log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday MONDAY MAY 10, 2021 GOA 8 pages PRICE ` 6 SGPDA vendors question different set of laws in Margao markets IN SHORT >> New anti-Covid drug to be in market in a month NEW DELHI: Recently approved anti-Covid oral drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG), developed by Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences, a lab of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), which will help patients recover faster is expected to be made available to patients in a month’s time, Dr Sudhir Chandna, a scientist said on Sunday. Sarma to be next CM of Assam GUWAHATI: Himanta Biswa Sarma will succeed Sarbananda Sonowal as the CM of Assam. At the legislature party meeting held in Guwahati, Sonowal had proposed the name of Sarma after PM Narendra Modi gave his approval for Sarma’s elevation, and it was seconded by the MLAs. >> See pg 6 36 cr Indians to get Sputnik jab by 2022 NEW DELHI: India will approximately get 361 million doses of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V’s by the end of March 2022 which can be innocualte an estimated 36 crore Indians, officials coordinating the entire vaccine measure in the country claimed. Bengaluru FC told to leave Maldives MALE: Bengaluru FC’s AFC Cup play-off match against Eagles FC on May 11 here is in doubt after the host country’s sports minister asked the ISL side to leave citing breach of COVID-19 protocols, a charge which the club’s owner admitted to be correct. >> See pg 8 CBSE launches counselling app NEW DELHI: Central Board of Secondary Education has launched a psychological counselling app for students and parents. The mobile app named ‘Dost for Life’ can be accessed by students and parents of CBSE-affiliated schools around the world. Indian variant may be dodging vax: WHO GENEVA: A Covid-19 variant spreading in India is more contagious and may be dodging vaccine protections, contributing to the country’s explosive outbreak, the World Health Organization’s chief scientist said Saturday. WEATHER >> Max: 35 C Min: 27.8 C Humidity: 95% TIDES Low: High: 04:04 16:21 10:47 21:57 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 2 The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VI, NO. 320 GOA Lathi-charge on grave diggers? Baseless allegation, say cops 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 INDIA Centre issues advisory on management of Mucormycosis in Covid patients n ROADS, BEACHES WEAR DESERTED LOOK n OPEN AND SHUT CASE FOR MARKETS THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Amid an alarming surge in Covid-19 cases, a State-wide 15-day long curfew came into effect from Sunday to arrest the spread of the dreaded virus. The curfew will remain in force till 23 May. Deserted roads, shops with shutters down and heavy barricading were witnessed in several parts of the State with police in full force manning the key entry and exit points of main cities. Since essential commodity stores and important services were available during the first half of the day, some people ventured out, but by and large, the public preferred to stay indoors. Being the first day of the curfew, police were not very strict with the implementation and a few offenders were warned. Police were also seen an- Covid –ve report made must to enter Goa, order issued PANAJI: Following orders from the Bombay High Court at Goa, the Goa government, through the North Goa Collector has decreed that “any person coming from outside Goa... shall be checked for the full vaccination certificate or Covid-negative test report for a test done within 72 hours of entry into Goa.” The orders issued, however, exempt residents of Goa who can produce proof of residence, people entering Goa for work, on production of Work ID or a letter from his or her employer and those entering Goa for a medical emergency on production of proof or those who come via ambulance. The Collectors have already issued orders prohibiting the >Continued on P5 Policemen question riders and drivers on the first day of the curfew near the Atal Sethu bridge in Panaji on Sunday. Narayan Pissurlenkar RELATED REPORTS ON PAGES 2&3 nouncing on microphones to maintain social distancing and adhere to curfew guidelines. No persons were seen on beaches. Special teams were also deployed on beaches to prevent tourists from roaming. POLICE IN FULL FORCE IN MARGAO Main markets from all cities were closed and highway vehicles were seen in less numbers. Public transport was also off the road. Meanwhile, the Panaji Muncipal Market Committee has decided to open the fish market and allow fruit vendors to sell fruits on the road next to Inox from Wednesday. The Market chairman Pranay Mainkar said that the committee has decided to open Panaji fish market. Curfew effect: Fish, meat likely to go off plates Total ban on entry of Goa vehicles in K’taka from today, borders sealed Confusion in markets after