DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA ` 62 per kilo ` 90 per kilo ` 109 per kilo ` 60 per Dozen ROLLOUT TOMORROW FOR 18-45 Stocks unsure, many states say can’t open vaccination on May 1 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE PAGE 4 MUMBAI, NEW DELHI, CHANDIGARH, KOCHI, BHOPAL, APRIL 29 Deepak Joshi WITH JUST A day to go for opening up the vaccination drive for those in the 18-45 age bracket, onestateafteranotheriscoming out to announce it won’t be able to start. The reason: inability to procure vaccine stocks, and imperative to give the second dose to those over 45 before extending it to the 18-45 group. Late evening, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister of BJPruled Madhya Pradesh, said his statewouldnotstartthevaccinationfor18-45agegrouponMay1 but continue with vaccinating people over 45 years. In a video messagepostedlatenight,hesaid, “On contacting the manufacturersofCovishieldandCovaxinvaccines,welearnttheyareunableto give us doses for those above 18 yearsofageonMay1.Sothedrive Keep patience: Chouhan; priority to 45-plus: Vijayan covering the young people won’t start on May 1.” On April 28, the Centre had opened up registration to those over18forthethirdphaseof vaccinationonitsCo-WINplatform. By Wednesday midnight, there was as many as 1.33 crore new sign-ins. Earlier this month, the Centre had announced opening up vaccination for the entire adult population, and allowed Serum Institute of India (Covishield) and Bharat Biotech (Covaxin) to sell 50 per cent of theirnewstockdirectlytostates, privatehospitalsandcorporates. Pradeshhopedtogetthevaccine doses around May 3. “After that wewillgivethefinalshapetothe drive for the young people. Keep patience and there is no need to panic,” the Chief Minister said. The state has already placed orders with Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Thursday said the state will give priority to those who are eligible for the second dose. “There is no need to rushtovaccination centresfor this. The second dose of Covishield vaccine should be taken within 6-8 weeks and Covaxinwithin4-6weeks…The slot for the first dose will be allowedforonlinebookingonlyafter giving preference to those taking the second dose,” he said. Delhi, Punjab, Maharashtra and Gujarat, too, indicated they wouldnotbeabletostartthevaccinationdriveforyouthonMay1. Sharp rise in weekly CENTRE VS DELHI OVER OXYGEN death rate in five Maharashtra districts Bias in oxygen supply, says Delhi; HC tells Centre can’t duck this MUMBAI, APRIL 29 THEFIVEdistrictsof Sindhudurg, Nanded, Osmanabad, Solapur and Amravati have seen a sudden rise in weekly death rate, which is substantially higher than the state average of 0.94 percent. BetweenApril12andApril18, Maharashtra’sweeklydeathrate for Covid-19 cases was 0.58 percent,whichincreasedto0.94percent for the week of April 19-25. Duringthesameperiod,these districts have shown the highest increase in death rates. Sindhudurg’s death rate for April 19-25 was3.66percent,asubstantialincreaseover1.1percentinthepreceding week. Similarly Nanded’s death rate stands at 3.46 percent asagainst1.46percentintheprecedingweek.Osmanabad’sdeath ratehasincreasedto2.46percent from1.46percent,whileSolapur’s death rate stands at 2.43 percent comparedto0.49percentaweek before. Amravati’s death rate has increased to 2.14 percent from 1.23 percent. These five districts have seen a sudden spike in daily cases in a month.Sindhudurghas2,198active cases, up from 419 until March 28, Osmanabad has 9,050, up from 1,814, Amravati has 6,872 cases, up from 3,179, and Solapur has 15,550, up from 4,449. Only Nanded saw a decline in active infections. Daily deaths rose from 0-5 a month ago to 4-10 in these districts. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Singh has challenged PE orders in HC MUMBAI, APRIL 29 SeparatelyonThursday,Singh filed a petition in the Bombay High Court challenging two preliminary inquiries initiated against him by the Maharashtra government earlier this month. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Centre says 90% of time goes firefighting for Delhi, it’s not a ‘good call’ to cut from one state for another SOFI AHSAN NEW DELHI,APRIL 29 TO DRIVE home its demand for oxygen, the Delhi government on Thursday submitted data before the Delhi High Court, and suggested that while oxygen provided to the national capital by the Centre was well short of target, some states were getting more than what they had asked for. Even as Solicitor General Tushar Mehta repeatedly insisted that Delhi’s submissions abouttheallegeddiscrimination FIR against Param Bir Singh transferred to Thane police An FIR was registered against former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh along with 32 others on Wednesday onthecomplaintof aninspector. Registered in Akola, it was transferred Thursday to Thane police as the alleged crime took place under its jurisdiction. Sources said that since the FIR against Singh includes sections pertaining to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, an ACP-ranked officer will be asked to investigate the matter. A total of 27 sections, includingthoserelatedtocriminalconspiracy, destruction of evidence and some sections of the said Act, were applied. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 OXYGEN STATUS in metric tonnes (MT) STATE DEMAND UP 800 Punjab 126 Tamil Nadu 200 Kerala 89 Chhattisgarh 215 Rajasthan 205 Gujarat 1,000 MP 445 Haryana 180 Maharashtra 1,500 Delhi 700 GOT 753 136 220 99 227 205 975 543 162 1,661 490 Apr20data,DelhigovttoHC not be recorded, the court turneddownhispleasandsaidit was for the Centre to resolve this crisis. “You can’t duck it,” the court said. On his claim that sufficient supply was reaching Delhi, the Division Bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said to Mehta: “That may notbecorrectatall.Thatwecannot accept. We are very clear on that. We are living here. It is people close to us who are not getting beds and oxygen. You are aware about it. We have heard about Haryana people dying, we have heard people in Meerut CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Scarred once, migrants in Goa crowd trains to rush home MAYURA JANWALKAR VASCO, APRIL 29 ON THURSDAY afternoon, daily wage worker Mohammed Gulzar had his first meal 19 hours after he boarded the Vasco-Patna Express from Vasco-Da-Gama Railway station in South Goa. The train had then reached Bhusawal in Maharashtra and his home in Jharkhand’s Godda district was still a couple of days away. Having boarded the train on Wednesday in an unreserved compartmentalongwith35others from his village, ‘social distancing’ was too distant even for one’s imagination, said 24-year old Gulzar. “There is hardly any place to stand in the train. There are just too many people and the crowd has not let up since the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 These Covid warriors make the toughest of all calls — to inform the families of those who died PAGE 1 ANCHOR THE SAVIOURS FIGHTING THE SECOND COVID WAVE AN EXPRESS SERIES `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 STATE GOVT EXTENDS RESTRICTIONS TILL MAY 15 TOPE SAYS EXPERTS PREDICT THIRD WAVE BY AUG-SEPT, STATE MP to Maharashtra, Delhi to Gujarat: Will wait for Covishield, Covaxin stocks TO RAMP UP HEALTH Chouhan said Madhya INFRASTRUCTURE Vaccination drive in progress at ESIS Hospital in Mulund. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2021, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 14 PAGES MAHARASHTRA ● TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA MUMBAI, APRIL 29 “MA’AM, I beg you to arrange for an ambulance. We have been waiting since morning to take thebody,”amantellsher.It’slate intoher8am-3pmshift,andshe responds: “Give me 10 minutes, an ambulance is returning from the crematorium.” Then, as she walks away from the scene, her eyes filling up, she confides: “These deaths come to me in my Dr Shubhangi Daore (seated) in the command room of the Covid Jumbo Centre in Dahisar, Mumbai. Tabassum Barnagarwala dreams.” When Dr Shubhangi Daore completed her degree in dental surgerytwoyearsago,sheimagined a happy, relaxed, and comfortable life. But for the last eight months, the 25-year-old has beenhandlingthejobthateveryone shies away from: making that dreaded call to the families of Covidpatientswhohavedied. It’s not just that. Insideamakeshiftcommand room of the Covid Jumbo Centre in Mumbai’s Dahisar, she arranges video calls for patients through tabs distributed in wards, and organises referrals in other facilities. She consoles family members who come for the final glimpse and arranges CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TOTAL 292 / 294 WEST BENGAL LeftCongress India Today Axis My India 130-156 134-160 0-2 ABP C Voter 152-164 109-121 14-25 India TV People’s Pulse 64-88 173-192 7-12 News 24-Today’s Chanakya 180 104 4 128-138 138-148 11-21 Times Now C Voter TO AVOID panic and uncertainty, states, BJP and non-BJP, have started communicating to people that the vaccination for the 18-45 age group will not begin May 1. None of the states has been able to procure fresh dosages from vaccine makers, and given their existing stock, they would rather vaccinate people over 45 who have had their first shot and are waiting for the second. BJP Republic TV-CNX Secondshot a priority TMC 158 115 19 India Ahead ETG Research 164-176 105-115 10-15 EXIT POLL PREDICTIONS FOR TN, KERALA, ASSAM ON PAGE 2 Exit polls show dead heat in Bengal, LDF in Kerala, DMK sweep in TN BJP predicted to return in Assam despite spirited fight by Congress EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE WORLD WILL HAVE STRONG MILITARY PRESENCE IN INDO-PACIFIC, SAYS BIDEN RUSSIA, CHINA SOW DISINFORMATION TO DAMAGE VACCINE TRUST: EU PAGE 12 NEW DELHI, APRIL 29 EXITPOLLS broadcast byvarious television networks Thursday showedadeadheatracein West Bengal with many pollsters giving the ruling Trinamool Congress an edge, and some giving the BJP an advantage. In Kerala, almost all polls predicted the ruling CPI(M)-led Left front to buck the four decade political trend of the incumbent being voted out of power. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY
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