CHENNAI MONDAY MARCH 23, 2020 `5.00 PAGES 34 LATE CITY EDITION WHAT VIRUS? THOUSANDS FLOCK TO SEE OLY FLAME Despite concerns over the widening coronavirus pandemic, thousands of people in northeastern Japan visit cauldron QUEUE LASTING SEVERAL HOURS VIEWING EVENT MAY BE SUSPENDED More than 50,000 queued to watch the flame displayed at Sendai station in Miyagi during the weekend. On Sunday, more people went to the railway station in Kamaichi, Iwate prefecture, to get a glimpse of the flame. According to local media, some had to stay in a 500-metre long queue for several hours. However, most of the people in the line wore masks. ■ ■ Organisers, concerned about the bigger-than-expected gathering, have warned the viewing event could be suspended later on if a crowd becomes “extremely dense”. The nationwide torch relay begins on March 26, starting from the J-Village sports complex in Fukushima. $12bn MONEY THAT HAS SO FAR BEEN SPENT ON PREPARATIONS CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI VIRUS GEO-SPREAD STATE/UT DISTRICT Prakasam Nellore Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada Vizag Chandigarh Chandigarh Chhattisgarh Raipur Central East Delhi North Delhi North West Delhi Delhi North East Delhi South Delhi West Delhi Rajkot Surat Gujarat Vadodara Ahmedabad Faridabad Sonepat Panchkula Haryana Panipat Gurugram Himachal Pradesh Kangra Kashmir UT of J&K Jammu Bangalore Bengaluru Urban Karnataka Kodagu Kalaburagi Alappuzha Ernakulam Idukki Kannur Kasargod Kerala Kottayam Malapuram Pathanamthitta T’puram Thrissur Kargil UT of Ladakh Leh Madhya Pradesh Jabalpur Ahmednagar Aurangabad Mumbai Nagpur Mumbai suburb Maharashtra Pune Ratnagiri Raigad Thane Yavatmal Odisha Khurda Puducherry Mahe Hoshiarpur Amritsar Punjab SAS Nagar SBS Nagar Bilwara Jhunjhunu Pali Rajasthan Jodhpur Sikar Jaipur Chennai Erode Tamil Nadu Kanchipuram Bhadradri Kothagudam Hyderabad Telangana Nalgonda Medchai Ranga Reddy Agra GB Nagar Ghaziabad Uttar Pradesh Moradabad Lakhimpur Kheri Lucknow Uttarakhand Dehradun West Bengal Kolkata Munger Bihar Patna Shades of Wuhan in parts of India Trains, Metro Rail, bus services suspended; over 80 dists under lockdown; janata curfew total; 3 more deaths in Gujarat, Bihar, Maharashtra E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi WITH three more coronavirus deaths being reported on Sunday — one each from Bihar, Gujarat and Maharashtra — and the successful experiment of janata curfew across the country, the Centre advised states to lock down all virus-affected districts immediately to break the chain of transmission. The advisory came on a day when Kerala reported a whopping 15 fresh cases, taking the state’s tally to 67, edging uncomfortably closer to Maharashtra’s 74. While the initial lockdown data had 75 districts, by the time it was hosted on the Union health ministry’s site, the figure had shot up to 83. Wuhan in China was the epicentre of the outbreak and was the first city to be locked down. It is now limping back to normalcy Quite a few states . and most metropolitan cities will go into complete shutdown from Monday, by when Kerala, too, will take its call. Going by the Centre’s advisory, Kerala should have shut down 10 districts. Karnataka announced nine districts would be locked down even though it was asked to shut only four as six more cases were reported on Sunday. Delhi, Telangana and Jharkhand announced complete lockdown, while states like Rajasthan and Punjab are already under full lockdown. As on Sunday the national toll , stood at seven, while confirmed cases shot up to 396, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research. The big talking point of the day was the spontaneity with which people across the country observed janata curfew and the unity of purpose they showed to honour healthcare workers by clapping/beating plates at 5 pm for five minutes as suggested by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. For his part, Modi called the janata curfew the beginning of a long battle against the virus. Earlier in the day the Cabinet , Secretary held a meeting with chief secretaries of all states via video-conferencing. All states were directed to designate separate hospitals for exclusively treatP6,9,10 ing coronavirus patients. INSIDE WHAT’S CLOSED All inter-state bus services All train services, including suburban rail services All Metro Rail services off Trains already rolling will run up to their respective destinations WHAT’S OPEN Essential services like ration, groceries, milk, pharmacies, transport to hospital, skeletal bus service Stock exchanges to function; banks in Maharashtra to stay open STATES SHUT Telangana Rajasthan Goa Delhi Jharkhand Nagaland urban Maharashtra urban Chhattisgarh MANUFACTURING HALTS Maruti, Mahindra & Mahindra and Honda Cars suspend manufacturing operations across plants HAVE A HEART FOR AI CREW Neighbours ostracising Air India crew who went abroad on duty. Police help sought ensure the crew members are treated with respect FULL SHUTDOWN Dubai carrier Emirates announced suspension all passenger flights from March 25 With this resolve and patience, let’s ensure social distancing. Today’s janata curfew may end at 9.00 pm, but this does not mean we start celebrating... it is the beginning of a long battle. Today countrymen have told that we are capable, and once we decide we can take on any challenge together Narendra Modi, PM VACCINE PROCESS ON FAST TRACK I P9 3 new COVID-19 positive cases in Tamil Nadu; total jumps to 9 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Coimbatore/Tenkasi/Nagercoil THREE persons tested positive for the coronavirus infection on Sunday taking , the total number of cases in Tamil Nadu to nine. Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar, in a tweet, said a 64-year-old woman who arrived from California tested positive and is undergoing treatment at Government Stanley Hospital in Chennai. A 43-yearold man who arrived from Dubai tested positive and is undergoing treatment at Government Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital. Earlier, a 25-year-old woman at ESIC Hospital in Coimbatore, who had recently come back from Spain, also test- Horror as Naxals kill 17 jawans in Chhattisgarh E J A Z K A I S E R @ Raipur SEVENTEEN security personnel were killed in an exchange of fire with the outlawed CPI (Maoist) in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, about 500 km from state capital Raipur. The bodies of the jawans, who were missing after an encounter with the Naxals on Saturday evening, were recovered on Sunday. The Naxals also looted the jawans’ weapons. At least 15 jawans sustained bullet injuries and were airlifted to Raipur for medical attention. Two are critical. On Saturday a joint team of Com, mando Battalion for Resolute Action, District Reserve Guard and Special Task Force had launched a major anti-Maoist operation following intelligence inputs about a huge gathering of ultras. When the patrolling teams were returning, a group of armed Naxals ambushed, leaving 15 personnel injured and 17 missing. The encounter lasted for about three hours. “We lost 12 DRG men and 5 STF personnel. It was an intelligence-based operation. Near Minpa forest the armed rebels opened fire. Our men swiftly retaliated,” said Sundarraj P, Inspector General of Police (Bastar zone), told TNIE. The jawans were reportedly moving along the lower terrain, giving the rebels the opportunity to attack them from the top. CONTINUED ON: P7 ed positive on Sunday All three are stable. . Health officials said the 25-year-old, a native of Coimbatore, is pursuing her masters degree in Spain. She had come to New Delhi on March 16, took a flight to Bengaluru and from there boarded the Cannanore Express and arrived at Coimbatore on March 17. On arrival, she went to Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital with her father, but was told to quarantine herself at home and come back if she developed symptoms. On March 19, she went to hospital again with her sister as she had fever and was admitted to the isolation ward, where samples were taken. Later, she was shiftP3 ed to ESIC hospital. EXPRESS READ Actor Visu passes away Chennai: Veteran stage actor and multifaceted television and film personality Visu died in Chennai on Sunday. He was 74. He had suffered from kidney-related ailments for the last decade. Visu is survived by his wife and three daughters. P5 Bhalaji loses party post Chennai: Dairy development minister KT Rajenthra Bhalaji was relieved from the post of AIADMK Virudhunagar district secretary on Sunday. This was conveyed in a joint statement by CM Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam. P5 WITH THIS ISSUE YOUR LIFE COACH 34 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID), 4 OF CITY EXPRESS RESTRICTIONS ACROSS CHENNAI, KANCHI & ERODE TIME PERIOD? It is not clear till when the restrictions will be in place as the Union government did not specify a time period. A detailed order is expected today. Cities all over TN were deserted on Sunday during the ‘janata curfew.’ At 5 pm, CM Edappadi K Palaniswami and Ministers clapped their hands as a mark of respect to health workers. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai THREE districts in Tamil Nadu — Chennai, Kancheepuram and Erode — are set to face restrictions from Monday as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. This follows the Union government’s advisory to all State governments to enforce such measures in the districts where positive cases are reported. In Tamil Nadu, COVID-19 cases have been reported in these three districts, apart from Coimbatore. On Monday, a detailed order from the State government is expected listing what activities will be permitted. It is not clear till when the restrictions will be in place as the Union government’s advisory did not specify any time period. So far in Chennai, it has been announced that all Metro rail services and inter-state private and government bus services will not oper- ate till March 31. Transport Minister MR Vijayabhaskar said all inter-state government and private buses will be cancelled till March 31. The operation of the buses within the state, both private and government, will be kept at a bare minimum. Suburban trains of the Chennai division, passenger trains, long distance Mail/Express and Intercity trains, including premium trains, have been cancelled till March 31. Trains which had commenced their journey prior to 4 am on Sunday will run up to their destinations. Freight trains will run as usual. Cab and autorickshaw driver unions said they would take a deFactories making medicines, vaccines, masks and medical devices exempt from restrictions Release from Centre cision based on the State government’s order. During a high-level meeting with Chief Secretaries of all the States, the State governments were advised to issue appropriate orders to allow only essential services in these districts. The State governments may expand the list of districts depending on assessment of the situation, a release from the Centre said. While it remains to be seen as to what services would be available for the State from Monday, the release from the Centre said that the State government should focus on closure of all activities except serv i ce s s u ch a s h o s p i t a l s, telecom,medical shops, provision stores, etc. “Factories making and distributing medicines, vaccines, sanitizers, masks, medical devices and ancillaries should be exempt from these restrictions,” the release said.
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