police crack whip THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Fish and meat items, including beef and poultry and even vegetables may just disappear from the menu of Goan families in the next fortnight with markets selling these essential items being shut down in the commercial capital by the police citing the district Collector’s order, beginning from Sunday. Though fish, meat and vegetables etc are considered as essential food items, the police on Sunday shut down the markets, including the mega SGPDA market and the Gandhi market, the vegetable market hub citing the Collector’s order. With the Collector’s order shutting down weekly markets, fish markets and the municipal and panchayat markets in the order issued under Section 144 of the CrPC, the men-in-uniform went about implementing the order in both letter and spirit. The police made their presence felt in some of the markets such as the SGPDA in mid-morning, taking the vendors by surprise in the vegetable and fruit markets, besides the meat stalls lining the market. A police officer hits his lathi on the platform of a fish vendor at the SGPDA market on Sunday. Santosh Mirajkar Police shut down SGPDA market MARGAO: It was 10 am. A Goan fish vendor had just started the day with his normal business in the SGPDA market when he saw the men-in-uniform descending in the market. The vendors were taken by surprise as CM had announced a day ago that people will be able to buy essentials between 7 am to 1 pm. The police, however, were not ready to listen saying the district Collector’s order made it mandatory for closure of markets. In fact, a police officer hit a lathi on the platform of a vendor, leaving him with no option than to shut his business even as fish vendors pointed out that they had stock of fish with them and had no idea what to do with it. While the vendors expressed surprise over the police action, pleading with them to at least allow them to sell their stock till 1 pm, the police granted them time till noon to get the activity closed. THE GOAN I NETWORK W 8 Dravid predicts 3-2 series win for India in England Curfew Day-1: Goa takes a step back The moot point, however, remains unanswered – from where would the people get their essential food items, from May 10-24 if the law >Continued on P5 THE GOAN I NETWORK BELAGAVI As Karnataka goes into a 14day total lockdown from Monday, vehicular movement from Goa and Maharashtra has been totally banned as the interstate borders have been sealed. Authorities have urged Goans not to cross the Karnataka border unless for emergency. With the huge rise in the Covid-19 cases in Belagavi district the district administration has sealed all the State borders with Goa and Maharashtra. Apart from totally banning the interstate vehicular movement between Goa and Maharashtra, movement of two wheelers and passenger vehicles on the city roads has also been banned totally. Under the guidance of Deputy Commissioner Dr K Harish Kumar and in co-ordination with taluka officials and police, all borders with Maharashtra and Goa have been sealed. Police have also sealed the borders of Belagavi so that people entering from Goa and Maharashtra via Vengurla, Chorla and other State highways are checked. Routes will be open only for emergency, essential vehicles,” SP Laxman Nimbargi told The Goan. Vax for 18-44 age group likely to be delayed PANAJI ith vaccine shortages being reported from across the country, Goans too, in all likelihood, especially those in the 18 to 45 years age group, may have to wait till the third week of May to get vaccinated. Serum Institute of India has informed the State government that due to prior commitment to Centre they will not be able to supply Covid vaccine doses to Goa till third week of May. “Government of Goa has made full advance payment for 5 lakh doses which are to be used to vaccinate people in this category. Serum has issued invoice for only 32,870 doses,” said Health Secretary Ravi Dhawan. Goa govt has also approached Covaxin manufacturer for the supply of 6 SPORTS Goa gets central quota of 1 lakh more vaccine doses PANAJI: Goa has received one lakh new doses of Covid vaccine from the Centre, taking the surplus doses with the State to 2,40,490. As of today total 84,161 people in the State have been fully vaccinated with both doses. A total of 1,700 were vaccinated in different vaccination centres across the State on Sunday. Cumulative vaccination statistics reveal that a total of 3,85,057 people have been vaccinated with 3,00,896 receiving their first dose and 84,161 getting their second dose. additional doses, he added. As per the earlier announcement of the government, vaccination for this group was supposed to start from May 1. Meanwhile, as the State gasps for want of oxygen cylinders and oxygen concen- trators, amid one of the worst crises in the second wave of Covid 19 pandemic, Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft