20042021-CT-01.qxd 4/20/2021 12:48 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 20 APRIL 2021 | CHANDIGARH ELECTION TO KHARAR MC TOP POSTS DEFERRED TO MAY 3 PAGE 2 MC president, vice-president poll postponed after SAD, Cong councillors clash over Independents’ votes. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA MOHALI 3,65,412 2,50,780 2,74,862 34,546 17,065 36,865 30,325 14,717 29,969 612 277 792 3,804 2,176 6,390 179 200 179 417 172 506 4 4 4 Findings of panel formed to decide fate of GPS-enabled watches to track 4K employees remain inconclusive. MAX 36°C | MIN 19°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36.5°C | MIN 19.5°C 62 PANCHKULA 76 MOHALI 80 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF WATER SUPPLY TO BE HIT FOR 11 DAYS Chandigarh: For 11 days, there will be no afternoon water supply in the city due to repair work.According to the MC, water will not be supplied in the afternoon from April 20 to 30. Also, the supply in morning and evening will be reduced by two hours. Water will be supplied from 4 am to 9 am and 6 pm to 9 pm. TNS YOUTH HELD FOR SNATCHING MOBILE Chandigarh: A 21-year-old youth was nabbed by two cops while he was escaping after allegedly snatching a mobile phone. The police said Vicky Ram of Ram Darbar, Phase II, was escaping after snatching a phone from an 18-year-old girl, Monika, near the Poulty Farm chowk, Industrial Area, Phase I. The victim raised the alarm following which the two constables, Sunil and Ravinder, who were present near the spot, nabbed the suspect. TNS TWO BORROW PHONE, ESCAPE Chandigarh: Two fraudsters, including a woman, borrowed a mobile phone from a person and escaped from the spot. The complainant, Sandeep of Kaimbwala village, reported that the suspects, riding a white car, asked for his phone to make a call near the Sector 44/45 light point. However, they escaped with the phone. TNS SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.49 AM HOW HOSPITALS ARE PLACED AS CASES HEAD NORTH MOHALI (L2+L3) PANCHKULA MOHALI Tribune News Service CHANDIGARH SUNSET TUESDAY 6.53 PM Chandigarh, April 19 As Covid-19 cases are spiralling in the tricity, beds reserved for such patients at both private and government facilities are getting exhausted rapidly. Eight-one per cent of the 1,686 Covid beds in the tricity region, dedicated to moderate to severely ill patients, are already full. With more than 6,000 active cases, Mohali district is worst affected in the region as 88 per cent of the Covid beds in the district are full. In Chandigarh, 72 per cent of beds are full. Although the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI) was made a Covid-dedicated hospital for Chandigarh at the start of the pandemic, the hospital shares the burden of Covid patients from other states as well. Around 100 patients from Punjab are admitted to the Covid hospital at the PGI. Around 80 per cent capacity of Covid beds is full at the institute and 77 per cent ICU beds (with ventilators) are also occupied. The medical institute increased 30 Covid beds as per the directions of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. PGI Director Jagat Ram said, “The hospital is CHANDIGARH 72% 800 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 0 88% 84% 713 626 648 466 325 272 TOTAL COVID BEDS BEDS OCCUPIED CHANDIGARH: ICU BEDS: 99 | OCCUPIED: 68 (69%) CHANDIGARH HOSPITALS TOTAL OCCUPANCY %AGE 283 230 53 225 184 41 80% 80% 77.3% 65 23 56 14 86% 60% 100 17 31 9 31% 52% 200 6 154 4 77% 67% PGIMER Covid beds Non-ICU oxygen beds ICU beds (including ventilators) HOSPITALS TOTAL OCCUPANCY %AGE Fortis Max Grecian Ivy SGHS, Sohana Mayo Indus District Hospital Cheema Hospital Amcare Hospital Amar Hospital Shalby Hospital JP Hospital Mehar Hospital Ace Heart Institute 92 80 65 50 100 43 23 60 15 52 30 50 18 23 12 82 65 61 48 100 37 23 35 14 47 25 45 15 18 11 89% 81% 94% 96% 100% 86% 100% 59% 93% 90% 83% 90% 83% 78% 92% GMCH -32 Covid beds ICU beds SOUTH CAMPUS–SECTOR 48 Covid beds ICU beds GMSH- 16 Covid beds ICU beds catering to 1,800 non-Covid patients admitted to the hospital, including 360 in the Emergency complex. We have already reduced non-Covid services due to increase in the PANCHKULA HOSPITALS TOTAL OCCUPANCY %AGE Civil Hospital, Sec 6 Paras Hospital Alchemist, Sector 21 Alchemist, Sector 26 Mullana Medical College, Ambala Covid caseload. Our Covid beds are full. We may have to compromise on non-Covid services for expanding the Covid services. The situation in hospitals is very serious but WESTERN COMMAND TO ASSIST STATES IN COMBATING COVID 161 47 43 34 40 108 47 43 34 40 67% 100% 100% 100% 100% we are doing the best we can.” The overall occupancy of Covid beds at the hospitals in Panchkula district has reached 84 per cent. continued on page 2 TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Mohali under lockdown tomorrow, on Sunday Tribune News Service Mohali, April 19 In view of the spurt in Covid cases, Mohali will observe a complete lockdown on Wednesday to restrict large gatherings on the occasion of Ram Navami. The lockdown will not affect the movement of vehicles on highways. Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan said Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh decided this during a high-level Covid review meeting today. He added that lockdown had been announced for Sunday as well. Dayalan said in addition, stricter restrictions, including extension of night curfew timings (now 8 pm to 5 am), closure of bars, cinema halls, gyms, spas, coaching centres, sports complexes and opening of restaurants and hotels only for takeaway and home delivery, would begin tomorrow. The DC said the new restrictions, which also included closure of all malls, shops and markets on Sunday, coupled with the ones imposed earlier, would remain in effect till April 30. He directed the Police Department to strictly enforce the restrictions, taking support of civil society organisations where needed. All weekly markets had also been ordered to shut, he added. Devotees throng the Mansa Devi temple to pay obeisance on the 7th day of the Navratri festival in Panchkula on Monday. RAVI KUMAR NO DECISION YET, SAYS PANCHKULA DC On the proposed lockdown in the tricity on Ram Navami, Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Mukul Kumar said till now, no such decision had been taken in this regard. UT to take call today Chandigarh, April 19 To prevent gatherings, the UT Administration is likely to impose one-day lockdown on the occasion of Ram Navami on Wednesday. The Punjab Government has already announced lockdown in Mohali on Wednesday to prevent mass gatherings in view of the surge. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh decided to impose lockdown on Wednesday after UT Adviser Manoj Parida asked him to take a call so as to shut down the tricity. However, the final decision Panchkula, April 19 A joint team of the Drug Control Department and the police nabbed a Bahadurgarh resident, at present staying in Dera Bassi, for illegally selling antiviral remdesivir injections at an exorbitant price. The injection on imposing the restrictions would be taken in a meeting tomorrow, said Parida. He said they were yet to receive confirmation from the Harayana Government for imposition of lockdown in Panchkula on Wednesday. Sources said the UT Administration might not go for lockdown on Wednesday continued on page 2 4 more deaths set alarm bells ringing in Panchkula Chandigarh, April 19 To break the chain of coronavirus transmission, the UT Administration today notified 49 more micro-containment zones in the city. District Magistrate Mandip Singh Brar said the issue of outbreak of Covid-19 was examined by a committee and a considered view emerged that the affected areas be declared as containment zones in the city. Brar said regular screening and monitoring of the areas would continue and frequent sanitisation of the areas would be conducted and residents were advised to strictly maintain social distancing norms, wear masks and fol- reported from the district for the second consecutive day on Monday, setting alarm bells ringing for the district Health Department. Those who succumbed to the disease were a 45-year-old man from Golpura, a 79-year-old man from Sector 20, a 70year-old man from Pinjore and a 45-year-old man from PANCHKULA: Four deaths were 4 DEATHS, 612 +VE IN UT Chandigarh: The city recorded 612 Covid-19 cases on Monday, taking the number of active cases to 3,804. With four more deaths, the toll has reached 417. The total number of cases in the UT has reached 34,546. As many as 429 more patients have been cured of the disease. TNS low hand hygiene. The zones were declared in parts of Sector 7, 11, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 27, 28, 29, 32-D, 33, 34, 35-C, 35-D, 37-B, 37-D, 38-D, 39-B, 40-C, 42-C, 44-A, 45-A, 49 (Nirwana Society), 50, 51, 51-B (New Light Society), 52, 63, 63 (Block 8), New Indira Colony, Kishangarh, Dhanas (HBC) and Raipur Khurd. — TNS of power employees and there was no cause for any strike by them. The principle of “no work, no pay” would be strictly enforced. The employees were, therefore, advised to attend duty. The defaulting employees would also be liable for other disciplinary action. Necessary arrangements for maintaining the continuity of power supply has been made, but chances of power failure due to any untoward incident cannot be ruled out. The UT authorities have requested electricity consumers to kindly cooperate with them. The authorities requested the public to contact complaint cen- is in great demand for the treatment of Covid-19 patients amid a sharp rise in cases. The suspect, Shiv Kumar, was selling a ~3,490 Covifor injection to customers for ~13,000 per vial. At least 18 remdesivir injections were also recovered from the suspect. On April 18, Inspector Aman Kumar, in-charge of the Sector 26 crime branch, had informed the drug control officer that the suspect had been selling remdesivir injections illegally in Panchkula after receiving a tip-off. A team comprising Inspector Aman Kumar, Panchkula Drug Control Officer Parveen Rajiv Colony. Three of them had no known comorbidities. The Covid-19 toll