TUESDAY PLANS TO FILE EMERGENCY USE APPLICATION 10 Pfizer said it will file an emergency use application with the US regulators this month. NOVEMBER, 2020 epaper.morningstandard.in More clarity is needed on how long its effects last, and if it protects the elderly, youth facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard COVID VACCINE 90% EFFECTIVE IN PHASE 3, PFIZER AT M A N I R B H A R VOCAL FOR DIWALI PITCH BY MODI The drugmaker said its vaccine candidate was found to be more than 90% effective in its first interim efficacy analysis PM appeals to the people to buy indigenous products to brighten up Diwali A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 7 NEW DELHI J8.00 4.4% PAGES 12 The Phase 3 trials began in July, and of the 43,538 participants enrolled, 38,955 have received a second dose as of Sunday Pfizer and BioNTech said they expect to supply up to 50 million vaccine doses globally in 2020, and up to 1.3 billion in 2021 | P12 JUMP IN DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE ON MONDAY SOON AFTER PFIZER’S ANNOUNCEMENT. THE BROADER S&P 500 ROSE TO 3,615.71 NO-SMOKE DIWALI TOTAL CRACKER BAN IN DELHI-NCR, CURBS IN OTHER CITIES E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday imposed a total ban on the sale and use of firecrackers in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR), where air quality has dipped to dangerously low levels, from November 9 midnight till November 30. The ban has been imposed ahead of Diwali to prevent further rise in air pollution. In its order, the NGT said the ban will be applicable to all cities where the average ambient air quality in November last year was poor. ‘Green’ crackers will be allowed in cities with moderate air quality but us, age will be restricted to two hours, which will be decided the states. “If nothing is specified, the timing will Right to be 8-10 pm on Diwali and Gurupurb, 6 am-8 healthy life am on Chhatt and 11.55 pm- 12.30 am during Curbs may hit Christmas and New Year’s eve,” the tribubusiness but if nal said. “Citizens are entitled to breathe fresh air, a right which cannot be defeated crackers affect on the grounds that enforcement of such citizens’ health and impact right will lead to the closing of such busienvironment, ness activity If authorities do not take ac. their use must tion, the tribunal has to exercise be restricted to its jurisdiction.” effectuate the For other areas with better air quality, ‘sustainable the NGT has made the cracker ban optiondevelopment’ al, but directed states to initiate special principle, the drives to contain air pollution in view of NGT said Covid-19. Many states, including Sikkim, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Delhi, have already banned sale and use of all kinds of firecrackers. The order also directed the central and state pollution control boards to regularly monitor compliance and compile air pollution data from November 9 to November 30, put it up on their websites and file a consolidated report. The order came on a petition seeking action against firecrackercaused air pollution, including green crackers, in NCR. P5 The locked JD(U) headquarters (L) on Bir Chand Patel Marg in Patna and some activity outside and within the RJD’s office on the same stretch on Monday | RANJIT K DEY RJD BUOYANT AS DECISION DAY DAWNS Locked gates at JD(U) and BJP offices perhaps indicate the mood ahead of vote counting today R A J E S H K U M A R T H A K U R @ Patna IF activity in the offices of political parties is anything to go by, then the Rashtriya Janata Dal should breast the tape when the votes for the Bihar elections are counted on Tuesday . “Munna aao, kal ladoo milega tum ko bhi (Munna come, you will also get ladoo tomorrow),” a party worker could be heard telling a wage labourer at the RJD head office located on Bir Chand Patel Marg. At gate number 2 of the office, sundry persons are engaged in conversations ranging from the SUVs next to them to the exit polls projecting an advantage to the RJD. Inside, a g ro u p o f p a r t y wo rke r s appear upbeat. “Our party president Jagdanand Singh had come on Sunday for a while. Other senior leaders are either taking rest or camping in their constituencies,” said Narendra Rai, an RJD worker. Party spokesperson Chitranjan Gagan said “if the exit poll predictions come true, the RJD-led alliance will form the government. You can see the (election) results on the fac- es of NDA leaders, all of them are despondent.” A stone’s throw away on the same road is the Janata Dal (United) and the Bharatiya Janata Party offices. The gates are locked and neither is there any party worker nor any neta (leader). There BIHAR 