log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday FRIDAY APRIL 30, 2021 8 pages PRICE ` 6 Covid: Indians turn to black market & unproven drugs IN SHORT >> Vasco double murder: HC acquits woman PANAJI: The Bombay High Court at Goa has acquitted Pratima Naik, a woman from Vasco who was charged and convicted of murdering her mother-in-law Usha Naik and sister-in-law Neha Naik by administering stupefying drugs at their place of residence at Mangor Hill on January 30, 2015. >> See pg 3 Gold worth ` 1.78 L 2 seized at Dabolim VASCO: Goa Customs officials seized 512 grams gold worth Rs 21.78 lakh at Dabolim Airport. The gold was recovered from a passenger who had arrived at Dabolim International Airport from Hyderabad by Indigo flight on Tuesday, officials said. >> See pg 5 Price of Covaxin slashed to ` 00 4 NEW DELHI: Bharat Biotech announces that its Covid-19 vaccine, Covaxin, will be available to State governments at a price of Rs 400 per dose. The price for Covaxin was announced as Rs 600 a dose earlier. >> See pg 7 PM to have Covid review meet today NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a Covid-19 review meeting with the Cabinet ministers at 11 am on April 30. The Union Council of ministers will hold a meeting via video conference to review the prevailing coronavirus situation. Delhi law won’t alter govt duties: Centre NEW DELHI: The Centre on Thursday said the amendments to the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Act will in no way alter the constitutional and legal responsibilities of the elected government in the national capital but would ensure better governance. Child marriages rise in Tamil Nadu NEW DELHI: Nilgiris district in Tamil Nadu is witnessing an increasing trend of child marriage because of closure of schools triggered by Covid-19 and the administration has so far prevented five such marriages. Italy tightens rules for India travellers >> See pg 7 WEATHER >> Max: 34.3 C Min: 26.6 C Humidity: 82% TIDES Low: High: 06:43 19:23 24:02 13:47 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VI, NO. 310 GOA 6 Margao ESI hospital struggling to house increasing number of Covid patients 2 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 NEWS Billionaires huddle in safety bubbles as Covid rages 7 8 SPORTS FC Goa finish creditable third in maiden ACL campaign Deaths mount, partial lockdown begins n 19-YEAR-OLD AQUEM GIRL AMONG 36 DEAD n @ 3019 CASES, POSITIVITY BREACHES 50% THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The young in Salcete took the brunt of the ravaging, double-mutant strain of Coronavirus in the 24 hours between the evenings of Wednesday and Thursday. A 19-year-old lass from Aquem and two other under-40 women -- a 40-yearold-from from Borda and another 37-year-old from an unspecified locale of Salcete -- were counted among the 36 dead in these 24 hours. Numbers continued to haunt the State’s Covid-19 response teams as a staggering 3019 of the 5910 tested -- a whopping 51-plus per-cent -being reported positive in the 24-hours of Wednesday-Thursday. Also, the overall pandemic toll in Goa now totals 1,146. Senior medics involved in Goa’s war against the dreaded Ensure containment measures if + ve rate is over 10%: Centre PANAJI: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has directed all States and Union Territories to identify districts where either the tests positivity has been more than 10 per cent in the last one week or, where bed occupancy was more than 60 per cent. In an order issued on Thursday, it said, Districts fulfilling any of the above two criteria should be considered for taking intensive and local containment measures. Incidentally, Goa has recorded positivity rate of 51.08 % today and has been consistently reporting above 30 % positivity for the past several days. virus admitted that the above 50 per-cent positivity was a serious cause of concern. No one was however willing to speak on record to The Goan. The 3019 newly infected led to the ‘active cases’ in the State aggregating above the 20,000 mark and settling at 20,898 with just 914 cured of the disease, the daily health bulletin said. According to the daily mortality report of the Directorate of Health Services, the 19-year-old Aquem girl suffered from no co-morbidity but had symptoms for a week. She succumbed within 24-hours of being admitted, Candolim, Calangute, Arpora panchayats foist ‘lockdown’ No order from North Collector, but Candolim VP declares area as major containment zone THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA Without waiting for the order of the North Goa Collector, the Candolim panchayat declared the village as a major containment zone while Calangute and Arpora-Nagoa panchayat enforced a “lockdown” in its areas from Thursday noon to contain the rapid rise of Covid-19 cases. In a special meeting of the panchayat body, the Candolim village panchayat discussed the steep rise in Covid-19 cases and deaths in the village and passed a resolution to impose a partial lockdown and declare the jurisdiction of the village as a major containment zone. “In order to control the rising Covid-19 cases and deaths, it was unanimously resolved as per Section 62 of Goa Panchayat Raj Act to impose a partial lockdown and declare Candolim as a major containment zone,” said Blaize Fernandes, Sarpanch of Candolim. The order further goes to declare the containment zone for a period of 11 days from 12 pm of April 29 to 6 am on May 9. It then jots down a long list of what is allowed to oper- ON PAGE 3 Popular Friday market to remain shut but it will be business as usual in Mapusa 10 areas declared micro-containment zones in Mapusa Panic buying in port town amid rumours of extended lockdown Ministry reviews preparedness of hospitals