log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday WEDNESDAY MAY 5, 2021 8 pages PRICE ` 6 PTI NEW DELHI The Indian Premier League was on Tuesday suspended indefinitely after multiple COVID-19 cases were reported in its bio-bubble, the Board of Control for Cricket in India confirmed. The announcement came after Sunrisers Hyderabad's wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha tested positive for COVID-19 along with Delhi Capitals' spinner veteran spinner Amit Mishra. >> See pg 8 IN SHORT >> JEE-Mains May session deferred NEW DELHI: Engineering entrance exam Joint Entrance Examination-Mains scheduled from May 24 to 28 has been postponed in view of the Covid-19 situation, according to the Ministry of Education’s National Testing Agency. The April edition of the exam was also postponed. Telcos get nod for 5G technology trials NEW DELHI: Telecom Department on Tuesday gave go-ahead for 5G technology and spectrum trials to telecom service providers (TSPs). Bharti Airtel, Reliance JioInfocomm, Vodafone Idea and MTNL will start 5G trials in different locations across India to cover rural, semi-urban and urban areas. The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VI, NO. 315 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 2 3 Sawant, Rane spar as patients continue to gasp for oxygen Social distancing not enough to cut Covid risk: Research IPL suspended after many players test +ve Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday GOA 6 South District hospital to increase bed capacity by 60 on existing floors GOA Mapusa lawyers write to CM calling for 15-day lockdown DOCTORS GRAPPLE WITH O2 SHORTAGE, LOGISTICAL ISSUES THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The long-standing feud between Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Tuesday entered the arena of oxygen supply management at Goa’s Covid facilities with CM putting his foot down and taking over the responsibility of monitoring the requirement and allocation of oxygen. Over the past two weeks, while health minister repeatedly said that all is well between him and CM, Sawant made it amply clear that his Health Minister was not updating him regularly on the crucial developments pertaining to the State’s Covid crisis. The two, who have refrained from sparring publicly so far, on Tuesday locked horns over the issue of oxygen WAR OF WORDS BETWEEN CM & HM What Sawant said GARD had submitted a complaint to the Dean but I was not aware of it at all We were not aware of the ward-wise oxygen requirement We have now asked the Dean to coordinate with our team every four hours We will ensure that the supply is provided immediately This is a team work through Disaster Management Authority What Rane said I keep discussing this issue with the chief minister But now, CM has taken over the management and distribution of oxygen supply in his own hands CM will now have first-hand information and this will ensure that there is no possibility of any loss due to leakages This will ensure that there is no interference supply shortage at Goa’s top Covid facilities. Sawant visited Goa Med- ical College and Hospital at Bambolim to take stock of the ward-wise requirement of oxygen supply and also met members of Goa Association of Resident Doctors (GARD) in the presence of health minister and GMC Dean Dr S M Bandekar. Speaking to the media following the meeting, a visibly miffed Sawant stated, “GARD had submitted a complaint to the Dean but I was not aware of it at all. We were not aware of the ward-wise oxygen requirement. We have now asked the Dean to coordinate with our team every four hours. By today evening, we will try to resolve all issues.” Sawant, who will now personally overlook the oxygen requirement and supply at government’s Covid facilities, said that this will be to steer the State out of its present oxygen crisis. “We will ensure TIDES Low: High: 24:31 11:47 05:54 19:05 8 Govt appoints 8 top babus on Covid duty in North & South THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Government has appointed eight senior bureaucrats to handle Covid related duties in each district of the State. IAS officer Ankita Anand and Managing Director of Goa Handicrafts, Rural and Small Scale Industries Corporation Narayan Gad have been appointed as additional collectors for North Goa and IAS officer Mekala Chaitanya Prasad has been appointed as the additional collector for South Goa. Deputy Director (Electricity) Kuldeep Arolkar and Registrar of Cooperative Societies Arvind Khutkar have been given the responsibility as OSD to North Goa Collector for Covid-related duties. Similarly, Director for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dipak Desai, Director of Settlement and Land Records Johnson Fernandes and State Registrar cum Head of Notary Services 52 more fall prey to Covid PANAJI: The Directorate of Health Services on Tuesday recorded 52 more deaths raising the total Covid victim count of Goa to 1,372. Of these, 28 deaths occurred at Goa Medical College and Hospital, 14 deaths at South Goa District Hospital, two deaths each at a private hospital in South Goa, North Goa District Hospital