23042021-CT-01.qxd 23-04-2021 00:45 Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 23 APRIL 2021 | CHANDIGARH PAGE 3 CH01-CE: ‘0001’ GOES FOR ~13.18 LAKH AT E-AUCTION Much sought-after fancy registration number ‘0001’ of the CH01-CE series sold for record ~13.18 lakh in the city. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 3,74,392 36,404 31,704 634 4,273 148 427 4 MOHALI 2,57,299 2,81,875 18,032 39,247 15,362 31,552 459 931 2,493 7,171 6 176 177 524 2 7 MAX 30°C | MIN 17°C | YESTERDAY MAX 29.9°C | MIN 17.2°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6.55 PM Tribune News Service CHANDIGARH 53 PANCHKULA 49 MOHALI 59 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF MAN HELD FOR MOLESTING MINOR Mohali: The police have arrested a 26-year-old man for persistently teasing and inappropriately touching a 15year-old girl studying in Class IX in Kharar. Dr Sangeeta Jund, Project Director, Childline, said they had received a complaint that the man was persistently teasing and inappropriately touching the victim. A case of sexual harassment under Section 354-A of the IPC has been registered against the suspect at the Kharar (City) police station. The victim’s statement has been recorded in the court. TNS PCR vehicle vandalised at Mauli Jagran Chandigarh, April 22 Amid the rising number of Covid cases in the city, the UT Administration today told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that the government hospitals had adequate oxygen supply for the next nine or 10 days. Appearing before the Bench of Justice Rajan Gupta and Justice Karamjit Singh, UT senior standing counsel Pankaj Jain submitted that the government hospitals in Sector 16 and Sector 48, besides the Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32, had got pressure swing adsorption (PSA) oxygen generators installed. Jain also told the Bench that the generators would be operational by this evening. PSA generators separate oxygen from compressed air, consisting of approximately 21 per cent oxygen. Available information suggests the generators will go a long way in augmenting the oxygen supply to patients. The PSA generation plant installed at the Sector 32 hospital, with the help of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, is expected to suffice at least 50 per cent of the total oxygen demand. It is expected to generate 1,000 LPM per day. Available information suggests the plant will provide round-the-clock oxygen supply and will help meet the oxygen demand in the hospital during the pandemic. It will also reduce the number Long queues for the Covid test at the Civil Hospital, Sector 45, Chandigarh, on Thursday. MANOJ MAHAJAN ESTATE OFFICE CLOSED TODAY PSA OXYGEN GENERATORS INSTALLED Appearing before the Bench of Justice Rajan Gupta and Justice Karamjit Singh, UT senior standing counsel Pankaj Jain submitted that the government hospitals in Sector 16 and Sector 48, besides the Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32, had got pressure swing adsorption (PSA) oxygen generators installed. Chandigarh: Deputy Commissioner-cum-Estate Officer Mandip Singh Brar has ordered that the UT Estate Office will be closed on April 23 as its 10-12 officials and employees have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past few days. A few employees have been quarantined due to positive cases in their families. Brar said however, the staff involved in urgent matter and court cases could attend the office for their work. He also gave directions to sanitise the office. AT 931, BIGGEST SPIKE IN MOHALI Mohali: The district has witnessed its highest spike in Covid cases in a single day with 931 persons testing positive for the virus during the past 24 hours. Meanwhile, 748 more patients have got better of the disease while seven of oxygen cylinders. The plant will generate oxygen from air and it will be delivered to patients through the medical gas pipeline system. The High Court, on the succumbed to it till Thursday evening. Among the new cases, 350 were reported from Mohali (urban), 16 from Lalru, 21 from Boothgarh, 39 from Gharuan, 40 from Kurali, 65 from Dera Bassi, 190 from Kharar and 210 from Dhakoli. TNS previous date of hearing, had made the UT Administration a party in the ongoing case on pandemic management. The Bench had put the Administration on notice after taking cognisance of the “grim” situation in the region following a surge in Covid cases, including the non-availability of beds in hospitals and “depleted” oxygen supply. Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 22 Unknown persons threw stones at a PCR vehicle at Mauli Jagran after they were questioned by the police over roaming outside during the lockdown on Wednesday. According to the police, Constable Shiv Kumar of the PCR wing reported that he, along with Home Guards volunteer Ravinder, was on patrolling duty when they saw five persons standing at Mauli Jagran village. They questioned the suspects following which they threw stones at the PCR vehicle and escaped from the spot. The rear windscreen of the vehicle was broken during the incident. The police have registered a case under Sections 332, 353 and 188 of the IPC and Section 3 of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act at the Mauli Jagran police station. In Panchkula, jab shortage hits vaccination campaign Chandigarh, April 22 Amid a shortage of tocilizumab and remdesivir in Chandigarh, and patients’ attendants running from pillar to post to procure these drugs, a PGI doctor dealing with Covid patients requiring critical care has clarified that both these have not been proven to reduce mortality. Prof GD Puri, Head, Intensive Care, PGI, said, “Remde- Amit Bathla Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Panchkula, April 22 Since the beginning of April, Covid-19 deaths in the district have started increasing again. On an average, one death is being reported each day this month. In 22 days, 23 deaths have been reported. The death rate is still relatively on the lower side compared to the previous wave. As many as 66 deaths were reported in September last year during the first wave. However, the high mortality rate in the recent days has set alarm bells ringing for the local Health Department with 13 deaths reported in the past five days. Of the 13 deceased, seven had no known comorbidities. The Health Department, while terming it a cause for concern, attributed most deaths to reporting late for seeking medical help. The Civil Surgeon, Dr Jasjeet Kaur, had recently advised Covid patients in home isolation to timely check their oxygen level. “Most of the deaths are happening due to a delay in reporting at hospitals. With 2,000 plus active cases, the health authorities may not pick up warning signs early. If home-quarantined patients experience a fall in the oxygen level, they should seek medical help immediately and get themselves hospitalised, if needed, before it gets too late,” she said. People wait for the jab at the Civil Hospital, Panchkula. RAVI KUMAR WITH 459 CASES, P’KULA DIST SEES ANOTHER HIGH Panchkula: With 459 fresh Covid cases, the district on Thursday recorded its highest one-day jump since the inception of the pandemic. While the active caseload stands at 2,493, the overall tally has reached 18,032. The district also witnessed two Covid deaths. Those who died were a 75-year-old woman from Billa and a 45-year-old man from Pinjore. The death toll is now 177. As many as 15,362 patients have recovered from the disease so far. TNS Tocilizumab, remdesivir no wonder drugs in reducing mortality: Expert Tribune News Service P’kula worry grows, 23 die in 22 days Amit Bathla Panchkula, April 22 The vaccination drive in the district was affected owing to shortage of vaccines today. Several vaccination centres, including the Sector 20 Civil Dispensary, saw chaos with several citizens claiming that despite waiting for a long time, they did not get the jab. These centres subsequently had to be closed early. Vinod Sarin, a local resident who came to take the vaccine at the Civil Hospital, said, “I have been waiting for almost 45 minutes. Officials have told us that new stock will arrive in an hour or so.” At the continued on page 2 DOCSPEAK Remdesivir doesn’t have any effect in reducing mortality. It is not effective in patients requiring high oxygen support or ventilation. So, if it has to be rationally used, use it within the first seven or eight days in patients developing room air hypoxia (oxygen saturation less than 94%). Prof GD Puri, HEAD, INTENSIVE CARE, PGI ❝ ❞ sivir is an antiviral drug and it was the first drug to be approved by the FDA, USA, for the treatment of Covid-19. Various studies have found that remdesivir given to patients with moderate disease (Covid patients develop- ing hypoxia at room air), reduces