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SUNRISE SUNDAY 5:27 AM SATURDAY | 22 MAY 2021 | LUDHIANA Pay relief to Covid victims on Delhi pattern, says AAP 23 dead, 687 +ve District leads state in Covid testing Tribune News Service Five cops, 3 health workers among infected Woman held with opium, heroin Ludhiana, May 21 The Focal Point police nabbed a woman and recovered 1.10 kg of opium, 30 gm of heroin and Rs 9,120 drug money from her. She has been identified as Narinder Kaur of Mann Singh Nagar, here. ADCP Rupinder Kaur Sra in a statement issued said the woman was a wife of transporter Surinder Singh and the couple had been into the illicit trade from a long time. Surinder, who is yet to be arrested, owns three trucks and he used to visit Rajasthan and MP from where he used to bring opium. The ADCP said once the husband of the woman was arrested, the entire supply line could be busted and main suppliers of opium could also be arrested. — TNS POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 5 pm: Khawajke village, Rawat, Dhaula, Kakka, Dhoda, Khassi Kalan, Bhookhri Kalan, Tajpur and adjoining area. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 21 As many as 687 persons tested positive for Covid, while 23 lost their lives to the virus in the district today. Total positive cases from the district have now reached to 79,839, while 1,837 persons have lost their lives to the virus so far. Those who tested positive include five cops and three healthcare workers. As many as 148 patients are still untraceable. As many as 13 men and 10 woman died of Covid. Out of the total deceased patients, seven belonged to rural areas and remaining were from urban areas. As many as 57 patients were on ventilator support, out of them and 33 belong to Ludhiana. As many as 195 patients are admitted to government hospitals and 931 to private hospitals in Ludhiana district. Meanwhile, the district administration will take stringent action against the hospitals which are taking advantage of the Covid-19 patients by overcharging them for treatment. Deputy Commissioner, Varinder Kumar Sharma said if a hospital or a doctor COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 12,30,589 79,839 9,988 699 1,837 COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For home isolation: 78147-64759 ■ For ambulance problem: 78143-63850 ■ For hospital problem: 62849-12553 ■ For problem in cremation of bodies: 77197-12797, 95015-00101, 95015-00102 exploits any Covid patient, the district administration will be forced to take very stringent action against them ■ For general problem: 62845-31852 ■ For bed/oxygen/medicine availability: 62849-12553 ■ For Remdesivir injection: 98720-08040 ■ For reporting overcharging by hospitals & other issues: 62849-12553 under the Epidemic Diseases Act. The government is empowered to shut the hospital continued on page 2 Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 21 Stepping up the sustained campaign against the devastating second Covid wave, Ludhiana district has been leading the state in testing the symptomatic and asymptomatic cases, which is a key to trace and treat the deadly virus patients at an early stage. The weekly data compiled by the Health and Family Welfare Department, a copy of which is with The Tribune, revealed that Ludhiana conducted a record 43,333 RTPCR tests, which were more than double compared to 21,486 tests done by its nearest rival Jalandhar between May 13 and 19. Similarly, Ludhiana also topped the state in conducting antigen testing by recording 56,390 RAT tests, which were over three times compared to 17,419 antigen tests done by Bathinda, which stood second in the state, between May 13 and 19. In another positive sign, Ludhiana district’s positivity rate from RT-PCR tests remained 12.9 per cent, which was even lower than Jalandhar’s 14.7 per cent and state’s positivity rate of 14.2 per cent between May 13 and 19. In the antigen testing also, INDERJEET VERMA Ludhiana, May 21 Local AAP leaders have demanded that the state government should also compensate Covid-19 victims on the pattern of the Delhi Government. While addressing a press meet, AAP leaders Suresh Goyal and Ahbaab Singh Grewal alleged that the poor response of the state government towards the pandemic had led to unnecessary loss of life and caused a lot of suffering to people of the state. AAP Punjab spokesperson Ahbaab Singh Grewal said: “Though the state government had failed in its duty to provide relief, it should now at least announce a care package for those who have lost their loved ones to Covid. The package should be on the lines of the one announced by the Delhi Government, led by Arvind Kejriwal.” AAP women wing leader Rajinderpal Kaur Chinna was among others present. Nitin Jain A sample of a child being taken for Covid test in Ludhiana. MUCH AHEAD OF OTHER DISTRICTS Ludhiana conducts more than double RT-PCR tests and over three times antigen testing compared to nearest rivals Jalandhar and Bathinda, respectively. the district’s positivity remained 3 per cent, which was over four times less than 12.6 per cent of Bathinda and less than half of state’s positivity rate of 6.4 per cent registered between May 13 and 19. Other districts stood nowhere in front of Ludhiana either in RT-PCR or RAT testing. In RT-PCR testing, Patiala stood third with 17,100 tests at positivity rate of 14.2 per cent between May 13 and 