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 BELAGAVI WEDNESDAY MAY 19, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 12 LATE CITY EDITION Covid-19 mortality in India decelerating since April 28 tion peak of mortality was on April 28, one week after the momentum peak of new cases on April 21. 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 coming weeks. M S SESHADRI & T JACOB JOHN 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 accelera- 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, lung, kidney or liver problems) to seek early medical attention for fever with cough/sore throat. Since 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 7 May 14 May 15 May -100 20,000 15,000 10,000 CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI ■ DAILY CHANGE IN NEW CASES 13 Mar 2021 - 16 May 2021 Based on 7-day rolling average NATIONWIDE MAY 17 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths MAY 18 2,81,386 2,63,533 3,78,741 4,22,436 4,106 4,329 May 17 14,79,592 doses May 18 12,79,896 doses TOTAL DOSES: 18,57,66,518 JAB-O-METER 5,000 0 14 Mar 21 Mar 28 Mar 4 Apr 11 Apr 18 Apr 25 Apr 2 May 9 May 16 May -5,000 TAKE YOUR SHOT KARNATAKA MAY 17 MAY 18 Active cases 6,03,639 5,75,028 Positivity rate 39.70% 32.50% 1.23% 1.73% CFR -10,000 -15,000 KARNATAKA ASKS PM FOR MORE VACCINES, OXYGEN Increase in availability soon, says Modi, calls DCs ‘field commanders’ E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru Navy personnel shifting three persons rescued from Barge-P305 by a Seaking helicopter for medical attention at INS Shikra in Mumbai | PTI 7 KILLED IN GUJ; 183 SAVED, 77 MISSING AS BARGE SINKS EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ 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 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. Naval ships Beas, Betwa and Teg joined INS Kochi and Kolkata for the rescue operations for Barge P-305, said Commander Vivek Madhwal. P8I Reconnaissance 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 copter rescued 35 GAL crew members. Of the 137 onboard GAL Constructor, all have been shifted to a secure loCONTINUED ON: P8 cation. DEPUTY commissioners and chiefs of municipal corporations of 17 districts in Karnataka were part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s video-conference on Tuesday While the Prime Minis. ter called on the deputy commissioners to exchange local technology, innovations that have proven effective in Covid management with each other, BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta, who gave a presentation, highlighted what the State has been doing at district, taluk and village levels. “We requested additional oxygen and vaccine supplies and he assured us that there will be an increase in availability soon. A discussion was held on vaccine supply and management, transport and administration of vaccines in rural areas, awareness and the medium required at the rural level etc,” Gaurav Gupta Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, other state ministers and officials at a video conference as Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with deputy commissioners and chiefs of municipal corporations, in Bengaluru on Tuesday | EXPRESS told the media after the meeting. Though CMs of states were present in the meeting, the Prime Minister limited his address to deputy commissioners, explaining that the original idea of the interaction was to converse directly with district authorities. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, along with Deputy Chief Minister Dr CN Ashwath Narayan, ministers Basavaraj Bommai and R Ashoka, was present during the video-conference. “The key to fight the pandem- Shailaja axed, Pinarayi kin in fresh team B S R E E JA 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 two-time 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 minis- ters-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 had proved their 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 (CC) GLIMMER OF HOPE KARNATAKA SECOND WAVE BATTLE 58,395 RECOVERIES 93,247 Samples Tested on Tuesday 525 Total Deaths 30,309 TEST POSITIVE ON TUESDAY KARNATAKA on Tuesday saw a whopping 58,395 Covid patients being discharged, which significantly brought down active cases across the State from over six lakh to 5,75,028. While this is by far the highest number of discharges per day in the State, it is also the largest for any state in the country with Maharash, tra at number two at 52,898 discharges. As a result, Karnataka’s recovery rate jumped from 72.08 per cent on Monday to 73.68 per cent on Tuesday. The State’s recovery rate has been improving consistently since May 8, except for two days on May 9 and 11, when it was lower than the previous day’s percentage. Since BJP, Cong youth wings slug it out over med supply E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru 1,13,48,708 Total Vaccinations At over 58,000 discharges, State tops list in country E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru 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. Riyaz is the husband of Pinarayi’s daughter Veena T. Though the organisational profile of Riyaz – national president of DYFI – is fit enough to find a place in a CPM cabinet, the party will have to face questions of conflict of interest. May 12, the rate has improved on all consecutive days. While active cases fell from 6,03,639 to 5.75 lakh across the State, it fell from 3,64,382 to 3,40,965 in Bengaluru. The city’s recovery rate, too, has been increasing over the last three days, and between May 16 and 18, it has moved from 64.71 per cent to 67.29 per cent. Despite these encouraging figures, the mortality remained high with 525 patients reported dead on Tuesday taking the state’s Covid toll , to 22,838, up from 22,313 on Monday . Tuesday’s deaths are also the thirdhighest single-day deaths through the pandemic, the highest being 596 on May 10 and the second highest being 592 on May 7. CONTINUED ON: P4 THE BJP Yuva Morcha from Bengaluru city has complained to the state drug controller that Karnataka Youth Congress president Raksha Ramaiah and other members are distributing medicines without prescription to Covid patients. KPCC president DK Shivakumar termed the allegation a political conspiracy. BJP Yuva Morcha general secretary from Bengaluru Urban SM Vijendra said Raksha Ramaiah and other Congress members are distributing dexamethasone tablets to Covid patients without prescription. As per the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, it is a violation. “This should be investigated and misuse of the drug stopped,” he said. Raksha Ramaiah and Shivakumar said Congress will reply to the allegation at the right forum. CONTINUED ON: P3 The BJP is trying to cook up a fake toolkit document. It is a very cleverly crafted document made to look authentic, but it is a forgery. We will file an FIR against Sambit Patra (BJP spokesman) who shared the fake documents first and JP Nadda as chief of the party. We will see them in court. Prof Rajeev Gowda, Chairman, AICC Research Department ic is to create local containment zones, aggressive testing and giving correct, complete information to people. We have to pay a lot of attention to rural, remote regions in the Covid second wave. If you think any reform is needed in policy, you share the feedback without any inhibition,” Modi told officials. Terming deputy commissioners as field commanders, he said that efforts are being made to give states 15 days advance notice on vaccine schedule. Sputnik V in B’luru by May-end C H E TA N A B E L AG E R E @ Bengaluru EVEN as the shortage of Covishield and Covaxin continues to hinder the vaccination programme in Karnataka, the much-awaited Russian vaccine, Sputnik V will be , available in Bengaluru by May-end or early June. Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL) on Monday entered into an understanding with Apollo Hospitals to conduct a trial launch of Sputnik V across the country and the vaccine will be available at all Apollo Hospitals in Bengaluru. The P4 cost will range between `1,200 and `1,250 per dose.
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