21042021-CT-01.qxd 21-04-2021 00:34 Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 21 APRIL 2021 | CHANDIGARH UT TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES NEW SPEED LIMITS PAGE 2 The Transport Department, UT, issues a notification regarding new speed limits in Chandigarh. GENERALLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA MOHALI 3,68,438 2,53,318 2,77,131 35,148 17,364 37,562 30,768 14,835 30,496 602 299 697 3,959 2,357 6,555 155 181 165 421 172 511 4 0 5 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 81 PANCHKULA 65 MOHALI 95 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF PURSE SNATCHED IN SECTOR 32 Chandigarh: Two motorcycleborne miscreants allegedly snatched a purse from a 51-year-old woman, Shailja Thakur, in Sector 32. According to the police, complainant was returning from the market on Monday evening when the snatchers targeted her. TNS WORKER BEATEN UP, 3 ARRESTED Chandigarh: Three persons have been arrested for allegedly thrashing a worker at the Sector 44 petrol pump. Complainant Shahnoor Abbas (23) reported that he was on duty when a cab arrived to get CNG refilled at 5.20 am on April 19. The driver started arguing with him over payment. The driver then called his accomplices to the spot. All of them then thrashed Abbas before fleeing. Later, the suspect, Monu of Maloya, and Shovinder Singh and Muni Dev of Shahpur Colony, Sector 38 (West), were arrested. TNS Three oxygen plants will be commissioned within two days to augment oxygen supply for patients. MAX 26°C | MIN 19°C | YESTERDAY MAX 28.2°C | MIN 18.6°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:53 PM PAGE 2 The committee discusses in detail the subcommittee recommendations on PU governance reforms. SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:48 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Lockdown in UT, Mohali today, not Panchkula In city, on weekend too; timings of night curfew extended by two hours; P’kula issues SOPs UT SEES 602 CASES, FOUR DEATHS Tribune News Service Chandigarh: The city recorded 602 Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, taking the number of active cases to 3,959. With four more deaths, the toll has reached 421. The UT Covid tally stands at 35,148. A total of 443 more patients have reportedly been cured of the disease. TNS THOSE EXEMPTED Chandigarh, April 20 To stem the spread of coronavirus, the UT Administration and the Punjab Government have decided to impose a complete lockdown in Chandigarh and Mohali on the occasion of Ram Navami tomorrow. However, the Haryana Government has decided not to follow suit in Panchkula. The Punjab Government had yesterday announced to impose lockdown in Mohali on Wednesday to prevent religious gatherings during the Covid-19 pandemic. UT Adviser Manoj Parida had asked the governments of the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana to impose simultaneous lockdown in the tricity to break the chain of the coronavirus transmission. A decision to impose a complete lockdown in Chandigarh was taken at a meeting chaired by UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore here this evening. It was decided that the lockdown would start at 10 pm on Tuesday and end at 5 am on Thursday. All non-essential movement will be prohibited during the lockdown period. Like the previous weekend, the UT authorities have also decided to impose a weekend lockdown from 8 pm on Friday (April 23) till 5 am on Monday (April 26). To prevent the movement of people, the Administration has also decided to extend the timings of the night curfew by two hours. Instead of 10 pm, the curfew timings will now be from 8 pm to 5 am. Mohali Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan said lockdown would begin at 8 pm on Tuesday and end at 5 am ■ Those tasked with law and Devotees queue up to pay obeisance on the eighth day of the Navratri festival at the Mansa Devi temple in Panchkula on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR OVER 31K VISIT MANSA DEVI TEMPLE Panchkula: Over 36,250 devotees paid obeisance at the Mansa Devi temple in Panchkula, the Kali Mata temple in Kalka and the Chandi Mata temple on the eighth of the Navratri festival. Mukul Kumar, Deputy Commissioner-cumChief Administrator of the Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board, said: “A donation of over ~19.96 lakh was received on Tuesday, taking the total to ~91.03 lakh during the Navratras at the Mansa Devi temple and the Kali Mata temple. Nine items of gold and 140 items of silver were also donated at the temples.” Mukul Kumar said over 31,000 devotees visited the Mansa Devi temple, while 4,380 devotes visited the Kali Mata temple and 220 devotees visited the Chandi Mata temple on Tuesday. TNS NIGHT CURFEW NOW BEGINS AT 8 HOLIDAY TODAY ■ There will be a weekend lockdown in The UT Administration has declared a public holiday in Chandigarh on April 21 on account of Ram Navami under the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881. All Sampark centres will be closed on April 21 on account of Ram