22042021-CT-01.qxd 22-04-2021 00:45 Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 22 APRIL 2021 | CHANDIGARH MC HOUSE TO DECIDE ON TECH FOR WASTE PROCESSING PAGE 2 MC House meeting on April 28, members to dwell on technology to be adopted for processing garbage. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 3,71,408 35,770 31,222 622 4,125 166 423 2 MOHALI 2,55,687 2,79,445 17,573 38,316 14,911 30,804 209 754 2,487 6,995 130 440 175 517 3 6 MARKETS SHUT, TRAFFIC STAYS OFF ROAD IN MOHALI DISTRICT MAX 31°C | MIN 17°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30.7°C | MIN 17.4°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:54 PM 2 deaths, 622 positive in UT Chandigarh: The city recorded 622 Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the number of active cases to 4,125. With two more deaths, the toll has reached 423. A total of 454 patients were cured of the disease during the past 24 hours. TNS 46 PANCHKULA 42 MOHALI 65 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF JEWELLERY STOLEN FROM HOUSE IN UT Chandigarh: A theft was reported from a house in Sector 41. Complainant Atish Kumar said jewellery items were stolen from his house between April 16 and 20. A case has been registered at the Sector 39 police station. TNS THREE HELD ON CHARGE OF THEFT Chandigarh: The UT police have arrested three persons on a charge of theft at a house in Raipur Kalan. Complainant Lakhwinder Mahto said Sunny, Kashim and Ram Babbu, all residents of Mauli Jagran, stole three mobile phones, a silver chain and the RC of a motorcycle from his house on the intervening night of April 15 and 16. A case was registered at the Mauli Jagran police station. TNS ONE BOOKED FOR SERVING HOOKAH Chandigarh: The UT police have booked Amar Singh, aka Sidhu, for serving hookah to customers at Hotel Whispering Oaks at Kishangarh village on April 20. A case under Sections 188, 269 and 270 of the IPC and Section 58 of the Disaster Management Act has been registered against him at the IT Park police station. TNS Expect light rain for 2 days Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 21 The Chandigarh Meteorological Department has issued a forecast for light rain two days. According to the department, it is expected to be a cloudy sky with thundery development/light rain on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, the city is likely to see a clear sky. The city today recorded a maximum temperature of 30.7°C, five degrees below normal, while the minimum temperature was 17.4°C, three degrees below normal. The minimum and maximum temperatures were not expected to see a major change over the next three days, the weatherman said. Shops closed at the Sector 17 market in Chandigarh due to the lockdown on Wednesday. MANOJ MAHAJAN Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 21 A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that lockdown should be the last resort for state governments, the UT Administration decided to review the implementation of the weekend lockdown in the city. “The weekend lockdown will be reviewed at a meeting soon. However, no final decision has been taken on imposing a seven-day lockdown in the city,” said UT Adviser Manoj Parida. Meanwhile, markets wore a deserted look as the one-day lockdown threw life out of gear in the city today. To prevent religious gather- ❝ The weekend lockdown will be reviewed at a meeting soon. However, no final decision has been taken on imposing a seven-day lockdown in the city. Manoj Parida, UT ADVISER ❞ ings, the UT Administration had yesterday decided to impose a complete lockdown in the city on the occasion of Ram Navami today. All nonessential activities were prohibited during the lockdown. Sukhna Lake and other parks also remained out of bounds. Most markets in the city, including those in Sector 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23 and 24, and malls remained closed. Essential commodity shops and vendors dealing in food, groceries, fruits and vegetable, dairy and milk booths, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment remained opened for home delivery. However, a few shopkeepers in Burail tried to open their shops of non-essential supplies, but the police forced them to pull down the shutters. Being a holiday, all government and private offices also remained closed. Due to restrictions, there was thin traffic on the roads. The Administration had exempted certain categories of people who need to go continued on page 2 Forced to stay indoors due to one-day lockdown, city residents restrict Ram Navami celebrations to their homes. SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:47 AM UT to review weekend lockdown 3 deaths, 209 cases in P’kula Panchkula: The district on Wednesday reported three coronavirus deaths, taking the toll to 175. An 82-yearold man from Sector 16, an 81-year-old woman from Sector 7 and a 70-year-old man from Sector 25 succumbed to the disease. Two of them had no known comorbidities. The district also logged 209 fresh cases. TNS Six deaths, 754 cases in Mohali Mohali: Six persons succumbed to Covid-19 while 754 contracted the virus in the district on Wednesday. As many as 308 patients have been cured of the disease in the past 24 hours. With six fresh deaths, the toll reached 517. TNS TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Second wave: Covid patients see rapid fall in oxygen level Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 21 With a massive second wave of Covid-19 sweeping through the city, it has been observed that the oxygen level drops faster in patients once the saturation falls below 94 per