KOTTAYAM l THURSDAY l APRIL 02, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l CITY EDITION LOCKDOWN LIFT IN SIGHT AS RLY, AIRLINES START BOOKINGS The move comes after clear indication from the Centre that the 21-day national lockdown will not be extended beyond April 14 IRCTC REOPENS ONLINE RESERVATION TRAVEL SITES RESUME AIR BOOKINGS IRCTC had shut down online booking of rail tickets after PM Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown on March 24. “As we have clear indications from the government the lockdown will not be extended, we have resumed sale of online tickets,” an IRCTC official said, adding that this will help passengers plan their travel in advance ■ ■ “The shutdown is only till April 14 night. Booking can’t be stopped beyond that,” said an Air India official. In the unlikely event of further lockdown, passengers can reschedule the trip Bookings are also open on private airlines and travel portals such as MakeMyTrip and Yatra from April 15 onwards A3,928 COST OF A CHENNAI-DELHI NON-STOP FLIGHT ON APRIL 15 ON YATRA.COM 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 She took home a bag hubby brought from Dubai; 11 now infected E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kasaragod SHE did not waste time in leaving her husband’s house when he arrived from Dubai with symptoms of Covid-19. He too was careful not to get close to her as they were expecting their second child. “I quarantined myself and asked her to go to her house,” said the man who returned from Dubai on March 13. KERALA CASE DIARY 24 265 237 fresh cases were reported in Kerala on Wednesday cases have been confirmed in the state so far are currently under treatment 4 Malayalis based outside the state died on Wednesday. This is twice the number of lives claimed by the virus in Kerala. Two of them were based in the US while one person each was in the UAE and Mumbai. Leave she did, but also took with her a bag he brought from Naif, a hotspot of Covid-19 spread. Now, 11 members of her family have tested positive for Covid-19, said District Medical Officer Dr A V Ramdas. “We can’t zero in on the exact source of the infection. It could be her because she has also tested positive. But it could be the ba g g a g e too,” said Dr Ramdas. In any case, family members have started becoming sources for infection in the district. “Technically secondary infection has hap, pened here. But fortunately all of , them are from one family and we were able to put them in isolation wards,” he said. Today one in every three Covid , patients in the district is either a primary contact or a secondary contact, he said. On Wednesday, 12 persons in the district tested positive. Of them, only two came from abroad, both Dubai. The remaining 10 got infected after coming into contact with their NRI relatives. Of the 10 primary contacts, five women — aged between 18 and 72 years — are from a family in Chemnad panchayat. An 11-year-old boy also tested positive. “All of them may not have come in direct contact with the NRI. There may be cases of one person passing the virus to others in the family said a health ,” official. In all, the district has 120 positive cases, of which 41 are contacts. Of the imported cases, 77 are from Dubai, one from the UK and one from Saudi Arabia, said district surveillance officer Dr A T Manoj. Since the primary contacts have started infecting others, the only way to curb the spread is by confining their movement and not transferring the virus to another person, said the DMO. For every positive case, the health officials put a new circle of friends and relatives under quarantine. On Wednesday, 8,971 persons are under quarantine or observation in the district, which is a jump of around 2,500 persons from five days ago. TABLIGHI VIRUS LOAD J&K 1 48 UTTARAKHAND DELHI 53 48 UTTAR PRADESH 1 RAJASTHAN 11 48 ARUNACHAL PRADESH 81 BIHAR JHARKHAND 1 1,500 GUJARAT MADHYA PRADESH 1 71 WEST BENGAL 101 CHHATTISGARH 50 ODISHA 252 MAHARASHTRA 1,500 KARNATAKA 1 Class 10, 12 exams only for 29 subjects “It has been decided that the board conduct exams for only main subjects that will be required for promotion and may be crucial for higher education,” the CBSE said. Also, all class 1-8 students to be promoted @ Kochi /T’Puram THE Kerala High Court on Wednesday directed the Centre to ensure blockades erected by Karnataka on National Highways connecting Kerala are removed to facilitate the free movement of vehicles carrying people with medical emergencies across the border. The court expressed optimism the Centre asks docs to administer combo drugs S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi THE Centre has asked doctors treating severe patients of coronavirus to stop administering anti-HIV drugs and instead put them on a combination of antimalaria drug Hydroxycholoroquine and antibiotic Azithromycin. In the revised guidelines on the management of Covid-19 patients, the Union health ministry said, “no specific antivirals have been proven to be eff e c t ive a s p e r c u r re n t ly available data.” Earlier it had recommended using the Lopinavir-Ritonavir combo for patients with acute respiratory distress. “One of the drug is Hydroxychloroquine (Dose 400 mg twice a day for 1 day followed by 200 mg twice a day for 4 days) in combination with Azithromycin (500 mg once a day for 5 days),” said the guideline. “These drugs should be administered under close medical supervision, with monitoring for side effects.” Centre will act expeditiously considering the lives at stake. A Division Bench comprising Justices A K Jayasankaran Nambiar and Shaji P Chaly passed the order in a hearing held through video-conferencing on a plea filed by the Kerala High Court Advocates’ Association. The Centre informed the bench that the Home Ministry-initiated conciliation talk between the chief secretaries 1,103 TAMIL NADU 190 IOC tack on purchases IOC has declared force majeure on crude purchases from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, UAE and Kuwait, as refinery run rates have been cut down following lockdown and oil market crash. A force majeure is an event outside reasonable control, which prevents IOC from performing contract obligations 376 new cases India registered 376 cases of the virus in the last 24 hours. The spike is primarily due to the fallout