MONDAY 14 The Union health ministry on Sunday issued a care protocol for those who have recovered from the Covid-19 infection SEPTEMBER, 2020 morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard 37.02 L PEOPLE HAVE RECOVERED FROM COVID-19 IN INDIA Milk, chyawanprash in health ministry’s post-Covid care list twitter.com/TheMornStandard SIGNS TO WATCH OUT FOR instagram.com/themorningstandard The ‘Post-Covid Management Protocol’ also recommends the daily practice of meditation and breathing exercises. Recovered patients may also take a teaspoon of chyawanprash along with milk or warm water daily. One must seek immediate medical help in case of high fever, breathlessness, chest ache or focal weakness R . I . P. FORMER UNION MINISTER DIES Raghuvansh Prasad Singh was a five-time MP PAGE 7 A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS l NEW DELHI l J8.00 l PAGES 12 Govt open to early Covid shots before full Phase 3 trials S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi THE Centre is considering “emergency use authorisation” of Covid-19 vaccine, especially for senior citizens and people working in high risk settings, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan revealed on Sunday . “This shall be done after a consensus has been reached,” he said while interacting with his social media followers through an online platform, called Sunday Samvaad. The statement indicates that the government is planning to allow vaccination of a section of people even before Phase 3 trials of Covid-19 vaccine candidates are completed and their results analysed for safety and efficacy in a large number of volunteers. Curiously, the announcement comes close on the heels of the Trump administration in the US declaring a similar intent. Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration’s office had, however, said drugmakers seeking emergency authorisation for Covid vaccine will have to meet a higher standard of efficacy than normally would be required for such a clearance. Back home, senior officials in the health ministry, said while the Drugs and Cosmetics Act does provide for such an emergency use authorisation, it can be done only by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation — India’s drug regulator — after analysing the limited data from early stage trials. “Also, as of now no vaccine maker or importer has approached the regulator for such an emergency use authorisation in India, which was granted in case of some drugs for Covid-19,” said a top official. There are three vaccine candidates — two of them homegrown — under human trials as of now in the country, which is now seeing over 95,000 cases every day . Vardhan’s statement is especially remarkable as various senior officials, including ICMR director Dr Balram Bhargava, who had drawn flak in July for pushing hospitals to fast-track trials of the Bharat Biotech vaccine candidate, had clarified that due scientific and ethical processes will be followed in vaccine development. @ New Delhi TWO weeks after he was discharged from the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after post Covid-care, Union Home Minister Amit Shah was admitted to the super-speciality hospital again on Saturday night. An official statement issued by the AIIMS administration said he was admitted for complete medical check-up b e f o r e t h e P a rl i a m e n t session. “As per advice given at discharge (on August 30), he has now been admitted for complete medical checkup before @ New Delh CRPF personnals wearing a face-shield at Parliament House, ahead of the monsoon session | SHEKHAR YADAV Loads of issues in unusual Parliament session EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi During the interaction, the minister maintained that while no date has been fixed for the vaccine launch, it may be ready by the first quarter of 2021. He added that the government is taking full precautions in conducting the human trials and also, a detailed strategy on how to immunise the majority of the population is being drawn that includes vaccine security, cost, equity, cold-chain requirements and production timelines. Vardhan also said that the vaccine will be first made available to those who need it the most, irrespective of their paying capacity . Parliament session for 1-2 days,” said the statement. The 18-day monsoon session beginning Monday will be the first Parliament sitting since the outbreak of COVID-19. As per the SoP all MPs, , secretariat staff of both Houses and journalists covering the proceedings have to undergo Covid-19 test. Shah had tested positive for Covid-19 on August 2 and was admitted to Medanta Hospital in Gurugram. He was discharged on August 14 after testing negative. However, on August 18, he was taken to AIIMS after he complained of fatigue and body ache. hands, maintaining social distance and respiratory hygiene. It also suggested IN its first advisory on post- recovered patients to carry disease management since out regular household work the beginning of Covid-19 “if health permits”, adding pandemic, the Centre on that professional work Sunday asked convalescing should be resumed in a patients to keep monitoring