Navami. Chandigarh from 8 pm on Friday (April 23) till 5 am on Monday (April 26) ■ The UT Administration has extended the timings of night curfew by two hours. Now, the curfew timings on non-lockdown days will be from 8 pm to 5 am, instead of 10 pm to 5 am. ■ The UT will consider a seven-day lockdown during a meeting on Friday after taking into account the number of Covid cases in the city. Tribune News Service Naina Mishra Tribune News Service VICTIM WAS SOLE BREADWINNER The victim was the sole breadwinner of his family. He is survived by his mother, wife and two kids — a one-year-old son and a six-year-old daughter. LIQUOR BOTTLE, CUPS FOUND IN CAR A liquor bottle and disposable cups were lying in the car at the time of the accident. The car parked outside the police station in Sector 36. declared him brought dead. The SUV was being driven by Gurprasad Prajapati of Maloya. He was nabbed from the spot. The police got his medical examination done, which confirmed that he was in an inebriated condition. He is a driver by profession. A case was registered. The driver was arrested and later released on bail. Chandigarh, April 20 The tricity is now facing a shortage of tocilizumab injections, an essential drug in the treatment of severe Covid-19 patients. Patients are left at the mercy of medicine distributors and pharmacists for the drug, but all they get in response is “out of stock”. With Covid-19 cases surging, Cipla, one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in the world, has already run out of its stock of tocilizumab. A nine-month pregnant woman is struggling against Covid-19 at the PGI’s ICU ward and requires tocilizumab, prescribed by doctors. Her family members have raised numerous demands on the social media for the drug, but to no avail. A relative of the patient said, “I have been trying to source the injection, but all efforts have gone in vain. These are testing times for us.” Many hospitals in the tricity have prescribed tocilizumab for Covid patients, leaving their families in search of this drug all over the tricity. Dr HK Kharbanda, who set up the helpline for tricity residents, said, “The only query we have received till now is about the tocilizumab injection, which is currently out of stock. We have managed to arrange two injections today.” Amit Duggal, Drug Inspector, UT, said, “The drug is currently out of stock, not just in ■ Hospitals, chemist shops and ATMs allowed to open 24x7 ■ Pregnant women and patients exempted for getting medical services ■ Eateries, including food joints in various malls, can remain open only for home delivery up to 9.30 pm. The restaurants and home delivery staff will be allowed to move on production of valid ID card issued to them by their respective establishment ■ Those going for appearing in examination and those on examination duties will be allowed movement on production of admit or identity cards ■ All government employees called for essential duty during lockdown will be allowed transit on production of ID card issued by their respective governments ■ All vaccination centres, testing centres, dispensaries and medical facilities will remain open ■ All passes related to the Punjab and Haryana High Court and District Court will be issued by the Registrar General of High Court ■ All marriage functions for which permission has been taken from the SDM concerned will be allowed subject to the limit of 50 persons FIVE DIE IN MOHALI, 697 CONTRACT VIRUS Mohali: Five more fatalities due to Covid were witnessed in the district during the past 24 hours, taking the toll to 511. Meanwhile, 697 fresh cases surfaced till Tuesday evening, taking the total number of cases to 37,562. As many as 527 more patients have been cured of the disease, pushing up the number of recoveries to 30,496. Among the fresh cases, 333 were reported from Mohali (urban), six from Banur, 14 from Lalru, 15 from Kurali, 19 from Boothgarh, 30 from Dera Bassi, 41 from Gharuan, 89 from Kharar and 150 from the Dhakoli area of Zirakpur. There are 6,555 active cases in the district. TNS Marriage organisers or others seeking movement pass may contact on 0172-2700076, 2700341 or apply on www.admser.chd.nic.in.dpc 43 FOUND INFECTED IN DHAKOLI HOUSING SOCIETY on Thursday. However, the lockdown will have no effect on the movement of traffic on national or state highways passing through the district. Advising the residents to perform Ram Navami puja at their order/emergency and municipal services/duties, including executive magistrate, police, military or paramilitary personnel in uniform, health, electricity and fire staff, mediapersons with accreditation and government machinery tasked with Covid-related duties (all on production of ID cards) ■ Essential commodity shops and vendors dealing in food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meat and fish, animal fodder, pharmaceuticals, medicines and medical equipment will be allowed to operate for home delivery only ■ Manufacturing units of essential commodities will be allowed to remain open ■ Those specially issued a restricted movement