wednesDAY Covaxin trials in kids between 2-18 years soon 19 May, 2021 epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard C H I T R A K O O T j ai l NHRC seeks report from UP Kids largely asymptomatic carriers, says govt The rights panel sought a report on the killing of 3 inmates inside the prison A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS Page 8 l New Delhi l J8.00 l VK Paul, member, health, Niti Aayog, said soon, clinical trials to test the safety and efficacy of Covaxin in children aged 2-18 years will start. “I have been told trials will begin in the next 10-12 days,” he said, adding that evidence so far suggests that kids are largely asymptomatic carriers. PAGES 12 Free education, pension for Covid orphans: CM Kejriwal also grants `50K each to families who have lost a kin to Covid, additional `2.5K for those losing breadwinners E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Each family in the national capital will be paid ex gratia of `50,000 from the Delhi government if it has lost a member to the Covid-19 pandemic, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Tuesday . If the victim is a bread earner, the household will additionally get monetary assistance of `2,500 every month. Announcing four-point relief measures for Covid-affected families, Kejriwal also said the children who have lost both parents, or single parent, to the virus will also be provided with monthly assistance of `2,500 up to the age of 25 years. Also, the government will provide them with free education. He added that all these announcements will be implemented in a few days after getting them approved by the Delhi Cabinet. “People have lost their loved ones and sometimes, the sole earning member of the family. Many children have lost their Delhi Covid watch MAY 17 MAY 18 Positive cases 4,524 4482 Recovery 10,918 9,403 Active cases 56,049 50,863 Deaths 340 265 Containment zones 57,484 57,805 Tests 53,756 65,004 Positivity rate 8.42% 6.89% parents. We cannot eradicate their losses but can try and support families in such difficult times,” said the CM. According to the CM, the hus- band or wife will get the pension, and if the Covid victim is unmarried, the parents will be provided with the annuity . However, he added that the proposal pertaining to the monetary relief would also require sanction from Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. “The CM has proposed to pay `50,000 for each Covid-related death in the family. To claim monetary assistance, one will need to submit a Covid test report and death certificate. As soon as the approval is granted by the L-G, the scheme will be implemented,” said an official. Kejriwal also announced to give free ration to beneficiaries under PDS and non-cardholders this month. At present, 72 lakh families are registered under the scheme. “The government provides 5 kg of ration, 4 kg wheat 1 kg rice to a month to ration cardholders. This month, it will be given for free. They will get an additional 5 kg ration under the PM scheme. Those who don’t have a ration card will also be given ration,” said Kejriwal. Centre monitoring post-shot infections, diseases delay S U m i S U k a n ya Dutta @ New Delhi New bench for ex-cop’s CASE Amid concer ns that breakthrough Covid-19 infections and risk of severe disease despite vaccinations may be much higher than the results from clinical trial data, the Centre on Monday maintained that it had kept a close watch on such incidents. “The risk of infection in the recipients of Covid-19 vaccines is much lesser (than the unvaccinated population) but there is a small chance that a tiny fraction of people can get the infection despite the vaccinations as vaccines are not 100% efficacious,” said Lav Agarwal, joint secretary in the Union Ministry Justice BR Gavai recused himself when Param Bir Singh’s case came up for hearing in the Supreme Court. Singh has put grave charges on Anil Deshmukh Page 8 of Health and Family Welfare. Even those who get the infection despite the shots, will likely not get the severe disease and recovery will be faster, said Agarwal. VK Paul, member health, Niti Aayog, said that ICMR is kee ping a record of breakthrough infections. “As said earlier, breakthrough infections are rare but in a dynamic situation we should watch it carefully,” he said. “But we should remember that vaccine recipients are protected to (only) a certain level and therefore in an overwhelming situation, risk remains and therefore all are requested to continue taking precautions.” The response comes on a day the Indian Medical Association released