19, followed by Hoshiarpur 16,899 at 9.5 per cent, Amritsar 16,054 at 15.7 per cent, Mohali 15,893 at 28.7 per cent, Gurdaspur 14,184 at 5.9 per cent, Pathankot 12,958 at 13.1 per cent, Kapurthala 11,989 at 6.3 per cent, Mansa 11,149 at 13.5 per cent, Sangrur 10,765 at 10.1 per cent, Bathinda 9,756 at highest positivity rate of 28.93 per cent, Muktsar 9,509 at 14.7 per cent, Nawanshahr 8,064 at 23.1 per cent, Fazilka 7,378 at 5.7 per cent, Ropar 6,750 at 14 per cent, Tarn Taran 5,511 at 5.6 per cent, Faridkot 5,218 at 16.8 per cent, Fatehgarh Sahib 5,075 at 13.2 per cent, Barnala 3,954 at 10.3 per cent, Ferozepur 3,458 at 27 per cent and Moga conducted the minimum 2,122 tests at a comparatively high positivity rate of 18.2 per cent. In antigen testing, Amritsar ranked third in the state with 14,291 tests at 1.8 per cent positivity rate, followed by Fazilka 14,176 at 9.9 per cent, Jalandhar 13,953 at 7 per cent, Sangrur 13,627 at 3.7 per cent, Patiala 12,564 at 7.2 per cent, Muktsar 11,643 at 12.5 per cent, Gurdaspur 7,227 at 8.1 per cent, Faridkot 6,880 at 8.2 per cent, Hoshiarpur 6,729 at 6.4 per cent, Mohali 6,726 at 5.4 per cent, Kapurthala 6,390 at 7.1 per cent, Fatehgarh Sahib 5,174 at 3.1 per cent, Moga 4,999 at 6.2 per cent, Nawanshahr 4,576 at 3 per cent, Pathankot 4,208 at 9.7 per cent, Ferozepur 3,323 at highest positivity rate of 13.6 per cent, Mansa 2,344 at 11.4 per cent, Tarn Taran 1,813 at 8.5 per cent, Barnala 1,703 at 6.5 per cent and Ropar conducted the lowest 1,482 RAT tests at a high positivity rate of 11 per cent between May 13 and 19. “The districts have been asked to ramp up the testing and tracing drives under the T3 strategy to test, trace and treat the Covid patients at an early stage. The more the testing, the more symptomatic and asymptomatic patients traced and treated to check the spread of the deadly virus,” said Hussan Lal, Principal Health Secretary. Gangster’s wife among six nabbed 30 black fungus cases in dist so far KILLING OF ASIS Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 21 In the ongoing probe into the killing of two ASIs, Bhagwan Singh and Dalwinderjit Singh, in Jagraon, the Ludhiana (Rural) police have arrested six persons, including the wife of one of the gangsters, Darshan Singh, of Salauli village here. The accused have been identified as Gurpreet Singh Lucky of Moga, his wife Ramandeep Kaur, Gagandeep Singh Nanna of Salauli, Jaspreet Singh of Jagraon, Nanak Chand of Salauli and Satpal Kaur, wife of gangster Darshan. Ludhiana (rural) SSP Charanjit Singh Sohal said 180 live cartridges, four maga- GUNS, CARTRIDGES SEIZED Ludhiana (Rural) SSP Charanjit Singh Sohal said 180 cartridges, four magazines and a telescope were recovered from Satpal Kaur, 20 cartridges from Jaspreet, 43 cartridges from Nanak Chand, .12-bore gun along with 16 cartridges from Gagandeep, 20 cartridges along with .12bore gun, a Swift car, 26 registration certificates (RCs) of various vehicles from Gurpreet and three RCs from Ramandeep Kaur. zines and a telescope were recovered from Satpal Kaur, 20 live cartridges from Jaspreet, 43 live cartridges from Nanak Chand, .12 bore gun along with 16 cartridges from Gagandeep, 20 cartridges along with .12 bore gun, a Swift car, 26 Registration Certificates (RCs) of various vehicles from Gurpreet and three RCs from Ramandeep Kaur. The SSP said these persons used to help the Jaipal group either by keeping their weapons safe at some secret places or by keeping them in loop regarding police activities. The recovered weapons are those which Jaipal and his gang had kept after commiting the crime. “We suspect thgese weapons were used by gangsters in various crimes and these persons were helping gangsters in the crimes. Their interrogation can give us clue about whereabouts of continued on page 2 Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 21 After the state government declared mucormycosis (black fungus) as a notifiable disease, the district has confirmed its 30 cases so far. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said the district had received 30 cases of black fungus so far. He said the cases of black fungus were reported in Covid survivors/patients due to irrational use of steroids or poor oro-nasal hygiene in hospitalised patients and use of same mask for prolonged periods was also becoming a cause for mucormycosis. “People should not indulge in self-medication and take medicine only after consulting a doctor. It notify ❝All hospitals have been asked tofungusthe Health Department about patients of black coming to them. The state government has already declared black fungus as an epidemic and the disease is not new. ❞ Varinder Kumar Sharma, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER is advisable to use oxygen cylinder only under expert advice,” the DC said. Dr Navdeep Kaur Boparai, an ENT expert at Ivy Hospital, said the second wave of Covid had been worse than the first and it had led to increase in the usage of steroid, which not only worsens the sugar control but also increases the risk of developing mucormycosis. Dr Navdeep said the infection spreads along vascular and neuronal structures and infiltrates into the walls of blood vessels. It could erode bone through the walls of the sinus and could spread into the orbit and the retro-orbital area, thereby extending into the brain. All cases of post Covid-19 infection with such symptoms should