KOTTAYAM l SATURDAY l APRIL 04, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l CITY EDITION LIGHT DIYAS ON SUNDAY TO SHOWCASE UNITY, SAYS MODI On a day PM Narendra Modi urged us to light diyas on April 5 at 9pm as a symbol of unity, he held a video-call with sports icons YOU CAN LIFT NATION, SPREAD MESSAGE: PM During the one-hour address, also attended by the likes of Virat Kohli, PV Sindhu and Sachin Tendulkar, he said eminent sportspersons play a “very important role in boosting the morale of the nation as well as spreading the message of social distancing along with asking people to continuously follow advisories given during the lockdown.” ■ 44 ‘EATING AT HOME BETTER THAN PILLS’ ■ Wrestler Bajrang Punia, one of those who attended the meet, told this daily that it’s better to have food at home than swallow pills from medical stores Long jumper Anju Bobby George, a Worlds athletics medallist, asks people to stay at home for sake of protecting loved ones NO OF PAST AND PRESENT ATHLETES WHO ATTENDED THE MEET 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 30% OF INDIA’S VIRUS LOAD LINKED TO TABLIGHI JAMAAT Their footprint extends to 14 states and UTs; close to 650 positive cases found in the last two days; more reports of unruly behaviour during quarantine in hospitals KERALA CASE DIARY 9 fresh cases were reported in Kerala on Friday A11,092 crore to states 11 CISF PERSONNEL INFECTED After 11 CISF personnel at the Mumbai airport tested positive, all 142 CISF personnel deployed there have been quarantined. They possibly caught the bug from foreign travellers are currently under treatment 2 Health workers on duty at LNJP Hospital in New Delhi on Friday | SHEKHAR YADAV the spread of the disease may go to waste because of even one failure, Agarwal warned. In all, 336 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours. With 12 fatalities reported within that time span, the overall toll has gone up to 56. As for the 960 foreigners who came on tourist visa and participated in Tablighi activities, the Union home ministry ruled out immediate deportation. “At this stage there is no question of deportation...As and when deportation Union home ministry approves the release of C11,092 crore under the State Disaster Risk Management Fund to help augment funds available with state governments AIR INDIA STOPS BOOKINGS National carrier Air India has stopped bookings for domestic and international flights till April 30 as it awaits a decision from the government on the lockdown that ends on April 14, according to a spokesperson have recovered 251 295 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi WITH the full extent of the coronavirus load tied to the ill-advised congregation of Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi slowly unravelling, the Union health ministry on Friday said about 30 per cent of all positive cases in the country were linked to the event. As many as 647 of the 2,322 positive cases in the country have been sourced to the Nizamuddin Markaz, the ministry said. The 647 positive cases detected in the last two days had a really wide footprint, as they were reported from 14 states and Union Territories — Andaman and Nicobar, Delhi, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, Health ministry officer Lav Agarwal said. The numbers could go up further. People need to understand that coronavirus is an infectious disease. All efforts towards containment of 42 ODISHA CLAMPDOWN Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday announced a 48-hour total shutdown in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Bhadrak town from 8 pm on Friday. This is apart from the ongoing lockdown across the state. As a result, supply of most essential goods will be suspended in these three places will take place, it will be as per standard health protocol,” said Punya Salila Srivastava, a joint secretary in the ministry . Meanwhile, more reports of Tablighis in quarantine refusing to follow social distancing and creating nuisance came in from hospitals in Delhi. Doctors treating them sought enhanced security outside and within the hospitals. To deal with the allegedly unruly Tablighis in a Ghaziabad hospital, the UP government threatened to invoke the National Security Act against them. NO STADIUM QUARANTINE FOR NOW STUCK IN BANGLADESH Confident of being able to manage the epidemic for now, the Delhi government put off plans to use the sprawling Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium as a quarantine facility cases have been confirmed so far in the state had succumbed to the disease 1,949 people were arrested on Friday for violating lockdown regulations 1,991 cases have been registered in the state 14 vs 9: More recoveries than fresh cases in state Rapid test kits arrive; CM thanks Tharoor The chief minister announced a shift in the testing protocol from now on. Till now, samples of people showing five symptoms were taken. From now, samples of people with one or two symptoms will be subjected to tests.The first batch of 1,000 Rapid RT PCR kits arrived in the capital on Friday. CM Pinarayi Vijayan thanked Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor for using his MPLAD fund for procuring the kits E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram THE state heaved a sigh of relief as 14 people recovered from Covid-19 and the number of new cases came down to single digit --- 9 --- on Friday Of the fresh cas. es, seven were from Kasaragod and one each from Kannur and Thrissur. A nurse in Kottayam was among the 14 people recovered. The others who shook off the virus were from Kannur (five), Kasaragod (three), Idukki and Kozhikode (two each) and Pathanamthitta and Kottayam (one each). An elderly couple from Ranni was discharged from the Kottayam Medical College Hospital on Friday. