04052021-CT-01.qxd 5/4/2021 12:37 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 4 MAY 2021 | CHANDIGARH PAGE 2 2 PATIENTS AT GMSH, SECTOR 16, DIE FOR WANT OF ICU BEDS Even as hospitals are increasing Covid beds, a shortage of ventilator beds is coming in the way of treating patients. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 4,16,408 45,196 36,746 890 7,943 351 507 11 MOHALI 2,82,457 3,08,565 21,937 49,085 19,695 39,750 250 534 2,021 8,713 362 520 221 622 4 12 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 115 PANCHKULA 159 MOHALI 182 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF LIGHT RAIN ON THURSDAY: MET Chandigarh: The Chandigarh Meteorological Department has issued a forecast for light rain on Thursday. The sky is expected to remain partly cloudy on Tuesday and Wednesday. The city witnessed a drizzle on Monday. The maximum temperature was 37.1°C, which is normal. However, the minimum temperature was 24.8°C, three degrees above normal. This week will see a cloudy sky on most days. TNS Tribune News Service Panchkula, May 3 The second Covid wave has come as a shocker for the district as almost 40 per cent of those who died had no comorbidities. Of the 63 deaths reported between April 1 and May 2, 25 victims were without any comorbid conditions. Not only are people without comorbidities dying, the disease is taking a toll on young people too. Going by the data of the Health Department, 11 persons who died due to Covid were aged 45 or below. Some of them, whose condition deteriorated very quickly, were as young as 25-35 years, said the department. Experts and doctors say young persons and those without comorbidities tend to remain complacent about the dangers of the deadly virus. This attitude made them more vulnerable to the infectious disease, they said. Civil Surgeon Dr Jasjeet Kaur said: “There is a burden of undiagnosed illness among the elderly population. Many patients had PAGE 2 Plea says criteria has been modified to make a partnership concern eligible for running a health club at Shivalikview. MAX 37°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 37.1°C | MIN 24.8°C SUNSET TUESDAY 7:02 PM PAGE 3 Mohali asks passengers at city airport to produce a -ve Covid report, not older than 72 hours, before boarding a flight. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:36 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Now, all shops selling non-essential items to remain closed for 7 days Tribune News Service FROM TUESDAY 5 PM TILL 5 AM ON MAY 11 Chandigarh, May 3 To check the spread of the coronavirus, the UT Administration has decided to impose stricter restrictions in the city on the pattern of Punjab. However, a day’s time has been given to residents before the restrictions come into force. UT JOURNALISTS GET FRONTLINE TAG Keeping in view the nature of work being done by mediapersons, UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore has decided that all accredited journalists will be included in the official list of frontline workers in Chandigarh SOCIAL DISTANCING? People throng the veggie market in Sector 26, Chandigarh. PRADEEP TEWARI UT SEES 890 FRESH CASES, 11 DEATHS Chandigarh: The city recorded 890 Covid cases on Monday, taking the number of active cases to 7,943. With 11 more deaths, the toll stands at 507. The total number of cases in the UT has reached 45,196. TNS Now, all shops selling nonessential items will remain closed for seven days from 5 pm on Tuesday till 5 am on May 11. While there will be no restriction on inter-state movement, yet those entering Chandigarh without a negative Covid report or vaccine certificates will be subject to random testing. The decisions were taken at a review meeting on the Covid-19 pandemic, chaired by UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore, who urged residents to strictly follow the Covid protocol such as wearing of masks and maintain- ing social distance to contain the infection. There was a detailed discussion at the meeting regarding the steps taken by the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana, including lockdown measures, to prevent the spread of the virus. It was felt that Chandigarh being the common capital of Punjab and Haryana, total sealing of the borders will not be possible. It was also felt that a total lockdown for a long period will adversely affect the economy and may also lead to migration of labourers from the city, causing massive disruption. Hence, it was decided to have limited restrictive measures in the city. However, the night curfew will continue from 6 pm to 5 am every day and a total weekend curfew on Saturday and Sunday will also continue. Caught on the wrong foot In P’kula, virus also takes toll on the young population EXPERTS: COMPLACENT ATTITUDE TO BLAME Experts say young persons and those without comorbidities tend to remain complacent. This attitude has made them more vulnerable to the infectious disease, the experts add. comorbid conditions, which they were unaware of.” She said the new variants of the virus were more aggressive, making people severely sick for a prolonged time. “Even after their discharge from hospitals, oxygen levels of patients dip to dangerously low levels,” she added. Terming it a cause for concern, the Health Department had recently