CHENNAI l SATURDAY l APRIL 04, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l LATE 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 ‘EATING AT HOME BETTER THAN PILLS’ 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.” | P11 ■ ■ 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 44 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 Govt changes tack, lifts job cap for J&K domiciles E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi 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 With 411 cases, TN is second on India’s COVID-19 chart E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai Health workers on duty at LNJP Hospital in New Delhi on Friday | SHEKHAR YADAV EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ 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 to- `11,092 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 wards containment of 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 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. P7,8,9,10,12 NO STADIUM QUARANTINE FOR NOW Union home ministry approves the release of `11,092 crore under the State Disaster Risk Management Fund to help augment funds available with state governments ELDERLY KERALA COUPLE RECOVERS An elderly couple aged 93 andhailing 88 respectively from Pathanamthitta district who were undergoing treatment for Covid-19 at the Kottayam medical college, was discharged on Friday WITH a whopping 102 positive cases in a single day TN stays second among States in the number , of COVID-19 cases with the total reaching 411. Of them, 364 are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat conference in Delhi. Two cases reported on Friday are not linked to the event, said officials. “Some more people who attended the event came forward for testing, taking the total number of attendees in the State from 1,103 to 1,200. While 364 tested positive, another 303 are negative. Some samples are still to be processed,” said Health Secretary Beela Rajesh. “A section of the patients showed interest in moving to private hospitals Man dodging health workers and based on the CM’s advice, finally caught we have agreed to it.” Three to four persons are A 40-year-old under treatment in private COVID-19 patient hospitals. “Private facilities from Chennai, have been asked to strictly who tested follow the treatment protocol, positive on and inform the government Thursday, has on all test results. Healthcare been dodging the workers in the private hospiCorporation staff tals will be given training on for a week with treating patients,” Beela family members Rajesh added. saying he was not “We are actively carrying at home out containment activities. So far, 5 lakh people have been covered. Active surveillance is being done, with health workers going door to door to conduct checks. We are also checking with local clinics in every area to see if there are patients going there with symptoms of COVID-19,” she said. Beela Rajesh continued to insist that Tamil Nadu is still in stage-2 of virus spread. “We know this through the tests done on random samples. We tested 376 patients admitted with severe acute respiratory infection, of which only 3 were positive.” 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 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 STUCK IN BANGLADESH 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 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 COVID DIARY Tough battle, but can be won: Maha fighter S U D H I R S U R YA W A N S H I @ Mumbai 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 and the virus can be defeated,” Awati told this newspaper. “Everyone is racing against time. We have a very short time to defeat this virus. So everyone has to support 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. “A friend brought me some 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. Talking about the treatment, he 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.” 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 43 cured in Maharashtra So far, a total of 43 people have been cured of coronavirus in Maharashtra, according to health officials During these 14 days in a government hospital, several times I felt like I wanted to run away and meet my son. But I restrained myself Jalandhar Awati Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami serving food to migrant workers housed at Guru Nanak College in Chennai on Friday | ASHWIN PRASATH CM WARNS OF STRICT ACTION AGAINST VIOLATORS E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai THOSE violating the lockdown can no longer expect any leniency from the police, and will have to face strict action, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said on Friday “Despite the government . being kind to the public to maximum possible extent, the number of people unnecessarily roaming the streets hasn’t come down. If people fail to respect the government’s gesture, there will be no option for us other than taking strict action,” Palaniswami said after inspecting three relief camps housing migrant workers. “Till date, a total of 45,046 cases have been registered against those who came out of their houses violating Section 144. As many as 50,393 persons were arrested and released on bail. A total of 37,760 vehicles have been seized. So far, 92 cases have been registered for spreading rumour.” Stating that the government was duty bound to protecting every individual, Palaniswami said, “Right from day one, we have been insisting on maintaining social distance. However, some people are not understanding the seriousness. From now on, the law will take its course.” P3 THREE days after the new domicile rules created a lot of heartburn in J&K, the Centre expanded their ambit on Friday by giving all domiciles exclusive rights over all government jobs in the Union Territory . Friday’s order reverses the gazette notification issued on March 31, which reserved only low-ranking positions for residents of the Union Territory in government jobs, while opening up posts drawing better pay to people from across the country The earlier . notification had stated that job protection would be given to domiciles only in posts with a pay scale of not more than `25,500. The new notification issued late on Friday night amended the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Decentralisation and Recruitment Act) and inserted the words “any post” while knocking off ‘for a post carrying a pay scale of not more than level-4 (`25,000)’. The domicile rules had triggered a lot of adverse reactions among people and politicians of the region.“Only Class IV jobs have been reserved for the original state subjects. What can be more demeaning than this?” National Conference chief spokesperson Syed Mahdi had earlier tweeted.
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