friDAY Latest guidelines state that if Covid symptoms persist beyond seven days, doctor should be consulted for treatment with low-dose oral steroids 30 Govt allows steroid use for patients in home isolation april, 2021 epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard What medicines one should take at home twitter.com/TheMornStandard called off Char dham yatra not taking place Uttarakhand government decides against pilgrimage in view of Covid crisis A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS Page 7 l New Delhi l J8.00 l PAGES 12 If fever is not controlled with a maximum dose of Paracetamol 650 mg four times a day, consult the doctor, who may consider advising non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug like Naproxen 250 mg twice a day, the Union health ministry said. “Tab. Ivermectin (200 mcg/kg once a day, to be taken on empty stomach) for 3 to 5 days should be considered,” the guidelines stated remdesivir in hospital only never at home Inhalational Budesonide (given via inhalers with spacer at a dose of 800 mcg twice daily for five to seven days) to be given if fever or cough persist beyond five days, they added. Remdesivir or any other investigational therapy must be administered only in a hospital setting, the health ministry said May 1 rollout just not doable exit poll Even BJP-ruled states can’t kick it off on Saturday; Andhra says it may get doses only in September Poll of polls gives 137 to Trinamool, 142 to BJP; DMK sweep seen in TN; Pinarayi projected to retain power Bengal too close to call E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Chances of Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress retaining power in West Bengal appeared too close to call, while Assam is likely to give the BJP another shot at power, if exit poll projections on Thursday are anything to go by In Tamil Nadu, exit polls . predicted a crushing victory for the M K Stalin-led DMK, while the Pinarayi Vijayanled LDF appeared comfortably ahead in the race to retain power in Kerala. As for Puducherry exit polls put it , in the BJP’s pocket. ABP News CVoter predicted the Trinamool getting between 152-164 seats, while BJP could get between 109121 in West Bengal. The Left alliance, including the Congress, is expected to get between 14-25. On the contrary, the Republic-CNX polls gave the BJP a slight edge by projecting 138-148 seats for the party in the 294-seat Assembly and 128-138 to the Trinamool. The eight-phase polls in West Bengal ended on Thursday evening. As for Assam, the BJP-led NDA is likely to beat antiincumbency to retain power. The India Today-Axis My India exit poll gave 75-85 of Assam’s 126 seats to the NDA. The Congress’s grand alliance is likely to win 40-50 seats, it predicted. In Tamil Nadu, the exit polls predict a landslide for the Opposition DMK alliance, giving it a staggering 165 of the 234 seats that went to polls. The AIADMK, which had the BJP as its ally , could end up end up with 66 seats. As for Kerala, the LDF is all set to retain power with the poll of polls predicting 84 to LDF, 54 to UDF and 2 to the BJP. If the India TodayAxis exit poll is to be believed, the LDF is expected to win around 104-120 seats, UDF 20-36, BJP 0-2 and others 0-2. W e s t B e n g a l ( T o ta l s e at s 2 9 4) Survey TMC+ BJP+ Left+ Republic CNX 133 143 16 ABP Cvoter 158 115 19 Jan Ki Baat 173 113 6 ETG Research 169 110 12 P-MARQ 158 120 14 Peoples Pulse-INDIA TV 88 192 12 Poll of polls 137 Ta m i l N a d u ( T o ta l s e at s 2 3 4) Survey DMK+ ADMK+ AMMK+ Oth Republic CNX 165 63 6 P-MARQ 177 52 5 Today’s Chanakya 174 57 3 Axis-My India 185 46 2 1 Cvoter 166 64 1 3 Poll of polls 173 56 2 3 current seat tally of parties 124 ADMK 104 DMK 1 AMMK 5 Vacant K e r a l a ( T o ta l s e at s 1 4 0) Survey LDF UDF NDA Poll Diary 77-87 51-61 2-3 Times Now CVoter 74 65 1 Today’s Chanakya 93-111 36-44 0-6 India Today-Axis 104-120 20-36 0-2 Republic TV-CNX 72-80 58-64 1-5 P-MARQ 72-80 58-64 1-5 ABP CVoter 71-77 62-68 0-2 Jan Ki Baat 68-78 48-58 0 Poll of polls 84 54 2 current seat tally of parties 91 LDF 41 UDF 1 BJP 7 Vacant A s s a m ( T o ta l s e at s 1 2 6) Survey BJP+ INC+ Oth Aaj Tak-Axis 75-85 40-50 1-2 Today’s Chanakya 61-79 47-65 0-3 ABP Cvoter 58-71 53-66 0-3 Peoples Pulse 63-68 61-66 0-6 Poll of polls 69 56 1 current seat tally of parties 71 BJP 19 INC 13 AIUDF 11 BPF 12 Vacant P u d u c h e r r y ( T o ta l s e at s 3 0) Survey BJP+ INC+ Oth Republic CNX 16-20 11-13 ABP CVoter 19-23 6-10 1-2 Poll of polls 20 MHA says new Act is for harmony in governance Responding to questions raised by the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi, on the timing of the Central government’s notification of GNCTD (Amendment) Act, the Centre on Thursday said it will not alter the constitutional and legal responsibilities of the elected government. It would ensure better governance, said the Centre. The Act, which came into force from April 27, gives primacy to the Lt Governor of Delhi over the Assembly The Act . explicitly states that the “government” in Delhi will mean the “Lt Governor” and the elected government will have to seek his opinion of before taking executive actions. The AAP had on Wednesday questioned the decision, claiming that it might adversely affect Covid management in the city . 