log on to thegoan.net FRIDAY MAY 7, 2021 @thegoaneveryday 8 pages PRICE ` 6 Govt notifies Covid care under DDSSY PANAJI: In a welcome breather in the ongoing Covid crisis, the State government notified amendments in the Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojana (DDSSY), bringing Covid-19 under its benefit clause with immediate effect. >> See pg 3 Ex-Speaker Sheikh Hassan no more PANAJI: Ex Speaker Sheikh Hassan Haroon passed away on Thursday at the age of 84. He was five-term member of the Assembly and represented the Mormugao constituency. He was also Law and Revenue Minister and Industries Minister. Meanwhile, ex-director of Archives and Archaeology Prakashchandra Shirodkar also passed away in Bangalore. He was 81. ESG suspends film shootings in Goa PANAJI: Considering the unprecedented rise in Covid cases ESG has suspended film shooting in the State in both private and public properties. All NOCs that have been issued by the ESG office stand suspended with effect from May 6. GCCI moots complete lockdown for 15 days PANAJI: The Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry has recommended a total and strict lockdown in the State for 15 days, with considerations for few exemptions to arrest the rising number of Covid cases and deaths. >> See pg 3 Feedback date for taxi fares extended PANAJI: The Transport Department has extended the date for feedback on the revision of taxi fare rates in Goa to May 16. The department had earlier issued a public notice inviting feedback from stakeholders on or before May 6. >> See pg 3 Railways to suspend more special trains NEW DELHI: Amid a huge surge in coronavirus cases in the past few weeks across the country, the Indian Railways on Thursday announced to suspend services of at least 29 trains from May 9 until further orders. Among the 29 special trains who will be suspended include Shatabdi Express, Rajdhani express, Duranto. WEATHER >> Max: 34.6 C Min: 27.8 C Humidity: 81% TIDES Low: High: 02:29 14:11 08:42 20:33 The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VI, NO. 317 GOA 6 Shutdown stinks with biz outside wholesale fish market THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Bombay High Court at Goa has asked the Goa government to insist that people entering the State be asked to produce a Covid-19 negative certificate that has been issued 72-hours prior from next week saying there was “no justification in the State of Goa not insisting upon a negativity certificate from persons who seek entry into Goa at this crucial juncture.” SEVERAL PETITIONS The instructions from the High Court came after it took up a bunch of petitions filed by the South Goa Advocates Association and another by Covid volunteers including Armando Gonsalves and Shruti Chaturvedi and a third by activist Roshan Matias, who besides asking for restrictions had also asked the government to come clean on the present situation of the State’s response to the Covid pandemic. Noting that neighbouring Maharashtra has imposed similar restrictions on people entering from five States, Goa among them, the High Court directed that by next week May 10, the State should put in place a mechanism to ensure that all persons entering the State have to produce a HIGH COURT OBSERVATIONS We see no justification in not insisting upon a negativity certificate from persons who seek entry into Goa Govt of its own should have imposed these minimum restrictions in public interest State could have and still can come out with a suitable protocol to mitigate the issue of supplies of essential goods and services Such minimum restrictions which several States have also adopted are called if the epidemic is to be contained Based on this unrestricted entry, Goa is touted as one of the few tourist desti- negative certificate while also ensuring that the supply of essentials was not interrupted. NO JUSTIFICATION “We see no justification in the State of Goa not insisting upon a negativity certificate from persons who seek entry into Goa at this crucial juncture when reports indicate that the positivity rate in Goa nations where all is well This is neither fair to the populace in Goa already suffering from the overstretched medical infrastructure nor to the unsuspecting tourists This is only a case where steps are taken to ensure that the persons who are entering Goa are not already tested as Covid positive No doubt, some difficulties are bound to arise when it comes to essential supplies is as high as 52%. Some suitable mechanisms can always be formulated by the State to ensure that some testing facilities are available at the borders or entry points so the supplies of essentialities or in the ingress of essential personnel are not affected. But to permit virtually unrestricted entry in such critical times is not justified,” the Bombay Govt veers towards total lockdown; decision soon: CM Prepare for third Covid wave, keep oxygen ready, SC tells Centre THE GOAN I NETWORK NEW DELHI The Supreme Court, hearing the case on supply of oxygen to Delhi, on Thursday asked the Centre to revamp its formula for distribution of oxygen across the country. The court suggested that the Centre adopt a pan-India approach so that they can prepare for the third wave of coronavirus. It asked the Centre to look at the oxygen audit and reassess the basis for allocation as the third stage of the pandemic might be different from the first two. “But, if we prepare today, we will be able to handle stage 3…. A buffer stock needs to be created," Justice DY Chandrachud told the Centre. Amid the ongoing oxygen crisis, the Supreme Court heard the Centre’s plan as to how it will increase supply of medical oxygen to 700 MT daily for Covid-19 patients in Delhi. PANAJI Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday said that the State government is positively considering the suggestion made by BJP MLAs for a total lockdown in Goa. “A decision in this regard will be taken within two-three days after discussions with stakeholders and Cabinet ministers”, Sawant said. Earlier in the day, in the virtual meeting held with Sawant, all BJP MLAs had requested the CM to impose lockdown in the State at the earliest in order to arrest the increasing number of Covid cases. Most of the MLAs who participated in virtual meeting demanded that strict lockdown be imposed in Goa to control the spike in Covid pandemic-linked cases and deaths. Deputy Chief Minister Babu Kavlekar who was also present 58 more fall prey to Covid, 3,869 new infections reported PANAJI: Goa continued to reel under Covid shock with 58 more succumbing to the dreaded virus and 3,869 new cases being recorded in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate was above 51 % for the second consecutive day. With 3,869 new cases, 58 deaths and 2023 recoveries, the active Covid count of Goa is approaching 30,000-mark and now stands at 29,752. >> See pg 3 at the virtual meeting opined that there is no option other than lockdown to arrest the spiraling cases as the public is not in a mood to follow Covid norms. PTI n None from family +ve; driver, maid also –ve n No positive cases in neighbourhood too MARGAO his case may call for a study by medical professionals and experts handling the Covid-19 pandemic. An infant, aged five months and half from a village in Salcete had to be rushed to a city-hospital after the baby girl suddenly developed cold and fever, only to be told that their child had tested positive for Coronavirus. What’s interesting to note is that none of the inmates of the house, including the father, mother and others, who underwent a Covid test, has tested positive. As a matter of abundant caution, the driver working for the family was also told to undergo a Covid test, but the test also came negative. T RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 GOA Confusion as panchayats order shops to down shutters SAYS GOVT’S DECISION OF UNRESTRICTED ENTRY NOT JUSTIFIED 5-month old mysteriously tests positive THE GOAN I NETWORK Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday 2 8 3 Make -ve report mandatory to enter Goa: HC How high-intensity exercise can increase Covid transmission IN SHORT >> Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday Govt, private hospitals run out of beds in Margao MARGAO: Government-run and private hospitals in the city were full with Covid patients on Thursday, leaving many patients in the lurch, raising questions over the administration’s helplessness to tide over the situation. A middle-aged man and his family from Rawanfond realized the bitter truth after they returned home disappointed after being told that both government and private hospitals have run out of beds in the commercial capital. >> See pg 2 The family later got the maid who was oiling the child to undergo the test, but that too came negative. Inquiries by the family revealed that there were no Covid positive cases in their immediate neighbourhood, throwing up questions how the infant got infected with the virus. After days of treatment in a private hospital, where she was administered antibiotics, the infant was discharged, but one question that still remains unanswered is how the infant got infected with the virus. The private hospital is believed to have raised a bill of Rs 50,000 for the family, with the ON PAGE 2 Covid swab collection, testing shifted to Ravindra Bhavan Covid scene in Margao: Govt bulletin paints contrasting picture management saying the DDSY scheme is still not being implemented by the hospital. “We are indeed perplexed how the child got Covid when none of the family members had tested positive for Coronavirus. When we took our child to the private hospital, the hospital management told us that the infant had tested positive for Covid”, informed the father. Administration will have to come out with some adequate protocol to ensure that the essential supplies are not disturbed and at the same time, Covid positive persons are not granted easy entry Passes can be issued to persons waiving the requirement of repeated testing It is apparent that practically each day travellers by road, flight, or train entering into Goa are found to be Covid positive If this is the status of the tested cases, it is reasonable to estimate a similar or perhaps larger number of positive cases that enter Goa High Court bench of Justices M S Sonak and M S Jawalkar, said. “The State Government of its own should have imposed these minimum restrictions in public interest… the State could have and still can come out with a suitable protocol to mitigate the issue of supplies >Continued on P5 SPORTS Chelsea outclass Real to set up all-English UCL final vs City File affidavit on steps to tackle Covid, govt told HC seeks response on security for docs, oxygen supply, essential medicines & availability of beds THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Bombay High Court at Goa has asked the Goa government to file a comprehensive affidavit listing out the steps it has taken to handle the Covid-19 pandemic including on the promises the State government had made before the High Court last year with regard to procurement of ventilators and keeping a helpline operational. The affidavit has to be filed by May 10 while the matter will be heard next by the vacation bench on May 11. Hearing a petition filed by the South Goa Advocates Association that was heard along with others who had also approached the High Court, the High Court took stock of the response ranging from security for doctors, oxygen supply, essential medicines, availability of beds and other issues. DOCS SECURITY On the issue of security of doctors, the High Court bench of Justices M S Sonak and M S Jawalkar we directed the State Administration “to take all steps necessary and adequate to ensure that there is no such violence against the healthcare professionals and such violence, if any, is dealt with firmly following the law.” “State Administration must post sufficient police personnel round the clock at hospitals, wards, etc. Sufficient boards or posters must also be put up at such places to make it clear that there will be zero tolerance towards any form of violence against healthcare professionals,” the High Court ruled. PROPER INFO “At the same time, the State Administration must also involve preventive and social medical professionals and paramedical staff to give the patients and their relatives proper information as to the line of treatment or otherwise, counsel them about the health status of the patients. These directions to be complied with forthwith because particularly matters of protection to the healthcare professionals can brook no delay of any sort,” the High Court said. MEDICAL INFRA On the aspect of medical infrastructure, the High Court recalled that in a petition instituted by two law graduates Jay Mathew and Gauravardhan Nadkarni, last year, the State had assured the High Court that an information helpline and mobile would be set up to help the population with information. “We were also informed that the task force and war room were being set up and even the State Control room had been established to deal with medical assistance and supply of medicines. Even the names of the officers appointed to these positions in Districts of North Goa and South Goa were set out in the affidavit filed in said PIL. We >Continued on P5
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