YK MYK INDIA CAN TWEAK FDI POLICY FOCUSING ON NEW ECONOMY OPINION Rs. 5 RANCHI THURSDAY, 22 APRIL, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—345 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) PRO-NAVALNY PROTESTERS TO HIT THE STREETS ACROSS RUSSIA WORLD Morning India AGONY IN NASHIK HOSPITAL HORROR: 24 COVID PATIENTS DIE DUE TO OXYGEN LEAK I n a horrific incident, at least 24 Covid-19 patients died on ventilators in a Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) hospital after an abrupt drop in pressure due to leakage in the oxygen supplies, officials said. The invisible tragedy took place in the Dr. Zakir Hussain Hospital run by the Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled NMC, which is among the biggest civic bodies and one of the worst Covid-19 hotspots in the state. Following certain technical issues which caused a variation in the pressure of the oxygen being administered in the ward, the 24 patients gasped for breath and succumbed on the ventilator beds. At least 150 patients were undergoing treatment on oxygen beds and another two dozen on ventilator beds when the tragedy struck. "It's a very serious incident... coming due to a drop in pressure of the oxygen being administered to the patients," Health Minister Rajesh Tope said. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 1,56,21,356 TOTAL DEATH: 1,80,601 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 143,713,178 TOTAL DEATH: 3,061,291 Hospital staff members running from the spot after an Oxygen tanker leaked while tankers were being filled at Dr. Zakir Hussain Hospital in Nashik on Wednesday. At least 22 Covid-19 patients died due to leakage. ANI Even as stunned relatives slammed the civic authorities, NMC Municipal Commissioner Kailash Jadhav termed it as "a very sad tragedy" and ordered a probe into the incident and assured action against all found guilty of lapses. Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that he was stunned to learn of the Nashik hospital tragedy and expressed his condolences to the kin of the victims. Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) ally Shiv Sena Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray expressed sorrow over the tragedy and assured that the incident would be probed. Nationalist Congress Party's Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar condoled the PHASE 3 CLINICAL STUDY Covaxin demonstrates overall interim clinical efficacy of 78% HYDERABAD: Leading vaccine maker Bharat Biotech and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Wednesday announced interim results from phase 3 clinical trials of Covaxin, which show 78 per cent overall clinical efficacy and 100 per cent efficacy against severe Covid-19. The second interim analysis is based on accruing more than 87 symptomatic cases of Covid-19. Due to the recent surge in cases, 127 symptomatic cases were recorded, resulting in a point estimate of vaccine efficacy of 78 per cent against mild, REMDESIVIR IS NOT ‘RAMBAN’: DR TREHAN NEW DELHI: Amid the reports of shortage medical oxygen and anti-viral drug Remdesivir in different parts of country, Dr Naresh Trehan, Chairman, Medanta, on Wednesday said that Remdesivir is not 'Ramban' in treatment of COVID-19 and it only decreases viral load in people who need it. FULL REPORT ON PG 7 moderate, and severe Covid19 disease. The efficacy against severe Covid-19 disease was 100 per cent, with an impact on reduction in hospitalizations. The efficacy against asymptomatic Covid-19 infection was 70 per cent, suggesting decreased transmission in Covaxin recipients. Safety and efficacy results from the final analysis will be available in June, and the final report will be submitted to a peer-reviewed publication, Hyderabad based Bharat Biotech said. Based on the achievement of the success criteria, placebo recipients have now become eligible to receive two doses of Covaxin. The phase 3 study enrolled 25,800 participants between 18-98 years of age, including 10 per cent over the age of 60, with the analysis conducted 14 days post the 2nd dose. Covaxin was developed with seed strains received from the National Institute of Virology, and the phase 3 clinical trial was co-funded by the ICMR. MORE ON PG 5, 7 AT A GLANCE PM TO ADDRESS VIRTUAL LEADERS’ SUMMIT ON CLIMATE TODAY NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the virtual Leaders' Summit on Climate at the invitation of US President Joe Biden on April 22-23, the PMO said on Wednesday. Devotees offer prayers outside a temple on Ramnavami as several religious premises remained shut due to Covid-19 pandemic in Ranchi on Wednesday. HC directs Centre to stop supply of oxygen