26042021-TTB-01.qxd 4/26/2021 12:17 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.5 no.114 | 18 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 JADEJA’S HEROICS POWER CSK TO 69-RUN WIN OVER RCB SPORT /thetribunechd A STEPPING STONE TO HIMACHAL’S FOOD SOVEREIGNTY INFOCUS PHASE-7: 34 SEATS IN WB GO TO POLLS TODAY BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com monday | 26 april 2021 Second wave has shaken nation, 4 Cong-ruled states flag vaccine says PM; Delhi lockdown till May 3 crunch, say no supply till May15 Tribune News Service Hospitals grapple with oxygen shortage | Positivity rate above 30% Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 25 Lockdown in Delhi was extended by another week (till May 3) on Sunday after India set a fresh Covid-19 world record with 3,49,691 daily cases. The hospitals in the Capital faced oxygen shortage for the sixth straight day. No new deaths were reported due to lack of oxygen today in some respite for health facility managements even as PM Narendra Modi acknowledged in his radio programme that the second wave had shaken the country. Jaipur Golden Hospital, Delhi, which lost 20 patients to oxygen shortage yesterday, halted fresh admissions of Covid patients today while Ganga Ram Hospital said its oxygen supply of Saturday arrived on Sunday morning and the situation remained grim. continued on page 7 CENTRE ISSUES FRESH ADVISORY TO STATES ■ Lockdown measures in districts Family members mourn the death of a Covid patient in Patna. PTI 551 O2 PLANTS TO BE SET UP THROUGH PM CARES As many as 551 oxygen plants will be set up across nation through PM Cares Fund to boost availability of the life-saving gas. BACK PAGE SYSTEM HAS FAILED, IT’S TIME FOR ‘JAN KI BAAT’ ❝ System failed, so it’s important to do ‘jan ki baat’. Request Cong colleagues to help FIRST OXYGEN EXPRESS TO REACH DELHI TONIGHT people. Rahul Gandhi, CONG First Oxygen Express carrying 70 tonnes of gas from Raipur will reach Delhi on Monday night. LIQUID OXYGEN ONLY FOR MED USE, NO EXCEPTION with over 10% positivity rate or above 60% ICU bed occupancy ■ Night curfew; prohibition of social, political, sports, entertainment, religious, festivalrelated gatherings ■ Marriages and funerals with not more than 50 and 20 persons, respectively; malls, eateries, shrines must be closed ■ Healthcare, police, fire, banks, electricity, water and sanitation services to continue ■ Operate public transport (railways, metros, buses, cabs) at a maximum capacity of 50% ■ No curbs on inter-state and intra-state movement, including transportation of essentials ■ All offices, govt and private, to function with 50% staff ■ Industrial/scientific units may function, if workforce is following physical distancing norms Patients shifted, probe Eight die in Haryana, into Asr deaths begins families hold protest Amritsar, April 25 The two-member committee constituted by the state government to fix accountability for the death of six patients at a private hospital here on Saturday has started the inquiry. Civil Surgeon Dr Charanjit Singh, who is in the committee, stated that the remaining Covid patients from Neelkanth Multispecialty Hospital, where the incident occurred, have been shifted to the Government Medical IN BRIEF Sitting SC judge passes away at 62 NEW DELHI: Supreme Court judge Justice MM Shantanagoudar died at Medanta Hospital in Gurugram on Sunday. He was 62. Admitted to hospital with a lung infection, he was in the ICU. BACK PAGE Sikhs protest in Pak over missing youth PESHAWAR:Members of the Sikh community protested in Pakistan’s Peshawar on Sunday, demanding that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government finds a youth of their community missing for the past one month. BACK PAGE Death toll in U’khand avalanche rises to 11 GOPESHWAR: The death toll in an avalanche near the IndiaChina border in Chamoli rose to 11 on Sunday with the recovery of one more body, officials said. So far, 384 BRO workers have returned to safety. — PTI CAPTAIN SENDS SOS TO CENTRE ON O2 CRISIS With oxygen supply in Punjab depleting fast, CM Capt Amarinder Singh on Sunday sent an SOS to Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, second time in two days, for urgent hike in allocation. College (GMC) here. While the shortage of oxygen at the continued on page 7 Rewari/Gurugram, April 25 In Haryana, eight Covid patients — four in Rewari and an equal number in Gurugram — died at two private hospitals on Sunday. Blaming shortage of oxygen for the deaths, the kin of the deceased in Rewari held a protest on the hospital premises. The Deputy Commissioner has set up an inquiry under the ADC to probe the deaths and submit a report in 48 hours. “Our oxygen tanker was Union Minister Rao Inderjit Singh takes up matter with Health Secy held up in Bawal this morning. We made several calls to the offices of the district administration but there was no response. As of now, we have 90 Covid patients in our hospital,” said hospital director Dr Virat, adding that an continued on page 7 Pb’s 6 districts a worry, positivity rate above 15% HP clamps night curfew in Sirmour, Solan, Kangra, Una Vishav Bharti Shimla, April 25 In view of a sharp spike in Covid cases, the Himachal Government has imposed night curfew in four border districts — Kangra, Una, Solan and Sirmour — from 10 pm to 5 am from April 27 till May 10. Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 25 With Punjab reeling under heavy caseload, high positivity rate in six districts has the health authorities worried. In the past one week, (April 18-24), SAS Nagar, Ferozepur, Bathinda, Fazilka, Mansa and Muktsar reported more than 15 per cent positivity rate (confirmed cases out of total samples tested). The health authorities are conducting around 50,000 tests daily. During this period, 3.68 lakh samples were processed across all districts and 37,198 were found positive. The state’s overall positivity rate remained 10.10 per cent. Among the worst-hit districts, SAS Nagar tops the chart. The district reported 5,776 cases in one week with a positivity rate of 21.99 per cent. It was followed by Ferozepur (723 cases and 16.7 Negative RT-PCR report must to enter state OVERALL RATE 10.10% District SAS Nagar Ferozepur Bathinda Fazilka Mansa Muktsar Positivity 21.99% 16.70% 16.63% 16.21% 16.02% 15.92% per cent positivity rate). Fazilka, which is one among districts reporting lowest number of cases, too has a high positivity rate of 16.21 per cent. A high positivity rate indicates the extent of pandemic spread. These districts are witnessing a spike in cases. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by CM Jai Ram Thakur. It was decided to make it mandatory for visitors to the state to carry a negative RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours. In case of no report, the visitors will have to remain in home quarantine for 14 days. They will have the option of getting themselves tested after seven days of their arrival, and if the test comes negative, they won't be required to remain in quarantine. — TNS Transporters make hay as migrants head home Ravinder Saini Tribune News Service Rohtak, April 25 Private transporters are doing a roaring business in Rohtak city these days with factory workers and others making a beeline to their native villages, fearing a complete lockdown in the coming days. The transporters, who have put up hoardings such as “Bihar bus service”, “Rohtak to Bihar” in industrial areas and Over 600 workers are migrating from Rohtak daily, paying double the fare other localities, are charging much more than the normal fares from such commuters. “Over 600 labourers have been migrating daily via private buses on the payment of Rs 1,800-2,000 per head, which is around double the normal fare. Thousands of labourers have migrated from Rohtak so far,” said Sanjeev Singh, leader of construction workers and joint secretary of the Purvanchal Ekta Sewa Samiti. Seats on these buses can be booked by dialling the phone numbers mentioned on the hoardings. The fare is collected at the time of boarding the bus. continued on page 7 New Delhi, April 25 Ahead of the May 1 expansion of the Covid vaccination programme for all adults, the Congress-ruled states expressed their inability to launch the drive from May 1, saying the Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech were pre-booked till May 15. Health ministers of Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Rajasthan said the manufacturers had said doses were not available until May 15. “The Centre has hijacked the doses,” Jharkhand minister Banna Gupta alleged. Punjab minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said the Centre It’s needless politics: Vardhan on ~1.1L-cr profiteering allegation TWITTER, FB TOLD TO REMOVE CRITICAL POSTS Twitter and other social media platforms have removed about 100 posts and URLs after the govt asked them to remove content that was critical of handling of Covid situation. must prioritise vaccine procurement for the most productive workforce between 18 and 45 years. “We have been told by the SII that there’s no supply till May 15. In Punjab, the highest positivity rate is among the 30 to 48-year-olds. That’s alarming. We don’t mind paying the Centre, but it should give us guaranteed doses,” Sidhu added. The Centre, meanwhile, accused the Opposition of playing “needless politics” as the Congress alleged that the Centre was permitting vaccine makers to indulge in brazen profiteering to the extent of Rs 1.11 lakh crore. Health Minister Harsh Vardhan took to Twitter to say that the new liberalised vaccine policy would grant flexibility to states to procure vaccines even as the Centre will continue to offer vaccines from its stock free of cost to the states. CoWIN registration must for 18-45 group NEW DELHI: The Centre has made it mandatory for the 1845 age group to register on CoWIN portal and get an appointment for vaccination against Covid, saying walkins will not be allowed initially from May 1 to avoid a “chaos” at jab centres. — TNS Curbs a must, but no need US yields, to provide vaccine for panic: Top AIIMS doctor raw material, med equipment Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 25 Naveet Wig, head of the Department of Medicine at AIIMS-Delhi, said on Sunday that movement curbs were needed where Covid-19 positivity rate was over 5 per cent. However, he said there was no cause for panic and people must stop running after Remdesivir injection that 85% WILL RECOVER IN HOME ISOLATION: GULERIA AIIMS chief Dr Randeep Guleria said on Sunday that 85 to 90% people would recover from Covid by isolating at home. Oxygen was needed only when saturation fell below 94%, he added. was useful only for hospitalised patients in case of low continued on page 7 Sandeep Dikshit Tribune News Service NEW DELHI, APRIL 25 The US has said it has identified sources of specific raw material urgently required for Indian manufacture of Covishield vaccine that will immediately be made available for India. The assurance came after a conversation between National Security Advisers Jake Sulli- Assurance comes after NSAs Jake Sullivan, Ajit Doval hold talks van and Ajit Doval later in the day. Sullivan and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had earlier in the day sought to deflect intense criticism of the US ban on export of raw continued on page 7
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