TUESDAY BLEEDING, CLOTTING EVENTS POST COVID JABS MINUSCULE 18 National Adverse Event Following Immunisation Committee (AEFI) said 26 potential cases were reported after the drive MAY, 2021 0.61 CASES PER MILLION COVISHIELD SHOTS epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard The health ministry data said of the 23,000 adverse events after jabs, only 700 or 9.3 cases/million doses were serious. The AEFI reviewed 498 such cases and found 26 potential thromboembolic (clots in blood vessel) events, pegging the reporting rate at 0.61 cases/million Covishield doses. It reported no potential thromboembolic events after Covaxin jabs | P7 twitter.com/TheMornStandard PUNJAB POLITICS TROUBLE FOR CONG REBELS While Sidhu may face a vigilance inquiry, another claims threat by CM’s aide A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 8 NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 ‘Demand shock’ to add to India Inc’s distress, says RBI S E S A S E N @ New Delhi THE second Covid wave could push businesses into further distress with a ‘demand shock’ as people — and companies — are holding on to their purses due to falling incomes, job losses, and an overall weak consumer sentiment, according to the Reserve Bank of India. “High frequency indicators suggest that the biggest toll of the second wave is in terms of a demand shock – loss of mobility discretionary spending and , employment, besides inventory accumulation, while the aggregate supply is less impacted,” RBI said in its monthly bulletin for May released on Monday , . Painting even a bleaker picture for the country’s economy , the central bank said its recent positive projections were “extremely tentative” given the disproportionate base effects. Preliminary data on petrol and diesel sales point to a decline in fuel demand in April, due to mobility restrictions. Diesel sales contracted 1.7% on a month-on-month basis, while petrol sales slipped 6.3% in April. Electricity generation stagnated sequentially but rose 8% compared with April 2020. Pointing to such growth figures, when compared annually , RBI said the impact of the second Covid wave on industrial activity may be less severe than May 16 17,33,232 doses May 17 14,79,592 doses TOTAL DOSES: 18,44,22,218 JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT Narada stick back as CBI arrests 3 Trinamool MLAs Action based on Guv’s prosecution sanction; Calcutta HC stays bail given by lower court U-SHAPED IMPACT Each tip of the ‘U’ represents sectors that are weathering the storm - agri at one end and IT on the other development and transport minister Firhad Hakim, who is THE CBI on Monday created a also administrator of the KMC, big flutter by arresting three T r i n a m o o l M L A f r o m newly elected Trinamool Con- Kamarhati, North 24 Parganas, gress lawmakers — two of Madan Mitra and Sovan Chatthem ministers — and a former terjee, former mayor of KMC, Trinamool minister and mayor and arrested them. of Kolkata Municipal CorporaSubmitting its chargesheet tion (KMC), who had joined the before the special court, the BJP but later resigned, in con- CBI opposed the bail petitions nection with the 2014 Narada of the accused, saying they sting operation. could influence witWhile a special court Arrest me too, nesses and tamper granted all four insays Mamata with evidence. terim bail, the CalThe Narada sting Chief Minister cutta High Court happened in 2014 and Mamata Banerjee stayed it following a the tape was released reached the CBI CBI appeal. They will before the 2016 Bennow be in judicial office around 10.45 gal polls. The sting custody till the HC am and reportedly had targeted seven of demanded that hears their case on Trinamool’s MPs, they arrest her or Wednesday . four MLAs, a deputy The arrests were release all her party mayor and an IPS ofmade following pros- MLAs. She left the ficer. It purportedly premises around ecution sanction givshowed them accept4.45 pm en by Governor Jaging bribes from a ficdeep Dhankar. But titious company for the Trinamool called it illegal doing favours. as the CBI had not sought the In his submission before the Speaker’s permission. “The court, Trinamool MP and lawCBI did not seek my permis- yer Kalyan Banerjee, who repsion to arrest the MLAs. I re- resented the accused MLAs, ceived no letter from them,’’ said, “The CBI sought approval said Speaker Biman Banerjee. in January from the Governor Early in the morning, CBI but he kept it in the drawer of sleuths raided the apartments his table. He, however, gave his and houses of panchayat min- nod when the Assembly was ister Subrata Mukherjee, a vet- yet to be formed and the miniseran in Bengal politics, urban ters were yet to be sworn in.’’ E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kolkata On the slopes are automated manufacturing and services that can be delivered remotely Strong waves pummeling a promenade near the Gateway of India as the cyclone passes by the Mumbai coast | PTI In the well of the ‘U’ are the most vulnerable groups that have to risk exposure such as doctors, healthcare workers, law and order personnel, civic staff, small businesses, etc TWO BARGES ADRIFT WITH 410 ABOARD NATIONWIDE MAY 16 RECLASSIFIED AS VERY SEVERE STORM MODI SPEAKS TO MAHA, GUJARAT CMs The severe cyclonic storm de-anchored two barges at the Bombay High with 410 personnel but all of them were safe. The Indian Navy has deployed three frontline warships to rescue the people aboard the barges the first. It may, however, be noted that industrial production surged out of a two-month contraction on the back of a favourable base effect. Notably e-way bills — an in, dicator of domestic trade — recorded double-digit contraction at 17.5% month-on-month in April. “This could be pointing to a moderation in GST collections in the coming months,” RBI warned. Similarly, most of the original equipment manufacturers of passenger vehicles reported a monthly fall in April, reflecting subdued demand. If infections don’t ebb and demand weakens further, it could worsen price instability, RBI warned. Already, global commodity prices are registering sharp uptick, cutting across agriculture, raw materials etc. Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths LESS RISK OF AEFI AMONG SOUTHEAST ASIANS THAN EUROPEANS: PANEL The Meteorological Department on Monday evening reclassified Tauktae as very severe cyclonic storm. It tore into the Union Territory of Diu at 133 kmph, the IMD said. It is likely to turn into severe cyclonic storm after landfall Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and assured every help to tide over the damage. The Centre has deployed armed forces for relief and rescue TAUKTAE KILLS 6 IN MAHA BEFORE GUJARAT LANDFALL EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Mumbai Tropical cyclone Tauktae, which formed in the Arabian Sea, made landfall in Gujarat late on Monday night. The cyclonic storm, packing wind speeds up to 210 kmph, pummeled the west coast before landfall between Porbandar and Mahuva in Bhavnagar district around 9.30 pm. En route to Gujarat, Tauktae left a trail of destruction in Maharashtra, where the coastal districts bore the brunt of heavy rains accompanied by squally winds, MAY 17 3,11,170 2,81,386 3,62,437 3,78,741 4,077 4,106 which uprooted trees and electricity poles, damaged over 2,000 houses and left at least six persons dead. Over 12,000 people were relocated from the coastal areas. Authorities in Gujarat evacuated around 1.5 lakh people from low-lying areas, besides deploying 54 teams NDRF and SDRF teams. The Centre has already deployed armed forces for rescue and relief. Meanwhile, the Indian Army identified vulnerable areas in the state and deployed 180 teams and nine engineer task forces there. Health officials said that Cov- id patients on critical care were shifted to safer places. Over 55 flights to and from Mumbai were cancelled after the city airport suspended operations for the day as wind speeds gusted to 114 kmph. Mumbai, which had suspended vaccination in anticipation of the cyclone, would resume the drive after three days on Tuesday In Gu. jarat, three major airports — Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara — have been closed till Tuesday officials said. , Meanwhile, Goa reported two deaths due to gusty winds P8 fanned by the cyclone. ‘Daal Chawal’ group feeds the poor and needy in Ranchi to reach. We carefully identify such people”, she says. The group is also trying to deliver free basic grocery items. “We ascertain if the recipients really want our help. There are many people who refuse,” says another member of Daal-Chawal, Prashanto Banerjee, an animation artist. The group gets leads about needy people. “We were sitting idle at MAY 13 MAY 14 E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E MAY 15 NOTE: FIGURES ARE FOR 18-44 AGE GROUP | SOURCES: RAJAY SWASTHAY SAMITI, BIHAR GOVT nation, the state nodal officer on vaccination, Manoj Kumar, neither received calls nor replied to the queries sent to him through SMSes. Further, principal health secretary Pratyay Amrit was not available even after multiple efforts to clarify whether the discrepancies were a clerical mistake in calculation or something else. Juxtaposing the mismatch in vaccination numbers with what Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav claimed recently throws some discomforting questions for the Bihar government. The RJD leader had asked the government to stop messing with the lives of the people by forging data on various counts from testing to vaccinations. In February too, there were widespread allegations of fudging in Covid testing data in Bihar. Back then, Deputy CM Tarkishore Prasad had come out to defend the government It now remains to be seen who clears the confusion now. TAMING THE 2ND WAVE 23.34 21.67 IN LAST 10 DAYS New Cases Recoveries 1,05,524 New cases medical infrastructure, several patients died in the absence of adequate medical care and oxygen. