24052021-CT-01.qxd 24-05-2021 00:36 Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE MONDAY | 24 MAY 2021 | CHANDIGARH DESPITE CURFEW, RESIDENTS VISIT CITY PARKS IN EVENINGS PAGE 3 TIKAIT ASKS PEOPLE TO CARRY BLACK FLAGS ON MAY 26 Residents move out in parks in the evening even during the weekend curfew imposed to check Covid spread. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA MOHALI 4,85,087 3,26,590 3,65,323 58,489 29,145 64,621 52,913 27,145 58,092 360 124 454 4,874 1,686 5,663 391 17 547 702 314 866 10 3 16 AIR QUALITY INDEX MAX 38°C | MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33.8°C | MIN 23.6°C SUNSET MONDAY 7.15 PM Two more Covid patients found infected with mucormycosis die at Government Rajindra Hospital. SUNRISE TUESDAY 5.24 AM PANCHKULA 90 MOHALI 142 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF MAN LOSES ~25,700 IN ONLINE FRAUD Chandigarh: A Sector 29 resident fell prey to an online fraud after ~25,700 was debited from his account. Complainant Mangat Ram reported that he had received a message about receiving a new credit card, followed by a call from a fraudster, who posed as a bank executive. The fraudster sent a link on his mobile phone and asked for some information. Soon, four transactions were made from the credit card. The victim submitted a complaint to the cyber crime investigation cell of the UT police. TNS JE ‘ASSAULTED’ BY CONTRACTOR Chandigarh: MC Junior Engineer Ashutosh was allegedly beaten up by a private contractor and his men late on Saturday night. According to Angrej Singh, general secretary, MC Engineers’ Association, the incident occurred at 11 pm when the engineer went to Sector 48 to repair a water supply line damaged allegedly by the contractor. His vehicle was allegedly blocked by carborne men and he was beaten up. The association has taken up the issue with the Chief Engineer and sought the registration of an FIR against the contractor. TNS Biker hit by truck, dies TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE UT weekly positivity rate dips to 13%, was 23.2% fortnight ago UT may extend lockdown with odd-even for shops Single-day rate was 27.8% on May 11, fell to 9.8% yesterday Tribune News Service Tribune News Service 156 PAGE 3 TWO MORE SUCCUMB TO BLACK FUNGUS IN PATIALA BKU leader urges people to carry black flags on May 26 as farmers are observing it as a black day. Naina Mishra CHANDIGARH 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 PAGE 3 Chandigarh, May 23 The Covid case positivity rate of the UT has come down significantly from a record high of 23.2 per cent during the week ending May 9, to approximately 13 per cent this week. A positivity rate of below 5 per cent is considered safe as far as the spread of the virus is concerned. From a single-day positivity rate of 27.8 per cent reported on May 11, the test positivity rate dropped to 9.8 per cent today. In the past one week, the number of new infections has grown by an average of 0.9% every day. The active cases have also reached 9.1 per cent in the city with a constant decline in the new cases. Amandeep Kang, Director, Health Services, UT, said even if the cases were decreasing, there was a need for people to strictly observe Covid-appropriate behaviour to keep the virus at bay. It was the natural cycle of the pandemic and with the ongoing restrictions, the cases were expected to decrease this week as well, she added. With new infections on the decline, oxygen and ventilator bed availability in the city is also improving. On Sunday, 11 ventilator beds were vacant at the PGI, eight were vacant at the GMCH-32 and two at the GMCH-48 (South Campus). The number of patients requiring oxygen People queue up at a vaccination centre in Sector 45, Chandigarh, on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO : PRADEEP TEWARI SITUATION IN GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS IMPROVES MUCORMYCOSIS ANOTHER MAY 6 MAY 23 CHALLENGE: PGI DIRECTOR HOSPITALS OXYGEN BEDS VACANT PGIMER 37 GMCH -32 57 GMCH - 48 16 GMSH -16 6 ICU BEDS VACANT 0 0 0 0 OXYGEN BEDS ICU BEDS VACANT VACANT 150 11 32 8 16 3 71 0 POSITIVITY RATE AT END OF WEEK May 23 May 16 May 9 May 2 CASES 3,122 5,160 5,901 4,614 TESTS 23,801 23,417 25,371 26,572 POSITIVITY RATE 13.1% 22% 23.2% 17.3% DON’T LOWER THE GUARD: DHS Even if the cases are decreasing, there is a need for people to strictly observe Covidappropriate behaviour to keep the virus at bay. Amandeep Kang, DIRECTOR, HEALTH SERVICES, UT ❝ ❞ beds at the PGI also reduced as 150 such beds were vacant on Sunday. A total of 306 oxygen beds were vacant in the city hospitals. On May 6, no ICU bed was vacant in the government-run hospitals in the city while 116 oxygen beds were vacant at the healthcare facilities. Now, UT police move plea for Mahajan’s narco-analysis test Chandigarh, May 23 The UT police have now moved an application in a local court to get the narco-analysis test of former scribe Sanjeev Mahajan conducted in the Surjit Singh murder case. Mahajan, meanwhile, was produced