log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday TUESDAY APRIL 20, 2021 8 pages PRICE ` 6 Pink eye to dry mouth: Unusual Covid symptoms in 2nd wave IN SHORT >> Disqualification pleas: All eyes on today’s verdict PANAJI: Goa Speaker Rajesh Patnekar is likely to give his verdict on the disqualification petition against 10 Ex-Congress MLAs and two Ex-MGP MLAs tomorrow. Speaker had issued notices to Congress president Girish Chodankar and MGP’s senior leader Ramkrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar to be present in his chamber on April 20 in the disqualification petitions filed against the MLAs. >> See pg 3 Locals and police clash at Mopa PANAJI: Locals and police clashed at Nagzar in Pernem on Monday during the ongoing Mopa Airport road measurement work. Several locals and policemen were injured in the clash. >> See pg 3 Manmohan admitted to AIIMS with Covid NEW DELHI: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh tested positive for Covid-19 and was admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences here with a mild fever on Monday afternoon. Singh, 88, has been admitted to the AIIMS trauma centre, which is a dedicated Covid facility, sources said, adding his condition is stable. >> See pg 7 UK PM Boris cancels April 25 India visit NEW DELHI: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has cancelled his April 25 visit to India due to current coronavirus situation. He will instead hold a virtual meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this month to launch their plans for the future UK-India partnership, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement. SC adjourns Italian marines case NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the case of the Italian marines, who killed two Indian fishermen, to next week after the Centre said it hasn’t received Rs 10 crore compensation from Italy. BJP says will not hold big poll meets in WB KOLKATA: In view of the rising Covid-19 cases, the BJP on Monday announced that it will not hold any big public meetings in West Bengal. WEATHER >> Max: 34.8 C Min: 25.4 C Humidity: 81% TIDES Low: High: 9:44 2:33 23:31 17:37 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VI, NO. 300 GOA 6 The Goan (Playstore) In this municipal contest, Vijai has a point to prove 2 RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 GOA Locals protest water shortage at Porvorim PWD office 3 SPORTS FC Goa face biggest ACL test against Persepolis tonight 8 MASSIVE COVID BLOW FOR GOA n RECORD 17 DEATHS n 19-YEAR-OLD GIRL AMONG FATALITIES n 940 NEW POSITIVE CASES THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI In what could be termed as a situation going from bad to worse, Covid dealt a hard blow to Goa as it witnessed 17 deaths coupled with 940 new cases in the worst day so far since the onset of the pandemic last year. With the addition of record 17 Covid fatalities recorded on Monday, the total Covid victim count of Goa has touched 900 while the total number of active cases in the state now stand at 7,547. The positivity rate of 34.49 per cent is also the highest that has ever been recorded in the state since March 2020. Of the 17 Covid deaths, 12 occurred at the Goa Medical College and Hospital in Bambolim, three at South Goa District Hospital in Margao and one each at Asilo in Mapusa and Hospicio in Margao. It may be recalled that the maximum number of Covid deaths recorded during the first wave was on September 14 when 14 persons had succumbed to the infection. On Monday, among the list of deceased was a 19-year-old girl from Kumarmat, Sindhudurg. Five of the deceased were from in and around Panaji including two 47-year-old men from St Inez, a 44-year-old FROM MAY 1, EVERYONE OVER 18 YEARS ELIGIBLE FOR VACCINATION NEW DELHI: Everyone above 18 years of age will be eligible to get vaccinated against Covid-19 from May 1, the central government said on Monday. “Everyone above the age of 18 to be eligible to get vaccine against Covid-19,” said a statement issued by the government. “Vaccine manufacturers will be incentivised to further scale up their production, as well as attract new national and international players,” it added. >> See pg 7 GOING FROM BAD TO WORSE The 17 deaths recorded today are more than the 14 on September 14 during the first wave Among the list of deceased was a 19-year-old girl from Kumarmat, Sindhudurg The total number of active cases in the state now stand at 7,547 The positivity rate of 34.49 per cent is also the highest that has ever been recorded in the state since March 2020 Doctors are also testing positive and at least five of them from GMC have contracted the virus in recent days man from Panaji, a 47-yearold man from Panaji and a 67-year-old woman from Taleigao. The other deceased persons include a 34-year-old man, a 53-year-old woman, a 47-year-old man, a 67-year-old man from Margao, a 59-yearold man from Parse, a 61-yearold woman from Navelim, a 40-year-old woman from Per- nem, an 84-year-old man from Soccoro, a 67-year-old man from Sangolda, an 89-yearold man from Siolim and an 83-year-old man from Fatorda. Urban Health Centre Margao continues to struggle with 826 active cases, the highest in the state, under it. Primary Health Centre Candolim (631), PHC Porvorim 58 patients are being treated on trolleys in the premier government medical institution owing to shortage of beds, according to Dean of GMC Dr S M Bandekar of beds in private hospitals will have to be most likely reserved for Covid patients, says Govt 40% 3000 The Department is also battling a daily backlog of over 3,000 swab samples collected for Covid testing WITHDRAW COVID ORDER ON GOA: GOA CM TO MAHA CM.... >> See pg 3 (581), UHC Vasco (480), UHC Mapusa(476), UHC Panaji (474), PHC Ponda (454) and PHC Cortalim (414) are among the health centres with over 400 active cases under it, additionally, four health centres have over 200 cases and 12 health centres are monitoring between 100 and 200 active Covid cases at the moment. Govt says can’t fight alone, need help of pvt hospitals THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Monday declared that the state is staring at a grave situation and disclosed that the Health Department is likely to make it compulsory for all private hospitals