has reached 172. The district also logged 277 fresh coronavirus cases, including those who could not be traced on Sunday, taking the active caseload to 2,176. The district has so far seen 17,065 cases, while the cumulative recoveries stand at 14,717. — TNS 4 DEATHS, 792 CASES IN MOHALI Passengers at the Chandigarh railway station on Monday. With a rise in Covid cases and fear of a lockdown, people of other states have reportedly started returning to their native places. NITIN MITTAL Mohali: Four more Covid fatalities were witnessed in the district during the past 24 hours, taking the total number of deaths to 506. A total of 792 fresh cases surfaced, while 609 patients were cured of the disease. Among the fresh cases, 222 were reported from Mohali (urban), one from Banur, three from Lalru, 11 from Boothgarh, 14 from Kurali, 43 from Gharuan, 65 from Dera Bassi, while the highest number of 331 cases surfaced in the already declared containment zone of Dhakoli in Zirakpur. The district has seen 36,865 cases so far, while 29,969 patients have been cured. There are now 6,390 active cases in the district. TNS ters in their area for electricity complaints. Besides, they can also contact the control room. The public is also requested to keep a vigil on electricity lines and in case they find anyone indulging in sabotage, they may inform the PCR and contact the control room, Sector 17: 01722703242, control room, Sector 9: 0172-2740475 and 9779152283 and Citizen Facilitation Centre: 0172-4639999. — TNS Panchkula, April 19 A man, who entered into a verbal duel with a policewoman in response to a request to wear a mask, has been booked by the police under relevant sections of the IPC. The suspect has been identified as Vijay Goyal. On Sunday, around 7.30 pm, the police were patrolling the Sector 20 market when they saw five-six people in the Misbehaves with cops when confronted on issue grain market speaking to each other in a high-pitched voice. One of them, after seeing the police, wore a mask. A police official immediately approached them and asked why they were not wearing face masks as their complacency could con- tribute to the spread of the infectious disease. “When the police official said they would be issued challans for violating Covid-19 guidelines, the suspect said he would not wear a mask and started misbehaving with the police,” the FIR stated. As many as 23,513 people have been challaned for not wearing face masks so far. — TNS Man held on charge of illegally selling remdesivir, 18 vials recovered Tribune News Service Admn yet to get confirmation from Haryana on tricity lockdown Curbs imposed in 49 Lockdown fear on mind more zones in city Power staff strike today; no work, no pay: UT Man refuses to wear mask, booked Chandigarh, April 19 The UT Administration has warned of enforcing the “no work, no pay” rule on members of the UT Powermen Union, which has given a call for observing a one-day strike tomorrow. The union has decided to observe the strike in support of its long-pending demands, but the Administration has stated that it has always been sympathetic to the genuine demands PAGE 3 Command will render possible help to state govts within its area of responsibility in their efforts to combat the pandemic. Big surge — 81% Covid beds in tricity occupied Naina Mishra AIR QUALITY INDEX PAGE 2 MC PANEL ON SMART WATCHES FAILS TO REACH CONSENSUS Kumar, Head Constable Pardeep Kumar, Head Constable Ramesh Kumar and EHC c m y b Suresh Kumar was constituted. A police official, who agreed to become a decoy customer, contacted Shiv Kumar and demanded remdesivir. He called the decoy to meet him behind a mobile showroom in Sector 11. After turning up at the spot, Shiv Kumar handed over a remdesivir injection to the decoy and sought ~13,000 from him. The decoy immediately sent a signal to the joint team, which nabbed him from the spot. The team then searched a car belonging to Shiv Kumar and recovered 17 remdesivir injections kept on the front passenger seat. The suspect was asked to submit a copy of the purchase record and the drug sale licence required to procure, stock and sell. However, he failed to do so. He was subsequently questioned about his source of the injections. The suspect allegedly told continued on page 2 BoD nod to 24X7 water project Chandigarh, April 19 The 24X7 water supply pilot project for Mani Majra today cleared the final hurdle of the Board of Directors (BoD) of Chandigarh Smart City Limited (CSCL). The final nod came from the BoD at a meeting today. CSCL General Manager NP Sharma confirmed that a letter of intent would be issued to SB Engineering and Tapi Prestressed Pvt Ltd tomorrow. It would have to submit a bank guarantee within a week. The CSCL had earlier cleared a bid of over ~162 crore under the joint venture of these firms. The work is expected to start by May 15. It will have a twoyear deadline. The firms will have to take care of the maintenance for 15 years after completing the project. Later, the project will be implemented in the entire city. — TNS
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