in the court today and sent to judicial custody. A police official said they had information following which they wanted to get the narco-analysis test conducted. Earlier, Mahajan had moved an application for his lie-detector and narco-analysis tests, which was rejected by the court. Prof Jagat Ram, Director, PGI, said, “We have already crossed the peak and Covid cases are coming down now. Moderate to serious patients take double the time to recover than the mild patients. Even as the hospital admission has fallen, doctors now face a new challenge of mucormycosis. The number of mucormycosis patients is significant. Another challenge is that it takes much more effort to eliminate fungus from the nose and eye. Many patients with fungal infection are admitted to the Covid ICUs now.” BOUNCER MURDER CASE SURJIT SINGH WAS GUNNED DOWN Surjit Singh, a bouncer-turnedfinancier, was gunned down by two motorcycle-borne miscreants near his house in Sector 38 (West) in March last year. He was returning home in his car and stopped at a traffic light when the assailants, wearing helmets, arrived there and opened fire at him. Surjit, a bouncer-turned-financier, was gunned down by two motorcycle-borne miscreants near his house in Sector 38 (West) in March last year. He was returning home in his car and stopped at a traffic light when the assailants, wearing helmets, arrived there and opened fire at him. Mahajan, an associate of Surjit, was remanded in police custody after Surjit’s wife Meenakshi gave a statement to the police on April 25 that Mahajan’s role in the murder could not be ruled out. The late Surjit was also named as one of the accused in the property grab case registered against nine persons, including Mahajan, in March this year. — TNS Despite the decline in new cases, the fatalities in the city are still on the higher side as an average 10 deaths due to Covid-19 are taking place daily. Administration to take decision at review meeting today Chandigarh, May 23 The UT Administration is expected to further extend the ongoing lockdown, but may allow non-essential shops to open. A review meeting in this regard is scheduled for tomorrow. “The neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana have already imposed a lockdown till May-end. It is likely that we will also have a lockdown at least for one more week,” said a senior officer on condition of anonymity. The shops may be allowed to open on an odd-even basis. Traders’ associations in the city have already been protesting against the closure of non-essential shops. “Punjab and Haryana have opened non-essential shops; these must be allowed to open in the city as well. Traders are facing huge losses. They are yet to recover from the losses suffered last year. They won’t be able to sustain if the shops remain closed. At a meeting, the Deputy Commissioner assured that shops would be allowed to open on the oddeven model,” said Charanjiv Singh, president, Chandigarh Beopar Mandal. “We will discuss both business aspects as well as the current status of Covid -19, based on which a decision will be taken,” said an official. UT Adviser Manoj Parida yesterday stated that the positivity rate had come in the city. With cases on the decline, the restrictions are Cops check the documents of a motorist found travelling during the lockdown in Chandigarh on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO : PRADEEP TEWARI OFFICIALSPEAK ❝Theofneighbouring states Punjab and Haryana have imposed a lockdown till May-end. It is likely that we will also have a lockdown at least for one more week. ❞ — A senior official ‘TRADERS AT LOSS’ ❝PunjabandHaryana have opened non-essential shops; these must be allowed to openin the city too. Traders are facing huge losses. They won’t be able to sustain if the shops remain closed. ❞ — Charanjiv Singh, TRADERS’ BODY CHIEF likely to be relaxed. Following the second wave, the Administration had imposed a lockdown on May 4 in the city. Since then, the lockdown has continued along with a weekend curfew. Wall of fame Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 23 The indiscriminate use of steroids has given rise to a new challenge for the health authorities — black fungus. Prof Jagat Ram, Director, PGI, says mucormycosis (commonly known as black fungus) can be prevented if we stop the indiscriminate use of steroids in Covid patients. “The use of steroids in mild Covid-19 cases (without hypoxemia) or the utilisation of higher doses of glucocorticoids should be avoided. The development of mucormycosis can be attributed to the indiscriminate use of glucocorticoids and suggests a need for their judicious use,” he said. MUCORMYCOSIS CASES AT PGI Total Punjab Haryana 37 Chandigarh 02 19 UP 04 10 Others 02 “Steroids aggravate sugar levels in patients and those with uncontrolled diabetes are at a higher risk of developing the fungal infection. A lot of patients start self-medication with steroids even when it is not required. It has also been seen that some patients were given steroids in higher