to keep 40 per cent of their bed capacity reserved for Covid patients. Speaking to the media, the Health Minister stated, “A departmental meeting with private hospitals and Collectors to increase the number of Covid beds in the state is scheduled on Tuesday. I feel that at least 40 per cent of the beds in private hospitals should be compulsorily made available for Covid patients along with manpower under Collectors’ supervision. They cannot shy away from that responsibility. Only then we will be able to combat this menace.” With the Goa Medical College struggling to make bed space available for Covid patients, Dean of GMC Dr S M The second drug used in treating Covid-19, Tocilizumab, is currently short in supply and it was learned that the government is struggling to procure stocks Bandekar disclosed that at present, almost 58 patients are being treated on trolleys in the premier government medical institution owing to shortage of beds. “If this requirement continues, we might have to create 40 beds every day for new patients,” Dr Bandekar said. He informed that Ward 121 at GMC will shortly be converted into a 30-bedded Covid ward. Health Minister Rane laid heavy stress on the government’s ongoing efforts to ensure enough supply of oxygen to Covid patients. “The oxygen requirement Centre goes into emergency mode, PM bets on vaccine AGENCIES NEW DELHI Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed backto-back meetings to deal with the emerging situation, even as the government went into emergency mode after the country registered over 2 lakh Covid infections for the fifth consecutive day. The Prime Minister urged people to get vaccinated for the coronavirus, calling it the “biggest weapon” in the fight against the highly infectious virus. Speaking to doctors from across the country, he praised them, and medical staff, for their services in the pandemic. The meeting with doctors was PM Modi’s second Covid-related meet of the day; earlier he met with leaders from the pharmaceutical industry, amid concerns over vaccine shortage as India battles a deadly second wave. “Last year, during the same time, it was due to our doctors’ hard work and the na- ...Asserts Remdesivir not life-saving drug, doesn’t affect mortality rate NEW DELHI: Remdesivir is not a life-saving drug and its “unnecessary or irrational” use on Covid patients is unethical, the Centre tweeted on Monday, amid massive demand for the medicine triggered by an unprecedented surge in Covod cases. The Union Health Ministry said Remdesivir was an “experimental investigational drug” that had been granted emergency authorisation to be used only on moderately sick Covid patients on oxygen support under hospital settings. “It must never be administered in home settings,” it warned. It added that studies had shown the drug didn’t affect mortality rates. NOW, STATES ALLOWED TO BUY VACCINES DIRECTLY FROM MANUFACTURERS >> See pg 7 tion’s strategy we were able to control the coronavirus wave. Now the country is facing a second wave... all doctors (and) our frontline workers are (again) confronting the pandemic with full force and are saving the lives of millions of people,” the Prime Minister was quoted by news agency ANI. PM Modi called on doctors to educate people about Covid treatment and prevention. “It is very important people do not become a victim of panic. For this, with proper treatment, emphasis must also be placed on counselling of patients admitted in hospitals,” he said. Earlier he praised the pharma industry for making India the ‘pharmacy of the world’. Protesting students fail to get Sawant’s attention, detained & ferried to Pernem THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Dozens of students, who marched to Chief Minister Pramod Sawant’s official Altinho residence to demand his intervention to defer class X and XII board exams in the face of the alarming Covid-19 situation, were detained by the police without any hearing. The students were demanding of the exams as was done by all other State boards. Among the students were leaders of the Congress affiliated NSUI. They were driven to the Pernem police station for detention. Class XII students are scheduled to answer their first paper on Saturday, April 24 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday Police detain students outside the CM’s residence at Altinho, Panaji, where they had gone to seek his intervention to defer the board exams. Narayan Pissurlenkar according to the schedule set out by the Board. Around 19,000-odd students have registered and have qualified to write the HSSC examination slated to be conducted by the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (GBS&HSE) from April 24. GBS&HSE has also scheduled the class X (SSC) examination from May 13. Over 24,000 students are registered to write the exam. Opposition Leader Digamber Kamat, hit out at the government for its action against the students protesting for a legit reason. He said that the detention of the students, who were expressing their concern over the pandemic, was unfair. Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Girish Chodankar and Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) State convenor Rahul Mhambre tweeted their support to the students and slammed the government. Chodankar said in a tweet >Continued on P5 www.gttpl.co.in at GMC is very high. Earlier, the requirement was 1,200 to 15,500 cylinders per day and it has now risen to 6,750 per day which is over four times the increase. One company has been asked to provide exclusively to GMC. Govind Poi Raiturkar and another company asked to take care of hospitals in the South. South Goa District Hospital requires almost 2,700 cylinders per day and is expected to go up to 3,750 cylinders a day. Future forecast is exactly double of what we are using today,” Rane said, adding that oxygen beds are also being increased in all facilities. The Health Department is also maintaining a minimum inventory of 5,000 to 10,000 vials of Remdesivir, the requirement for which is much higher than last year with the weekly requirement having touched 1,200 vials. The second drug used in treating Covid-19, Tocilizumab, is currently short in supply >Continued on P5
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