log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday THURSDAY MAY 6, 2021 8 pages PRICE ` 6 6 Goa Lokayukta to take oath on May 7 PANAJI: Justice (Retd) Ambadas Joshi, a retired judge of the Bombay High Court, will take the oath of Lokayukta at 11 am on May 7, 2021, at Raj Bhavan, Dona Paula, the Department of Information and Publicity has informed. SC lauds Mumbai’s oxygen management NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Wednesday lauded the efforts of Maharashtra authorities in ensuring oxygen supply to Covid patients in Mumbai and asked the Centre and the Delhi government to talk with the civic body officials of that city to learn about augmenting and managing the supply. >> See pg 7 SC asks Centre to show Delhi O2 plan NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to place before it a plan -- in chart form -- by Thursday morning as to how it will increase supply of medical oxygen to 700 MT daily for Covid patients here even as it stayed the contempt proceedings initiated by the Delhi High Court against Central officials for non-compliance of its direction. >> See pg 7 3 more Rafales head for India NEW DELHI: The sixth batch of three more Rafale fighter jets took off from France for India on Wednesday, the Indian embassy in France said. They will be part of the Indian Air Force’s second squadron of the Rafale jets. >> See pg 7 Stalin appointed Tamil Nadu CM CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday appointed DMK president M K Stalin as the Chief Minister and invited him to form the government in the State on May 7. >> See pg 7 Violence only where BJP won: Mamata KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday that violence and clashes were taking place in those areas where the BJP won the elections. Speaking to reporters at state secretariat Nabanna, Banerjee said that most of the videos of violence being shared on social media were either fake or old. >> See pg 7 US’ HDT Bio begins phase 3 vaccine trial WASHINGTON: US-based biopharmaceutical company HDT Bio Corp on Wednesday announced to begin Phase III trial of its Covid-19 vaccine in India. The Phase III trial of the vaccine developed by HDT Bio in partnership with Gennova Biopharmaceuticals in India is expected to be an affordable one as compared to the existing vaccines in the west. Israel delivers aid to India NEW DELHI: Israel on Wednesday delivered to India its first consignment of medical supplies comprising oxygen concentrators to help the country in its fight against a devastating second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The consignment was brought to India on a special flight. WEATHER >> Max: 34.8 C Min: 26.6 C Humidity: 80% TIDES Low: High: 1:45 7:41 13:18 20:09 The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VI, NO. 316 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 2 8 3 piped Monitor Covid patients in home GMC block hasCM oxygen facility: isolation: Govt to local bodies Scientists find deadly chemical pollutants in disposable masks IN SHORT >> Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday GOA SPORTS GOA High drama at Ravindra Bhavan, Vijai questions film shoot Mahrez brace fires City past PSG into UCL final Nerul, Reis Magos panchayats declare 9-day lockdown THE GOAN I NETWORK TOLD TO SUPPORT THEM WITH FOOD & MEDICINE THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI With instances of Covid-positive patients roaming around unmonitored coming to light, the state government has requested local self-government bodies to monitor such persons under home isolation under their jurisdiction. Member Secretary of the State Disaster Management Authority wrote to the Panchayat Secretary, Health Secretary and Urban Development Secretary informing them that the list will be shared by the respective health officers from the Directorate of Health Services. “Panchayats and municipal bodies may also provide support to these persons with regard to the provisions of medicine or food or any other items, as required by them, and may also help to provide 71 deaths, 3,496 new cases THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Goa witnessed its highest single-day Covid death toll of 71. Of these 71 deaths, 46 deaths occurred at Goa Medical College and Hospital, 20 at South Goa District Hospital, two at North Goa District Hospital and one each at Community Health Centre Curchorem, Hospicio and Sub-District Hospital Chicalim. One of the deaths occurred at GMC on April 28 and was reported only on Wednesday. them ambulance support in case they need for medical support or hospitalization. Special care must be taken to ensure confidentiality of the patients’ details to prevent Goa govt redefines ‘frontline workers’ Goa, central govt employees, journalists among those included THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Goa government has decided to expand its definition of frontline workers in order to enable people whose professions put them at risk of contracting the virus to be vaccinated on priority. In a decision taken at a meeting of the state cabinet held on Wednesday, the Council of Ministers resolved to recognize state and central government employees, journalists, employees of banking institutions those working in homes for children, the disabled, mentally challenged, destitute, senior citizen and those working with telecommunication and internet services etc as frontline Covid-19 workers. “The people working in