and Primary Health Centre Balli while one death each was >Continued on P5 Ashutosh Apte have been appointed as the OSD to South Goa Collector for Covid related duties. The order to this effect was issued by the Department of Personnel on Tuesday. ESG grants permission to 15 film firms THE GOAN I NETWORK AI pilots threaten to ‘stop work’ Max: 34.6 C Min: 26.2 C Humidity: 75% >Continued on P5 Roma might be a perfect fit for Jose Mourinho Lights, camera action in Goa; Mumbai film Cos shift base FOOD FOR THOUGHT! NEW DELHI: The Central government’s failure to implement the Delhi High Court’s order on immediate supply of full quota of oxygen to Delhi evoked the judges’ wrath. The court asked the government to explain why a contempt case should not be initiated against it. WEATHER >> PANAJI: On a day when Chief Minister Pramod Sawant promised to resolve the oxygen shortage issue at Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim, families of Covid patients admitted at Ward 142 of GMC ran from pillar to post as the oxygen supply at the ward dwindled to a mere trickle. Ashley Delaney, who has been volunteering to help Covid patients, sent out a heart-wrenching appeal to CM on Facebook informing >Continued on P5 Centre rapped over Delhi O2 shortage NEW DELHI: Air India pilots union has threatened to “stop work” if the airline fails to set up vaccination camps for flying crew. ICPA said, “with no healthcare support to the flying crew, no insurance, and a pay cut, we are in no position to continue risking the lives of our pilots.” Ward 142 at GMC runs low on O2 for over 5 hours SPORTS People rush to stock up essential commodities at a market after the Bihar government announced complete lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic, in Patna on Tuesday. PTI Oppn demands white paper on Covid scene THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Upping the ante, Opposition legislators on Tuesday demanded that the government impose a 15-day lockdown and come out with a white paper on the Covid situation in the State. Eight opposition MLAs held a meeting under the leadership of Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat to review the Covid situation in the state. The MLAs demanded white paper on Covid management, including availability of oxygen, ventilators, beds and vaccines. They also demanded that the government impose 15 days total lockdown, with the closure of all borders and permitting entry to only essential commodity-carrying vehicles. The MLAs also asked the government to form a Task Force to handle Covid management and make a Covid negative certificate or RT-PCR test compulsory for tourists. Criticizing the government over its failure in handling the Covid situation, Digambar Kamat sought the resignation of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant. "BJP government has lost right to continue in power. He must resign,” said Kamat while speaking to media after >Continued on P5 PANAJI With Maharashtra government in lockdown mode, several companies from the entertainment industry in Maharashtra are shifting their base to Goa. As per sources, Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) has granted permission for film shooting to around 15 companies while several other are already camping in the State without the required permissions from the administration. “Around 15 companies have been given permission to shoot in the State in last week”, an ESG official informed. Few have almost completed their assignments while film shoots for others is in process, the official added. ESG is the nodal agency that gives permission of shooting of films in the State. Among the many shoots that are presently going on in the State, more of Marathi episodes are being shot many of which are telecast on prime channels. With the State reeling under Covid crisis, questions are being raised on how permissions have been given for such film shoots. Each episode requires a minimum 100 crew Shops selling non-essential items to remain shut till May 10: CM PANAJI: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday announced additional Covid-related restrictions to combat the State’s high positivity rate. Shops selling non-essential items have been ordered to remain closed from 7 am on Wednesday till 7 am May 10 while sit-in at restaurants has been prohibited. Restaurant kitchens and takeaways have been allowed to continue functioning for home-delivery. These restrictions will be enforced along with the restrictions announced previously by the government. As per the order issued by District Magistrates of North and South Goa, standalone liquor shops, takeaway outlets have been allowed to function from 7 am to 7 pm while home delivery, except of liquor, has been permitted to function at all times. While announcing these additional restrictions, CM Sawant questioned the decision of various municipalities and panchayats across the state to impose a lockdown within their >Continued on P5 including actors. The crew stay in different hotels and rented houses, while most of the locations for shooting are private villas. One such permission given for a shoot in Goa has