log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday wednesday June 9, 2021 PANAJI: Modifying its curfew order and permitting conduct of examination for college students, online teaching and also holding of competitive examinations during curfew period, the government issued a corrigendum on June 8 to its curfew related order issued on June 6. As per the new order schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutes will continue to remain closed. “However, examination of college students, online teaching and holding competitive examinations will be permitted with the approval of the government,” states the order. in short >> EPFO interest rate kept at 8.5 per cent NEW DELHI: The Employees’ Provident Fund Organization has kept the interest rate unchanged on provident fund deposits at 8.5 per cent for the financial year 2020-21and is likely to credit the interest soon. Over 6 crore employees will get the benefit by the end of next month. Major websites hit by internet outage NEW DELHI: Multiple outages hit social media, government and news websites across the globe on Tuesday morning, with some reports pointing to a glitch at US-based cloud computing services provider Fastly. Fastly said it was investigating “the potential impact to performance,” according to its website. NIV Pune detects new Covid strain NEW DELHI: A new Covid variant that needs more antibodies to fight it and has more severe symptoms has been found by the National Institute of Virology in Pune. The variant was detected in samples from two travellers from Brazil but not from anyone in India. Pilots seek status as frontline workers NEW DELHI: A body of India’s airline pilots has demanded “frontline worker” status to its members, seeking all Covid-related benefits that go with the tag. This includes priority vaccination, insurance coverage and compensation. weather >> Max: 32.9 C Min: 24.5 C Humidity: 100% Tides Low: High: 03.59 16.57 11.05 21.36 The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages Price ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO Goa VOLume VI, No. 350 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 2 3 6 Concerns over rains washing out July 8 coastal hearings How Covid wreaks havoc on human lungs Corrigendum issued, govt okays exams during curfew Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday goa Desilting work unearths sewage flowing via storm water nullahs into Sal river goa Turncoat councillor gets plump market panel post in Mapusa civic body NORTH & SOUTH PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED ON OPEN GROUNDS the goan I network PANAJI Days after the National Green Tribunal ordered the State administration to re-conduct the public hearings for the finalisation of the draft Coastal Zone Management Plan, the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority said July 8 will be the fresh date. Announcing the details, GCZMA said the venue for the public hearing in North Goa would be the Parade Ground, Opposite Campal Clinic, Panaji while the venue for South Goa would be SGPDA Ground, Opposite District & Sessions Court, Margao. A section of concerned citizens appeared to be content over the arrangements, but have expressed anguish over the weather playing spoilt sport, in view of the fact that the hearings are being held THE FINE PRINT OF PUBLIC HEARINGS NORTH GOA VENUE: Parade Ground, opposite Campal Clinic, Panaji SOUTH GOA VENUE: SGPDA Ground, opposite District & Sessions Court, Margao TIME: Hearings at both venues to start at 10 am and go on till completion of the process THE REGISTRATION PROCESS Speakers/participants can register by email on goacoastalzone@gmail. com They can also write to North, South Collectors by June 30 with identification documents Registration to also be when the monsoon will be in full fury. “Normally Goa witnesses heavy rainfall during the month of July, and holding public hearings during this time could inconvenience people leading to a low turnout”, said a local from Siridao. An activist, while speaking to The Goan on phone, expressed concern over why the hearings are restricted to one day when the NGT order clear- open at venue from 10 am to 2 pm VIRTUAL PLATFORM: Participation through virtual platform has also been permitted where participants can send an email to GCZMA SUGGESTIONS & OBJECTIONS Stakeholders including institutions, departments, local communities, public, NGOs can submit their say to respective collectors or member secretary CZMP by post or by email on email@example.com. Population, caseload to be criteria for vaccine quota ly states that it could be held over multiple days. “Why has the government not identified a back-up day in case if there is a complete wash-out”, was a cautious reply when told that the government has as- VASCO hile Covid cases have been on a steady decline, dengue has now raised concerns in the port town as some wards have reported cases of the disease. The Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) has been quick to take stock of the situation and has decided to initiate precautionary measures in the municipality. MMC Chairperson Damodar Kaskar told reporters that he had already decided to take up the issue of dengue with Chief Officer Jayant Tari and will also convene a meeting with health officials. “We have also requested the chief officer to purchase the insecticide required for W >Continued on P5 8 Zidansek becomes first Slovenian woman to reach a Grand Slam semi-final Vaccination for 18-44 age group travelling abroad begins today the goan I network PANAJI The State government has decided to open up the first dose of vaccination from Wednesday for the 1844 age group who need to travel internationally for employment, education and sporting events. FIRST DOSE Those availing of this facility will be expected to carry with them certain documents at the vaccination centre. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant stated in a series of tweets that the decision to open up the first dose of vaccination for the 18-45 age group who need to travel internationally for employment, education and sporting events was on the basis of guidelines issued by the central government The documents to be carried at the vaccination centre include admission 14 succumb to Covid, 473 more infected PANAJI: Goa registered 14 more deaths due to Covid in the past 24 hours. DHS also added five Covid deaths which occurred in private hospitals between May 26 to June 5, taking the death toll to 2,859. The State also recorded a positivity rate of 15.18% on Tuesday with 473 of the 3,114 samples testing positive for Covid. With 957 recoveries, the active Covid count further dropped to 5,899. offers or associated formal communications for the purpose of education in foreign countries, interview calls for a job or offer letters for taking up employment in foreign countries or nomination to participate in the Tokyo Olympic Games. GEARING UP FOR RAINS Wastage to affect allocation negatively: Centre PTI NW DELHI Covid-19 vaccine doses provided free of cost by the Centre will now be allocated to States and Union Territories based on criteria like population, disease burden and the progress of vaccination, the government said in its revised guidelines on Tuesday. It further warned that wastage of shots will affect the allocation negatively. This comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the central government will provide free vaccines against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) to all adults across all States from June 21. The warning is likely to be viewed unfavourably by the States (and people whose vaccination chances may now depend on their government’s efficiency) -- particularly those already accused of wasting doses in the centre-states tugof-war over supply of vaccines and slow pace of vaccinations. Last month Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh were accused of wasting around 37 and 30 per cent of supplied doses. BJPruled Madhya Pradesh was accused of wasting 11 per cent of doses. All three hit back; Govt places order for 44 crore doses of Covishield, Covaxin NEW DELHI: The Centre on Tuesday placed orders for 44 crore doses of Covishield and Covaxin, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Centre would take over the State procurement quota and provide free jabs to State governments for inoculation of all above the age of 18. Vaccine plan to cost ` 50,000 cr: FM NEW DELHI: The Finance Ministry said the new vaccine plan announced by the Centre will cost around Rs 50,000 crore. “We don’t need to go for the supplementary grants immediately as there are enough funds. We may have to go for this in the second round, near the winter session of Parliament,” Finance Ministry sources said. The sources also indicated that the government is no longer counting on foreign vaccines to meet its vaccine needs. they said the data was faulty and actual wastage was only around five per cent. The guidelines also stated that while vaccines will be provided free of cost to all people, private hospitals could buy the remaining 25 per cent to inoculate those willing to pay for their doses. Allowing private hospitals access to a quarter of the country’s supply is meant to “incentivise production by vaccine manufacturers”, the government said, adding that states/UTs would have to be responsible for dividing avail- able doses between hospitals across their territories. Prices at which hospitals can buy the vaccines “would be declared by each manufacturer” the government added. Currently Covaxin costs Rs 1,200 per dose for hospitals and Covishield Rs 600. The Centre buys the same vaccines at Rs 150 per dose. These guidelines come a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the government was taking back control of the vaccination drive -- a little over a month after it was opened to States. People shop for rainwear in Panaji on Tuesday. As per the new relaxations announced by the government a few shops dealing with essential items were open in the Panaji market in the morning. Narayan Pissurlenkar Key decision on road rules likely today the goan I network PANAJI The State Cabinet is likely to take a decision on the implementation of the new motor vehicles rules