25052021-CT-01.qxd 5/25/2021 12:53 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 25 MAY 2021 | CHANDIGARH STAFF MEMBERS, 20 PATIENTS GET JAB AT SPINAL REHAB CENTRE PAGE 2 MOHALI DIST SEES 45 PER CENT DIP IN ACTIVE CASES IN A WEEK MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 4,88,182 58,734 53,597 245 4,428 446 709 7 MOHALI 3,27,528 3,67,978 29,293 64,839 27,520 58,778 148 218 1,453 5,178 233 485 320 873 6 7 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 85 PANCHKULA 57 MOHALI 94 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF TRUCK OVERTURNS IN MISHAP WITH BUS A truck that overturned at the Sector 36/37 lights. Chandigarh: A truck overturned at the Sector 36/37 light point after it met with an accident with a Punjab Roadways bus on Monday morning. No one was injured. The truck, belonging to a bread company, was being driven by Ajay Kumar, who was heading from Sector 35 to Sector 38, while the bus was coming from Mohali and heading towards the Punjab Secretariat to drop government employees when the accident took place. The truck overturned and damaged the traffic light. The police reached the spot. The road got blocked due to the accident for over an hour. Later, a crane arrived at the spot to lift the truck. TNS BSc grad held with ~40-lakh charas Chandigarh, May 24 A 24-yerar-old BSc graduate has been arrested by the local police with 5.1 kg of charas. According to the police, the suspect, Mukesh Kumar, alias Anku, a native of Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh (HP), who was residing in Kharar, was nabbed from Sector 34 while carrying the charas on May 23. The police said the suspect had done BSc in Tourism Hospitality and Hotel Management from Punjabi University, Patiala. The police claimed that the charas recovered from the suspect was worth around ~40 lakh. He was produced in a court and remanded in fiveday police custody. The police said raids would be conducted at the addresses of the suspect’s accomplices. — TNS MAX 39°C | MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 37.4°C | MIN 20.5°C SUNSET TUESDAY 7.15 PM PAGE 3 Punjab to rename hockey stadium after the late three-time Olympic gold medallist Balbir Singh (Senior). SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.24 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE As cases dip, UT decides to open up All shops to function from 9 am to 3 pm; malls, cinemas to remain closed; no dine-in at restaurants Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 24 In view of a substantial reduction in the number of Covid-19 cases, loss of livelihood of daily wagers and disruption in economic activities, the UT Administration has decided to allow a few relaxations in the restrictions imposed on May 4 for curbing the spread of Covid. During a review meeting chaired by UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore, it was decided to allow all shops to open from 9 am to 3 pm from tomorrow, subject to strict observation of the Covid protocol. All shops will be sanitised. All customers entering the shops and all persons attending to them should wear a mask. The market associations concerned will have to ensure the availability of masks at shops and at the market entry points. However, all shopping malls, cinema halls, theatres, museums, gymnasiums, libraries, spas, salons, Sukhna Lake and Rock Garden will continue to remain closed. Restaurants, hotels, cafés, coffee shops and eating joints are allowed to function only for home delivery. However, no seating arrangements will be allowed inside the premises. Orders for home delivery are WHAT’S OPEN ■ All shops to remain open from 9 am to 3 pm ■ Sampark centres will remain open from 9 am to 5 pm WHAT’S CLOSED ■ All shopping malls, cinema halls, theatres, museums, gymnasiums, libraries, spa, salons, Sukhna Lake and Rock Garden. ■ Sports complexes will remain closed. However, special permission can be given to athletes preparing for the Olympics and the National Games. Shops closed at the Sector 8 market in Chandigarh on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN WEEKEND, NIGHT CURFEW TO CONTINUE The night curfew will continue from 6 pm to 5 am. The weekend curfew from 6 pm on May 28 to 5 am on May 31 will continue. Essential shops will be allowed to open. ‘CHEMIST SHOPS CAN OPERATE 24X7’ HOME DELIVERY UP TO 10 PM, TAKEAWAYS 5 PM The UT Administration has clarified that salons, barber shops, spa and malls will continue to remain closed and non-essential shops such as auto service centres are allowed to Restaurants, hotels, cafés, coffee shops and eating joints to function only for home delivery orders. No dine-in is allowed, but home delivery is allowed till 10 pm and takeaways till 5 pm. open till 3 pm only. “All essential shops such as groceries can remain open till 5pm. Chemist shops can operate 24x7 during the Covid pandemic,” said UT Adviser Manoj Parida. 