cent. Chandigarh Tribune spoke to Prof GD Puri, Dean (Academics) and Head, Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, PGI, who explained the relation between blood oxygen level and Covid-19, and spoke about how to use the sixminute walk test for early detection. Professor Puri said, “In the first surge of Covid, usually the pattern was that the saturation used to fall slowly in the initial phase even when a patient used to have saturation below 95 per cent. However, in the current surge, it has been seen that the fall is rapid once the saturation drops below 94 per cent.” “In the present surge, we have seen patients’ saturation dropping from 94 per cent to 88 per cent within a few hours. This may be an indication of the cytokine storm, which the Covid virus elicits in the patients’ lungs and body,” said Professor Puri. “Another difference we have the ❝In the first surge of Covid, usuallyto fall pattern was that the saturation used slowly in the initial phase even when a patient used to have saturation below 95 per cent. However, in the current surge, it has been seen that the fall is rapid once the saturation drops below 94 per cent. Prof GD Puri, HEAD, INTENSIVE CARE, PGI ❞ WHY PULSE OXIMETER ■ Pulse oximeter is a method of monitoring oxygen saturation of a Covid positive patient in the initial stages of the disease when the patient does not have any signs of breathlessness. ■ Most Covid patients may be asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic but some subclinical pathology may be going on in them. Fever may make a person suspicious of some infection, simple owners were also booked. The police said they had come down heavily on violators of the Covid guidelines issued by the government. Patiala SSP Vikram Jeet Duggal said, “During the past 24 hours, we have registered 45 FIRs against violators under various sections, including 188 of the IPC, the Disaster Management Act, 2005, and the Epi- demic Diseases Act, 1897.” Apart from registering FIRs, the police made those without mask undergo the RT-PCR test and receive the vaccination. “Over 40,000 such violators have been tested for Covid, of whom 80 tested positive. Nearly 3,500 individuals have been vaccinated,” the SSP said. To strictly enforce the 8 pm to 5 am curfew, special checkposts have been set up and patrolling carried out. Special checking was conducted to keep a vigil on public gatherings at hotels, restaurants, shopping malls and marriage palaces across the district. — TNS PAC pitches for special audit of P’kula Municipal Corporation BTech student jumps off building, dies Patiala, April 21 Amid the rising Covid cases, the Patiala police have registered around 45 FIRs for violation of the night curfew over the past 24 hours. However, the same treatment was reportedly not meted out to owners of liquor shops as only two FIRs were registered for violation of the curfew. The police said Satish Kumar and Gurwinder Singh had opened a liquor shop at Kulemajra village. Similarly, Pawan had opened a tavern at Safera village. FIRs were registered Bhartesh Singh Thakur Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 21 After a string of complaints against the functioning of the Panchkula Municipal Corporation (MC), the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Haryana Legislative Assembly has requested the Principal Accountant General to conduct a special audit of the civic body. The PAC had received a complaint from BJP councillor of Ward No. 2 in Panchkula, Suresh Kumar Verma, against alleged corruption in the MC. On April 13, the PAC, under the chairmanship of MLA Harvinder Kalyan, decided to forward Verma’s complaint to the Principal Accountant General (Audit), Haryana. It requested that “a special audit” be got conducted thoroughly in six matters of “alleged embezzlement”, as enumerated in Verma’s complaint, “by constituting a team in a time-bound manner, preferably within a fortnight, and also submit a report to the committee at the earliest”. Verma, in his complaint, dated April 12, alleged corruption ❝ During the past 24 hours, we have registered 45 FIRs against violators under various sections, including 188 of the IPC, the Disaster Management Act, 2005, and the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 Vikram Jeet Duggal, PATIALA SSP in both cases. Besides, the police booked Talib Khan, who was running a spa and salon near Sanjeevni Hospital in Patiala Night curfew is in force in the district from 8 pm to 5 am. The police said a majority of the violators were walkers, who were strolling on roads during the night curfew. Besides, dhabha, restaurant and shop ❞ Move follows string of complaints received against functioning of civic body Shalimar Mall in Sector 5, Panchkula. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR in the treatment of legacy waste at the dumping ground in Sector 23, Panchkula, purchase and the functioning of e-cart rickshaws, purchase and functioning of night sweeping machines, biomethanation gas plant at Jatwar (Panchkula), allotment of temporary night shelters during the winter season and property tax and fire tax in the matter of Shalimar Mall, Sector 5, Panchkula. Talking to The Tribune, Ver- ma said, “There is corruption in the treatment of legacy waste at the dumping ground in Sector 23. Close to ~5 crore has been paid to the private agency. More waste has been shown as lifted from the dumping ground than the actual.” There is another complaint by a Panchkula resident regarding the quashing of a property and fire tax notice against Shalimar Mall, which was also forwarded to the PAC. continued on page 2 c m y b Panchkula, April 21 A 