NEW DELHI 02 MAY 2021 SUNDAY `12 PAGES 24 facebook/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard https://epaper.morningstandard.in PLUS: 12 PAGES MAGAZINE EXCLUSIVE VOICES Helping Handles Going by the Book The Corona Cheat Sheet Prabhu chawla T J S George Dr Mayank rai Dr Debanjan Banerjee All Things Bright and Beautiful Ravi Shankar Sheila Kumar Shinie Antony Rajat Chaudhuri The Samosawala from Google A Skewed Presentation ‘It’s Not Over, I’m Still Young’ AMMA SPEAKS Lend Some Light to Others SYMBOLIC START TO COUNTRYWIDE VACCINATION DRIVE From Saturday on the CoWin portal, the types of vaccines and their prices have neem displayed, for locations where vaccination has opened for the 18-44 age group. This, the government said, will help citizens make an informed choice at the time of booking appointments at private facilities. The Centre also underscored that it has so far provided nearly 16.37 crore vaccine doses to states free of cost, of which, the total consumption including wastages is 15,58,48,782 doses till Saturday morning. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare also said that more than 79 lakh doses — 79,13,518 — are still available with the states to be administered, while a little over 17 lakh doses will be dispatched in addition within the next three days. This stock, supplied under the Central quota, can be used only to inoculate those above 45. For the younger lot, states and private hospitals can only use vaccines procured directly by them. E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Covid-19 vaccination drive for people in the age group of 18- 44 began on Saturday at select centres in a few cities, with limited access amid a huge crisis of vaccines in the country . Beginning this month, those between 18 and 44 are entitled to jabs against Covid-19, in addition to the priority populations, who had become eligible for the shots from earlier. States like Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana have announced Phase 3 of the Covid-19 inoculation drive at limited centres. In the national capital, vaccination for this group was carried out only at one centre and the Aam Admi Party government said that the drive will be expanded for this age group from Monday. Delhi has received 4.5 lakh vaccine doses, which is being distributed in all dist r i c t s, C h i e f M i n i s t e r Arvind Kejriwal said. E PRESS MAPS X WHAT AND HOW MANY State/UT wise allocation of Covishield and Covaxin through Government of India for first fortnight of May Himachal Pradesh 3,02,080 NA Ladakh 15,260 NA Chandigarh 32,210 NA 3,73,760 Punjab 4,63,710 1,52,810 NA Uttar Pradesh 13,49,850 411870 Haryana 4,23,890 1,39,690 Rajasthan 12,92,460 4,42,390 7,64,850 Delhi 1,23,170 Bihar 2,52040 Sikkim 31,600 NA Assam 2,53,960 Arunachal Pradesh 36,510 NA 83,690 Nagaland 30,220 NA West Manipur Bengal 31,590 NA 9,95,300 Mizoram 327980 45,550 NA Jharkhand Tripura 2,62,790 86,590 96,670 31,860 Odisha Chhattisgarh Meghalaya 5,88,010 6,47,300 2,13,300 42,520 NA 1,93,770 Telangana 628760 2,07,200 Andaman & Puducherry Nicobar Islands 29,890 NA 19,940 Andhra Pradesh NA 6,90,360 2,27,490 Tamil Nadu 5,39,060 1,94,120 MP 8,71,290 2,87,120 Maharashtra 17,50,620 5,76,890 Goa 54,620 NA Karnataka 10,05,370 3,31,300 Kerala 6,84,070 2,25,430 COVISHIELD 12 more die in hospital gasping for oxygen Medical director says they had informed authorities about depleting stock but received supply when it was too late E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi SHORTAGE of oxygen resulted in the death of 12 Covid-19 patients at Batra Hospital on Saturday One of the victims was . RK Himthani, head of the gastroenterology department of the hospital. Dr SCL Gupta, medical director of the hospital, said six of the deceased were in ICU on high flow of oxygen, including the doctor. He was admitted for the last 15-20 days. “There were patients who could have survived, beat the virus but they could not because of oxygen shortage. If you are providing oxygen, provide regularly The government . should take some decision, either close the hospital or admission. What was the fault of those patients who died due to shortage of oxygen?” he said. Hospital authorities had raised an alarm over depleting stocks of oxygen at around noon, after which AAP MLA Raghav Chadha, who is monitoring oxygen supply to several hospitals in the city, said supply was reaching the hospital. “Our SOS cryogenic tanker carrying Liquid Medical Oxygen is reaching Batra Hospital within 5 minutes. Their regular