for industrial purposes NEW DELHI: Amid the rise in the complaints of shortage of medical oxygen across several hospitals in the national capital, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the Centre to immediately stop the supply of oxygen for industrial purposes. While hearing an urgent application regarding the oxygen shortage at Max Hospital here, the Court also directed the Centre to provide safe passage for the supply of oxygen from the place of production to place of delivery. "Why government is not waking to reality? How is this that the government is so oblivious to the ground reality? We cannot have people dying. This is an emergency of such grave nature," the Court said. The Delhi High Court also noted that several people died in a hospital in Maharashtra's Nashik hospital due to no oxygen supply. Terming the present scenario as 'delicate' and 'sensitive', the Court also said that the industry can wait for several days for oxygen supply and directed the Centre to immediately takeover production of oxygen from steel plant and petroleum plant to supply for medical use. The Petitioner, Max Hospital chain, submitted that it has been running from pillar to post and have made a number of requests both to the Centre and Delhi Government. "The Hospital at (Max) Patparganj has currently only three hours of supply of oxygen and if the oxygen runs outs, the life of 400 patients out of which there are 262 COVID patients, will be under threat. A number of these patients are critical and on ventilator support and in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)," the petitioner said. "There is no visibility for the supply of oxygen to the Hospital either from the Centre and Delhi Government, no action has been forthcoming from the respondents," it said. DHONI’S PARENTS TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19, TAKEN TO HOSPITAL RANCHI: According to news reports, former India skipper MS Dhoni's parents, mother Devika Devi and father Pan Singh, have been admitted to the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. tragedy and assured a highlevel investigation. Congress State Spokesperson Sachin Sawant demanded a thorough inquiry into the tragedy and punishing all those found guilty. "The hospital is managed by NMC which is under the BJP-rule. BJP must take responsibility. Where are the BJP Mayor and 3 BJP MLAs absconding?" Sawant said sternly. MORE ON PG 7 State Govt adds 1824 oxygen-supported beds CM discusses utilisation of Army resources to fight Covid SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: The state government has operationalized as many as 1824 oxygen supported beds across the state, said an official press release, adding that a minimum of 50 beds has been ensured in each district. The step was taken under the direction of Chief Minister Hemant Soren in this regard. Efforts would be undertaken to increase the number of such beds by April 24. Officials claimed that the step would help ensure oxygen facilities for needy citizens. Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren on Wednesday reiterated his demand for utilization of the army hospitals and manpower at Namkum and Ramgarh for treatment of common citizens affected by Covid. The CM held a meeting on the issue with the army personnel namely Brigadier Sanjay Katiyar, Brigadier Rajat Shukla and Colonel K Vivek at his residence. He said that the state government would install additional oxygen attached beds and ventilators in army hospitals in Namkum and Ramgarh if the centre approves his demand. He said the doctors and paramedical staff of the hospitals are experienced personnel and would ensure better treatment of Covid affected persons. The CM said the step would lessen the burden on the health care system of Ranchi and other cities. He stated that six districts, including Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Dhanbad are registering a large number of cases. He added that with a high inflow of patients from other parts of the state in the state capital the existing health care infrastructure is under pressure and people are facing various hindrances in getting proper treatment. The CM also said that the army should cooperate in the building of 1000- bed isolation centre for the Covid patients. Speaking on the occasion army officials said that the defence ministry is thinking over the letter sent by the CM to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard. They said steps would be taken based on the direction of the ministry. They stated that the army hospital at Ranchi has 400 beds adding 200 are reserved for Covid patients. The hospital located at Ramgarh has 120 beds.