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan attributed it to the excellence of the state’s healthcare workers. Task force constituted The chief minister announced that a 17-member task force had been constituted to formulate After 25 days in hosp, Thomas BORDER ROW Apex court & Mariamma beat Covid, age asks Centre The Centre on Friday told the Delhi High Court that immediate evacuation of Indian medical students stranded in Bangladesh was not possible as both countries were under lockdown to intervene EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @New Delhi HOME QUARANTINE VIOLATION Thirty-three FIRs have been registered across Delhi against people for flouting home quarantine rules, 21 of them in Delhi’s Dwarka district Thomas and Mariamma come out of the Medical College Hospital in Kottayam on Friday | EXPRESS Impressed with Kerala’s steps, Nepali trio donates from their small savings EXPRESS READ No fund to meet expenses of guest labourers, Amicus Curiae tells HC Kochi: The Amicus Curiae appointed in the guest labourers’ case on Friday informed the Kerala High Court that there was no consistent fund or resources to meet the regular expenses of guest labourers during this disaster period. The mental health of the labourers is also to be monitored. 130 police officers quarantined in state, majority in capital city T’Puram: So far, 130 police officers, mostly from Thiruvananthapuram, involved in Covid-19 operations have been quarantined across the state, revealing the dangerous conditions under which they have been functioning. Around 20,000 cops are engaged in the works. P4 A B H I L A S H C H A N D R A N @ Kottayam THE state scripted a medical history when ninety-three year-old Thomas, alias Kunjavarachan, and wife Mariamma, 88, reached their Pattayil house in Ranni, Pathanamthitta, around 5.45pm on Friday after 25 days of hospitalisation in Kottayam. They are the oldest couple in the country to recover from Covid-19, which is reported to be more dangerous for persons aged above 60 globally . Thomas couldn’t control his emotion when he reached home. “Rijomone. where is my Rijo?” he enquired about grandson Rijo Moncy first, as he stepped out of the ambulance. The family of Moncy Abraham, who returned from Italy, heaved a sigh of relief on Friday when all his family members were back together once again after completely recovering from Covid-19 disease. While Moncy, 55, wife Remani Moncy, 53, and son Rijo, 25, recovered from the disease a few days ago, the ultimate joy came to the family when their senior members Thomas and Mariamma came back home. “In fact, it’s a huge relief for us, especially for me. We came back from Italy only because my ‘appachachan’ (Thomas) wanted to see me. But, unfortunately, Covid-19 spoiled all our happiness and we were scattered in isolation wards of two hospitals. Till the health condition of my appachan and ammachi (Mariamma), who were at a high risk at one point, improved, I was unable to control my tension. By God’s grace, everything has come ● More on P4 good,” Rijo told TNIE. COVID DIARY Kumar Buda Magar, Ranjeeth K C and Gopal Buda Magar | EXPRESS A M I YA M E E T H A L @ Kozhikode RANJEETH K C, 34, has been keeping track of Covid-19 news through social media. The Nepali youth was greatly impressed by the valiant fight being put up by tiny Kerala against the pandemic. He shared his feelings with two fellow countrymen — Kumar Buda Magar, 23, and Gopal Buda Magar, 20, and they could not have agreed more. All three of them are employed as labourers at Hotel Amwaj in Karassery here. Trusting the surveillance measures of Kerala, the trio decided to stay put at Karassery even when 10 migrant labour- ers, who were their coworkers, returned home due to the Covid scare. After the hotel closed following the lockdown, they had been quite apprehensive about losing their jobs besides now knowing how to find money to meet their daily expenses. But now, they are breathing easy since the hotel’s kitchen has been turned into the Karasserry grama panchayat’s community kitchen. Impressed by the overall Covid measures being taken by Kerala, especially its treatment of migrant labourers, the trio pooled in their resources to donate `10,000 to the Chief Minister’s Distress ● More on P4 Relief Fund. Tough battle, but can be won: Maha fighter 43 cured