log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday TUESDAY MAY 4, 2021 8 pages PRICE ` 6 Study shows single Covid jab effective against variants IN SHORT >> Former Tivim MLA succumbs to Covid MAPUSA: Former Tivim MLA Vinayak Naik died while undergoing treatment for Covid-19 at the Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim on Monday morning. He was 80. He was cremated at the Datawadi crematorium, Mapusa on Monday noon. >> See pg 3 Sanjit out of CCP, Agnelo comes in PANAJI: Sanjit Rodrigues has been transferred out of CCP and Agnelo Fernandes has been appointed as Commissioner of Corporation of the City of Panaji. The government also effected transfer of many junior scale officers of Goa civil service. 24 die in K’taka due to oxygen shortage BENGALURU: The Karnataka government has ordered an inquiry after 24 patients died at a government hospital on Sunday night. The deaths were reported at the hospital in Chamarajanagar allegedly after the oxygen supply dropped. NEET postponed by four months NEW DELHI: The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Post Graduate) was on Monday postponed for at least four months amid a spike in Covid-19 cases. The decision to postpone the NEET-PG exam was taken a day after PM reviewed the Covid situation. Mamata to take oath as CM on May 5 KOLKATA: Mamata Banerjee will be sworn in as the chief minister of West Bengal for the third time on May 5, her party announced on Monday. The newly-elected MLAs of the Trinamool Congress unanimously elected Banerjee as the legislative party leader at a meeting, its secretary-general Partha Chatterjee said. Serum: Can’t produce vaccines overnight NEW DELHI: CEO of Serum Institute of India said the population of India is huge and it was not possible to produce enough doses for all adults overnight. Poonawalla, however said the company is making every effort to enhance production of Covishield. WEATHER >> Max: 34.3 C Min: 24.7 C Humidity: 97% TIDES Low: High: 10:25 ---03:55 18:03 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VI, NO. 314 GOA 6 The Goan (Playstore) Top 2 floors of district hospital shut despite shortage of beds 2 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 GOA Oppn leader avoids BAC meet, says can’t be part of ‘decisions’ 3 SPORTS Covid bursts IPL bubble, KKR-RCB match postponed 8 MORE VILLAGES GO INTO LOCKDOWN CONTAINMENT ZONES ANNOUNCED IN SEVERAL AREAS THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA With Bardez turning into a Covid-19 hotspot, more panchayats have joined in to declare “lockdown” and “containment zones” within their jurisdictions for varying period of time. The village panchayats of Socorro, Saligao, Guirim, Pilerne, Parra, Verla-Canca, Assagao and Siolim-Marna have either declared lockdowns or called for restricted movement of public and opening of shops within its areas. As announced by other panchayats, the direction is accompanied with a list of what is allowed to operate, what is not and what is restricted. With Socorro joining the other two panchayats, the entire Porvorim constituency has now come under a lockdown. Similarly, Parra has joined the other three panchayats to bring the entire Calangute ON PAGE 3 Margao new market to remain shut for 8 days MARGAO: The commercial capital’s hub of commerce and business – the New market, will remain shut for the next eight days in view of the spike in Covid cases in the city and the neighbourhood. In fact, President of the New Market Traders Association Vinod Shirodkar informed that the New Market will resume operations from next Monday. He said the Association has taken a decision in the interest of the members and traders well as that of the public. >> See pg 2 constituency under a lockdown. Socorro panchayat has announced a six-day lockdown from May 4 to May 9 while Parra panchayat has declared a seven-day lockdown from May 3 to May 9. Guirim village panchayat has declared its jurisdiction as containment zone and imposed a lockdown for nine days from May 4 to May 12. The Assagao panchayat instead of lockdown has imposed “restrictions” on move- ment of public and opening of shops for 15 days from May 4 to May 19. Verla-Canca panchayat called a special meeting to discuss on the steep rise in Covid cases and has passed a resolution to impose a partial lockdown and declare the village as major containment zone for 14 days from May 3 to May 17. The Siolim-Marna panchayat has also issued a direction that all shops within its jurisdiction have to be A DAY AFTER CM’S STOCKTAKING... Health Min admits State running short of oxygen THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Monday admitted that Goa is running short of 8,000 to 10,000 metric tonnes of liquid oxygen per day. He who had been denying this ground reality over the last month, made the statement in a conversation with a national news channel, CNBC-TV18. The disclosure comes a day after Chief Minister Pramod Sawant paid a formal visit to all top Covid facilities in the state to inspect the oxygen supply and management. He assured that the government has made arrangements for the next two months. He was also questioned about the abnormally high rate of positivity in Goa which is almost 45 per cent against the 21-odd per cent national average. Speaking about the oxygen supply shortage in Goa’s Covid facilities, Rane stated, “We are trying to manage the situation in Goa with what has been allocated by the