graded manner. their health, maintain CovStressing on the need to id-19 appropriate behaviour self-monitor the health at and seek medical advice home, the ministry advised promptly, if needed. Yoga, patients to take the temperPranayama (breathing ex- ature and check blood presercises), walks, meditation sure on a regular basis. and chyawanIt also asked prash intake were them to take oxyamong the suggen readings on gestions listed in pulse oximeters the new manage- A holistic approach on the advice of is required for ment protocol for doctors and seek follow-up care and recovered Covid expert advice as well-being of all patients, issued soon as oxygen post-Covid by the Ministry recovering patients saturation level of Health and drops below 95%. Union Health Ministry Family Welfare. For diabetic paThe advisory tients, the suggescame on a day when 94,372 tion is to keep monitoring fresh cases and 1,124 deaths their levels of their blood were recorded in India in a sugar regularly . 24-hour period. The country At the community level, now has nearly 47 lakh con- the government advised refir med cases and about covered individuals to 78,000 deaths due to the share their experiences to disease. “help create awareness, disThe government advised pel myths and stigma”. the recovered patients to The ministry also adcontinue following preven- vised patients to seek mentive measures such as wear- tal health support, if there ing a face mask, washing is a need. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Oppn to raise economy, unemployment, LAC; govt lines up 45 bills Shah admitted to AIIMS for check-up before Parl session EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Yoga in govt protocol for post-Covid care STATE of the economy tension , between India and China, GST compensation to states, and the raging Covid-19 pandemic could dominate the monsoon session of Parliament beginning Monday While the Oppo. sition is gearing up to put the government on the mat on these issues, the Centre has a long list of legislative proposals to push through. This time, Parliament session will be much different because of the restrictions mandated by the Covid-19 protocol, with no Question Hour being allowed. On Sunday, both Houses of Parliament had meetings of their respective Business Advi- Umar Khalid arrested in riots case EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE special cell of the Delhi Police ar rested for mer Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leader Umar Khalid under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) on Sunday. “Khalid was called for questioning and arrested. His family was informed about his arrest,” said a source in Delhi Police. He will be produced before a Delhi court on Monday sources said. , In April, his name figured in the FIR registered in connection with the northeast Delhi riots. Khalid was questioned by the Crime Branch for a couple of hours on September 2 in connection with the riots. His mobile phone was also seized by the police. In August also, he was summoned by the Special Cell and questioned for three hours. Mandatory Covid test All MPs have been asked to undergo Covid test and only those who received a negative report will be allowed to sit in the session sory Councils (BAC). The Lok Sabha BAC will have another meeting on Monday to finalise the agenda for the next 18 sittings, while the Rajya Sabha would be allowing discussions on issues raised by the Opposition. On Monday, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan will make a statement on the Covid-19 situation in the Lok Sabha, while Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi will move an amendment on Question Hour as an exception for the current session. The Lok Sabha will take up only unstarred questions for which the government’s answers will be tabled in the House, with no provision for asking any supplementary question. With the Bihar Assembly elections close on the heels, the floor managers of the BJP-led ruling alliance are clear that the Opposition will not ease pressure on the government on the state of economy . Meanwhile, the government bracing to push 45 legislative proposals. Eleven Bills have been necessitated against Ordinances promulgated after the Budget session of Parliament was adjourned sine die due to the pandemic. P7 BATTLE UNPAID CIVIC STAFF STRUGGLE FOR SURVIVAL OBNOXIOUS! CPM BLASTS DELHI POLICE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi WITH the monsoon session beginning Monday, the names of CPM veteran Sitaram Yechury , Yogendra Yadav and some other eminent persons figuring in the Delhi Police’s supplementary charge sheet in February communal riots is set to reverberate in the House. While the CPM issued a statement lambasting the Delhi Police, the Congress also threw its weight behind the Left party. The police, on its part, said raising questions on the fairness of the probe was unfair and that it won’t reply to the charges “at this stage”. CPM’s Rajya Sabha member K K Ragesh has given suspension of business notice under Rule 267, demanding that the House expresses serious concerns on the Delhi Police making a reference