attributed the rise in deaths to not seeking timely medical help. It had also advised Covid patients in home isolation to keep a check over their oxygen level to avoid medical emergencies. Two policemen take the new Covid guidelines, which prohibit a pillion rider on a two-wheeler, for a ride at Dera Bassi on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL Covid patient flees from Sector 22 centre, booked Tribune News Service IS FROM HALLO MAJRA Chandigarh, May 3 A Covid-19 patient, who was admitted to a care centre at Sood Dharamshala in Sector 22, has been booked by the police for allegedly fleeing from the centre. According to the police, Dr Sanya Sharma, who was on duty at the care centre in Sector 22, reported that a 30-yearold patient, a resident of Hallo Majra, was admitted to the centre on May 1. However, The 30-year-old patient is a resident of Hallo Majra. He was admitted to the centre on May 1 Karam Prakash ‘TO BRING CHANGE, WE NEED SUCH PERSONS’ Tribune News Service ❝It is common to see parents getting upset over the birth of a girl child. However, Shyam Sundar’s story is different. We need more such persons to bring a lasting change in society. Shyam Sundar with his baby. to sleep in the gynaecology ward with his daughter. Shyam Sundar has to go into ■ All government offices and banks will work at 50 per cent capacity. As far as possible, all private offices will ensure that their staff work from home ■ Public transport will run at 50 per cent capacity ■ The ban on cinema halls, gyms, spa, bar, swimming pool and coaching centres will continue ■ Sports complexes will remain closed. Special permission can be given by the Secretary (Sports) to athletes preparing for Olympics ■ There will be a complete ban on all social, cultural, sports and political gatherings ■ Recruitment exams will be postponed except those of the UPSC of those especially permitted by the Chandigarh Administration ■ All hospitals, nursing homes and health-related facilities such as testing laboratories will function normally ■ Gatherings for occasions such as marriages will be restricted to 50 and for cremation/funerals 20 persons ■ Crowded places such as Sukhna Lake, museums, libraries and Rock Garden will remain closed ■ Schools, colleges and coaching centres will remain closed. However, teaching staff will be required to come as per instructions to be issued by the Education Department ■ While the movement of vehicles has been allowed during the daytime, residents are requested to stay at home and avoid unnecessary travel ■ Shops selling essential items such as milk, bread, vegetables, fruits, dairy products, eggs and meat, besides those dealing in mobile repair, will remain open NO DINE-IN AT HOTELS the next day, the patient was found missing. His mobile phone was also switched off. The police was informed about the incident following which a case under Sections 269 and 270 of the IPC was registered against the accused at the Sector 17 police station. A doctor at Rajindra Hospital ❞ the ward after every two hours to spoonfeed and make his daughter burp, as recommend- ed by doctors. The doctors at the hospital said as he was a male, he could not be allowed to sleep inside the ward. They said it was a preterm birth and the baby was taken to NICU following respiratory distress. Meanwhile, the mother tested positive for the coronavirus and had to be shifted to the isolation building. Talking to The Tribune over the phone, Sundar said: “The doctors have asked me to spoonfeed my daughter every two hours. Therefore, I have to sleep on the road outside the hospital.” Sundar, who hails from Uttar c m y b Restaurants, including hotels, cafés, coffee shops and eating places, will be allowed to function only for takeaway. No seating arrangements will be allowed inside their premises. Home delivery can be done up to 9 pm. An 18+ girl gets her first jab at Ayush Dispensary in Sector 9, Panchkula, on Monday. RAVI KUMAR 356 in 18-44 age group vaccinated on Day 2 Tribune News Service TIME SLOTS Panchkula, May 3 As many as 356 people in the 18-44 age group got vaccinated at five centres on the second day of the third phase of the vaccination drive here today. Overall, 1,409 people were vaccinated. The drive for 18-plus had begun yesterday at a centre and only 89 were vaccinated. Tomorrow, the vaccination for the age group will take place at six centres — Government Ayurvedic Dispensary, Sector 9; Government Dispensary, Sector 25; Urban Health Centre, Sector 16; Primary Health Centre (PHC), Pinjore; Primary Health Centre, Kot; and Community Health Centre, Raipur Rani. For those above 45 years, the Health Department has announced different time slots as per the age group to ensure a smooth administration of vaccine at four urban sites — Sector 26 Polyclinic, MDC Sector 4 dispensary, Sector 12-A dispensary, Sector 21 dispensary. The sites had been witnessing chaos from the past few days due to a limited availability of vaccines. Beneficiaries above 70 years will now be vaccinated between 9 am and 11 am ABOVE 70 YEARS New cases down to 534, but 12 deaths in Mohali 3BHK flat in Sec 63 goes for ~1.05 crore Mohali: Twelve persons succumbed to the virus in the district during the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 622. In a major relief to the health