a list of 269 doctors who have died during the second wave of the pandemic, the highest being Bihar (78) and UP (37), followed by Delhi (29). Though the association has not made the vaccination status available of each of the doctors who have died, its office bearers said many of them had taken either both or at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine. K K Agarwal, leading cardiologist and former IMA president KERALA CABINET who succumbed to the infectious disease on Tuesday for instance, , had also completed his two doses, as per association sources. Last month, ICMR chief Balram Bhargava had said that breakthrough infection rates seen in India were thus far negligible, with only two to four infections reported per 10,000 inoculations. He, however, had not elaborated whether or how many of these infections led to severe disease or deaths. Many experts have pointed out that this data collection is patchy and delayed and may not be giving the actual picture on breakthrough infections and severe disease despite vaccinations. Change in daily deaths 250 18 Mar 2021 - 16 May 2021 200 Based on 7-day rolling average 150 100 16 May 50 0 19 Mar 26 Mar 2 Apr 9 Apr 16 Apr 23 Apr 30 Apr -50 7 May 14 May 15 May -100 20,000 15,000 10,000 Daily change in new cases 13 Mar 2021 - 16 May 2021 Based on 7-day rolling average 5,000 -5,000 -10,000 -15,000 Covid mortality rate decelerating since April 28 in country O ur momentum, acceleration and deceleration graph of the second wave of Covid-19 in India was carried in these columns on May 13. Using the same technique, we analysed the acceleration-deceleration of Covid-19 daily deaths (seven-day rolling average). The acceleration peak of mortality was on April 28, one week after the momentum peak of new cases. The numerical peak of mortality is imminent — hopefully within the next one week. The daily deaths will decrease thereafter and the requirement for oxygen, Remdesivir, ICU or/and ventilator beds in hospitals will progressively decrease in the Cyclone: 183 saved, 77 missing as barge sinks off mumbai coastline E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e 0 14 Mar 21 Mar 28 Mar 4 Apr 11 Apr 18 Apr 25 Apr 2 May 9 May 16 May M S Se s h a d r i & T J a c o b J o h n Navy personnel shifting three persons rescued from Barge-P305 by a Seaking helicopter for medical attention in Mumbai | PTI coming weeks. The one-week lag between peaks of the second wave momentum and mortality acceleration reflects the interval between case detection and death. If vulnerable patients get admitted early and on time, the interval would be ~ 3 weeks. The short lag-time underscores the need to educate elderly and the vulnerable (those with diabetes, hypertension, chronic heart ) to seek early medical attention for fever with cough/sore throat. ince mortality acceleration peaks of states and districts will be asynchronous with the national data, they ought to analyse regional data using this technique to formulate regional policy decisions. Full article on: newindianexpress.com @ Mumbai/Delhi At least seven persons were reported killed in Gujarat as cyclone Tauktae tore into the state on Monday night and over 70 people were missing on the high sea after a barge sank 35 nautical miles off Mumbai. Search and rescue operations by Navy and Coast Guard personnel managed to save 183 of T ri b u t e the 261 onboard Barge P-305 that got de-anchored and toppled. In all, 324 people in different barges had been rescued when reports last came in. Of them, 297 are safe in their vessels that had drifted off Gujarat coast, said the reports. Naval ships Beas, Betwa and Teg joined INS Kochi and Kolkata for the rescue operations for Barge P-305, said Commander Vivek Madhwal. P8I Reconnais- sance Aircraft and naval helicopters were also deployed. In another operation, a Navy Seaking helicopter was launched to rescue crew of GAL Constructor, which ran aground north of Mumbai. The Navy helicopter rescued 35 GAL crew members. Of the 137 onboard GAL Constructor, all have been shifted to a secure location, said sources late in the evening. Shailaja misses the bus, Pinarayi kin finds place B SR E E J A N @ T’Puram THE infusion of fresh blood into the new LDF government in Kerala would have been hailed as a political masterstroke had the CPM leadership shown a little prudence in granting legitimate exemptions and put in place checks to weed out nepotism in selection of ministers. The decision of CPM state committee on Tuesday to replace all existing ministers with 10 fresh faces and one senior, who had served a term