350c. 250c. Sunrise: 06:13 am Sunset: 06:59 pm ONGC TOLD TO SELL OILFIELDS, HIVE OFF DRILLING, SERVICES Pg 7 SUCHITRA PILLAI OPENS UP ABOUT BREAKING STEREOTYPES Pg 16 TREAT THE DISEASE, NOT THE SYMPTOMS FREE(DOM) FOR 18-45 If you make someone feel guilty about their mistakes, then you have not forgiven them. That guilt itself is a punishment. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Vol. 64 No. 305 | MONDAY | APRIL 26, 2021 | 13 Pages | ` 4 | EDITIONS: MUMBAI*, Pune, Indore, Bhopal, E-Paper BETWEEN THE LINES UK RUSHING HELP, EU, GERMANY TOO T he European Union, Israel and Germany have promised assist India in combating the second wave of Covid, which is threatening to derail the healthcare system. Europe has been anxiously watching India since the Covid numbers started spiralling in early March. The assurance of help came even as the daily Covid numbers almost touched 3.5 lakh -- the fourth straight day of 3 lakh-plus fresh infections. On Friday, France had said it stands by India in this crisis; the United Kingdom was the first country to announce It is sending lifesaving medical equipment, including ventilators and oxygen concentrators. LIQUID O2 ONLY FOR MEDICAL USE T he Centre has tweaked a previous order that exempted nine categories of industries from diverting liquid oxygen for medical use. It has now said those nine industries are no longer exempted from manufacturing liquid oxygen only for medial use. "Use of liquid oxygen is not allowed for any non-medical purpose and all manufacturing units may maximise their production of liquid oxygen, and make it available to the government for use for medical purposes only, with immediate effect and until further orders," the Union Home Secretary said in the order. "Further, all stocks of liquid oxygen should be made available to the government for use for medical purposes. EDIT Pg 10 STATE GOVT OUTGO ESTIMATED AT `5,000 CRORE; HIGH-LEVEL COMMITTEE SET UP TO PROCURE VACCINES FROM INDIA AND ABROAD SANJAY JOG Mumbai The Maharashtra government has announced it will vaccinate for free the approximately 5.71 crore people in the 18-45 age group in Phase 3 of the universal vaccination drive, beginning May 1. Around 12 crore doses will be required for this phase, the funds for which the government will provide from its kitty This announcement was . made by the Minister of Mi- OUR BUREAU New Delhi The government has made it mandatory for the 18-44 age group to register themselves on the CoWIN portal and get an appointment for vaccination, saying walkins will not be allowed initially to avoid crowding and "chaos" at immunisation centres However, those aged 45 years and above can still avail of the facility of onthe-spot registration to get vaccinated, officials said. From May 1, the present system of private COVID-19 vaccination centres receiv- ing doses from the government and charging up to Rs 250 per dose from people will also cease to exist and private hospitals will procure their supplies directly from vaccine manufacturers. So effectively, From May 1, vaccine prices for private hospitals will shoot up. The Serum Institute of India, which manufactures Covishield, has announced that its vaccine would be sold at Rs 400 to states and at ₹ 600 to private hospitals. Bharat Biotech's Covaxin will cost Rs 600 to state governments and Rs 1,200 for private hospitals. CONTD. ON P8 State to import 25,000 MTs O2, 10 lakh vials of Remdesivir and instal 132 PSA oxygen units SANJAY JOG / Mumbai The Maharashtra Government has come up with an ambitious Rs 745 crore plan to import of 25,000MTs of oxygen, instal 132 oxygen plants based on pressure-swing absorption (PSA) technology oxygen concen, trators and tankers and the procurement of 10 lakh Remdesivir injections to treat its Covid-afflicted. For this plan, the government will tap into its contingency fund. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had announced on April 13 that the government had earmarked Rs 3,300 crore to increase health infrastructure, including the procurement of medicines, medical equip- W 14 O2 plants in MMR soon LOCKDOWN IN DELHI EXTENDED: Back to the wall, CM Kejriwal on Sunday announced extension of the ongoing lockdown in Delhi for another week, saying the severity of Covid-19 persists and the positivity rate has been as high as 36 per cent in the last few days. Fourteen plants to produce the life-saving gas from the air will soon come up in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), Maharashtra Minister Eknath Shinde said on Sunday . Shinde said one plant would produce about two tonnes (960 litres per minute) of oxygen in a day which is , adequate for 200 oxygen beds. Shinde said the agencies involved in oxygen production have been identified and work orders have been issued. Three of these plants will come up in the civic limits of Thane, two each in Kalyan-Dombivli and Navi Mumbai, and one each in Bhiwandi, Ulhasnagar, Ambarnath, Badlapur, MiraBhayander, Vasai-Virar and Panvel. According to the minister, the work has been started and these plants will become operational in the next few days. CONTD. ON P8 SANJAY JOG Mumbai The Superstar Show! RAVINDRA JADEJA took three wickets and gave away just 13 runs as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were restricted to 122/9 in reply to Chennai Super Kings' 191/4 in Mumbai, which also came largely due to Jadeja's blistering 62 off 28 balls. Jadeja hit 37 runs off the last over of the CSK innings bowled by Harshal Patel, hitting five sixes and a four, making it the joint most expensive over in the history of the IPL. RCB came into the match having won all four of the matches they have played thus far. Tighter curbs help loosen Covid grip SWAPNIL MISHRA Mumbai The imposition of tougher restrictions in Mumbai appears to be helping – the number of new corona cases have been falling over the last 10 days, a 43 per cent drop since April 14. There were 9,925 cases were reported on that day , which dropped to 5,888 on April 24. Officials have attributed this drop to the early diagnosis of the cases, 43% drop in cases over last 10 days increased