of the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi 7 more in Noida hotspot 7 new coronavirus patients in Gautam Buddh Nagar in the last 24 hours, total cases 45 3.2 lakh quarantine beds Railways setting up 3.2 lakh isolation and quarantine beds UK extends doc work visa In a relief to foreign doctors, including from India, whose visas were set to expire in October, the UK has extended the deadline by one year Wimbledon cancelled Wimbledon organisers scrapped the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament for the first time Myanmar nationals settled in Hyderabad, who went to Narketpally for religious prayers flouting lockdown restrictions, being taken to a hospital in Hyderabad for coronavirus tests on Wednesday | VINAY MADAPU of Karnataka and Kerala remained inconclusive. Additional Advocate General Ranjith Thampan submitted that citizen’s right to life is at stake and that Karnataka’s action is illegal. Six lives were lost due to the blockade. P K Navadgi, the Advocate General for Karnataka, opposed the plea vehemently and submitted that it is a dispute between two states and only the Supreme MIGRANTS’ TAKE Assamese duo: We felt our service vital, so stayed back A J AY K A N T H @ Kochi AT a time when panicky migrant labourers have become restive awaiting an opportunity to return home, two Assamese workers at Kathrikadavu here are ensuring the smooth functioning of a grocery shop. Though both Haneef Udhin, 32, and Afeeque Rahman, 27, of Surpur had been under tremendous pressure from family and friends to return home early last month following the spike in Covid-19 cases in Kerala, they decided to avoid the three-day-long train journey home. “Initially, we were apprehensive. Now we’re happy that we chose to stay back. The owner has reposed a lot of faith in us in running the store during this time of crisis. Our presence is vital to the shop’s day-to-day functioning since the owner will not be able to manage the business alone,” said Haneef, who first arrived here seven years ago. The duo also sees to it that the store opens at 7am sharp — in a INFECTED DEAD 1085 ANDHRA PRADESH 70 395 KERALA 1 PARTICIPATED 1,030 TELANGANA 21 6 Clear blockades on Nat’l Highways: HC to Centre EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE ASSAM 17 Haneef Udhin, left, and Afeeque Rahman | ALBIN MATHEW marked shift from the usual practice of grocery shops here which start the day’s business a tad late — for the convenience of many customers who turn up early . “We follow all safety guidelines laid down by the health department to prevent Covid transmission. The shop is sanitised every morning,” Afeeque said, after politely telling a customer to stay outside the shop till the time another buyer who was already in● More on P4 side exited. Court can entertain such an issue. The court then asked whether it doesn’t have jurisdiction when the fundamental rights of the people of Kerala are involved. The fundamental rights guaranteed to each citizen under our Constitution are to be protected zealously by the State, which refers jointly to the Centre, states and Union Territories that together form the ● More on P5 Union of India. EXPRESS READ J&K parties see red in new domicile policy Srinagar: The Centre’s new domicile policy for Jammu and Kashmir to include anyone who has stayed over 15 years in the Union Territory has regional parties up in arms. According to the redefined domicile rules, those who have studied for a period of seven years and appeared in class 10th or 12th examination in J&K are also eligible for domicile rights. Only those with domicile rights can apply for government jobs in J&K. “Talk about suspect timing. At a time when all our efforts & attention should be focused on Covid outbreak, the government slips in a new domicile law for J&K,” tweeted Omar Abdullah. P8 Govt aims to raise L2k cr through salary challenge T’Puram: The Cabinet has given green light to salary challenge, which aims to raise more than I2,000 crore for the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund by accepting one month’s salary from the state government employees as donation. It is not clear whether all government employees should contribute towards it. P4 ALL EFFORTS TO TRACK ITS FOOTPRINTS Cabinet secretary tells chief secretaries to trace all who participated in Nizamuddin religious meet; PM to speak with CMs today E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi WITH the threat of Tablighi Jamaat’s Nizamuddin congregation participants spreading the deadly novel coronavirus across the country looming large, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Wednesday ordered all authorities to be firm in tracing and taking action against the Jamaat workers. Gauba directed the states and Union TerCASH FOR ritories to launch on a “war footing” the conPOOR SOON tact tracing of all participants of the congreWith reports of the gation, adding intensive tracing of all contacts poor and must be ensured in a fail-proof manner. vulnerable sections Prime Minister Narendra Modi may also of the society speak to the Chief Ministers on Thursday to facing hardships in take them on board to deal with the uphill accessing task of tracing all participants and those who foodgrains, the have come into contact with them. Cabinet Secretary During a video-conference call with Chief asked states to Secretaries and DGPs of all States and Union implement the PM Territories, the Cabinet Secretary also asked Garib Kalyan the State and UT authorities to ensure that no Yojana within the other religious groups are holding congreganext week. “This tions anywhere in the country and strict acwill involve large tion be taken against them if found doing so, cash transfer to sources said. beneficiaries,” Many of the attendees have reportedly gone officials said into hiding in various parts of the country, complicating matters. The country’s senior most bureaucrat also ordered registration of cases against foreign Tablighis for violation of visa norms, according to sources. Gauba shared the roadmap for the intensive contact tracing of Tablighis. “Tracing all the participants of the Nizamuddin Markaz is the top most priority and the state govern, ments must not lose time,” said a senior government official. 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