to Yechury in the charge sheet. A statement by the CPM politburo read, “The CPM condemns this obnoxious action by the Delhi Police to further the narrative of its political mas- A supplementary charge sheet in a Delhi riots case names Sitaram Yechury | FILE The CPM condemns this obnoxious action by the Delhi Police to further the narrative of its political masters and urges the government to desist from such acts of criminalising peaceful political protests — CPM statement ters and urges the government to desist from such acts of criminalising peaceful political protests. The party said it was “shocked by the brazenness with which the Delhi Police, acting under Home Minister Amit Shah, has tried to implicate prominent political leader- ship, academics, cultural personalities and activists in connection with the horrific communal violence in North East Delhi in February”. “No condemnation is strong enough for this act of crude partisanship and vengeance,” it added. The party also alleged that it was clear “the BJP-RSS has Reserve 80% ICU beds for Covid patients: Govt to pvt hospitals EX PRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi WITH the coronavirus cases in the capital rising rapidly, the Delhi government on Sunday directed 33 private hospitals to reserve at least 80 per cent of ICU beds for Covid-19 patients. Addressing a press conference, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the Delhi government has directed all the private hospitals having bed strength of 50 or more to reserve at least 80 per cent of their total ICU bed strength for Covid-19 patients. “If in some hospitals nonCovid patients are already ad- mitted once discharged, the vacant beds will be reserved for Covid-19 patients only he said. ,” Jain also announced that the hospitals treating Covid-19 patients are allowed to increase their strength capacity up to 30 per cent. That, however, would be reserved for Covid-19 patients. Delhi has been witnessing a surge in coronavirus cases from the last week of August. The city recorded its biggest Civic bodies haven’t paid salaries to staff for months. They include doctors, teachers and sanitation workers. MCDs blame AAP govt while the govt accuses them of corruption | P5 single-day jump of 4,321 fresh Covid-19 cases on Saturday On . Sunday, it recorded 4,000 positive cases and conducted 56,656 tests. With 29 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the toll to 4,744, according to the latest bulletin issued by the Delhi health department. There are 28,812 active cases in Delhi on Sunday . Jain said the test positivity ratio in Delhi is about 7.19 per cent compared to the national test positivity rate, which is about 8.8 per cent. “The order is relevant only for private hospitals and to ensure more bed capacity in their ICUs is available so that the de- mand for such beds for Covid-19 patients can be met,” he said. According to the minister, a total of 14,372 beds are present in private hospitals, of which 7,938 were vacant as of Sunday . Jain also urged people to wear masks and maintain social distancing in public places and crowded areas. Responding to a media query , Jain rejected the possibility of imposing the lockdown again. “We want to make it clear that we are past the time of the lockdown. The most effective way to prevent corona infection is to wear masks,” he said. D E L H I gone about portraying Delhi riots being a deep-rooted conspiracy” by anti-CAA protesters. “his is in line with the growing pattern of the most blatant abuse of the police and other central agencies like CBI, NIA, ED to frame prominent opponents and demonise them.” The CPM also gave a call for protests against the actions of the Delhi Police. “The politburo urges its units all over the country and appeals to all the parties, organisations and individuals who are committed to democracy and values of the Constitution, to protest this dastardly attack on democracy the statement said. ,” Coming out in support, the Congress accused the Delhi Police of bringing the criminal justice system to ridicule. “Delhi Police have brought the criminal justice system to ridicule by naming Yechury and many other scholars and activists in a supplementary charge sheet in the Delhi riots case,” former Union Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram tweeted on Sunday . Today Cumulative 3,403 1,84,748 29 4,744 -- 28,812 4,235 2,18,304 (COVID-19) PATIENT MANAGEMENT Hospital Care centre Health centre Total beds Occupied Vacant 14,377 8,580 601 CONTINUED ON P4 C O V I D STATUS OF CASES Recovered Death Active cases Positive cases 6,503 7,874 1,692 4,149* 436 165 HOME ISOLATION : 15,946 *2739 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights W A T C H TESTING STATUS 10,116 46,540 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ True Nat tests conducted today Rapid antigen test conducted in city 21,39,432 1,12,601 Total tests done so far Tests per million n Calls received in control room: 197 Containment zones as on date 1,488 n Total number of calls dispatched to ambulances: 1477 SOURCE: DELHI HEALTH BULLETIN | DATA FOR SEPT 13
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