curfew pass ■ Passengers going to or returning from airport, railway stations or bus stand will be exempted ■ All vehicles or persons in bona fide transit (interstate) will be allowed to pass, but only after due verification of the points of origin and destination ■ There will be no curbs on interstate movement of essential and non-essential goods MOVEMENT PASS homes, the DC cautioned that all those returning from a religious or any other gathering must home-quarantine themselves for at least five days. Instead of imposing lockdown, the Panchkula adminis- PAGE 2 tration has issued guidelines /standard operating procedures to be strictly adhered to in temples situated in the district. Keeping in view the religious importance of the festival of Ram Navami, Mukul Kumar, , Scooterist dragged by Tocilizumab ‘out of stock’Covid drunk SUV driver, dies patients in tricity left in the lurch Chandigarh, April 20 A 39-year-old man, riding an Activa, was killed after an SUV, being driven by a drunk man, hit the scooter from the rear side, dragged it for several metres and went out of control before turning turtle on a cycle track after hitting two trees and a streetlight on the road separating Sector 35 and 43 on Monday night. There were two persons in the SUV, who escaped unhurt. The victim, identified as Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Sector 32, was returning home from Mohali when the accident took place. The police said the rashly driven SUV first hit the scooter following which the victim fell on the vehicle’s bonnet. The driver kept on driving the SUV and dragged the scooter along for several metres. The SUV then went out of control and hit two trees and a streetlight pole before overturning on a cycle track. The police said the victim was found lying around 20 metres ahead of the spot where the scooter was hit. “The victim was found lying near one of the trees hit by the SUV ,” said a police official. The vehicles were found around 30 metres ahead of the spot. Passersby and local residents gathered at the spot and informed the police. A PCR vehicle rushed the victim to the PGI where doctors VARSITY REFORMS: COMMITTEE DISCUSSES RECOMMENDATIONS MANOJ MAHAJAN FORECAST PAGE 2 CITY TO GET THREE OXYGEN PLANTS WITHIN TWO DAYS ABOUT TOCILIZUMAB It is an immunosuppressant, commonly used for rheumatoid arthritis, and marketed as actemra by Swiss pharma company Roche. It was repurposed in January to fight severe lung infection in Covid19 patients. Roche supplied it to Cipla, which supplied it further. The drug is an anti-IL-6 receptor-a monoclonal antibody that is indicated for the treatment of IL-6-mediated inflammatory disorders. It calms the inflammatory storm in the respiratory system by blocking IL-6 receptors. Chandigarh but also in the adjoining states. The only supplier, Cipla, will send the injection in batches in the coming days to various states.” This is the next drug to be given after remdesivir, which is used to treat patients with moderate symptoms, while the latter works for those who need intensive care unit (ICU). A Zirakpur-based distributor said, “The company has stated that the drug will be made available by April 30.” Remdesivir in short supply In some parts of the northern c m y b to ❝I have been tryingbut source the injection, all efforts have gone in vain. These are testing times for us A patient’s relative ❞ ❝The drug isincurrently out of stock, not just Chandigarh but also in the adjoining states.The only supplier, Cipla, will send the injection in batches in the coming days to various states Amit Duggal, Drug Inspector, UT ❞ region, including the tricity, chemists are running out of remdesivir stock. Remdesivir is an anti-viral drug used in the treatment of Covid patients in critical condition. Dr Amandeep Kaur Kang, Director, Health Services, UT, said the state had procured remdesivir in advance in anticipation of a rise in the cases. Government hospitals in the UT have been supplied sufficient stock of remdesivir. The PGI today said the institute was in the process of procuring remdesivir and tocilizumab for patients. District Magistrate-cum-Chairman, District Disaster Management Authority, Panchkula, said preventive measures, including simple public health measures like social distancing and wearing face cover or masks, needed to be observed by all. Proper crowd management in the parking lots and in corridors by duly following social distancing norms would be done, he added. continued on page 2 299 TEST POSITIVE IN PANCHKULA DISTRICT Panchkula: The district on Tuesday reported 299 fresh cases of Covid. There was no fresh fatality due to the virus during the past 24 hours. So far, the district has witnessed 17,364 cases and 14,835 recoveries. There are 2,357 active cases with 172 deaths in the district. Meanwhile, 773 persons above the age of 45 were given the first dose of the vaccine while 295 received the second dose. Similarly, 451 senior citizens got the first dose while 911 were administered the second dose. TNS
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