the above sectors are contributing to the fight against Covid-19 on a daily basis by being at the forefront and are thus at risk of contracting the disease in furtherance of their duties,” the Chief Minister’s Office said in a statement. On Monday night the Chief Minister had hinted at the possibility of expanding the definition that has for long been demanded by various FOR VAX PURPOSE Employees of banking institutions, those working in homes for children, the disabled, mentally challenged, destitute, senior citizens and those working with telecommunication and internet services, etc will be considered as frontline Covid-19 workers The frontline workers will need to be certified by their respective HoDs employee unions. The frontline workers will need to be certified by their respective Heads of Departments or any officer authorized to certify by them in the case of state and central government employees, employees of autonomous, semi-government, PSUs of the Central or State government, by the Director of Women and Child Development or the Director of Social Welfare in the case of NGOs by the Directorate of Information and Publicity in the case of journalists and the Director of IT in the case of those working in the field of telecommunications. The load of active Covid cases has now reached 27,964. Goa’s Health Department detected 3,496 new cases from among the 6,769 samples tested in the last 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was 51.64 per cent, the highest recorded in the state so far. It may be recalled that on April 28, the daily positivity rate of Goa stood at 51.08 per cent, the first time that the figure had crossed the 50 per cent mark. any social stigma or ostracization,” the letter states. The local self-government bodies have also been asked >Continued on P5 Goa has highest positivity rate among 16 States: Union Health Ministry PANAJI: The State topped the list of 16 states in the country with the highest positivity rate in the country, as per the data revealed by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday. The Health Ministry expressed serious concern about the uncontrolled spread of coronavirus in the country and >Continued on P5 206 emerging Covid hotspots listed PANAJI: In its report titled ‘Emerging hotspots for Goa’, the Department of Preventive Social Medicines of Goa Medical College and Hospital in Bambolim has listed 206 emerging Covid-19 hotspots across the state. The latest finding by the Department of PSM identified 19 high-risk areas in the state with a massive infectivity and virulence quotient. The areas in North Goa include Corlim Industrial Estate, Tisca, Alto Betim, Fontainhas, Parra, Carona, Miramar, Anjuna, Baga, Usgao and the areas in South Goa, Shiroda, Sanguem, Quela, Zuarinagar, Quepem, Cuncolim, Onda, Durbhat and Verna. The report also states that the coastal belt has major hotspots. PANAJI All 150 beds at super-specialty block of the Goa Medical College have pipeline oxygen installed and a 20,000-litre tank base pipe oxygen facility, the Chief Minister informed on Wednesday on his visit to the block. Sawant visited the newly completed block along with Health Minister Vishwajit Rane. Following the visit, CM declared that GMC will begin shifting 150 patients to the super-specialty block from Wednesday afternoon. CM Sawant informed in addition to the piped oxygen, 200 oxygen concentrators will be available which are donated by Fomento, Sesa Vedanta and Siemens company. CM Sawant also said that he received a call from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday night to take a stock of oxygen supply in the state. “PM Modi has asked us to conduct an audit of oxygen production, supply and requirements in the state,” he stated. In its fight against the on- Chief Minister Pramod Sawant checks the oxygen setup up at GMC’s superspecialty block. Narayan Pissurlenkar going surge in the Covid cases, the state government has notified the entire premises of Primary Health Centre, Cansaulim as a dedicated Covid Hospital. All the staff attached to the Primary Health Centre, Cansaulim will be moved to the new building to operate the above Covid-19 Hospital and only casualty services will be operated on the ground floor and Covid-19 Hospital on the top two floors. Approval for antibody cocktail to treat Covid-19 AGENCIES NEW DELHI Pharma giant Roche India on Wednesday announced that the Central Drugs Standards Control Organisation (CDSCO) has provided Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) for Roche’s antibody cocktail in India for Covid-19. “With the increasing number of Covid-19 infections in India, Roche is committed to doing everything to minimise hospitalisations and ease pressure on healthcare systems. This is where neutralising antibody cocktails like casirivimab and imdevimab can play a role in the fight against Covid-19 and in the treatment of high-risk patients before their condition worsens. This outpatient treatment for Covid-19 will be complementary to the ongoing vaccination drive and support our fight against the pandemic in India,” said V Simpson Emmanuel, managing director, Roche Pharma India. The approval for the antibody cocktail— Casirivimab and Imdevimab— was based on the data that has been filed for the EUA in the United States. Both Casirivimab and Imdevimab are human immunoglobulin G-1 (IgG1) monoclonal antibodies produced by recombinant DNA technology. Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-made proteins. Hundreds of frantic migrant labourers and daily wage workers at the Vasco railway station on Wednesday to leave for their home states. Vikram Nayak State’s migrant exodus continues THE GOAN I NETWORK VASCO The exodus of migrant labourers and daily wage workers continued in the State with hundreds gathering in the port town since afternoon to board trains like the Nizamuddin Express and Patna Express leaving from Vasco on Wednesday. Several people were seen at different locations in the port town as they awaited the train timing. Many people with their belongings were seen walking towards the Vasco Railway station while families with small children were seen try- By Wednesday evening, the situation was such that the huge crowd began assembling at the Vasco railway station. While there was no social distancing maintained, Goa Police and Railways Police tried to manage the crowd ing to get their tickets to return to their native places. During the day, police and railway officials informed the passengers that people boarding the Nizamuddin Express could assemble at one area and the passengers wanting to leave by the Patna Express could gather at a different area to avoid mixing of the large number of people that had arrived in Vasco. While some workers were leaving from Vasco, many others had arrived in the port town to travel to their home states. By Wednesday evening, the situation was such that the huge crowd began assembling at the Vasco railway station. While there was no social distancing maintained, Goa Police and Railways Police tried to manage the crowd. The crowd tried to move inside the railway station as the trains arrived and there was utter chaos with the police trying their best to manage the situation. Railway officials had also placed a counter on the entry to check for valid tickets before they could allow passengers inside the station. Railway officials also directed the passengers to board the train immediately after their tickets were checked so that there was no rush on the platforms. Many seemed to be without a ticket and hoped to board the train in a bid to get back to their homes. Finally, both trains left with full capacity from Vasco. Fatorda police crackdown in SGPDA India accounts for half of veg market draws flak from vendors worldwide infections: WHO Cops told to justify action when there is no official lockdown THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Fatorda police went on a crackdown mode in the SGPDA vegetable market, forcing closure of the vegetable and fruit stalls on Wednesday morning, while it was all business as usual in the Deputy CM Manohar Ajgaonkar-controlled Gandhi Market, Margao. Fatorda police station incharge, PI Kapil Nayak, also came under the scanner of citizens as a video showing the police officer using his lathi at a two-wheeler rider went viral on Wednesday. The vegetable and fruit vendors were taken aback when Fatorda police in the SGPDA market forcing the closure of vegetable and fruit stalls. Santosh Mirajkar the men-in-uniform from the Fatorda police station entered the SGPDA market and called for the stalls to close down. For a moment, the vendors wondered whether the gov- ernment has announced any lockdown in the state, beginning from Wednesday, only to later realize there’s no such announcement made by the Chief Minister to date. The vendors were further perplexed over the police action when they received no orders from the SGPDA. That’s not all. The vendors were trying to figure out whether vegetables and fruits do not come under the purview of essential commodities. Sources said the policemen also got the meat stalls in the PDA market, including beef and mutton, to shut down >Continued on P5 AGENCIES NEW DELHI India accounted for nearly half of the Covid-19 cases reported worldwide last week, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday, as the country’s coronavirus deaths rose by a record 3,780 during the last 24 hours. The WHO said in its weekly epidemiological report that India accounted for 46 per cent of global cases and 25 per cent of global deaths reported in the past week. Daily infections in the country rose by 3,82,315 on Wednesday, health ministry data showed, the 14th straight day of more than 300,000 cases. India’s second deadly surge Centre warns third Covid wave ‘inevitable’ NEW DELHI: Even as India continues to battle a deadly second wave of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases, the Centre warned on Wednesday that a “third phase is inevitable.” “A phase three is inevitable, given the higher levels of circulating virus but it is not clear on what time scale this phase three will occur. We should prepare for new waves,” principal advisor to the government K Vijay Raghavan said at a press briefing hosted by the Union ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW). of Covid-19 cases has seen hospitals runs out of beds and oxygen, and left morgues and crematoriums overflowing. PM Narendra Modi’s government has been widely criticised for not acting sooner to suppress the second wave of the virus. Religious festivals and political rallies have attracted tens of thousands of people in super-spreader events. “We need a government. Desperately. And we don’t have one. We are running out of air. We are dying...” wrote author Arundhati Roy in an opinion piece published on Tuesday.
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