13 201 TMC+ 23 INC 19 CPI(M) 34 BJP 6 Others 11 Vacant delhi durbar e x p r e s s ne w s s e r v i c e @ Chennai 142 current seat tally of parties The Ministry of Home Affairs said through a statement that implementation of the Act would “create a harmonious relationship” between the legislature and the executive and said that the objective of the amendment is to make it more relevant to the needs of the capital, and further define the responsibilities of the elected government and L-G. “The amendments to the GNCTD Act, 1991, in no way alter the constitutional and legal responsibilities of the elected government to take necessary action, in respect of the subjects transferred to them in the State and Concurrent Lists of the Constitution of India, including subjects such as health, education, etc,” the statement said. “The amendments would ensure better governance and improved implementation of schemes and programmes.” 9 1 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e The proposed May 1 launch of the mass vaccination programme for all Indian adults looks doubtful with states not having enough vaccines and a Chief Minister moving the calendar as far ahead as September. Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Assam, West Bengal, Punjab, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh have said the inoculation drive may get delayed by weeks or even months. Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are trying hard to meet the launch target but there is confusion on availability of the jabs. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday said doses for the 18-45 years age group will be available only after the current inoculation drive for those above 45 years is completed. And, that will be in September. According to Jagan, it will take four months to complete vaccinating the youth population, which means they will be fully vaccinated only by the end of January . The situation is no different in other states though most prefer not to give a timeline as to when vaccination for 18- to 44-year-olds can start. For example, Kerala, which got 3.5 lakh doses this week and expects another 1 lakh soon, is focusing on inoculating those above 45 years. “In government facilities, a decision has been taken to vaccinate the elderly If we . receive more vaccine doses, then arrangements can be made to vaccinate the youth as well. But for now, it is hard,” said a core team member of Covid-19 Task Force. Telangana is also not sure if it can start the programme on Saturday. “We do not know how many vaccine doses we will get from the manufacturer. From our end, we expected 10 lakh vaccine doses a day We will make a prop. er plan only based on what the manufacturers inform us that they can supply,” said health minister Eatala Rajender. The state has 2.5-3 crore people in the 18-44 years age group. BJP-ruled Karnataka has not officially postponed the May 1 rollout date but the state may be able to start only in May second or continued on P7 third week. A long queue of ambulances carrying bodies of Covid victims waiting at Peenya crematorium in Bengaluru | Vinod Kumar T Will vax drive run blood banks dry? E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e India’s blood banks could face a crisis, with lakhs of people set to get vaccinated against Covid-19 from May 1. This is because the National Blood Transfusion Council (NBTC) has said blood banks shouldn’t receive from people within 28 days of them taking either dose of the vaccine. Most blood donors are in the 18-44 age group, which will be eligible to get vaccinated from May To avoid being caught off . guard, doctors are urging the public to donate blood before E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Questioning the rationale of giving a few states more oxygen than they had asked for, Delhi High Court has pulled up the Centre, asking why was the Delhi government’s request for allocated oxygen not accepted. A bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said on Thursday that states like Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra were given more oxygen than sought and told the Centre to either justify this or make amends. “We make it clear that by no means are we interested in securing for Delhi oxygen more than what is required, that too at the cost of any other state or UT. However, if submissions of the Delhi government and amicus curiae are accepted, it would appear that the Centre needs to explain this aspect,” the court observed. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was representing the Centre, said: “If there is any extra allocation to Madhya Pradesh, it is because of the surge in cases in two of their black day in delhi as deaths reach new high express news service @ New Delhi Delhi Covid watch Delhi recorded its highest number of Covid-19 deaths on Thursday, with 395 more succumbing to the disease. The earlier highest number of deaths in the capital was recorded on Monday, when 380 Positive cases Recovery Active cases Deaths Containment zones Tests Positivity rate April 28 April 29 25,986 24,130 99,752 368 33,749 81,829 31.76% 24,235 25,615 97,977 395 35,924 73,851 32.82% next two months, when everyone is getting vaccinated, will result in a shortage of blood.” A doctor in Siva g ang a warned that if enough people don’t donate blood before getting vaccinated, the maternal mortality rate could rise. “But motivating people to donate first, without discouraging them from taking the vaccine, is a tightrope walk,” another doctor added. In Chennai, a senior doctor opined that the NBTC could reduce the deferral period to prevent a shortage of blood. hc asks centre to explain o2 supply disparity FB blocks, restores #ResignModi hashtag Facebook on Wednesday blocked posts tagged #ResignModi in the wake of the Covid tsunami, but restored them a few hours later claiming it was done by mistake. A Facebook spokesperson said, “We temporarily blocked this hashtag by mistake, not because the Indian government asked us to, and have since restored it.” The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said the government had not issued any direction to remove the hashtag. In the few hours when the suspension was on, Facebook’s notification showed, “Posts with #ResignModi are temporarily hidden here. Some content in those posts goes against our Community Standards.” receiving the vaccine. The minimum interval between the two doses is four weeks, which means, if you want to receive the second dose at the earliest, you can’t donate blood for 56 days, explained Project Director of Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS) Deepak Jacob. The Tamil Nadu State Blood Transfusion Council (SBTC) recently urged blood banks to encourage people to donate blood at the earliest, as “not being able to donate blood for the lives were lost. The total number of deaths due to Covid in Delhi is 15,772, till now. Thursday was the fifth day when Delhi recorded over 300 deaths due to coronavirus. The latest figures from the government also show that the number of patients recovered has increased — 25,615 than fresh positive cases- 24,235. There were 350 fatalities on Sunday 357 on Saturday 348 on , , Friday and 306 on Thursday, according to government data. A total of 31,761 vaccine doses were administered in the capital in the last 24 hours. districts. It is not NDA government versus others. It is the Centre which is working with the states.” Countering this, senior advocate Rahul Mehra, appearing for AAP, said: “Delhi had sought an urgent order on the oxygen allocation, though its present allocation was 490 metric tonnes, it received only 400 metric tonnes yesterday This is . up from the 300 metric tonnes received last week and without your lordships, we wouldn’t have got this much too.” Continued on Pg 5 Our IPL Space Football star Sunil Chhetri is giving access to his Twitter account to ‘real-life captains’, who are doing amazing work, helping in transmission of info How an NGO in Tenkasi (TN) led by Mohammed Ali Jinna is helping people in the region give Covid victims a decent burial | P11 crisis Management Factory turns oxygen plant in Kota bizman’s bid to help R a j e s h a s n a n i @ Jaipur Bold individual efforts have stood in good stead for oxygenstarved Rajasthan. An entrepreneur in the academic coaching city of Kota has found a unique way to tackle the crisis. He has got his factory converted into an oxygen plant in a matter of days with the help of experts from Delhi. The plant now produces 150 cylinders of medical oxygen every day . Rajesh Aggarwal’s Akash plant in Bhimpura near Rampur Industrial Area in Kota earlier produced all kinds of gas materials and supplied them in the local market. But in this hour of crisis, he has suspended the production and is focusing only on producing oxygen for desperate Covid patients. The young entrepreneur says he was deeply moved by the growing desperation for medical oxygen. “I have let go of my business interest for some time for public service,” he says. Call to come forward Rajesh Aggarwal has urged members of the business community to come forward and help. “We need to pitch in as our duty to humanity,” he says. Aggarwal has handed over the oxygen cylinders to the Kota district administration, with whom he wants to cooperate in order to reduce the oxygen crisis in the coaching city . The Kota administration lifts all the 150 cylinders produced at Aggarwal’s plant and distributes them to local hospitals which need them. “In this difficult time, we have stopped production of all other gas materials at our unit and turned it purely into an oxygen producing plant. We hope to soon start producing 200 cylinders a day We hope our . efforts will help a lot of people,” says Aggarwal. Kapil Sharma is a member of the expert team from Delhi. “It takes at least three months to set up such a plant. We worked round the clock to get it ready in two weeks. We are now working to raise the production capacity. We are also getting orders from other regions of the country said Sharma. ,”
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