05052021-CT-01.qxd 5/5/2021 12:27 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 5 MAY 2021 | CHANDIGARH 100-BED COVID CARE CENTRE TO COME UP AT INFOSYS SERAI PAGE 2 Administration allots Infosys Serai to Sri Guru Granth Sahib Society to set up 100-bed centre with oxygen facility. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 4,19,601 45,976 37,288 780 8,170 227 518 11 MOHALI 2,84,813 3,10,897 22,521 49,932 19,992 40,636 584 847 2,302 8,662 281 51 227 634 6 12 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 114 PANCHKULA 172 MOHALI 146 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF NOW, E-PASS MUST TO MOVE IN P’KULA Panchkula: Now, an e-pass will be necessary for movement during the lockdown in the district. Deputy Commissioner Mukesh Kumar Ahuja said from Wednesday, nobody would be allowed to move out without an e-pass as per the lockdown orders issued by the Haryana Government to contain the spread of Covid. Strict action would be taken against the violators, he said. TNS EXPECT LIGHT RAIN FOR 3 DAYS: MET Chandigarh: People can expect light rain for three days in the city. According to the forecast, generally cloudy conditions with light showers are expected from Wednesday to Friday. The city experienced drizzle on Tuesday evening. The Met Department recorded 0.2 mm of rainfall. TNS PAGE 3 CURED COVID PATIENTS SHOULD DONATE PLASMA: HRY SPEAKER Speaker Gian Chand Gupta launches a helpline at Panchkula Civil Hospital to facilitate and assist Covid patients. MAX 36°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 37°C | MIN 26.3°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7:03 PM PAGE 3 DON’T REFUSE ADMISSIONS, MOHALI PVT HOSPITALS TOLD Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan tells hospitals to try & accommodate patients in L2 till availability of L3 beds. SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:36 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE UT opens parks for morning walkers Consider home delivery of oxygen Can be used from 5 am to 9 am |Sukhna out of bounds |Sampark centres shut till May 11 Tribune News Service DAYTIME CURBS TILL 5 AM ON MAY 11 Chandigarh, May 4 Providing further relaxation in restrictions, the UT Administration has decided to keep parks open for morning walkers from 5 am to 9 am in the city. Amid a surge in the coronavirus cases, the UT Administration has imposed fresh restrictions, which came into force from 5 pm today, for a period of seven days. Asked about the idea behind opening of the parks for residents, UT Adviser Manoj Parida said, “Many health-conscious people want to develop immunity by doing morning exercise. We have helped the city by giving them an opportunity. It is better to make it legal instead of people doing it illegally till they follow the Covid protocol.” However, Sukhna Lake would not be opened for morning walkers as tourists WHAT’S CLOSED ❚ All shops selling non-essentials ❚ Sampark centres till May 11 ❚ Estate Office, RLA till May 8 A notice pasted at a Sampark Centre announcing its closure due to Covid-19 in Chandigarh on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN people ❝Many health-consciousmorningwant to develop immunity by doing exercise. We have helped the city by giving them an opportunity. It is better to make it legal instead of people doing it illegally till they follow the Covid protocol Manoj Parida, UT ADVISER ❞ could gather there in large number and violate the Covid guidelines, he said. To prevent further spread of the virus, the UT Adminis- 11 DIE, 780 TEST POSITIVE IN CITY Chandigarh: The city recorded 780 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, taking the number of active cases to 8,170. With 11 more deaths, the toll has reached 518. The UT tally stands at 45,976. A total of 542 patients were cured of the disease in the past 24 hours. TNS 12 FATALITIES, 847 CASES IN MOHALI Mohali: Twelve persons succumbed to the virus in the district during the past 24 hours, taking the toll to 634. As many as 847 more persons tested positive for the virus while 889 were cured of the disease. Among the fresh cases, 308 were reported from Mohali (urban), one each from Lalru and Banur, five from Kurali, 26 from Boothgarh, 43 from Dera Bassi, 64 from Gharuan, 161 from Kharar and 238 from Dhakoli. TNS SIX SUCCUMB IN P’KULA, 584 INFECTED Panchkula: Six more persons succumbed to Covid during the past 24 hours, taking the district toll to 227. Meanwhile, 584 persons were diagnosed with the disease, taking the tally to 22,521. So far, 