7 SUCCUMB IN MOHALI, 218 CASES UT SEES 245 CASES 6 DEATHS, 148 CASES IN P’KULA DIST Mohali: Seven Covid deaths were reported from the district during the past 24 hours, taking the toll to 873. Meanwhile, 218 fresh cases were reported and 687 were cured. Among the fresh cases, 70 were reported from Mohali (urban), three each from Lalru and Banur, four from Kurali, 12 from Gharuan, 15 from Boothgarh, 19 from Kharar, 24 from Dera Bassi and 68 from Dhakoli. There are 5,178 active cases in the district. TNS Chandigarh: The city reported 245 new Covid cases and seven deaths on Monday. The number of active cases now stands at 4,428 and toll at 709. As many as 684 patients recovered on Monday. TNS Panchkula: Six more persons succumbed to the virus during the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 320 in the district. Dr Jasjeet Kaur, Civil Surgeon, said among the fresh fatalities, there were two men, both aged 72, of Marranwala and Tipra villages and four women. As many as 148 fresh cases were reported, taking the case tally to 29,293. There are now 1,453 active cases in the district. TNS allowed till 10 pm and takeaways are allowed till 5 pm. To prevent parties and gatherings, the night curfew from 6 pm to 5 am will continue. Similarly, the weekend curfew from 6 pm on Friday (May 28) to 5 am on Monday (May 31) will also continue. During the weekend curfew, only essential shops will be allowed to remain open. The Sampark Centres will remain open from 9 am to 5 pm. As far as possible, private sector employees should work from home. No action will be taken against private offices remaining open, wherever necessary. Sports complexes will remain closed. However, special permission can be given by the Secretary, Sports, to athletes preparing for the Olympics and the National Games. The Administrator also decided that the demand of the trade and industry for exemption of rent in government-owned/allotted shops would be looked into, along with the demand for relaxation in electricity, water charges and property tax. Badnore expressed concern over the number of fatalities due to Covid. He directed the Secretary, Social Welfare, that children who had been orphaned due to Covid must be looked after at government welfare homes and the cost for it should be borne by the UT Administration. The Administrator stated that restrictions would be reviewed and re-imposed if the Covid situation did not improve in the city. He expressed satisfaction over vaccination camps organised for mentally challenged patients in Sector 15 and persons under treatment at the Spinal Rehabilitation Centre, Sector 28-A. Traders happy, want staff vaccinated Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 24 Welcoming the decision of the UT Administration to open all shops from 9 am to 3 pm, Charanjiv Singh, president, Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, said the decision would provide relief to traders. Will demand extension in shop timings when situation improves Diwakar Sahoonja, chief spokesperson for the mandal, demanded priority vaccination of workers employed by traders. “As soon as the Covid situation improves, we will demand extension in the shop timings,” said Charanjiv Singh. Kamaljit Singh Panchhi, a resident, and LC Arora, general secretary, Chandigarh Traders’ Association, Sector 17, also welcomed the decision of the Administration. UT holds back water tariff hike till March Of lives lost & helpless kin Senior official cites prevailing Covid conditions as reason behind the move 231 succumbed to virus in a month, the highest so far Chandigarh, May 24 The UT Administration has decided to hold back the hike in the water tariff till March next year. A senior official said the decision was taken keeping in view the Covid-19 conditions. However, a detailed order in this regard is awaited. In September last year, the UT Administration had notified an increase between 50 per cent and 200 per cent depending upon the category of user and water consumption level. After facing criticism from the Opposition, the MC General House passed a resolu- A VICTORY OF CITY RESIDENTS: CONG The decision of the UT to keep on hold the hike in water tariff till March 2022 is a victory of the people of Chandigarh. ❝ ❞ HS Lucky, Congress spokesperson tion in October last year, with request to the Administration to withdraw the notification and levy the existing charges till the pandemic was over. The MC collects ~90 crore per annum as water charges, but spends ~225 crore on maintaining water supply to nearly 1.8 lakh consumers. With a hike in water tariff, the MC was expecting to earn ~60 crore. “The decision of the Administration to keep on hold the hike in water tariff till March 2022 is a victory of the people of Chandigarh,” said HS Lucky, a spokesperson for the Congress. The Congress has been constantly raising this issue and has been agitating for the past three months for the com- plete rollback of water tariff, he said. Asked why it was being held back till March 2022, he said it might be because of the MC poll in December this year. Devinder Singh Babla, Leader of the Opposition, MC, thanked UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore for giving a breather to the residents. “In the last MC meeting, Congress councillors had objected to this agenda tabled by the BJP and we had to stage a walkout to drive home our point. This hike would have caused a burden on the public, which is already reeling under the impact of the Covid wave,” he said. — TNS Stopped from taking liquor, youths thrash cops Panchkula, May 24 The Panchkula police have nabbed three youths for allegedly attacking policemen when they tried to stop them from taking liquor in a car on the road behind Tau Devi Stadium in Sector 3 last evening. The suspects have been identified as Bhim, a resident of Dhakoli, Ritvik Rathore, a resident of Mona Greens in Zirakpur, and Ankush, a native of Tayotha village in Kaithal district. A police control room (PCR) team was on a round near the stadium when they found three youths taking liquor in their Innova car. When the PCR vehicle