Centre and we are running short of close to 8,000-10,000 metric tonnes of liquid oxygen per day. We have taken this up with the Government of India and hopefully, they will respond positively.” Lockdown near total in Penha de Franca, Salvador do Mundo Verna announces 8-day lockdown Canacona comes to standstill as shops support lockdown kept open from 7 am to 1 pm till May 10 in view of the steep rise in Covid cases. The Covid situation continues to be grim in Bardez with active positive cases reported at 6,290, as per the health bulletin released on Monday evening. Candolim Primary Health Centre has reported highest active cases at 1,597 in Bardez, followed by Mapusa UHC (1,439), Porvorim PHC (1,283), Siolim PHC (854), Aldona PHC (580) and Covale PHC (537). Legal sanctity of self-imposed lockdowns comes into focus THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI With several villages and municipal areas going in for self-imposed lockdowns, questions have come to the fore over the legal sanctity of such lockdowns. While the government has not stressed on a total lockdown in the State, but has imposed strict restrictions, technicality of village lockdowns are in focus as it is the district magistrate who is the authority who can actually issue such directions. Village panchayats like Aldona, Salvador-do-Mundo, Penha de Franca, Assagao, Candolim, Calangute, and municipalities like Margao, Mapusa, CCP Panaji have imposed lockdowns in their areas. Several other local bodies have also issued orders in last 24 hours announcing a series of lockdowns in their respective areas. The government citing strain on the economy had rejected the idea of a total lockdown and had imposed strict restrictions till May 10. However, there was clamour for extending the lockdown by 15 days not only from Opposition MLAs by also from the ruling party. Batting for village lockdowns, Advocate Carlos Ferreira said, “the number of people with acute infection is increasing with fatalities. Hospital resources are also stressed to the optimum level. We can’t see our close ones dying. In this situation, lockdown is a must. If the government is not paying attention, villages can do it... we have requested our Aldona panchayat to take action of lockdown. There is nothing wrong in such action”, he said. “If panchayat has right to is- sue a license for establishment then why can’t the local bodies have the right to suspend such license for a certain period and that too for a valid reason”, argued Advocate Ferreira. MLAs who have joined in support to local bodies are Margao MLA Digambar Kamat and Mapusa MLA Joshua D’souza. Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaute, Marcaim MLA Sudin Dhavlikar had also been proactive for lockdowns in their areas. Calangute MLA Michael Lobo too had taken the initiative in supporting the coastal panchayat bodies to impose a lockdown. “I had urged for extension of lockdown in Goa but the government refused. My humble request to Madgaonkars is to go for voluntary lockdown for a week from tomorrow to help in our fight against #Covid,” Digambar Kamat said. HELL ON THE HIGHWAY! 46 more succumb to Covid PANAJI: The Directorate of Health Services on Monday recorded 46 Covid deaths and 2,703 new cases of the infection in the state. The daily positivity rate touched 45 per cent while the total active cases have now risen to 25,839. The total Covid victim count of Goa has also increased to 1,320. Of the 46 deaths, 24 were recorded at Goa Medical College and Hospital, 14 at South Goa District Hospital, three at Primary Health Centre in Sanguem, two at North Goa District Hospital and one each at ESI Covid Hospital, PHC Dharbandora and a North Goa private hospital. Vedanta assures 150 oxygen concentrators PANAJI: Vedanta Sesa Goa Iron Ore Business has pledged to support the Goa government in the fight against Covid-19 with 150 oxygen concentrators. The company handed over 30 oxygen concentrators to South Goa District Hospital in Margao on Monday with the promise to deliver the remaining 120 next week. The Health Minister, however, swiftly brushed aside a direct query about the high positivity rate in Goa after quickly confirming the trend and instead, explained that the government is trying to get commissioned the oxygen generation plants sanctioned to the State earlier. Lastly, Rane said that the state will be able to gain clarity on the Covid vaccination drive for the 18-44 years age group category only after receiving a response from Serum Institute of India or Bharat Biotech about the availability of doses. Meanwhile, Sawant expressed serious concern about the list of deceased persons. “It is very painful to see that, in today’s Covid 19 mortality in Goa, 12 patients expired within 24 hours of admission and two were brought dead to >Continued on P5 A single lane leads to a serpentine queue of vehicles near the Merces junction on Monday. Incomplete work coupled with overnight showers led to a thick layer of muck thereby slowing down traffic on the road. Narayan Pissurlenkar Centre ropes in medical interns for Covid duty PTI NEW DELHI Medical interns and final-year MBBS students can be deployed in the fight against the novel coronavirus, the centre said Monday afternoon, as it announced a series of measures to increase availability of human resources. Interns can be used for Covid management duties and final-year students can be deployed in tele-consultation roles and