of MPT, major ports for Covid care ate with certain restrictions, what is not allowed to operate and what is allowed to operate for the period of the containment zone. The Calangute panchayat was more conservative in its approach by issuing a public notice imposing the same restrictions in the village as Candolim and Arpora-Na- gao panchayats have done, but without using the words of “lockdown” and “containment zone” in the notice. “The general public are informed that in view of the rapid rise of Covid-19 cases and in order to contain the spread of the said pandemic, certain prevention and remedial measures are required to be taken for all trade establishments, villagers and public in the jurisdiction of Calangute village,” said the public notice signed by Shawn Martins, Calangute Sarpanch. It then lists down the same conditions as the Candolim village of what is allowed and what not to operate in the village. Martins informed that the North Goa Collector had not issued the order but the panchayat was going ahead to implement the lockdown as per the provision of the Panchayat Raj Act. “Section 19 (2) under schedule 1 of Panchayat Raj Act list the functions and responsibilities of the village pancahayat on steps to be taken on prevention and remedial measures against an epidemic. We are reading it with section 62 >Continued on P5 Centre allocates 20 K more litres of oxygen to Goa PANAJI: Amid the chaotic medical oxygen availability situation in the country, there was some respite for Goa on Thursday as the Centre made an additional 20,000 litres of the life-saving gas available every alternate day. Health Minister Vishwajit Rane tweeted about the additional allocation to Goa by the Centre. the DHS bulletin said, adding that 10 of the 36 deaths reported on Wednesday-Thursday have similarly occurred >Continued on P5 Most States may postpone May 1 vaccination plan PTI NEW DELHI Delhi, Punjab, Gujarat and Maharashtra on Thursday said that the vaccination drive for all above 18 years may get delayed as they don’t have enough doses of the anti-coronavirus vaccine. The inoculation drive for those between 18 and 45 years of age was scheduled to start from May 1. Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the city does not have sufficient doses of vaccine for the inoculation of those in the 18-44 age group and orders have been placed with manufacturers for the same. The minister, however, said preparations to give jabs to this category have been completed. “At present, we don’t have vaccines. We have requested the companies to provide it,” Jain told reporters when asked if there were enough vaccines available for the 18-44 age group. The vaccination drive for all above 18 years in Punjab may get delayed as the state does not have enough doses of the anti-coronavirus vaccine, its Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said that the state does not have enough doses of the anti-coronavirus vaccine. Gujarat and Maharashtra governments also echoed similar sentiments. Govt faces severe flak on ‘name-sake’ restrictions THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Goa entered its officially declared ‘lockdown’ mode at 10 pm on Thursday but the State government came in for severe criticism for laxity in the nitty-gritties in the orders issued by the respective district magistrates of North and South Goa. The ‘lockdown’ is slated to be in force until 6 am on Monday morning. Cabinet Minister Michael Lobo was among the first to flag the laxity in the ‘Lockdown’ rules on Thursday saying the curbs appear to be “name-sake” and said he would talk to Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and other officials to tighten the screws. Lobo said, with shops and establishments permitted to stay open among several oth- Attack on doctors: GARD warns of withdrawing services at hospitals PANAJI: Goa Association of Resident Doctors (GARD) has warned that 300-odd doctors managing almost all the workload of Covid-19 hospitals in the State will withdraw their services with immediate effect if threats and violence against doctors by relatives of Covid patients continue. GARD said two such incidents were reported, one each at GMC and South Goa District Hospital, within a span of one week. >> See pg 3 er businesses, it will hardly be an effective lockdown. According to the official orders, all essential services will be operational as will shops and establishments except in the nightly hours between 9 pm and 6 am. The orders also permit functioning of industries, factories government offices and PSUs, local bodies, medical and health facilities and activities linked to agriculture, construction, groceries, eateries, hotels, telecommunication and internet services, banks, insurance, ATMs, petrol pumps, LPG cylinder services and the the print and >Continued on P5 Migrants ignore lockdown terms; exodus continues Heavy rush at Margao railway station THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Fears of a longer lockdown, prospects of a ration shortage and unemployment seems to have forced migrants to pack their bags and leave for their native States. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant’s message that industrial and business services will not be affected by the State lockdown seemed to have not percolated down to allay fears of the migrant population. If there was panic and mad rush at the railway stations on Wednesday to catch the Patna Express, migrants from the North Indian States of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, besides the neighbouring country of Nepal, including families and children descended at the Margao railway station to catch the Goa Express train on Thursday. Take note, they aren’t displaced from their jobs yet, but they do not want to take any risk this time round given their last year’s bitter memories. A native of Nepal, who was working in a hotel informed that he has packed his bags to head to his country with the owner shutting down the Migrants make a bee line at the Margao railway station to head home on Thursday. Santosh Mirajkar VADA-PAV AND OMELETTE-PAV GADDAS DOWN SHUTTERS >> See pg 2 premises. “He did not even clear my full wages, but I have decided to go back to my country since the Covid situation is going from bad to worse in India”, Piren said. The daily wage workers engaged in chipping, painting and other odd works seemed to be the first to pack their bags and head to the railway station. Since they are all daily wage workers, eking a living during lockdown and paying the rent to the landlords seemed to have weighed heav- ily on their minds before they decided to head home. A native of Bihar told The Goan that they have no idea what lays in store for them during the lockdown. “In the event of a lockdown, we will not get any ration to sustain ourselves. At least back home, we can survive with the available means”, he said, while saying that he and his family will certainly return to Goa after the situation stabilizes. Another native of Uttar Pradesh informed that he has decided to leave for his home State since many people from his State has left Goa in the wake of worsening Covid >Continued on P5 US issues health alert, asks Mamata set to hold Bengal fort, reveals exit polls n DMK to sweep TN n BJP to retain power in Assam n LDF in Kerala its citizens to leave India PTI NEW DELHI The United States has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice and asked its citizens to leave India “as soon as it is safe to do so” in view of the escalating Covid-19 pandemic as it has restricted access to medical care. The highest level of advisory came in the backdrop of the announcement of oxygen-related support and medical assistance from the Joe Biden administration to India. “New cases and deaths from Covid-19 have risen sharply throughout India to record levels. Covid-19 testing infrastructure is reportedly constrained in many locations. Hospitals are reporting shortages of supplies, oxygen, and beds for Over 40 countries offer help to India NEW DELHI: Amid a shortage of medical supplies including oxygen, drugs and vaccines, the central government is welcoming all the help it can get. Calling the situation in the country unprecedented, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said that over 40 countries have come forward to offer help in the fight against the second wave of the pandemic. both Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 related patients,” announced a “Health Alert” from the US Department of State. The advisory said access to medical care had become “severely limited in India due to the surge in Covid-19 cases” and urged US citizens to opt for direct flights between India and the US that were currently operating daily. It asked American citizens to visit the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare website for the latest information on travel restrictions. A record single-day rise of 3,79,257 Covid-19 infections, 3,645 fatalities on Thursday pushed India’s tally of cases to 1,83,76,524, death toll to 2,04,832. AGENCIES NEW DELHI amata Banerjee will retain Bengal with her Trinamool Congress winning 156 of the state’s 294 seats but the BJP will score a strong 121 seats, says poll of exit polls at the close of marathon state elections held since March. An aggregate of six exit polls predicts that Mamata Banerjee will make it past the half-way mark, enough to win a third straight term. But after a series of defections before the elections, the Chief Minister has to widen her gap with the BJP for a comfortable victory. The Congress is up for disappointment in Assam, the exit polls suggest, with the BJP M expected to retain power by winning 76 of 126 seats. The Congress, which campaigned aggressively to win back its former bastion, is likely to win 49 seats, say the polls. The BJP adopted a multi-pronged strategy of high- lighting its development work and schemes, while attacking the Congress for aligning with the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF)’s Badruddin Ajmal, who the ruling alliance says is as an enemy of the Assamese identity. In Assam, the AIUDF is perceived to be a party having the support of Bengali-origin Muslims from Bangladesh, who many contend pose a threat to the state’s cultural identity. At the same time the citizenship law has put the BJP at odds with local sub-nationalist politics, but the party is confident that its outreach efforts will yield results. Anti-CAA stance is a major pillar of the campaign being run by the opposition Congress-led alliance. On the other hand, the new law was missing from the BJP’s manifesto. Exit poll results from Kerala appeared to give the edge to the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) coalition while the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) seemed to come in second. The BJP was seen winning a couple of seats as well. An aggregate of five exit polls showed the LDF front is likely to win 88 of 140 seats - ahead of the half-way mark - and the Congress-led UDF at 50 seats, the polls say. The BJP is set to make its presence felt with two seats. For Tamil Nadu, the polls predict a sweep for the opposition DMK and its allies -- 173 of 234 seats. The ruling AIADMK, which is the BJP’s ally, is given 58 seats in its first state election since the death of its charismatic and powerful leader J Jayalalithaa in 2016. The Congress-led alliance was seen losing the neighbouring Puducherry by some pollsters.
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