log on to thegoan.net monday may 3, 2021 goa @thegoaneveryday Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages Price ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO Goa VOLume VI, No. 313 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 2 3 Not lockdown, but restrictions in force till May 10: Sawant With monsoon fast approaching, it’s 24x7 operations to remediate Sonsodo dump goa abroad Felling of mangroves along Sal irks locals 7 reported killed as Myanmar protests aim to ‘shake world’ Asserts Covid norm violators will be strictly prosecuted the goan I network PANAJI Stopping short of calling it extension of ‘lockdown’, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Sunday said the Covid-related restrictions will continue until next Monday (May 10) morning. The State government had imposed a 4-day lockdown from last Thursday night and which was to end on Monday morning amid a ferocious second wave of the dreaded Coronavirus in the State. “It’s not a ‘lockdown’. But due to increased mortality rate, the Covid-19 restrictions will continue to be strictly followed from this Monday to coming Monday,” Sawant said in an address to the people. The restrictions will be in force from Monday (May 3), 6 am till next Monday (May 10) morning. in short >> Jaishankar to visit UK for G-7 summit LONDON: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will fly to London for the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers meeting next week and hold talks with UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, the British govt said on Sunday. Major fire in Navi Mumbai kills one NAVI MUMBAI: One person died after a major fire broke out at an ink manufacturing unit at Turbhe in Navi Mumbai on Sunday, a fire brigade official said. The incident occurred at Balaji Polycoat factory in Ambedkar Nagar locality. A short circuit is reportedly the reason behind the blaze. North Korea warns US over Prez speech SEOUL: North Korea on Sunday rez warned the United States will face “a very grave situation” because President Joe Biden “made a big blunder” in his recent speech by calling the North a security threat and revealing his intent to maintain a hostile policy >> See pg 7 against it. weather >> Max: 35.6 C Min: 26.1 C Humidity: 85% Tides Low: 9:23 High: 2.37 23.01 16.53 NEW RESTRICTIONS TWEAKED District Magistrates (Collectors) of both North and South Goa have issued fresh orders imposing the new restrictions which are more or less similar to those which were put in place during when the government imposed the four-day lockdown last Sawant said, violators of the restrictions will be strictly prosecuted under the Indian Penal Code and the Disaster Management Act. District Magistrates (Collectors) of both North and South Goa have issued fresh orders imposing the new restrictions which are more or less similar to those which were put in place during when the >Continued on P5 Thursday The new restrictions have tweaked the timings that stores and shops selling essential goods and groceries, besides restaurants can remain open. Earlier it was 6 am to 9 pm but now it is 7 am to 7 pm. SEE PAGE 3 As Covid cases shoot up, health centres run out of home isolation kits in Bardez Illegal lockdowns driving State to anarchy: Cong Soccoro ignores as neighbouring panchayats announce lockdown 52 dead in 24 hrs, count goes to 1274 20 victims had no co-morbidities the goan I network PANAJI Goa recorded 52 Covid related deaths, the highest single day Covid count till date, raising the state’s Covid victim count to 1,274. All these deaths occurred between Saturday and Sunday. Of these, 29 deaths were recorded at Goa Medical College and Hospital, 17 at South Goa District Hospital, three were brought dead and two died at North Goa District Hospital and one passed away at ESI Covid Hospital. A total of 20 deceased patients did not have any comorbid conditions and 10 patients lost their lives within 24 hours of being admitted at the hospital. While the youngest deceased were two 36 year-olds, the oldest was aged 81 years. A total of 2,030 new cases of Covid-19 were detected from among the 4,794 samples tested in the last 24 hours. The active Covid count stands at 24,607 even as the Health Department continues to repeat its assurance of creating more Covid beds and ventilation facilities across the state. The daily positivity rate climbed back to 42.3 per cent. 7 sports IPL: RR hand SRH their 3rd defeat as Jos Buttler smashes maiden T20 ton 8 GARD lays bare harsh reality at Covid centres the goan I network PANAJI The Goa Association of Resident Doctors (GARD) has finally broken its silence laying bare the ugly ground realities