delivered 200 oxygen concentrators, sent by the Centre to Goa. As is known, there is an acute shortage of oxygen cylin- Karnataka to begin vaccination for 18-44 group today BENGALURU: The Karnataka government Sunday announced that Covid-19 vaccination will be provided to citizens aged 18-44 across the State from May 10. According to Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar, vaccines will be provided at district hospitals, government medical colleges and taluk-level hospitals across the State to begin with. ders and oxygen concentrators in the State as hospitals and government health facilities are overflowing with the Covid positive patients. In the meantime, Don Bosco High School will be the new vaccination centre for Panaji from May 10. Vaccination for those above 45 years will commence from this centre from May 10. The vaccination centre was earlier located at Panaji Urban Health Center which is now shifted to Don Bosco school. Health Secretary Dhawan also informed that government portal link giving real-time information about number of beds and other facilities available for Covid patients is likely to go live by May 10. “Link will go up soon, hopefully by tomorrow,” he said. The High Court had asked the State government in its order issued on Thursday, to provide information to the public through the government website. In Margao, as per the District Collector’s order, police made their presence felt on the road in a big way, to check the movements of citizens. One could come across po- lice barricades being erected on the main entry and exit points, with the police trying to question the occupants of the vehicles over their movement. Sources said, police will intensify nakabadis in their respective jurisdiction in the coming days to dissuade people from moving on the roads without any valid reason. Fatorda police led by PI Kapil Nayak set up a barricade near the Holy Spirit square, to check the vehicular movement along the busy road. Policemen and home guards were seen questioning riders on their movements, and reminding them of the lockdown that has come into force in the State. GOOD RESPONSE IN MAPUSA In Mapusa, the first day of the 15-day curfew evoked good response in Bardez including the coastal villages of Calangute-Candolim and Anjuna. The curfew brought life to a halt barring the essential services. The fish and vegetable markets in Mapusa which >Continued on P5 230 Covid patients on NIV support in GMC: Dean Says patients still have to sleep on floor THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Painting a grim picture of the Covid situation at the Goa Medical College, Dean Dr Shivanand Bandekar said that 230 patients were presently under non-invasive ventilation (NIV) at the hospital. “Two hundred and thirty Covid patients are on NIV at the GMC. Patients must come early and avoid last minute admissions”, Bandekar said. As of today, 2,341 patients are hospitalised in private and government hospitals across Goa. 242 are admitted in Covid care centres and 29,292 are under home isolation, he said. The total number of beds available for Covid patients in larger government and private hospitals is 2,669, he added. With increasing number of Covid cases, many Covid patients have to still sleep on floor at GMC due to non-availability of beds, Dr Bandekar lamented. “A total of 130 beds have been commissioned at Super Specialty block and more will be added in the next 24 hours. 25 of the 150 ICU beds at the block will also be com- 67 more fall prey to Covid, 2,633 new infections PANAJI: Covid claimed 67 more lives in the past 24 hours and registered 2,633 new cases while there were 3078 recoveries and the active count was that of 31,875 patients. With today’s 67 deaths, the total official count in the State went up to 1679. Out of the total 5671 samples tested today, 46.42 per cent (2633 sample) were found to be positive, taking the active Covid count to 31875. missioned by tomorrow”, he added. On the third wave, Dr Bandekar said it is just a prediction, let us face this second wave properly. He urged Covid patients to get hospitalised early, as it gets difficult to medically manage health complications at later state. He also revealed that the testing facility in the State will be further enhanced within the next few days by installing 3 more RT-PCR testing machines, one each at Asilo, GMC Hospital and South Goa District Hospital. Dr Bandekar informed that government was in the process of procuring 100 more ventilators. GMC to suspend most OPDs PANAJI: Goa Medical College will suspend all routine OPDs except OPDs of Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Medicine, Neurology, Cardiology and Oncology from May 10 to May 30. Since all the facilities and resources are mobilised towards Covid care, only life saving/ limb saving surgeries will be conducted in GMC, states a circular.
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