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a lockdown on April 19, which has been extended until May 24. The situation started improving last week, as the number of cases and positivity rate started coming down. The daily tally went below 10,000 on May 14 for the first time since April 11. As per the health bulletin, the city wit- Active Cases 1,37,403 Recoveries Positivity Rate (%) 31,858 Less active nessed 8,506 positive cases on that day, while positivity rate was 12.40 per cent. The deth count for the day was 289. A total of 10,732 patients had tested positive on April 11. The positivity rate was 9.43 percent. In four days, there was a sudden spike and positivity rate rose to 15.92 per cent. The number of active cases reached an all-time high of 50,736. Positivity rate rose to 20.22 per cent on April 20. It has been better the last few days. 17 MAY 8.42 10,918 56,049 6,456 9,706 62,783 17.03 71,794 12.40 14.24 10.40 66,295 11.32 16 MAY 4,524 15 MAY 6,430 11,592 10,489 15,189 17.76 14 MAY 85,06 13 MAY 77,717 19.10 12 MAY 82,725 10 MAY 14,140 11 MAY 13,287 14,071 9 MAY 83,809 8 MAY 12,481 13,583 The Covid-19 situation has been improving in the capital with new and active cases as well as positivity rate going down 86,232 IF the daily health bulletin released by the Delhi government is anything to go by, the Covid-19 crisis in the national capital is subsiding. On Monday Delhi recorded 4,524 fresh , cases, the least in the last 41 days. There were 340 deaths, while test positivity rate dipped to 8.42 per cent. On April 6, the city had registered 5,100 cases, which was the highest single day count this year, with 17 fatalities. It was termed the fourth wave in the city and the situation deteriorated thereafter. Monday’s relatively low count follows a fewer number of tests —53,756 — conducted on Sunday Delhi had reported . 6,456 cases on Sunday and the number was 6,430 on Saturday . Positivity rate was 10.40 per cent and 11.32 per cent on Sunday and Saturday respectively , . The number of deaths were 262 and 337. High positivity rate and incessant rise in cases in April caused severe shortage of beds in hospitals and oxygen. As the pressure mounted on the 13,336 5,02,769 6,09,287 97,092 MAY 12 4,05,677 4, 95,884 MAY 11 89,816 MAY 10 v80,439 45,624 2, 35,422 2, 85,309 MAY 9 49,945 1,89,798 2, 29,693 TOTAL VACCINATED CUMULATIVE FIGURE GOVT CLAIMED 3, 15,861 3, 80,617 Discrepancy in data 60,615 1,39,853 1, 52,538 CALL it a clerical error or fudging of information, the Bihar government’s data of beneficiaries with regard to vaccination in the 18-44 age group throws up discrepancies in the numbers if one gives it a good look. Vaccination for the crucial18-44 age group began in Bihar from May 9 with a total of 79,238 beneficiaries on the inaugural day . As per the Bihar government’s health department bulletins released from May 9 to 15, a total 6,09,287 people in the 1844 age group got the jabs in theeastern state. But the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in its official Twitter handle, claimed that a total of 6,22,562 people were vaccinated in the same period. The mismatch doesn’t end here. If the vaccination data of each day is added up, the number of beneficiaries in the same period is just 5,02,769, way below the figures claimed by both the state and the Centre. Despite several attempts by this correspondent for an expla- Caught on the purported Narada sting tape were Suvendu Adhikari and Mukul Roy as well, but they have since defected to the BJP. While Adhikari is now the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, Roy is the BJP’s national vice president. The CBI hasn’t seen it fit to file a chargesheet against them so far, indicating partisanship | P8 Sharp dip in city’s positivity rate, cases below 5K @ New Delhi 79,238 79,238 79,238 R A J E S H T H A K U R @ Patna WHY NO ACTION AGAINST SUVENDU, MUKUL ROY? 85,258 Bihar vaccination numbers don’t add up Trinamool activists protest outside the CBI office over the arrest of party leaders in connection with the Narada scam case, in Kolkata on Monday | PTI 12,651 13,306 DATA FUDGING? home and thought of doing something for the Covid-affected. We decided to distribute dry ration to the poor and needy,” says Prashanto. The group created a Facebook page ‘Daal-Chawal’ to make it convenient for the people to reach out to the group, he said. Priya Banerjee, a teacher, says that it all started casually . “Going by the response, we converted our effort into a serious social service,” she says. 14,738 among the needy . “We began our campaign because no one was thinking about those who have lost their source of income due to lockdown and are on the verge of starvation,” says Trishi Pandey, a lawyer. Though the government is also distributing ration among the poor, it is haphazard. “Ware doing it where government assistance has failed 87,907 ‘DAAL-CHAWAL,’ a team of professionals working outside the state and currently sitting idle at home in Ranchi, is distributing free dry-ration packets to the poor and needy who have lost their jobs or livelihood due to lockdown. The team ‘Daal Chawal’ started it on their own with a Facebook post: “If you know someone around you who is in need, please let us know, we would try to help them.” It drew a tremendous response from the people. Soon they started receiving funds from those whom they did not even know. The quartet of Trishi Pandey, Ria Pandey, Prashanto Banerjee and Priya Banerjee purchases dry ration from the market, converts it into small packets of rice, dal, biscuits or bread and distributes them 17,364 20,160 M U K E S H R A N J A N @ Ranchi CASES FALLING Capital seeing steady fall in positivity rates On April 22, Delhi’s positivity rate was a frightening 36.2% — the highest ever. But it has seen a decline since then. On April 27, the positivity rate was 32.7%, which dipped to 31.8% on the following day. After that, there has been a steady fall in this figure. Meanwhile, May 3 was a black day, when the capital suffered its biggest death toll so far. The total was 448.
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