in Maharashtra S U D H I R S U R YA W A N S H I @ Mumbai So far, a total of 43 people have been cured of coronavirus in Maharashtra HE came back relaxed after a leisure trip to Dubai, but hadn’t factored in the coronavirus that was on the prowl. At 50, he possibly thought he was too young to catch the bug. But the Puneite tested positive on March 9, and became the first coronavirus patient in Maharashtra. Two weeks later Jalandhar Awati was discharged from a Pune hospital after full recovery. “This is not an easy fight. But with confidence and determination, this battle can be won. I have shown that it can be won,” Awati told this newspaper. “Everyone is racing against time. We have a very short time to defeat this virus. So everyone has to sup- During the 14 days in the hospital, several times I felt like I wanted to run away and meet my son. But I restrained Jalandhar Awati Kerala’s suggestions regarding the lockdown restrictions currently imposed across the state. The task force chaired by former chief secretary K M Abraham has been formed as directed by the prime minister, Pinarayi said. Besides Abraham, the task force will comprise Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Mammen Mathew, M V Shreyams Kum a r, B i s h o p M a t h e w Arackal, Aruna Sundararaj, Jacob Punnoose, B Raman Pillai, Rajeev Sadanandan, Dr B Ekbal, Dr M V Pillai, Dr Fazal Gafoor, Muralee Thummarukudy Dr Mridul Eapen, Dr P , A Kumar, Dr Khadeeja Mumtaz and Irudaya Rajan. Pinarayi urged banks to ensure that there is no overcrowding of people who approach to withdraw `500 assistance announced under the PM Jan Dhan Yojana. The CM lauded the efforts of employees in the banking sector who have been working during the time of crisis. port the government in its fight by staying at home and following social distancing and other important directives strictly he urged. ,” Symptoms started appearing soon after Awati returned from Dubai. “I was having headaches, fever, and a sore throat. So I went to a local doctor. He gave me five medicines. But they did not help. The doctor then suggested that I go and have myself tested for COVID-19 at the Naidu Hospital,” he said. Once tested positive, Awati was quickly sent to the isolation ward. “Spending 14 days at one place, and that too alone, was tough,” he noted. “ friend brought me some A books. In these 14 days, I read a total of 12 books. I am now an avid reader,” he said. His family members tested negative, but were quarantined. “They also checked over 40 people who were in contact with me,” Awati said. “It was very simple. They gave me medicine in the morning and evening. Initially the quality of the food was , not good, but later it improved,” he said. Awati remained in touch with his friends and relatives throughout the process. “I used to speak to them through video calls. From my body language, they were sure that I would get well soon,” Awati said. BEATING THE VIRUS THE Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to intervene in the dispute between Karnataka and Kerala over the opening of interstate border and urged the states to amicably settle the dispute amid the Covid-19 pandemic. A bench of Justice L Nageshwar Rao and Justice Deepak Gupta said the states should not precipitate the matter at this time of Covid-19 crisis and issued notices to Karnataka and Kerala governments.The next hearing in the case will take place on Tuesday . The Karnataka gover nment had challenged the Kerala High Court order to lift the blockade and facilitate inter-state movement of people seeking urgent medical treatment. Karnataka government in its petition stated, “The sealing of the state borders with the neighbouring states is in the interest of public health, especially when there is grave concern regarding possible spread of the disease from the border districts of Kerala where the situation is dire.” The bench also took note of a separate plea from Rajmohan Unnithan, MP from Kasaragod, which stated the Karnataka government’s decision to close its borders with Kerala is dangerous and it had spawned a humanitarian crisis. The MP also pointed out that the people from Kasaragod rely on medical facilities in Mangaluru and due to the blockade by Karnataka, two persons had already died. 23 FOR ARRESTED JOINING PRAYERS They had gathered for juma (Friday) prayers at Erattupetta in Kottayam, violating the lockdown regulations. P2
Express Publications (Madurai) Limited publishes the prestigious English language newspaper The New Indian Express from 21 centres in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Orissa.
Express Publications (Madurai) Ltd. also publishes the Tamil daily Dinamani, Cinema Express (Tamil) and Malayalam Vaarika (Malayalam). Through a sister company, Kannada Prabha Publications Ltd., it publishes the Kannada daily Kannada Prabha.
04042020 of The New Indian Express-Kottayam
Please purchase this volume to read.
You are logged-in with following email:
We have sent the confirmation email
You will receive the acknowledgement with link to read this volume in your email shortly.