at Goa’s top government-run Covid facilities. Ranging from insufficient oxygen supply in Covid wards, woeful shortage of beds, preferential treatment to VIPs, absence of security to residents posted on Covid duty to the shortage of doctors and staff members to manage the show, GARD has strongly rebutted the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Health Minister Vishwajit Rane’s position of all-is-well. The revelations stand to contradict every assertion made by Sawant-Rane duo over the last month. Requesting immediate redressal of all these grievances GARD has warned of a disastrous situation if these issues persist any further. “We also urge the higher authorities to acknowledge the shortcomings of the health Was Covid panel caught unawares? PANAJI: GARD’s disclosure of the ground reality at the government’s Covid facilities makes it clear that the expert committee on Covid was completely unaware of these horrific shortcomings. Following the mismanagement witnessed during the first wave of Covid-19 last year, an expert committee comprising top medical experts and government officials was set up to carry out constant surveillance and make timely recommendations on improving the Covid-19 facilities in the state. Sources have informed The Goan that no member of this committee has visited Covid wards during the second wave of the pandemic, especially over the last month when all pandemonium has broken loose with Covid cases spiking beyond any projections in Goa. Questions now arise about the committee’s accountability, for failing to take stock of the ground realities and for its abject failure to make suggestions and recommendations about the deplorable conditions. infrastructure in the state so that the patients know what to expect when they come to the hospital,” states the letter written by GARD to Dean of Goa Medical College and Hospital Dr S M Bandekar. The resident doctors on Covid duty have slammed the authorities over the massive shortage of oxygen supply at Covid facilities. “The oxygen supply in various covid wards is not even close to sufficient. >Continued on P5 Govt goes into overdrive to ramp up oxygen supplies Under-pressure CM visits oxygen units in State the goan I network MARGAO Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases and a dearth of oxygen supply, the State government on Sunday went into overdrive to take stock of its medical oxygen preparedness. On Sunday, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant descended on the Cuncolim Industrial Estate with other officials at the Cuncolim Oxygen Plant where he got an assurance of the supply of 500 medical oxygen cylinders to the government every day, beginning from Monday, which is expected to go a long way in meeting the requirement of patients gasping for breath. RELATED REPORTS ON PAGE2 The plant has been asked to produce medical oxygen 24x7 and the government has promised to supply the required cylinders to it. The CM told the media that the Cuncolim plant has capacity to supply 500 cylinders a day to the government hospital if it runs 24x7. “The owner has promised to enhance the medical oxygen supply to 500 cylinders a day by working round the A tractor transports oxygen from Corlim, Old Goa, to GMC hospital at Bambolim. Narayan Pissurlenkar clock. Once this plant starts production round the clock, it will help to maintain the supply of medical oxygen to the patients in the government and other hospitals”, he said. Meanwhile, the South Goa district hospital will play host to a government-run oxygen manufacturing unit in the next fortnight, with the government deciding to set up a plant under the PM Cares Fund. He said the plant will be made operational by May 15, enabling it to self-sustain its requirements to a great extent. The CM who reviewed the oxygen supply position to the South Goa district hospital said that the South Goa district hospital has an inbuilt system that can supply oxygen in a self-sustaining manner. “The district hospital has got the best of oxygen facility We have to run the plant with the help of a compressor. Since the compressor is coming by May 8, we expect to start the oxygen plant in the hospital premises by around May 15,” he said. On Sunday evening, the CM visited visited the SA OxyNitro Plant situated in Verna to inspect its functioning and take steps to enhance the oxygen manufacturing. A man with cylinders filled with medical oxygen outside an oxygen filling agency on Sunday as demand for the gas rises due to a spike in cases in New Delhi. PTI MBBS students may join Covid fight AGENCIES NEW DELHI The Centre may ask medical students, including final-year students of MBBS, to