the flight crew has been off-rostered for not enforcing the social distancing norms onboard. SpiceJet has been directed to lodge a complaint with relevant authorities against those people who did not follow the Covid-19 norms inside the flight, the official said. He also said that the DGCA “will take strict action” after it completes its probe into this matter. Images and videos of the mid-air wedding were circulated on social media on Monday. The images and videos purportedly show people standing extremely close to each other as the couple tied PTI the knot.
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