19-year-old first year engineering student allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the terrace of a sevenfloor building in his housing society in Sector 20 early this morning. The victim has been identified as Suryansh Pathak, a resident of GHS-79, Sector 20. Sources said Suryansh took the extreme step suspecting that he had contracted the coronavirus infection. However, the police said the reason of the suicide was yet to be ascertained. No suicide note has been recovered, the police added. Suryansh’s parents had earlier tested positive for Covid19 and are in home quarantine. A postmortem was carried out on the body at the Civil Hospital here and the body has been handed over to the family, the police said. The postmortem revealed that Suryansh also had contracted the infection. Inspector Dalip Kumar, SHO, Sector 20 police station, said a probe into the matter was on and it was too early to say that the boy ended his life due to Covid scare. — TNS monitors as pulse oxymeter can not only detect the lung involvement but also hint at early clinical deterioration. ■ Normal oxygen saturation in blood as measured by finger pulse oximeter sensors is 96100 per cent, depending upon the age and any chronic lung disease of patient. ■ Any value less than 96 in an otherwise healthy adult should raise a suspicion of some underlying lung pathology SIX-MINUTE WALK TEST ■ In Covid patients, oxygen saturation can drop on exercise or walking for six minutes ■ Do sit and stand up for one minute and note saturation before and after finishing the exercise to detect severity of found is that the recovery of such patients in whom the intervention is done at the right time is very quick. One of In Patiala, 45 FIRs against violators in 24 hrs NIGHT CURFEW PAGE 2 RAM NAVAMI CELEBRATIONS REMAIN LOW KEY IN UT Markets wear a deserted look and minimal traffic witnessed on roads as police enforce lockdown in Mohali. AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH PAGE 2 lung disease. ■ Any drop in saturation more than 3% is significant ■ If the baseline saturation in an adult falls below 95%, it hints at significant disease and patient should report to a hospital. the reasons may be that these young individuals without any comorbid condition have continued on page 2 UT demands 30 ventilators from Centre Tribune News Service Haryana Speaker Gian Chand Gupta inaugurates the beautification work in Panchkula on Wednesday. RAVI KUMAR Gupta launches work to paint back walls of houses in Panchkula Tribune News Service Panchkula, April 21 Haryana Speaker and local MLA Gian Chand Gupta launched painting work on back walls of houses along the sector-dividing roads and planting of grass alongside roads here today. Gupta called the work, launched from the Sector 8-17 dividing road, yet another step towards making Panchkula more clean, green and beautiful. The beautification work is likely to be completed within three months. He said during the Assembly and Municipal Corporation elections, he had promised people to make Panchkula more clean, green and beautiful. “Beautiful and lively colourful images would be drawn on the back walls of houses under the beautification work. An amount of ~36.50 lakh would be incurred on this work. After cleaning the walls, images of beautiful flowers and those associated with the rich heritage of India would A WASTE OF MONEY, SAY RESIDENTS ❝The Municipal Corporation authorities should think wisely and spend public money on fulfilling the basic needs of people. ❞ SK Nayar, PRESIDENT, CITIZENS’ WELFARE ASSOCIATION be drawn and painted on the walls,” he added. Gupta said in order to make the city clean and green, nine tenders of about ~65 lakh had been allotted for different sectors in Panchkula to plant grass on the vacant spaces along the roads. “Ever since the people of Panchkula gave a clear mandate to the BJP in the civic body elections and all the councillors under the leadership of Mayor Kulbhushan Goyal are striving to make the town green and beautiful,” he said. However, the move did not go well with residents, who termed it wastage of money. Chandigarh, April 21 Apprehending a shortage of ventilators in view of the Covid surge, the UT Administration has sought 30 units from the Central Government. These ventilators will be provided to the GMCH, Sector 32, and the PGI for treating Covid patients. Dr Amandeep Kaur Kang, Director, Health Services, UT, said the two hospitals had sent their requirements for ventilators and the same had been communicated to the ministry. There are less than 100 ventilators in Chandigarh and as the cases are rising, a majority of these are already occupied. Of the 53 ICU beds available at the PGI, 52 are occupied while the total Covid bed occupancy is 69 per cent. The institute today added 17 beds to the Covid hospital, making it a 300bed facility. At the GMCH, only nine ICU beds, including ventilators, are vacant of the total 31. A total of 475 ICU beds at the South Campus, Sector 48, are full and four of the six ventilators at the GMSH, Sector 16, are occupied. ~2.03-lakh fine collected from violators in UT Chandigarh, April 21 The UT police collected a fine of ~2.03 lakh for violation of Covid norms today. The police said 255 challans were issued for violating social distancing, 80 for spitting at a public place and 30 for not wearing a mask. Four persons were arrested for violations. A bride on her way to the wedding venue was challaned for not wearing a mask. Sources said her car stopped at the red light and cops noticed her sans a mask and issued a challan. — TNS
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