the duration of hospitalisation, only if started within the first eight days of symptom onset.” He said, “It doesn’t have any effect in reducing mortality. It is not effective in patients requiring high oxygen support or ventilation. So, if it has to be rationally used, use it within the first seven or eight days in patients developing room air continued on page 3 c m y b Girish Dayalan says as of now, there is enough oxygen available with each hospital for Covid, non-Covid patients. SUNRISE SATURDAY 5.46 AM Adequate oxygen supply for 10 days, UT tells HC PAGE 3 MOHALI DC: KEEPING EYE ON OXYGEN AVAILABILITY IN DIST Beopar Mandal decides to hold a series of protests in the markets of Sector 46, 45, 17 and 23 today. Saurabh Malik AIR QUALITY INDEX 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 PAGE 3 TRADERS TO PROTEST UT’S LOCKDOWN POLICY TODAY TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Up PGI Covid bed capacity to 500, ICU to100, Centre urged Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 22 In the wake of a surge in Covid-19 cases, the UT Administration has sought immediate intervention of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for apt utilisation of the infrastructure of the PGI. In a letter to Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, UT Adviser Manoj Parida stated that the Covid cases in the city were increasing at an alarming rate. “As of now, we have 4,273 active cases, and the number of positive cases reported daily is to the tune of over 600. While we are trying to tackle the crisis by enhancing the capacity of the GMSH-16 and the GMCH-32, yet the help of the PGI is urgently required,” he wrote. Parida sought directions to the PGI authorities to enhance the capacity of their Covid beds to at least 500, as they have nearly 2,000 beds, and dedicate at least 100 ICU beds to Covid patients. Although the PGI was ini- UT wants immediate intervention for apt utilisation of infrastructure at the premier institute RECORD 634 CASES, FOUR DEATHS IN CITY Chandigarh: The city on Thursday reported 634 fresh coronavirus cases, the highest single-day surge since the pandemic broke out, taking the UT tally to 36,404. The city also saw four Covid deaths. Those who died included a 40year-old man from Sector 30, a 52-year-old woman from Sector 51, a 70-year-old man from Mani Majra and a 62-year-old man from Sector 26. So far, 427 people have died of Covid. A total of 482 more patients have been cured of the disease, taking the cumulative recoveries to 31,704. TNS DECISION ON LOCKDOWN TODAY UT Adviser Manoj Parida said the decision on weekend lockdown and longer lockdown in the city would be taken during a meeting on Friday. tially made a Covid-dedicated hospital for the UT, the hospital shares the burden of patients of other states too. As of now, the PGI has a total of 283 Covid beds, 230 nonICU oxygen beds and 53 ICU beds (including ventilators). For successful implementation of the Covid management plan of the UT Administration, the PGI might be directed to coordinate with the Principal Secretary, Health, UT, Parida stated. As the Covid-19 cases are spiralling in the city, Covid beds reserved in both private and government facilities are getting exhausted rapidly. Chandigarh has a total of 648 Covid beds and 99 ICU beds. Of the total beds, more than 80 per cent are occupied by Covid patients. There are less than 100 ventilators and as the cases are rising in the city, a majority of these are in use. UT slow on HCW vaccine coverage Chandigarh, April 22 Even though the country is gearing up to vaccinate all above 18 years of age from May 1, the UT has so far vaccinated only 59 per cent of its health workers (HCWs), much less than the national average of 87.17 per cent. Among the 11 states and UTs with less than 75 per cent coverage of the registered health care workers, the UT stood at the second spot only 59% health workers in city inoculated against national avg of 87.17% after Nagaland (as of April 22). Of 31,741 targeted health workers, only 18,662 have been vaccinated. The UT Health Department stated that it was because of vaccine hesitancy. Dr Amandeep Kang, Director, Health Services, UT, said, “The registered HCWs were increased by private hospitals and that is why there is a low turnout. We have decided to follow up on the left-out HCWs.” —TNS
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