be subjected to imaging to confirm sinus involvement and beyond. The prognosis of mucormycosis might improve with rapid diagnosis, early management, including combined antifungal drugs, aggressive surgical interventions and reversal of underlying risk factors. Seize water pumps near dumping site: NGT Now, shops, Vet university teachers pvt offices can Directs civic body to make alternative arrangement of water supply to residents open till 1 pm suspend OPD services Harshraj Singh er processing of the waste.” Seek quashing of FIR against professor from May 24 “The civic body has also Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 21 As the MC’s main garbage dumping site pollutes groundwater, a National Green Tribunal (NGT) panel has given directions to the authorities concerned that all the water pumps in the ambit of 2 km from the dumping site be seized and required alternative arrangement be made to ensure safe drinking water supply to the residents. The water samples collected from dump site areas have failed tests and found not safe for consumption. A large number of people living near the dumping site are dependent on groundwater. A huge amount of waste has collected at the main dumping site as the MC failed to ensure processing of the waste. After rain, harmful chemicals diffuse slowly into the earth at the dumping site and contaminate the under- Huge heaps of waste at the MC’s main dumping site in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA ground water, according to information. The panel has also given directions to the departments concerned to take action to stop building new colonies in the area as the groundwater is contaminated and harmful for the health of people. Sources said a few illegal colonies have come up near the dumping site. An online meeting of the NGT committee, headed by Justice Jasbir Singh, was conducted today. Environmentalist-cum-member of the NGT committee Balbir Singh Seechewal, PPCB and MC officials also attended the meeting. According to information, the MC has failed to achieve the given targets regarding solid waste management. The NGT panel, headed by Justice Jasbir Singh, has given direc- tions to the PPCB to calculate environment compensation to be imposed on the MC. An official said, “The MC has not achieved the target of source segregation of waste. The MC’s waste processing plant is not functioning. The MC has been asked to deposit Rs 5 lakh bank guarantee for not processing the wet waste. The MC has been asked to take required steps to ensure prop- c m y b been directed to ensure management of construction and demolition waste within three months, otherwise pay an environmental compensation. Besides, the civic body has been directed to deposit a bank guarantee of Rs 5 lakh and ensure treatment of legacy waste at its main garbage dump within six months,” the official said. Chief Engineer, PPCB, Gulshan Rai said the NGT panel had given directions to the authorities concerned to take a decision whether the dairies were to be shifted outside the MC limit and if the dairies were not to be shifted, the process to set up effluent treatment plants should be started. He said the MC had been asked to make alternative arrangement to supply safe drinking water to residents in the ambit of 2 km from the main dumping site. Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 21 The District Magistrate has given some relaxations in curfew from May 24. As per the fresh order, shops, private offices and private institutions can be opened from 5 am to 1 pm from Monday to Friday. Earlier, these were allowed to open till 12 noon. Ludhiana, May 21 The Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University Teachers’ Association (GADVASUTA) suspended OPD services today from 10 am to 12 noon to protest the FIR registered against a GADVASU professor and his team. The case pertains to the death of a dog that was brought for treatment at GADVASU. The complaint has been filed by a resident of Shahpur Kalan, Sangrur. GADVASUTA president Dr Ashwani Kumar said as many as 100 to 150 cases from the state and adjoining states were treated daily in the institute, and clinicians had been working round the clock to provide the best services even during the pandemic and lockdown. The teachers wore black Weekend curfew from Friday 1 pm to Monday 5 am Dine-in is not allowed in restaurants, dhabas, and other eateries. However, food can be taken away till 1 pm. Besides, the District Magistrate has allowed home delivery of cooked food till 8 pm. Food delivery persons need to carry a curfew pass. If any eatery or shop found violating continued on page 2 badges in protest. Dr Kumar also apologised for any inconvenience caused to livestock and pet owners due to the protest. Dr Kumar said: “If the false FIR registered against the GADVASU professor is not quashed immediately, then the GADVASUTA will intensify their agitation. We have also planned to suspend OPD services on Saturday.” The case has caused a wave of resentment in the veterinary fraternity throughout the state. Dr Sarabjit Singh Randhawa, president, Punjab State Veterinary Officers Association (PSVOA), expressed his solidarity with the GADVASU faculty and the professor against whom the FIR has been registered. He said if the FIR was not withdrawn, the veterinarians would suspend services across the state.
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