2020 has hardly been any activity since voting ended on November 7, the gate keepers said. “Abhi kyon aayenge? Sab apne chhetra mein hain, jeet nischit hai (Why should they come now? All are camping in their constituencies till counting and victory is certain,” said a man exiting the JD(U) office, a clutch of papers in hand. Ramesh Kumar, a tea-seller next to the BJP office, said after the exit polls projected a not-so positive result, no senior leader had visited the office. While the RJD could be more optimistic, it is not reflected in the ladoo barometer. Sweet shop owners near the party offices had not received any order for ladoos till evening. “We have not got any advance booking for sweets,” said Manikant Sah of Ladoo House. “It seems no party is confident of its victory even after Indian-American co-chairs Biden’s Covid task force AWARE of a spate of resignations from the party in Punjab in the wake of protests against new farm laws, the central BJP leadership plans to meet all farmers’ unions on Friday . Most party leaders who left in a huff have bitterly complained about lack of sensitivity in the Centre towards the farmers’ sentiments. The dominant feeling is the government should have taken farmers’ opinion before coming out with the laws. State BJP chief Ashwani Kumar Sharma saod three Punjab BJP leaders — Surjit Kumar Jyani, Harjit Singh Grewal and Bikramjit Singh Cheema — met Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Monday and informed them about the ground reality in the state. Later, senior BJP leader Surjit Kumar Jyani claimed that three Union ministers, including Rajnath, will hold talks with farmer organisations on November 13 in Delhi. After meeting the Union ministers, former state minister Surjit Kumar Jyani said, “Rajnath Singh wants to speak to all farmers’ organisations. Once the organizations agree, a formal invitation will be sent to them.’’ In solidarity with the farmers, Punjab BJP general secretary Malwinder Kang and youth wing general secretary Barinder Singh Sandhu are among those who have resigned. (Defence Minister) Rajnath Singh wants to speak to all farmers’ organisations. Once the organisations agree, a formal invitation will be sent to them — Surjit Kumar Jyani, BJP leader S O M R I TA G H O S H @ New Delhi SALUTE MARTYR’S FATHER PROUD DESPITE PERSONAL LOSS While a village mourns the martyrdom of Captain Ashutosh Kumar, his father asserts he is proud that his son made the supreme sacrifice PAGE 8 FAMILY FIRST Paternity break for Kohli, Rohit in Test squad V E N K ATA K R I S H N A B @ Chennai THE concept of going on paternity leave among cricketers in India is rare. But times are changing and with it preferences of players. The BCCI granted India captain and Virat Kohli, a batsman team will need the most in Australia, pater nity leave on Monday He will return . from Adelaide after the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy starting on Dec 17 to be pre s ent alongside his wife Anushka Sharma. They are expecting the birth of their first child around the New Year. Kohli had informed his plans during the selection committee meeting. “Considering the long rigorous tours players go through, it is important to be with their family when it matters the most. Birth of your first child is always precious,” is how for mer selection committee chair man MSK Prasad explained. “Paternity leave is not part of BCCI’s written policy, but is considered on humanitarian grounds.” During India’s Australia tour in 2017-18, Prasad-led panel granted a similar droxychloroquine as Covid treatment despite its unproven efficacy. Bright subsequently resigned and filed a complaint saying his early warnings over the pandemic were ignored. Trump is under pressure to work on the transfer of power, but the General Services Administration that is meant to begins the transition has not started the process yet. EXPRESS READ ‘Sputnik V vaccine over 90% effective’ Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 is more than 90% effective, a representative of the Russian health ministry said on Monday. “Based on our observations, it is also more than 90%. The appearance of another effective vaccine — this is good news for everyone,” Oksana Drapkina, director of a research institute under the health ministry, said in a statement. Fall in Delhi’s Covid cases, but fatality rate a worry Union ministers to meet agitating farmer outfits on Friday in Delhi EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chandigarh demic is one of the most important battles our administration will face, and I will be informed by science and by experts,” Biden said. Interestingly, the board includes