in-charge questioned them, the three deboarded the car and started hitting the PCR vehicle with their feet and beat up Liquor being sold at a vend in Sector 14, Panchkula, on Monday. PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR the policemen. The suspects hit the PCR vehicle driver with a wooden stick, causing head injuries. After receiving information, the Sector 21 police chowki in-charge and his team arrived at the sport and arrested the suspects. The suspects were produced in a court, which sent them to judicial custody. — TNS Covid-hit Milkha in hospital, condition stable Chandigarh, May 24 Four days after he tested positive, 91-year-old former Indian sprinter Milkha Singh was admitted to a private hospital in Mohali today. His condition is reported to be stable. His son Jeev Milkha Singh, a four-time European Tour champion, decided to shift him to the hospital, said Milkha’s wife Nirmal Milkha Singh. “Last night, he faced some problems and later in the HOCKEY STADIUM TO BE NAMED AFTER BALBIR SINGH (SENIOR) There were 6,402 active cases in Mohali till Friday against 10,914 on May 14 — a decline of 45% in a week. As many as 20 wheelchair-bound spinal injury patients vaccinated at the Spinal Rehab Centre in Sector 28. FORECAST PAGE 3 morning, we decided to shift him to the hospital. His oxygen saturation level had dropped a little. However, he’s doing fine now,” said Nirmal. She said their elder daughter Mona Milkha Singh, a doctor at the Metropolitan Hospital Center at New York, who attends to Covid patients in emergency, would also be coming to the city. “Doctors said he was responding well to the treat- Milkha Singh ment,” said Nirmal. Meanwhile, talking to The Tribune on Sunday, Milkha had said: “I am recovering well and have been in good spirits. I will definitely overcome this phase.” “He has been hospitalised. He was weak and not eating since yesterday. Though his vitals seemed alright, we thought it was safer to have him admitted,” said Jeev. “He is under good care of doctors there. He is a strong man, c m y b always positive and will recover soon,” added the golfer, who reached here on Saturday from Dubai after his father tested positive. Hospital’s statement “Milkha Singh was admitted to Fortis Hospital, Mohali, at the ICU on May 24 with Covid pneumonia. He is stable and presently on low flow oxygen and medical management,” said one of the spokespersons. — TNS Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 24 Covid-19 snuffed out 231 lives this month, the highest monthly toll since the pandemic hit the city last year. Several Covid patients died because they reported late to hospitals after their oxygen levels dropped. Amit Garg, a 36-year-old resident of Sector 40, who lost his mother to Covid-19, said: “My mother had fallen ill but we did not get a test conducted as the fever lasted only a day. After four days, my mother’s oxygen dropped to 63 suddenly. We rushed her to the PGI emergency at night, while my wife was taking care of my father at home. In the meantime, my father’s sugar level spiked arbitrarily and we rushed him to a private hospital. My mother was being intubated the next day and could not be saved. I did not tell my father as he was also hospitalised. Only five of our family cremated my mother and we grieved in silence.” His father is currently undergoing Covid treatment at the private hospital. A 38-year-old resident, Amandeep Garg, lost both his parents in two days last month. His parents were under home isolation after A girl being inoculated at the PU Dental College. PRADEEP TEWARI WHAT PGI CHIEF SAYS Moderate to serious patients may take double the time to recover than mild patients. That is why we are seeing so many fatalities despite a decline in cases. Most of those who are dying were admitted three-four weeks ago. ❝ Prof Jagat Ram, DIRECTOR, PGI ❞ LOST BOTH PARENTS My mother was an Alzheimer’s patient, so immunocompromised. She could not survive a day in the hospital and died of cardiac arrest. Despite being given the best of treatment, my father could not be saved. Amandeep Garg ❝ ❞ ‘OVERWHELMED HEALTHCARE LED TO DEATHS’ Prof GD Puri from the Department of Anaesthesia, who is looking after patient care at the PGI, said: “The number of cured patients was good till April. Later, the Covid test. After 10 days of home isolation, both of them started complaining of difficulty in breathing. “My overwhelmed medical services, patients getting late treatment and improper use of medications led to deaths. Patients reaching facilities late added to the woes.” mother was an Alzheimer’s patient, so already immunocompromised. She could not continued on page 2 O2 concentrator bank for patients Chandigarh, May 24 The UT Administration, in association with the Indian Red Cross Society, Chandigarh, has started an oxygen concentrator bank for Covid-19 patients, who need oxygen when in home isolation or after discharge from the hospital. Patients requiring a concentrator may contact on the helpline number: +916280726662 from 9 am to 5 pm. Service free of cost, but user to bear repair cost in case of damage Deputy Commissioner Mandip Singh Brar said the applicant would be required to submit a Covid positive report of the patient, doctor’s prescription for oxygen requirement and any residential proof of Chandigarh. After confirming the eligibility, the applicant would be informed telephonically regarding availability of the continued on page 2
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