19,992 patients have been cured of the virus. There are 2,302 active cases in the district. TNS tration had decided to have limited restrictive measures in the city. However, the night curfew will continue from 6 pm to 5 am every day ❚ Cinema halls, gyms, spa, bar, swimming pools ❚ Sports complexes ❚ Ban on social, cultural, sports and political gatherings ❚ Sukhna Lake, Rock Garden, museums & libraries ❚ Schools, colleges, coaching centres ❚ Government offices to close at 5 pm and the total weekend curfew on Saturday and Sunday will also continue. The Administration has also decided to close all Sampark WHAT’S OPEN ❚ Shops selling milk, bread, vegetables, fruits, dairy products, eggs, meat and groceries, bakeries, opticians and shops dealing in mobile repair ❚ Hotels, restaurants for takeaway and home delivery ❚ All government offices and banks ❚ Public transport ❚ Hospitals, nursing homes & laboratories ❚ Gatherings capped at 50 for marriage functions ❚ Cremation or funeral allowed with 20 persons ❚ Movement of vehicles allowed during daytime ❚ Manufacturing industry ❚ Street vendors dealing in essential items centres in the city till May 11, while the Estate Office the and Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) will remain closed till Saturday. Badnore announces free vaccine Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 4 The UT Administrator on Tuesday announced that the Covid vaccine will be free for all beneficiaries, including those above 18 years of age. However, there is no clarity as to when the vaccine doses for the new group will be sent by the Central Government. Adding to the UT disappointment, the Centre has approved 30,000 doses against an order of 1,00,000. The doses were expected to arrive in late May, said a senior official of the UT Administration. c m y b Only 30K doses for 18+ against 1L sought A man gets vaccinated against Covid at Ayurveda Dispensary, Sector 28, Chandigarh. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI The city has administered 2,18,017 doses so far, including 1,26,889 first doses given to beneficiaries aged 45 and above. Around 70 per cent of the registered frontline workers have been administered continued on page 2 cylinders, says HC Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 4 The Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked Chandigarh, along with the states of Punjab and Haryana, to consider home delivery of oxygen cylinders, while granting Sub-Divisional Magistrates in the city the liberty to seek police help for proceeding against hoarders. “Needless to observe that this court expects that the necessary steps are taken at the earliest to ensure that there is no further loss of life due to paucity of oxygen. In case of crisis, however, the state is at liberty to draw from the ‘buffer stock’ of oxygen created under orders of the Supreme Court…,” the Bench asserted. In its detailed order, the Bench observed that the police, after being sounded by the SDM concerned on hoarding, would swing into action immediately and proceed as the circumstances warrant. “In case of any report on disobedience of orders, punitive action will be considered,” the Bench of Justice Rajan Gupta and Justice Karamjit Singh asserted. Taking up the Covid management and control case, the Bench added that availability of proper supply to patients on oxygen support at home would reduce the pressure on the Administration, along with government and private hospitals. Advisories had also been issued by the Health Department to he patients to stay at home, if their condition was mild to SDMs can seek police help for proceeding against hoarders moderate. “In such circumstances, even home delivery of oxygen cylinders can be considered by the state, preferably by the municipal authorities, as health personnel are already overburdened. Apart from providing succour to the inflicted public, it shall prevent hoarding of oxygen cylinders,” the Bench observed. The Bench also took on record an assurance by UT Senior Standing Counsel Pankaj Jain that the SDM of the zone concerned in every sector would be asked to intervene in case of problem regarding availability of oxygen for helping the patients on support at home. Speaking for the Bench, Justice Gupta also directed the allocation of a dedicated zonewise phone line. “It will be widely publicised by way of broadcast on radio, television and assistance of the telephone companies,” Justice Gupta asserted. continued on page 2
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