13062020-TT-01.qxd 6/12/2020 11:32 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.140 no.163 | 16 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 GANDHI’S STATUE BOARDED UP AHEAD OF UK STIR WORLD /thetribunechd FOREX RESERVES CROSS $500 BILLION MARK BUSINESS NICKNAMED ‘KALU’, SAMMY FOR RECONCILIATION BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com In Pb, inter-dist travel on weekends via e-pass Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 12 On weekends and holidays, inter-district movement in Punjab will be allowed only for essential work via e-passes. However, no pass will be required for a medical emergency. Tightening the lockdown restrictions, Punjab has made e-pass mandatory for marriage functions, restricting the number of guests to 50. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said standalone shops as well as shopping malls would remain shut on Sundays and open on Saturdays till 5 pm. Nonessential shops would open five days a week. These would be shut on Sundays and any other day in a week decided by district magis- saturday, june 13,2020 Military brass briefs Rajnath on LAC logjam TIGHTENING THE CURBS China’s deployment of jets, bombers, artillery guns, tanks taken up ■ Non-essential shops to Ajay Banerjee open five days a week ■ Number of guests at marriages limited to 50 ■ Shops selling essential items open till 7 pm daily ■ Eateries (for takeaway), liquor shops open till 8 pm trates in consultation with market associations. Under the new guidelines, shops dealing with essential commodities/services would remain open till 7 pm throughout the week. Restaurants (for takeaway/home delivery) and liquor shops would be open till 8 pm on all days. Expressing concern over the spiralling Covid cases, the CM appealed to the people to adhere to physical distancing norms. WHAT DELHI WANTS Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 12 Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today conducted a review meeting, the third in 10 days, to take stock of the border standoff with China and its overall military deployment in areas along the undemarcated 3,488-kmlong Line of Actual Control. The minister was briefed about the situation by Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and the service chiefs. The meeting has happened as China has been amassing troops despite the diplomatic dialogue between the two sides for an “early resolution” of the dispute. The Ladakh issue and the movement of fighter jets, bombers, artillery ■ Restoration of status quo ante as in April along the Line of Actual Control ■ PLA must demolish all structures it has built in disputed areas along the LAC ■ The stress is at the area called ‘Finger 4’, which is north of Pangong Tso guns and tanks by China was also taken up. Both the countries have had a heavy buildup of troops, much bigger than the one during the 1962 war, on either side of the border in recent past. In Ladakh, Maj Gen Abhijit Bapat, General Officer Commanding (GoC) of the Army’s 3 Division, met his SC: Handling of bodies horrendous New Delhi, June 12 Terming the situation created by the Covid-19 pandemic in Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal as “horrendous”, the Supreme Court on Friday issued notices to the Centre and the states asking them to explain the lapses in treating patients and offering a dignified departure to the dead. A Bench of Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justice SK Kaul and Justice MR Shah said media reports indicated a sorry state of affairs in handling of the Covid19 crisis by some of the states. As Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain, representing the Delhi Government, said, “We accept notice,” the Bench shot back, “You have to do more than accepting the notice.” “There are states where bodies were found in garbage bins. They are being treated Relatives bury a Covid victim at a graveyard in New Delhi. PTI RAMP UP TESTING, APEX COURT TELLS STATES ■ The SC said media reports both in government indicated a “sorry state of affairs” hospitals and private labs ■ It mentioned a media report ■ The top court said the that showed deplorable requests for tests could not be condition of patients and denied on technical grounds medical wards in Delhi ■ The chief secretaries of the ■ The SC urged states to states directed to take remedial action for patient care increase Covid-19 testing, EDIT: DELHI’S COVID CRISIS worse than animals,” the Bench said, adding that it was horrific. Asking the Centre and the states to file their responses, it posted the matter for further hearing on June 17. Chief secretaries of Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal are required to file status reports on handling of the pandemic. “We direct that the chief secretaries of the states shall immediately take appropriate notice of the status of patients’ management in government hospitals in their respective states and take remedial action,” it ordered. “Status reports with regard to government hospitals, patient care and the details of the staff and infrastructure, should be brought before the court so that