04052021-ATR-01.qxd 5/3/2021 10:54 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 PRISONERS ATTACK FELLOW INMATE AT CENTRAL JAIL IN CITY A Central Jail inmate was injured when three fellow prisoners attacked him inside a barrack over old enmity. FORECAST TULSI KUMAR JOINS HANDS WITH MISSION JOSH TO SAVE 5K LIVES Through their partner NGOs,the campaign will be providing free oxygen concentrators to patients at home. MAX 38°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C | MIN 23°C PARTLY CLOUDY SKY PAGE 3 SUNSET TUESDAY 7:12 PM ACTOR MRINAL DUTT LIKES DEEP-SEA DIVING, CHOCOLATES PAGE 4 Mrinal Dutt, who was recently seen opposite Richa Chadda in Arati Kadav’s 55 Km/Sec, is working on next project. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:42 AM TUESDAY | 4 MAY 2021 | AMRITSAR Face or oxygen mask? CHOICE IS YOURS Lockdown in town? Tribune News Service Residents gather at Rambagh Bazaar in Amritsar to buy essential items on Monday; and (above) fearing a longer lockdown like last year, residents queue up and wait for their turn outside a shop to stock up essentials. VISHAL KUMAR 13 deaths, 421 cases surface in dist Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 3 The district reported 13 deaths due to Covid-19 in the last 24-hours, with which the toll reached 998 on Monday. The health authorities have also reported 421 new cases, with which the count increased to 33,502. The new cases include 300 influenza-like illness cases and 121 contacts of positive patients. The health authorities have also reported the recovery of 700 patients, with which the recovery count improved to 27,786. The district at present has a total of 4,718 active cases. While the number of cases, including those in the level-II and level-III categories, is increasing with each passing day, the family members of patients are making frantic calls to enquire about the availability of beds. Some complained that there was shortage of beds and private hospitals were refusing admission even if the bed-availability status released by the district administration shows that beds were available. HELPLINE FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Control Room: 0183-2500398, 0183- COVID UPDATE NEW CASES 421 TOTAL CASES 33,502 NEW DEATHS 13 TOTAL DEATHS 998 NEW RECOVERY 700 TOTAL RECOVERY 27,786 ACTIVE 4,718 2500498, 0183-2500598, 01832500698, 0183-2500798 (Open 24*7) ■ Health Dept helpline: 0183-2535322, 0183-2535323 ■ Medical helpline: 104 ■ Contact a doctor: 1800 180 4104 ■ Bed availability and status: Punjab Covid App (updated daily at 5 pm) BEDS EARMARKED: HOW TO LOOK FOR IT ■ The district has earmarked 819 beds, including 250 at Government Medical College (GMC) for level-II category patients and 506 beds, including 250 at GMC for level-III category patients. ■ The health authorities said 50 more level-III category beds have been set up at GMC recently. ■ As per the bed status report, 402 level-II beds and 125 level-III beds are available at GMC and 29 other hospitals. ■ The health officials said for authentic information on bed availability status, residents can check the district administration’s website amritsar.nic.in. THOSE WHO SUCCUMBED TO THE VIRUS IS ALL WELL? Cops march near Novelty Chowk in Amritsar during the lockdown imposed by the government to check the spread of Covid-19 cases on Monday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMA Residents who lost their battle to Covid-19 include Jaswant Singh (52), a resident of Sandhu Nangal village; Mukhtar Singh (65) of Nawa Pind; Kanta (58) of Jandiala; Santosh (60) of Shareefpura; Tarun (38) of Katra Sahib Dayal; Sohan Lal (72) of Katra Karam Singh; Tarsem Lal (45) of Majitha; Manu (36) of Namak Mandi; Ajit Kumar (58) of Nathu Colony (Majitha Road); Manjla (36) of Guru Ramdas Avenue (Majitha Road); Jannat John (78) of Mahan Singh gate; Ajit Singh (61) of Sultanwind Road; and Manohar Lal (65) of Rani ka Bagh. Tarn Taran dist reports 5 deaths, 69 +ve cases Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, May 3 Five persons infected with Covid-19 died in the district on Monday, taking the death toll to 225. The teams of the Health Department took 1,259 new samples of Covid19 to be tested. As many as 69 persons tested positive, taking the active caseload to 919. Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh said 2,104 persons were given jabs against Covid-19 on Monday and the total number of persons who have been vaccinated has reached 97,895 so far. He has appealed to people to abide by the Covid-19 precautions to keep the virus at bay. Amritsar, May 3 Officials at the Community Health Centre in Kalanaur (Gurdaspur) have come up with novel billboards depicting pictorial warnings to convince people to wear masks to check the spread of Covid-19. The pictorial warning asks people to choose between face mask or oxygen mask as not wearing a face mask would require them to wear an oxygen mask if they catch the infection. SMO Dr Lakhwinder Singh Athwal said: “We wanted people to realise the gravity of the situation. Wearing a face mask is the simplest way to avoid infection.” He said people should understand that even if they have strong immunity, they would become a cause for posing a life threat to someone, who does not have a strong immunity or has comorbid conditions. Block Extension Educator Naveen Kalia said: “We will install more such hoardings with pictorial warnings. A picture is equal to a 1,000 words and the boards are hitting the targeted audience.” The CHC had earlier come up with a streetplay ‘Tike nal Jit’ (victory with vaccine) Catchy billboards with pictorial warning installed in Kalanaur wanted