help India battle coronavirus crisis, as per government sources, amid a shortage of healthcare personnel as India battles the second wave of Covid-19. According to sources, steps to incentivise students and pass-outs of medical and nursing courses to join the Covid-19 duty were taken in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday. In the meeting, the PM reviewed the human resource situation in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and ways to augment it, sources said. “In the meeting, many steps to incentivise students and pass-outs of medical and nursing courses to join Covid duty were taken, details of which will come out tomorrow,” sources said. “Decisions may include delaying the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and incentivising MBBS pass-outs studying for it to join Covid duty. The decisions may also include utilising the services of final year MBBS and nurs- ing students in Covid Duty. Medical personnel on Covid-19 duty will be given preference in government recruitment as well as a financial incentive,” sources added. The meeting came amid reports of healthcare personnel feeling overwhelmed in some parts of the country due to the surge in the Covid-19 cases, with testing facilities also being under a strain. DMK returns to power after 10 yrs, BJP wins Asssam Mamata loses her battle, but defeats BJP LDF sweeps Kerala, NDA set to form govt in Puducherry AGENCIES AGENCIES NEW DELHI The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) led United Progressive Alliance in Tamil Nadu, the BJP combine in Assam, the LDF in Kerala and the NDA in Puducherry tasted victories on Sunday. The DMK led by M K Stalin was elected to power in Tamil Nadu after a gap of 10 years. The Secular Progressive Alliance led by it won in the 234-member House in an election held for the first time without the towering presence of two stalwarts, DMK OTHER STATES PUDUCHERRY (30) NRC ���������������������������������������������������16 CONG ���������������������������������������������08 OTHERS ���������������������������������������06 TAMIL NADU (234) DMK ����������������������������������������������152 ADMK ���������������������������������������������79 OTHERS �������������������������������������������3 KERALA (140) LDF �����������������������������������������������������97 CONG ����������������������������������������������41 OTHERS ���������������������������������������02 ASSAM (126) BJP �����������������������������������������������������77 CONG ����������������������������������������������47 OTHERS ���������������������������������������02 president M Karunanidhi and AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa. In Kerala, the Left-Congress combine was nowhere in the race, though the Left ruled the state for more than three >Continued on P5 Says she accepts Nandigram verdict, but will move court New Delhi Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress on Sunday won a landslide victory in Bengal. The Chief Minister, however, lost to BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram. “I accept the verdict in Nandigram - it is not a big deal. Don’t worry,” she said. “’Khela hobe’ did happen, and we did win. The BJP kept going on and on about double-engine sarkar, while I assured you all that I will score a double century. This is Bangla’s win... this is Bengal’s win... this is your win. This win has saved Bengal, it has saved the culture and tradition of Bengal,” said Baner- FINAL COUNT TMC 214 BJP76 LEFT0 Others2 jee who ran a bitter, no-holdsbarred campaign against the BJP over two months as Covid cases surged in India. The Bengal Chief Minister, however, lost to her rival Suvendu Adhikari by a slim margin of 1,736 votes in Nandigram. A three-member Trinamool Congress (TMC) delegation met the Chief Elecrtoral Officer at the Election Commission’s office in Kolkata, TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with her nephew Abhisekh Banerjee’s daughter Azania (R) during interaction with media in Kolkata on Sunday. PTI seeking a recount of the votes polled. The election result in Nandigram was declared after a confusion erupted over the outcome. Earlier, news reports suggested that Banerjee had won the seat by a slim margin of 1,200 votes. Subsequently, reports suggested that Adhikari had won the seat. The confusion settled after the Returning Officer declared the results following the final vote count. Banerjee, while addressing the press following her party’s three-fourth majority victory in Bengal , said she accepted the outcome but would move the court as there were “manipulations”.
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