earlier, completed the generational shift the party had started by dropping all twotime MLAs during the candidate selection. The CPI, which also followed the norm, replaced all the four ministers with fresh faces. On final count, 17 of the 21 ministers-designate are new faces. Along with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, JD(S) nominee K Krishnankutty and NCP nominee A K Saseendran had served term in the 2016 cabinet. CPM leader K Radhakrishnan had been a minister in the 1996 E K Nayanar government, besides serving as the Speaker during 2006-11. However, the charm of the list which had talented leaders such as P Rajeeve and K N Balagopal, who proved parliamentary skills in the Rajya Sabha, and three women ministers — a first for Kerala — as ministers-designate was shadowed by the decision to exclude K K Shailaja. Being a central committee member and second only to Pinarayi in terms of seniority in the party Shailaja was , supposed to the No 2 in the new Cabinet. Her work as health minister which won laurels globally was all the more a reason to make an exemption. But, the CPM state secretariat unanimously decided to apply a uniform scale to all. The inclusion of first-time MLA P A Mohammed Riyaz and R Bindu was also a surprise. Dissent in the state committee over exclusion of K K Shailaja According to CPM sources, seven state committee members criticised the decision to drop former health minister K K Shailaja but none of them reiterated their objection after PB member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan replied in detail to their criticism. “Senior leaders K Ananthagopan, K K Jayachandran, Susan Kody and K P Mary spoke in favour of including Shailaja in the Cabinet. However, the party leadership was of the view that exemption couldn’t be given for just one person,” said a source. Kannur district secretary M V Jayarajan, P Jayarajan and P Sathidevi sought exemption for Shailaja, citing her excellent track record J’khand starts survey to help Covid-hit families M u k e s h R a nj a n @ Ranchi Dr KK Aggarwal Padma Shri awardee IMA ex-chief no more E minent cardiologist Dr KK Aggarwal succumbed to Covid on Monday late night at AIIMS-Delhi. The former national president of the Indian Medical Association was on ventilator support since last week. Aggarwal, 62, was seen in a video where he was seen on in oxygen support. “The show must go on,” he said in the P7 clip which went viral. In a first, Jharkhand’s rural development department is conducting a door-to-door survey in villages to identify people who died of Covid so that families which lost their bread earners could be provided immediate relief. Officials said as many as 3,750 people who died of the disease over the past year have already been identified. The women in self-help groups under the Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society (JSLPS) are also helping the bereaved families to settle insurance claims and in getting their dues. “The families which have lost their loved ones in the last one year due to Covid-19 in rural areas are being identified by SHG members so that they could be connected through SHGs reach out to the families in the hinterland during their survey | Express different livelihood schemes of the state government,” said JSLPS CEO Aditya Ranjan. The SHG women are collecting data of the deceased persons and helping their families to settle insurance claims in their name, he added. “The bread earner’s death affects the family’s survival. So, we have launched a survey to identify those who have died after April 1 so that necessary paperwork could be completed in banks for dependents under the PMJJBY. We are trying to settle claims with the help of Banking Sakhi SHG members,” said the CEO. The Banking Correspondent Sakhi (BC Sakhi), who will help them to settle their claims, will get `1,000 for each case, he added. More than 20 lakh people were covered under the Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) during the last one year after the pandemic’s outbreak last year. According to JSLPS officials, PMJJBY proved to be a boon for SHG members and their family members. Chameli Devi is an example of it. “In Ratanpur village in Dumka, Naresh Kumar Gupta, who was the only bread earner of the family, died in April leaving the family on the verge of starvation. But, the SHG members came forward and helped his wife to settle insurance claims of her husband. She received `2 lakh which helped the family a lot in the time of crisis,” said a JSLPS official.
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