appropriate directions be issued,” it said. It also issued notice to the LNJP Hospital Superintendent in the Capital where “deplorable state of affairs” were reported by the media. “We shall consider issuing notice to other states, government and private hospitals subsequently,” the Bench said. — TNS Chinese counterpart today. This was the fifth meeting in two weeks, the aim being to defuse tension on ground. India and China have a common meeting point at the LAC, including the one at Chushul-Moldo in Ladakh. Meetings are also being conducted at the brigade commander and battalion com- FUEL DEARER PETROL DIESEL 57 PAISE 59 PAISE New Delhi: Petrol price was hiked by 57 paise per litre and diesel by 59 paise a litre as oil companies adjusted retail rates on Friday. This is the sixth consecutive day of hike in rates. HONDA RECALLS 65,651 CARS TO FIX ‘FAULT’ New Delhi: Honda Cars India Ltd on Friday said it was recalling 65,651 units of 2018-manufactured Amaze, City and Jazz cars to replace faulty fuel pumps. mander level at ground zero in Galwan valley, Gogra Hot Springs and north bank of Pangong Tso, a 135-km glacial melt lake. “The meetings are progressing as per the outcome of the June 6 dialogue,” sources in Delhi said. On June 6, the commander of the Leh-based 14 Corps, Lt Gen Harinder Singh, conducted a seven-hour marathon meeting with his Chinese counterpart, South Xinjiang military commander Maj Gen Lin Liu. India had pressed for restoration of status quo ante as in April and also cited how China was in violation of all agreements, protocols and laid-down drills relating to maintaining peace and tranquillity along the LAC and for conduct of soldiers. 22-yr-oldIndiankilled,3hurt in firing by Nepal guards New Delhi, June 12 After the Nepalese border force on Friday opened fire on a crowd, killing a 22-year-old Indian and injuring three others along the Indo-Nepal border in Sitamarhi district of Bihar, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) Director General (DG) Kumar Rajesh Chandra said the incident was purely local. He said it occurred after an altercation between people residing in the bordering area and Nepal border police. The DG also contended that the firing took place deep inside the Nepal territory. Chandra said the incident was “triggered by an altercation between residents of the The incident was local and occurred in Nepal territory: SSB chief bordering village Janaki Nagar on the India side and personnel of Nepal’s border force this morning.” “A woman, who has been married into a family of Janaki Nagar, was coming to her inlaws’ place along with some relatives from the Nepalese side. Since a Covid-19 protocol is still in force in Nepal, the police asked them to disperse , which led to an altercation between the locals of Janaki Nagar and the police,” he said. — TNS Loss of taste, smell may be taken as Covid symptom Tribune News Service & PTI TOEING US POLICY New Delhi, June 12 The government is mulling to include sudden loss of taste and smell as criteria for Covid-19 testing, sources said today as India’s caseload raced towards the threelakh mark and it surpassed the UK as the fourth mostaffected country. The issue was discussed in a meeting of the National Task Force on Covid-19 held last Sunday, but no consensus on the matter has been reached yet. “At the meeting, some members suggested including loss of taste and smell in the eligibility criteria for corona testing stating that several patients had been reporting symptoms like these,” a source in the Health Ministry said. The US had in May incorporated “ new loss of taste or smell” in list of Covid symptoms. Indian health authorities too discussed it, but couldn’t reach consensus 25 OFFICIALS +VE New Delhi: As many as 25 officials of the Ministry of Labour tested positive for Covid-19 this week. COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT RECOVERED 1,47,194 FRESH FATALITIES 396 TOTAL DEATHS 8,498 2,97,535 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS WORLD 76,49,699 38,73,742 4,25,147 According to an expert, even though the symptom is not specific to Covid-19 as one may suffer from loss of smell and taste when they have flu or influenza, it could be one of the early signs of the onset of the disease and prompt detection may help in early treatment. With a record surge of 10,956 cases over the last 24 hours, India’s tally touched 2,97,535 cases today. The daily new cases breached the 10,000 mark for the first time and India is now behind only the US, Brazil and Russian Federation. The recovery rate—6,166 in last 24 hours— continued to increase and reached 49.47 per cent. A total of 1,47,194 individuals have been cured and 1,41,842 are currently infected. Delhiites turn to Punjab hospitals Haryana doubling rate Chandigarh, Punjab for treatment, Health Dept on alert 8days,worstincountry lead in recovery rate Karam Prakash Tribune News Service Trump may suspend H1-B visa: Report Washington, June 12 US President Donald Trump is considering suspending a number of employment visas, including H1-B in view of the massive unemployment in the US