to monitor mild cases, the Prime Minister’s Office said in its statement. Both interns and students can only work under supervision of senior doctors or faculty members. Similarly, nurses with B.Sc or GNM (General Nursing & Midwife) degrees or certifications can be deployed on Covid duties, so long as they too are supervised by senior doctors or nurses. The centre said this will make qualified doctors and medical students available for Covid duties. In addition, medical personnel completing 100 days of Covid duties will get the Prime Minister’s Distinguished Covid National Service Samman and given 130 GMC INTERNS TO BE RECRUITED >> See pg 5 priority when applying for government posts. They will also be covered under the government’s insurance scheme for health workers engaged in fighting Covid-19. Frame hospitalisation policy in 2 weeks, SC to govt Overuse of CT scan increases PTI NEW DELHI he Supreme Court has directed the Centre to formulate within two weeks a national policy on admissions to hospitals in the wake of the second wave of Covid-19 and said no patient shall be denied hospitalisation or essential drugs in any state for lack of local residential proof. A three-member apex court bench, comprising Justice D Y Chandrachud, Justice L Nageswara Rao and Justice Ravindra Bhat also directed the Centre and State governments to notify that any clampdown on information on social media or harassment caused to individuals seeking help on any platform will attract coercive action. Media can’t be stopped from reporting, apex court tells EC T “The central government and state governments shall notify all chief secretaries, directors general of police, commissioners of police that any clampdown on information on social media or harassment caused to individuals seeking/delivering help on any platform will attract a coercive exercise of jurisdiction by this court”. “The registrar (judicial) is also directed to place a copy of this order before all district magistrates in the country”, it said in the order NEW DELHI: The media cannot be stopped from reporting any court hearing, the Supreme Court said today as the Election Commission complained about being “castigated without any evidence” on political rallies during the campaign for state elections. “The media is powerful and communicating what happens in court. Not only our judgements, but raising of questions, answers and dialogues is a concern for citizens. Media not reporting observations is far-fetched,” the Supreme Court told the Election Commission. uploaded on the SC website late on Sunday night. The bench, headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud, said till the formulation of a national policy by the Centre on admissions to hospitals, ‘no patient shall be denied hospitalisation or essential drugs in any State/UT for lack of local residential proof of that state/UT or even in the absence of identity proof”. The top court also directed the Centre to ensure that the deficit in the supply of oxygen to the national capital is rectified before May 3 midnight. “The central government shall, in collaboration with the states, prepare a buffer stock of oxygen for emergency purposes and decentralise the location of the emergency stocks”. “The emergency stocks shall be created within the next four days and are to be replenished on a day to day basis, in addition to the existing allocation of oxygen supply to the states”, the bench said. It further said that emergency stocks shall be created within the next four days and is to be replenished on a day-to-day basis, in addition to the existing allocation of oxygen supply to the states. risk of cancer, warns AIIMS Says one scan is equal to 300 chest X-rays AGENCIES NEW DELHI All India Institute of Medical Sciences, director Dr Randeep Guleria on Monday warned of the misuse of CT scans and biomarkers by patients having mild Covid-19 symptoms and said that the overuse of CT scans increases exposure to radiation that in turn escalates the risk of cancer. “No point in conducting CT scans for mild cases; one may find patches in CT scan even if he/she is asymptomatic but may get cured easily 1 #CTScan = 300-400 Chest X-rays! With frequent CTs, risk of cancer in later life increas- es, for youngsters,” Guleria warned, saying that the data by the international atomic energy commission for radiation protection and medicine have shown an increased risk of cancer in later life due to frequent CT scans, especially if done at a young age. Guleria addressed the misuse of diagnosis, which he said is not required in case of mild symptoms. “A lot of people are getting CT scans done and deems it important to get CT scans done if their Covid tests turn out to be positive,” he said. He cited a study that has shown patches in the CT scan of around 30-40 per cent of asymptomatic Covid-19 patients, which got cleared without any treatment. He used the study to make it clear that in case of mild infection, under home isolation with no problem or decline in saturation there is no use of a CT scan as some patches will appear. Additionally, he said biomarkers like CRP, D-Dimer, LDH, Ferritin etc are also not of any use in case of mild symptoms and normal saturation levels as it only leads to panic reactions. “All these biomarkers are acute phase reactants, which means if there is any kind of inflammation in the body these markers will soar.
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