supplier of oxygen has de- 412: HIGHEST DEATH TALLY IN DELHI Delhi recorded 412 deaths on Saturday, the highest ever in the capital. The previous highest was 385 on Thursday. There were 25,219 positive tests from 79,780 samples collected. COVAXIN IN a stern warning to the Centre, Delhi High Court on Saturday asked it to give Delhi their full quota of medical oxygen by whatever means. “Water has gone above the head. You have to arrange everything now. You have made the allocations. You have to fulfil it. Eight lives have been lost. We can’t shut our eyes to it,” a bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said, while referring to loss of lives at Batra Hospital after oxygen supply stopped for 80 minutes. “We direct the Centre to ensure that Delhi receives its 490 tonnes (of medical oxygen) today by whatever means. It falls on the Centre to arrange tankers as well. The allocation was made on April 20 and not even one day Delhi has received its allocated supply If this is not . implemented, we may even consider initiating contempt proceedings,” the court said. Senior advocate Rahul Mehra, appearing for the Delhi government, stated that while Delhi’s demand was 700MT, allocated oxygen was 490MT, out of which the suppliers had made a voluntary commitment of supply of 445MT. The quantity on Delhi border, for Saturday was 312 MT only Me, , hra informed the court as he submitted that this was a deficit of over 100 MT. “Enough is enough. No one is asking for more than allocated. If you can’t supply the allocation today we will see your explana, tion on Monday the court said ,” while refusing to give Centre time to explain the crisis. The court also directed data with respect to daily COVID19 admissions and discharges from all hospitals in Delhi, whether government or private, starting April 1. WITH no respite from the Covid-19 second wave, the Delhi government on Saturday decided to extend the lockdown by another week. The announcement was made by Chief Minister Arvind Kerjiwal. “Lockdown in Delhi is being extended by one week,” he tweeted. The decision was taken after a review of the situation — high positivity rate and lack of medical infrastructure — in the capital. As per the order issued by Vijay Dev, chief secretary of Delhi, the lockdown will continue until 5am on May 10. Restrictions on activities announced in the previous order will continue. Amid pressure on medical infrastructure and shortage of oxygen in the city, the curfew had been extended up to May 3 earlier. “Positivity rate is still very high and the bed occupancy (oxygen supported/ICU beds) in the dedicated COVID-19 Government & Private Hospitals/ Nursing Homes is on very higher side, therefore, in order to ECI moves SC against Madras HC observation Free meals for patients, thanks to Ranchi woman E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E M U K E S H R A N JA N @ Ranchi THE Election Commission of India has approached Supreme Court against the Madras High Court remark that election officers could be tried for murder for allowing large gatgerings during recent election rallies in several states. The ECI has termed the remark “blatantly disparaging”. It is aggrieved that media publications of the court’s comments that the ECI is singularly responsible for the situation. It also highlighted that a murder complaint has been filed against a Deputy Election Commissioner after the HC remark went viral. NISHA Bhagat is a tribal woman who runs a café in Ranchi. Lately she has turned her business into a service for the families suffering from Covid. She provides free breakfast, lunch and dinner to these households. The thrice-a-day food supply reaches around 45 people. It began around a fortnight ago when a woman caller asking for home delivery asked for ‘khichhadi’. “She was ready to pay whatever…I was a bit surprised because people generally don’t order that simple food over the phone,” recalls Nisha. “Then the caller told me the sad part; everyone in that fam- @ New Delhi faulted yet again due to alleged ‘lack of oxygen supplies’ and is being pulled up,” he tweeted. Gupta said they had informed authorities about lack of oxygen in the morning when they had 2,500 litres left. At around 12.30 pm, hospital authorities claimed they had run out of oxygen. The oxygen tanker arrived at 1.35 pm, he added. Expressing grief, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal once again flagged the issue of short supply of oxygen to Delhi. “This is very painful. Their lives could have been saved by giving