authorities, the district witnessed almost a 50 per cent decline in fresh cases as only 534 persons were diagnosed with the disease, while 1,042 more patients were cured. Of the 49,085 cases reported so far, 39,750 patients have been cured. There are 8,713 active cases in the district. — TNS Tribune News Service Wife +ve, man spoonfeeds newborn, sleeps on road Patiala, May3 In a society still battling female foeticide, a father has been staying put outside the gynaecology ward of Government Rajindra Hospital to spoonfeed his newborn girl. He has been performing this heartwarming task because the mother of the newborn has tested positive for Covid and has already been shifted to an isolation ward. The father, Shyam Sundar, has to sleep on the road at night as he is not being allowed SHOW NEGATIVE COVID REPORT BEFORE BOARDING A FLIGHT To battle raging virus, UT goes for more curbs 40% deceased had no comorbidities Amit Bathla HC GIVES NOTICE TO UT ON PLEA ALLEGING CHANGE IN CRITERIA Pradesh, said he worked as a labourer in Patiala. A doctor at the Paediatrics Department said: “I was moved by the unconditional love of a father for his daughter.” In her social media post, the doctor said it was feast for the eyes to watch him (Shyam Sundar) take care of his daughter: feeding her and changing her clothes. “It is common to see parents getting upset over the birth of a girl child. However, Sundar’s story is different. We need more such persons to bring a lasting change in society,” the doctor said. Chandigarh, May 3 The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has received an overwhelming response to an e-auction of vacant dwelling units on a freehold basis. The CHB received the highest bid of ~1.05 crore for a three-bedroom flat in Sector 63 against the reserve price of ~86 lakh. Similarly, two more three-bedroom flats in Sector 63 went for over ~1 crore against the reserve price of ~86 lakh. The board had invited etenders for the sale of 109 built-up dwelling units on a freehold basis. The units were available in Sector 38 (West), Sector 49, Sector 51 and Sector 63. The CHB received 105 financial e-bids for 36 dwelling units. “For many of the dwelling units, though a single bid was received, it was considerably higher than the reserve price. The e-tender resulted in better revenue for the CHB. This is the first time that such a good response has been received,” said Yashpal Garg, Chief Executive Officer, CHB. Due to the high cost of flats, in December 2019, the CHB had failed to evince interest CHB earns ~29.41 cr through the auction of 36 flats ❝ For many of the dwelling units, though a single bid was received, it was considerably higher than the reserve price. The e-tender resulted in better revenue for the CHB. This is the first time that such a good response has been received. ❞ Yashpal Garg, CEO, CHB in buyers for its 212 properties. To attract buyers, the CHB had to reduce the reserve price of the flats by about 10 per cent. The board earned a total revenue of ~29.41 crore against the total reserve price of ~26.58 crore of the 36 dwelling units. The CHB received an average of over 10 per cent above the reserve price of these units. Garg said many units got a single bid, but still the highest bid was ~8 lakh to ~11 lakh higher than the reserve price. continued on page 2 9 AM TO 11 AM 50-70 YEARS 11 AM TO 12.30 PM 45-50 YEARS 12.30 PM TO 2 PM 4 DEATHS, 250 CASES IN PANCHKULA Panchkula: The district on Monday reported 250 fresh coronavirus cases and four Covid deaths. All deceased had comorbidities. While the death toll has reached 221, the active caseload stands at 2,021. Of the 21,937 cases reported so far, 19,695 patients have recovered. TNS TODAY’S SCHEDULE On Tuesday, the vaccination for the 18-44 age group will take place at six centres — Ayurvedic Dispensary, Sector 9; Sec 25 Government Dispensary; Urban Health Centre, Sector 16; PHC, Pinjore; PHC, Kot; and Community Health Centre, Raipur Rani. while the vaccination of people between 50 and 70 years will be conducted between 11 am and 12.30 pm. The vaccination for 45-50 years will take place between 12.30 pm and 2 pm. Mining officer among 3 held for taking bribe Mohali, May3 The Vigilance Bureau arrested Ropar mining officer Simarpreet Kaur Dhillon, mining guard Pal Singh and clerk Aman while allegedly taking a bribe of ~25,000 from the owner of a crusher at Anandpur Sahib today. The trio was caught while taking the bribe at Dhillon’s office in Phase 7 this afternoon. Dhillon holds the additional charge of crushers in Mohali. A case has been registered at the Vigilance Bureau police station in Mohali. Sources said the Vigilance Bureau also visited the house of Dhillon in Sector 51. Mohali Vigilance Bureau DSP Ajay Kumar said: “We had information that the suspects used to take bribes from illegal crusher owners at Anandpur Sahib on a monthly basis. On a complaint of Baljinder Singh, a crusher owner at Agampur village in Anandpur Sahib, a raid was conducted and the suspects were caught red-handed.” The police said the mining officer, with the help of two employees, used to charge ~25,000 to ~50,000 from small and big crusher owners for letting them operate. The trio will be produced in a Mohali court on Tuesday. — TNS
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