been circulating on social media and netizens are criticizing the government for issuing such permissions. The said permission has been granted for the shoot of TV serial “Bayko Ashi Havi”, of Euphoria productions and Piccolo Films from Andheri West Mumbai. Goa Forward has criticized the government for issuing permissions for shoots in Goa when the surge of Covid cases is at its peak and sought the resignation of Chief Minister for such a misgoverning act. Ignoring CM’s appeal, more Covid +ve woman gasps for 5 hours, dies in car villages go for ‘lockdown’ STRUGGLING TO GET ADMITTED IN HOSPITAL & WITHOUT OXYGEN... THE GOAN I NETWORK THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA Cocking a snook to Chief Minister Pramod Sawant’s appeal to panchayats against going for a lockdown, more local bodies and municipalities across the State decided to resort to lockdowns and restrictions within their jurisdiction in an attempt to break the Covid chain and curb the spread of the dreaded virus. Aldona MLA Glenn Ticlo along with sarpanchas and members of six panchayats decided to go for a voluntary lockdown in Aldona constituency. The village panchayats of Bastora, Moira, Nachinola, Aldona, Pomburpa and Ucas- Most of the panchayats have come out with a similar drafted public notice stating that in view of rapid rise of Covid cases and in order to contain the spread of pandemic remedial measures are required saim have decided on a voluntary lockdown from May 5 to 12. The Bicholim Municipal Council and the Sankhali Municipal Council also joined the growing list of towns and villages in the State to enforce local self-imposed lockdowns While Reis Magos village announced a 9-day lockdown from May 5 to May 13, village panchayat Curti Khandepar decided to go for complete lockdown from May 5 to May 10. M a j o r d a - Ut o r d a - C a l t a Panchayat too announced a lockdown till May 16 so also Varca, Aquem-Baixo, Carmona, Velsao-Pale panchayats declared lockdowns. “We are all aware there has been an exponential rise in Covid cases in the State. Although the CM has imposed strict restrictions, the sarpanchas of all the six panchayats in Aldona have decided to observe voluntary lockdown,” Ticlo said, while addressing a news conference. >Continued on P5 MARGAO ragedy struck a family from Betalbatim on Tuesday when a 49-year old Covid positive woman, gasping for breath, died in a car outside the South Goa district hospital as she could not get admission or oxygen in the hospital. For five long hours, the woman is believed to have struggled for oxygen in her car before she breathed her last at 11 am. Betalbatim village Sarpanch Constancio Miranda said her husband made repeated pleas to the district hospital to admit his wife as she was gasping for breath, but his pleas fell on deaf ears. While the hospital administration had no idea about the T TRAGIC END THAT WAS... Woman undergoes Covid test at a Margao-based private hospital, tests positive Condition turns critical early morning Husband rushes her to South district hospital at around 6 am Pleads with hospital authorities to admit his wife Husband’s pleas fall on deaf ears, wife breaths her last at around 11 am Ordeal still does not end Husband brings back body in the same car Betalbatim sarpanch call up health, district hospital, police incident that has happened outside the hospital, officials in the know said hospital was full with patients since last night till early morning, even forcing the administration to shift around 15 patients to the Goa Medical College and hospital, Bambolim. The woman had undergone a Covid test at a Margao-based private hospital. Her condition turned critical early morning. The family inquired with the private hospital at around 9 am on Tuesday and the hospital confirmed she has tested positive for coronavirus. The Betalbatim Sarpanch told the media that he received a call from a villager in the wee hours of Tuesday, at around 5.30 am, saying his wife is gasping for breath. “I suggested him to immediately rush her to the South district hospital. He reached the hospital at around 6 am and was pleading with the hospital authorities to admit his wife, but in vain. His wife finally breathed her last at around 11 as the husband’s plea fell on deaf ears”, he said. The ordeal did not end there. Left with no option, the husband brought her body by the same car and the body lay in the vehicle for some hours for want of instructions. “Since the husband wanted to do the last rites, I called up the health, district hospital, public health and the police, but not a single authority was ready to give proper instructions how to go about. Only when I called up the local MLA Wilfred D’Sa that he assured to do the needful and get the death report”, the Sarpanch said. The last rites were performed at 5.45 pm. The Betalbatim sarpanch made a fervent plea to the government to ensure that no other citizen meets such a fate. “I understand that there’s a surge in the Covid cases and it’s difficult to handle the growing system. But, the government should put a system in place >Continued on P5
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