quantities that worsened their condition,” said Prof Jagat Ram. Prof Arunaloke Chakrabarti, Professor and Head of the Department of Medical Microbiology, PGI, said: “As uncontrolled diabetes is the major issue, good glycemic control during the management of Covid patients is required. Systemic steroids should only be used in patients with hypoxemia and oral steroids are contraindicated in patients with normal oxygen c m y b 16 DIE, 454 INFECTED IN MOHALI DIST Mohali: Sixteen patients lost their battle against Covid in the district for the second consecutive day, taking the toll to 866. Meanwhile, 454 persons were diagnosed with the disease and 995 patients were reported to have been cured in the past 24 hours. TNS VIRUS CLAIMS 3 LIVES IN P’KULA, 124 TEST +VE Panchkula: The district witnessed three more Covid fatalities and 124 fresh cases till Sunday evening. Civil Surgeon Dr Jasjit Kaur said a 76year-old woman from Sector 21, a 45-year-old woman from Batour village and a 65-year-old woman from Barwala lost their lives to the virus. She said the victims had comorbidities. TNS Tribune News Service An artist paints portraits of sports personalities on a wall as part of the beautification works initiated by the Municipal Corporation at Sector 8 in Panchkula on Sunday. PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR Avoid indiscriminate use of steroids, says PGI Director Naina Mishra Chandigarh: The city reported 10 deaths and 360 new cases of Covid19 on Sunday. The active case tally now stands at 4,874 and the toll at 702. As many as 741 patients recovered in the past 24 hours. TNS UP native held for murder Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 23 A 34-year-old man was killed after the motorcycle he was riding was hit by an unknown truck in the Industrial Area, Phase I, last night. The victim has been identified as Gursahibjit Singh. A PCR vehicle patrolling the area found the victim lying injured and people gathered at the spot near the SDM office in the Industrial Area. The PCR vehicle rushed the victim to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, where doctors declared him brought dead. The police said the victim’s identity was established through documents in his purse. He was a JCB driver. The police have registered a case against the unknown truck driver at the Industrial Area police station. UT SEES 10 FATALITIES, 360 FRESH CASES saturation on room air.” “If systemic steroids are used, blood sugar should be monitored. The dose and duration of steroid therapy should be limited to dexamethasone (0.1mg/kg/day) for 5-10 days,” Professor Chakrabarti said. He said: “During the discharge of Covid-19 patients, they should be advised about the early symptoms or signs of mucormycosis (facial pain, nasal blockage and excessive discharge, loosening of teeth, chest pain and respiratory insufficiency).” Professor Chakrabarti clarified that no anti-fungal prophylaxis is recommended as the incidence is not more than 10 per cent in any Covid19 cohort. FAQs on steroids answered by Prof Sanjay Jain, HoD, Internal Medicine, PGI What is the ideal stage in infection when steroids should be administered to a patient. Steroids are given in the second week only if the oxygen level has reduced (hypoxia). It should be taken only when prescribed by a doctor. Should patients under home isolation be advised to take steroids? When the oxygen level falls, patients are advised admission to a hospital. It is only then they are given steroids. Hence, these should not be taken at home. What are the culprits for mucormycosis in Covid and recovered patients? Steroids, high blood sugar level, diabetes, kidney diseases and immunocompromised conditions are well recognised factors for mucormycosis. However, the role of other factors cannot be ruled out. Panchkula, May 23 A UP native has been arrested for murdering a man with a spade in the fields at Behad village in the district on Friday. The suspect has been identified as Dalip, alias Chhotu, who belongs to Shishwana village in Khushinagar area of UP . In his complaint to the police, Sushil, a resident of Behad village, stated that he was employed as a home guard in the Haryana Police and had taken on lease two acres owned by Rajbala, a resident of Sector 11, Panchkula. continued on page 2 Kharar lawyer hangs himself Mohali, May 23 Kharar advocate Harsimran Singh Sandhu reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his house in Sector 70 on Sunday. The deceased was an Assistant Public Prosecutor at a Kharar court. His family told the police that Harsimran had recently recovered from Covid-19, but was mentally upset for the past some time. Mataur SHO Manphul Singh said: “Harsimran’s kin rushed him to a hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. The police were informed later.” Harsimran was found hanging with a bedsheet from the grill of his room’s gate. He was married recently, but had no children. No suicide note was found on him. — TNS
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