Rick Bright, a for mer Trump administration whistleblower who was demoted for internally criticising the pandemic response. He had also contested Trump’s championing of hy- leave to Rohit Sharma. The Mumbai Indians skipper, who was ignored for the Aussie tour due to hamstring injury, has been named only for Tests as he will not be fit for T20s and ODIs. He, however, is set to lead MI against Delhi Capitals in IPL final on Tuesday . In fact, Australian Cricket Board is the first board to have a policy of 12-month paid maternity leave and three weeks of paternity leave in October 2019. IPL final MI vs DC, 7.30 PM P11 AFTER two days of over 7,000 new cases in a 24-hour period, the daily spike in COVID-19 cases in the national capital saw a sharp fall on Monday . However, even at 5,023 fresh positive cases, the number was quite high in the city The . fatality count also remained over 70. The third wave of the pandemic that coincided with the onset of festive season has been the worst so far in terms of number of cases. In November, Delhi has registered more than 50,000 (51,823) cases in the first eight days alone. However, according to experts, there’s no reason for alarm since there is hardly any change in the impact of the virus on the human body since the onset of the pandemic. “A virus is mainly determined by three important factors — agent, host factor and hospital services. The main reason for low fatality count in the country and in Delhi is because now the hospitals, healthcare experts and medical professionals are aware of the treatment process and know how to quickly take care of the critical patients,” said a city-based expert who did not wish to be named. According to the epidemiologist, the agent of the virus in case of Covid-19 has not changed and the symptoms are also the same. “Only in the case of patients with co-morbid conditions, the immunity is compromised and the symptoms are more severe. But it has been so since the beginning; otherwise there’s no change. Even if a mutation has happened, it is in those parts of the virus which are insignificant,” the expert added. The rise in cases is owing to more relaxations in the ongoing festive season, which in turn has made people let their guards down, and the surging air pollution, the exP4 pert said. D E L H I COV I D WAT C H STATUS OF CASES Today Recovered Death Active cases Positive cases Cumulative 7,014 71 -5,023 3,96,697 7,060 39,795 4,43,552 PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant Hospital Care centre Health centre 16,195 8,217 527 8,180 971 300 8,015 6,950* 227 HOME ISOLATION: 25,321 *296 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights TESTING STATUS 14,047 25,068 RTPCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests conducted Rapid antigen test conducted in the city 51,38,889 2,70,467 Total tests done so far Tests per million Containment zones as on date: 3,882 Calls received in control room: 300 Total number of calls dispatched to ambulances: 1,409 15.26 The ban on sale and use of firecrackers has been imposed ahead of Diwali to prevent further rise in air pollution | PTI IN one of the first decisions taken by Joe Biden, IndianAmerican Vivek Murthy was on Monday named one of the three co-chairs of a 13-member Covid-19 Advisory Board that will help the President-elect deal with the coronavirus pandemic raging across the US. The other two co-chairs are David Kessler, a former Food and Drug Administration com- missioner and Marcella NunezSmith, a professor at Yale University . Dr Murthy served as the 19th Surgeon General of the US from 2014 to 2017. The IndianAmerican doctor, whose family hails from Karnataka, received his Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, and pursued MD and MBA from Yale. The virus has already killed over 236,000 Americans. “Dealing with the coronavirus pan- 12.84 12.69 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE the exit polls. In 2015, the BJP and the RJD booked 1,500 kg of ladoos in advance. This time it is nil so far,” said Rajeev Kumar Gupta of Patna Sweets. While leaders have avoided party offices, sources said their family members had been seeking divine intervention. Mohan Jha, a priest on Boring Road, said he and 10 others had performed a two-day religious ritual at the residence of an NDA leader. BJP candidate Nikhil Anand offered prayers at the Baba Biteshwar temple on Sunday. On whom the God will smile upon should be known by Tuesday afternoon. NOV 1 10.91 11.29 11.61 NOV 4 12.91 POSITIVITY RATE (%) 12.11 NOV 8 Total number of calls refused : Nil Source: Delhi health bulletin | Data for Nov 09
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