them oxygen on time. Delhi should get its quota of oxygen. Can’t see our people dying like this. Delhi needs 976 tonnes of oxygen, but it received only 312 tonnes yesterday How will Delhi breathe in . such a less amount of oxygen?” his tweet in Hindi said. Other hospitals in the city also sent out messages about oxygen shortage on Saturday. Sir Ganga Ram Hospital had last week reported the death of 25 critically ill patients, as the administration struggled with oxygen supplies. Give Delhi oxygen or face With no let-up, lockdown extended contempt, HC tells Centre K A N U SA R DA @ New Delhi Gujarat 12,48,700 4,11,490 Dadra & Nagar Haveli 8,300 NA Daman & Diu 7,910 NA Relative of a patient, who passed away at Batra Hospital due to shortage of oxygen, on Saturday | EXPRESS Bharuch: Eighteen persons including 16 Covid patients and two trainee nurses died in a fire at a hospital at Bharuch in Gujarat in the early hours of Saturday. The state government said a judicial inquiry will be conducted into the fire that destroyed the ICU of Patel Welfare Hospital. Fifty-seven patients were undergoing treatment at the facility, of which 22 were in the ground floor ICU when fire broke out. E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Uttarakhand 2,42,160 79,800 J&K 3,84,700 Fire in Bharuch hospital claims 18 lives HELPING HAND Nisha Bhagat and her team busy packing meals for Covid-19 patients | EXPRESS ily had turned Covid positive and none of them was physically fit enough to cook food. I took the order and sent it out. That set me thinking why not provide free food to such families,” says Nisha. She posted a message on social media about the free food availability for Covid patients. Soon, she started getting calls for help. Nisha is supported by Chandrasheker and Vinita Sahu. They have to get up at 5 am every day “Since the food goes to . the ailing people, I take extra care of nutrition and cleanliness. In breakfast, we cook things poha, idli, upma along with a boiled egg, while in lunch we make rice, roti, green vegetables and salad. In dinner, one vegetable and chapatis are given,” says Nisha. The food packets are home-delivered to infected families. Many people have come forward to help her with money in her free enterprise. “More than anything else, it is the blessings of the people who get what I serve them. It gives me immense satisfaction and inner strength to continue with my work,” says Nisha. Relatives of Covid-19 victims console each other at LNJP Hospital on Saturday | PTI contain the spread of virus and to break the transmission chain, curfew needs to be extended for another week in the territory of NCT of Delhi (except for essential activities/ services),” says the order. Essential services such as chemists, vegetable vends, milk booths and grocery stores will be allowed to operate. Meanwhile, symbolic vaccination for residents above 18 years of age began in the city on Saturday Kejriwal went to a . polyclinic in Saraswati Vihar to take stock of the inoculation drive. He said the process would be expedited after the delivery of vaccines. Earlier, the government had said that vaccination would be delayed as the city doesn’t have enough doses of the Covid vaccine. The gover nment on Wednesday placed orders to procure 67 lakh doses each of Covishield and Covaxin. No oxygen sans prescription, says DDMA order to all DMs PA R V E Z S U LTA N @ New Delhi AMIDST chaos triggered by short supply of oxygen, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has directed all district magistrates to deploy teams at refilling centres and plants to ensure that the life-saving gas is not sold without prescriptions. The teams will remain stationed round the clock. Instructions have been issued to put effective crowd management in place for strict adherence of protocols as high footfall is being witnessed at those sites. “The medical oxygen IP shall be sold by the retailers/refill- ers strictly in accordance with their license conditions. “Regarding the requirements of hospitals/ambulances etc, the medical oxygen IP retailing/ refilling units (while duly complying with their license conditions), shall mandatorily check before selling (a) copy ID Card of the person receiving the oxygen, authorisation letter from the institution (hospital/ambulances, etc.) for which the Oxygen is being sought and record of the type/ number of cylinders refilled,” says the order signed by DDAM’s additional chief executive officer (CEO) Rajesh Goyal.
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