due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a media report. INSIDE Fearing infection, asthmatic left to die HYDERABAD: The fear of Covid claimed the life of a 52-year-old asthma patient. None came forward to take him to hospital even as he collapsed on the road at Chengunta in Medak district of Telangana. Ambulance staff reportedly declined to ferry him, saying they did not have PPE kits for their safety. BACK PAGE Patiala, June 12 With the Covid situation turning from bad to worse in Delhi, many from the national Capital have been rushing to Punjab for testing and treatment of the infection, a development that has the health authorities worried. A 57-year-old bank manager, posted in Delhi for the past several years, tested positive for the disease in Patiala yesterday. His son claimed after showing corona symptoms, his father visited several hospitals for treatment, but wasn’t entertained anywhere. In another case, an elderly couple has been admitted to Government Rajindra Hospital here. Officials said the husband-wife duo visited the health facility as soon as they reached Patiala from Delhi on Wednesday. They had got test- WORRYING TREND We have informed the Director, Health and Family Welfare. Such patients should not be counted in the Punjab caseload, but in that of Delhi. Dr Harish Malhotra, ❝ PATIALA CIVIL SURGEON ed at a private lab in the Capital and were found positive. Concerned over the emerging trend, the Health Department has alerted the policymakers to find a solution. Patiala Civil Surgeon Dr Harish Malhotra said it appeared as if all of them were visiting the state on purpose—for corona treatment. “We have informed the Director, Health and Family Welfare. Such patients should not be counted in the Punjab caseload, but in that of Delhi,” he said. Sources said people from Delhi were approaching their friends, extended family members and acquaintances in Punjab to find accommodation on rent. A property dealer said he was hunting for a ‘kothi’ (house) on rent in Mohali for two families from Delhi. Dr Sumeet Singh, District Epidemiologist, said, “There have been several cases of people from Delhi visiting their relatives and friends in Punjab as the situation in the Capital seems to be worsening by the day. The corona positivity rate of those coming from the NCR and Maharashtra is quite high compared to other places.” Bhartesh Singh Thakur Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 12 Haryana’s doubling rate, as per the Union Ministry of Health website, is eight days — the worst in the country. Karnataka and J&K have a doubling rate of 13 days each, the second worst. The national doubling rate is 18 days. Haryana’s recovery rate at 37.87 per cent (till June 12) is the second worst after Delhi (36.70 per cent). In cases per million population (based on 2011 Census), Haryana is the sixth worst among states with more than 2,000 cumulative Covid positive cases at 235.41 per million. Test positivity rate in the state has been constantly rising. Recorded at 1.84 per cent on May 31, it jumped to 3.15 per cent on June 7 and further 3.80 per cent on June 11. However, the fatality rate in Aditi Tandon IN FIGURES STATE HARYANA KARNATAKA J&K NATIONWIDE Tribune News Service DAYS 8 13 13 18 Haryana is 1.07 per cent while the national average is 2.86 per cent. “The recovery rate will improve in the coming days. We are preparing to meet challenges regarding health infrastructure,” said Dr Suraj Bhan Kamboj, Director General (Health Services). Haryana Chief Secretary Keshni Anand Arora has directed the DCs to ensure that the availability of oxygen cylinders in hospitals and Covid care centres is up five times. “Final-year MBBS, paramedics and nursing students need to be trained to tackle an alarming situation,” she stressed. New Delhi, June 12 Chandigarh and Punjab are currently leading in the country on the key parameter of Covid-19 recoveries, posting the highest and the second highest cure rates, respectively, in the country. While Chandigarh’s cure rate is the best in India at 87.42 per cent as of the latest state-wise data available with the Health Ministry, Punjab follows at 79.70 per cent. The national recovery rate is 49.47 per cent with the number of discharged continuing to outstrip active Covid cases. However, J&K and Haryana have registered recoveries below the national average. J&K’s cure rate is 34.65 per cent as against Haryana’s 34.69 per cent. HP’s cure rate is 54.23 per cent. Government sources said the cure and mortality rates IN FIGURES CHANDIGARH PUNJAB HP HARYANA J&K NATIONWIDE 87.42% 79.90% 54.23% 34.69% 34.65% 49.47% were the best indicators of the quality of state’s Covid response and management. “These two indicators determine the response to the pandemic since the virus is here to stay and a vaccine or a drug is not in sight,” VK Paul, member health, NITI Aayog, said. A growing recovery rate means cured persons progressively outnumber the infected and the proportion of persons susceptible to the virus decreases. Once this proportion decreases considerably the pandemic curve will start to drop.
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