people ❝Wethe gravity of theto realise situation. Wearing a face mask is the simplest way to avoid infection. People should understand that even if they have strong immunity, they will become a cause for posing a life threat to someone, who does not have a strong immunity or has co-morbid conditions. ❞ Dr Lakhwinder Singh Athwal, SMO ❝We will install more such hoardings with pictorial warnings. A picture is equal to a 1,000 words and the boards are hitting the targeted audience. Naveen Kalia, ❞ BLOCK EXTENSION EDUCATOR which was staged in different villages to encourage people to get vaccinated. TARN TARAN UPDATE NEW CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS ACTIVE 69 5 225 919 Billboards with pictorial warning installed in Kalanaur to convince people to wear face masks. TRIBUNE PHOTO fail go down with a Believing curfew’s over, traders ...some try to hoodwink ...curbslosses, tono point openingwellwhen shops few units closed district administration Traders flag say open their establishments Tribune News Service All non-essential item shops forced closed by cops Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 3 The extension in the lockdown and changes in guidelines coupled with a flood of confusing and contradictory messages on social media added to the confusion of shopkeepers and residents alike as many of them thronged to markets believing the weekend markets would function normally from Monday onwards. While many shopkeepers, who were unaware of the new guidelines, opened their shops, the police had to use force to shut these down. The extension in the lockdown came as a jolt for many, who believed that the state government would not impose lockdown on weekdays. A shopkeeper said: “The state government had earlier stated that it would not impose a lockdown. For the government, some shops might be in essential and Continued on page 2 Cops close entrance to a market selling electronics goods in Hall Bazaar in Amritsar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Amritsar, May 3 With new restrictions imposed by the state government to break the chain and tackle the pandemic, the police today warned people not to venture out without genuine reasons. Cops appealed to residents ‘stay home and stay safe’ as the Covid-19 cases and death toll has jumped manifold. The police personnel remained on their toes to implement new guidelines under which only shops selling essential services, includ- ing chemists and grocery stores, were allowed to open. Many shopkeepers tried to open their establishments by adding essential items in their shops. They were warned by the police officials not to resort to such tactics to befool the administration. Amritsar Deputy Commissioner of Police Parminder Singh Bhandal said, “Several mobile showroom owners set up tables in their complexes and tried to argue that they were also in business of mobile repair. We sternly told the market association not to Continued on page 2 non-essential items will remain closed ■ The items listed in the essential items include chemist shops, shops selling milk, bread, vegetables, fruits, dairy and poultry products and mobile-repair shops apart from laboratories, nursing homes and other medical facilities. ■ The DC said only two passengers would be allowed to travel in four-wheelers and rented cabs. Pillion riders have also been banned on twowheelers except under one condition that they live in the same house. ■ The upper limit for gatherings at marriages, cremations and other events has been fixed at 10 persons. ■ The government has also ordered closure of religious places at 6 pm every day. ■ The district administration has clarified that the new orders will remain in place till May 15. Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service WHAT THE NEW ORDERS SAY ■ It said all shops selling A closed market in Amritsar in view of the shutdown imposed to check the rising Covid cases. MINI LOCKDOWN Police personnel have sent a stern message to market association chiefs and asked residents to stay indoors. c m y b Amritsar, May 3 Even as the state government ruled out imposition of curfew on April 30, yet imposition of fresh guidelines reminded the traders of the last year’s complete shutdown and the losses faced by them. All kinds of business establishments, markets and general stores remained closed following imposition of the new norms. Police parties roamed around the city roads to enforce the closure and barricaded several roads. Barring those shops selling essential commodities, all other commercial establishments were closed. Police personnel issued challans to those vehicles which violated the Covid-19 norms. Piara Lal Seth, President of the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal (PPBM), said all work related activities were closed and people without work were allowed to move freely on roads. Unemployment is at its peak and thefts are rampantly taking place daily, pointing to the deplorable state of the society. “Factories have been allowed to operate and shops were stopped. How long factories can operate without trading.” Already, a large number of trains and buses were off roads. Export was closed last year after international flights were withdrawn and the situation continues to remain so. He alleged that the Covid19 norms such as social distancing, wearing of masks and carrying sanitisers were not being complied with at the vegetable and fruit market at Vallah. All those businesses associated with IT sector hardware, software, all hospitals and medical labs, those selling poultry products were Continued on page 2
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