testing and restrictions imposed by the state government following which cases are under control. As per the data shared by the health department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), 9,225 corona cases were reported on April 14, which dropped to 8,217 the following day after , which there was a slight increase -- 8,839 and 8,843 on April 16 and 17. But from April 18, cases dropped below 8,000 for the next five days, until April 24, when only 5,888 cases were reported in a single day . Additional Municipal Commissioner Suresh Kakani said the implementation of restrictions across the city was yielding good results. People are now coming forward to take the vaccine, which too has caused a dip in the infection rate. “For the last three or four days, there has not been much increase in the cases and numbers are now going down. We only urge citizens to follow Covid norms strictly, so this downward trend continues. Moreover, 87 per cent of the active cases are asymptomatic, while only 2-3 per cent are critical and need to be hospitalised,” he said. CONTD. ON P8 Free Covid treatment at all UP hospitals LAST WORD be free. The state government will spend the money which , is about Rs 5,000 crore, for this purpose. On Saturday , Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Ajit Pawar had said that we would be vaccinating the entire population of the state above 18 years of age free of cost. It is clear that the Centre will not provide vaccination for the people below the age of 45 years, which will have to be done by states,” he noted. CONTD. ON P8 No walk-in jabs `745 crore combat plan O2 UNIT IN EVERY DIST, VOWS PM ith oxygen supply emerging as the biggest challenge in the lethal second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided that every district should now have its own oxygen plant in order to secure supplies. All districts will be getting such oxygen plants under the PM CARES Fund. Work has been sluggish on the 162 plants sanctioned in January under the PM CARES fund. The Prime Minister has now asked for the 551 new plants to be set up and made functional “as soon as possible”. Only 33 of the 162 plants sanctioned earlier have been installed so far while 59 more are expected to be installed by the end of this month and 80 more by May. nority Affairs and NCP chief spokesman Nawab Malik on Sunday The Free Press Jour. nal had, on April 22, broken the story on how the state government’s likely outgo would be Rs 4,800 crore, for this purpose. Those above 45 years of age too have also been receiving their shots at no cost. Malik told The Free Press Journal, “ the last cabinet At meeting on April 20, we had discussed mass vaccination in Maharashtra and unanimously agreed that it should OUR CORRESPONDENT / Lucknow After announcing free-of-cost vaccination for those above 18 years of age in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced free treatment of all Covid-19 positive patients in government and private hospitals. The Chief Minister conveyed his decision after holding a virtual meeting of the Team-11 task force on Sunday He, howev. er, warned of action against any govern- ment or private hospitals denying treatment to coronavirus positive patients. “No private or government hospital can deny treatment of Covid-19 positive patients when the government is bearing the cost. All such patients be attended on arrival without fail and treatment be given on priority he said. ,” The Chief Minister also directed officials to ensure that no charges are realized for the cremation of those dying due to covid-19. A directive has been issued to all District Magistrates in this regard. CONTD. ON P8 ment and related material. The government’s move comes at a time based on its projection that the number of active cases will cross 10.32 lakhs by May 2, from the current 6,98,354 cases. Thackeray and Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope have said that if cases continue to increase at the present pace, medical infrastructure in the state will be strained to the utmost and there will be a shortage of oxygen, medicines and injections. A senior health department official told The Free Press Journal, “The government swung into action as the Union health ministry has estimated there will be 99,665 CONTD. ON P8 PETROL ` 96.83 DIESEL ` 87.81 US MAKES UP ITS MIND TO ASSIST Per litre Per litre www.freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia Reg. No. Mcs/048/2018-20; RNI No. 1541/1957 M.p.c.s office Mumbai-400001 LALIT K JHA / Washington The Biden administration has made up its mind to provide urgent assistance to India in its fight against the deadly COVID-19, including identification and immediate availability of sources for raw materials urgently required for manufacture of the Covishield vaccine, the White House said on Sunday . The US decision came following a telephonic telephonic conversation between US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval. "Just as India sent assistance to the United States when our hospitals were strained early in the pandemic, the United States is determined to help India in its time of need," Emily Horne, spokesperson of the National Security Council of White House said after the phone call. The Biden administration has come under criticism from several quarters, including from members and supporters of the Democratic party for not releasing sur, plus COVID-19 vaccines to India when the country is experiencing its worst-ever public health crisis. Expressing deep sympathy for the people of India following the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, Sullivan in the phone call affirmed America's solidarity with India, the two countries with the greatest number of COVID-19 cases in the world. To help treat COVID-19 patients and protect frontline health workers in India, the US has identified supplies of therapeutics, rapid diagnostic test kits, ventilators, and Personal Protective Equipment that will immediately be made available. Horne said the US is as pursuing options to provide oxygen generation and related supplies on an urgent basis.