with transport department clearing Covid cases decline, but threat of dengue rises the goan I network sured to cover venues with water-proof pandals. The hearings at both the venues will start at 10 am and go on till completion of the hearing. GCZMA has asked speakers/participants wishing to participate in the public hearing to register their names by email on goacoastalzone@ gmail.com or in writing to the office of the Collector North or South by June 30 along with the requisite identification documents. However, registration will also be open at the venue from 10 am to 2 pm states according to the notification issued by GCZMA. Stakeholders including institutions, departments, local communities, public, NGOs etc have been asked to submit suggestions and objections if sports Dengue cases detected in Chimbel OLD GOA: Four cases of dengue were detected from a single locality in Chimbel, giving additional headache to health authorities who are already waging a battle against the Covid pandemic. A health worker at the Chimbel Primary Health Centre told The Goan that the four cases were detected from Chinchwada-Chimbel, following which a PHC team led by Medical Officer Dr Jude D’Souza conducted a cleanliness-cum-awareness drive. The team apprised residents on the need to keep their surroundings clean and not to allow stagnation of water, which leads to breeding of mosquitoes. Special focus was laid on emptying containers where clean water was found stagnant, as the mosquitoes spreading dengue breed in clean water. fumigation and to hand them over to all councillors for fumigation in their wards. “We will carry out fumigation in all wards of the municipality. We will provide Vasco Councillor Yatin Kamurlekar along with a health team carrying out dengue inspection at New Vaddem. councillors with a fogging machine, insecticide and even fuel required for fogging. We will also convene a meeting with the health department to see what best we can do to prevent dengue cases in our municipality,” said Kaskar. Councillor Yatin Kamurlekar said there had been growing dengue cases in his Ward 20. “As cases of Covid are declining, we are now facing the threat of dengue, especially in my ward. We have already identified four cases of suspected dengue and we immediately contacted Health Officer Dr Rashmi Khandeparkar, who along with her staff carried out awareness in houses and even identified potential dengue mosquito breeding sites.” “It was shocking to notice that almost every second house had dengue breeding sites. We will now carry out a fumigation drive. We have also requested the chairperson to provide every councillor with 5 litres of insecticide for fumigation and,” said Kamurlekar. the file. Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho said he has cleared the file and the Cabinet is likely to take a decision on Wednesday. “I have tried my level best to reduce the fines”, Godhino who is pressing to pass this law said adding, “if the law is not implemented in the State, the central government will come down heavily on us”. Meanwhile, the transport minister also informed that 59 people have been given Rs 2 lakh each as compensation under the road accident victim scheme. He said that many applications are getting rejected as people fail to apply within >Continued on P5 Kids may be asymptomatic or with mild symptoms in 3rd wave: Survey AGENCIES NEW DELHI The second Covid wave in India saw an increase in the number of kids getting infected from the novel deadly Coronavirus. While kids could always be carriers of the disease, more children are also becoming symptomatic. According to the Sero survey, children between the age group of 10 to 18 years would have the same type of infection as the adults had in the second wave. The reason for this could be a mutation in the virus, which is making it more infectious and this age group is also not vaccinated against the disease. The survey also said that there is no evidence to suggest that most children with Covid-19 infection will have severe disease in the third wave However, the third wave would not target children alone. According to the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP), it is “highly unlikely that the third wave will predominantly or exclusively affect children”. It also added that there is no evidence to suggest that most children with Covid-19 infection will have severe disease in the third wave. Talking about the same, Dr Yogesh Kumar Gupta, Head of Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Fortis Hospitals predicts that most children will remain asymptomatic or with mild symptoms even during the third Covid-19 wave because of their ‘innate protection against the disease’. He listed out the points that provide children with this protection. They are children have fewer ACE2 receptors in their lungs so less binding of the virus to these receptors hence less severe would be the disease. Secondly, young children have high Melatonin (A Sleep Hormone) level which has shown to confer some protection against Covid though it is still under study.
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