VILLUPURAM l SUNDAY l APRIL 05, 2020 l `8.00 l PAGES 24 l CITY EDITION SPORTS STARS FIND UNIQUE WAYS TO RAISE FUNDS INDIA’S LEADING CHESS PLAYERS JOIN HANDS 601 Besides donations, athletes, past and present, come up with innovative ways to contribute money to central government While six players, including Viswanathan Anand, will compete in an online chess exhibition on April 11 to raise funds for PM CARES Fund, some are auctioning memorabilia. To play, one has to pay a minimum of $25 during registration. Vidit Gujrathi, P Harikrishna, Baskharan Adhiban, Koneru Humpy and D Harika are the other chess players to take part in the games ■ $150 UP TO 100 CONCURRENT GAMES ■ There is going to be 100 concurrent games running on chess. com. All the challengers need to have is a chess.com Blitz or FIDE standard rating of 2000 points World No 2 Humpy and Gujrathi toldthis newspaper they joined hands because it’s a heartening thing to contribute this way MONEY TO PLAY A GUARANTEED GAME AGAINST ANAND 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 HIGHEST EVER SINGLE-DAY SPIKE IN CASES National tally crosses the 3,000-mark; Maharashtra reports a whopping 145 new infections on Saturday; Toll rises to 75 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi SATURDAY witnessed the highest single-day spike in coronavirus cases at 601, with Maharashtra recording 145 cases — of which 52 in Mumbai alone. Andhra Pradesh reported 26 fresh infections, 60 in Uttar Pradesh, 59 in Delhi, 16 in Karnataka and 11 in Kerala. Fatalities have also shot up to 75 with 13 deaths being reported on Saturday while , 183 people have been cured or discharged from hospitals. In Maharashtra, eight Covid-19 patients lost to the infection on Saturday while Delhi and Guja, rat reported two deaths each. As on Saturday, Maharashtra has the highest number of confirmed cases in India at 635. According the Union health ministry, 60% of the 601 fresh cases on Saturday could be linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi. According to the Andhra health department, all the new cases reported on Saturday are linked to the Jamaat event. “There are 1,023 positive cas- es linked to Tablighi Jamaat in 17 states. We could not understand and manage it and the cases increased due to this. Coordinated efforts and stringent measures are required. This chain is as strong as its weakest link and we need everyone’s support and guidelines and lockdown be followed,” said Health ministry Joint Secretary, Lav Agarwal adding that of the total 3,072 cases in the country on Saturday evening. As a precautionary measure, the Centre has quarantined 22,000 members of Tablighi Jamaat and some of their contacts. “It is a continuous battle and contact tracing is done in every state. It is an infectious disease and any error can belie all our efforts,” said Agarwal. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 79,950 samples have been tested so far and 3,113 people tested positive. Maharashtra has so far reported the most coronavirus deaths at 24, followed by Gujarat at 10, Telangana seven, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi six each, and Punjab five. Three more lives: No liquor brings deaths in grim ways E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai/Pudukkottai For some, alcohol was the ‘wormhole’ that served as a path of escape into other universes — from their sorrows, disillusionment with the society and system or even as a mere habit. That ended 11 days ago, when the lockdown was announced. In a fishing hamlet in Pudukkottai, three men deprived of alcohol consumed aftershave lotion with soda. Two of them died, while the third is battling for his life. In another incident in Ennore, a man who was depressed with the non-availability of alcohol was taking his frustration out on his family In a skirmish during which . he attempted to stab his younger son, the elder son intervened and allegedly hacked the father to death to protect his brother. The incidents have reopened the debate over alcohol being an essential commodity . P2 Govt school HM among 2 dead in TN; 74 fresh cases EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai Scores of trucks lying idle at the Manjambakkam parking yard in Chennai on Saturday | D SAMPATH KUMAR 5.2 mn 1.5 mn 6000mn Total fleet strength of trucks or 30% currently operating Annual average road freight hauled COST SOARS FOR ESSENTIAL GOODS TRANSPORT Pre-lockdown Hyd-Del round-trip rate: `1,10,000 Current Hyd-Del one-way rate: `90,000-95,000 @ Chennai NOW, people will be allowed to buy essentials only between 6am and 1pm, officials announced on Saturday as part of measures initiated to further tighten the lockdown in the State in view of 485 people testing positive for COVID-19. With the disease outbreak being given a communal colour by certain sections, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami appealed to people not to do so. “Stop treating infected people with hatred. A virus can infect anyone, irrespective of their caste, religion or creed,” he said. “Treat such persons with love and compassion.” The Chief Minister said the Chief Secretary K Shan- mugam had met with various religious leaders on Friday and sought the cooperation of their communities in the fight against the outbreak. Further, the religious leaders were requested to cooperate to establish facilities required for isolating the infected persons. Schools, colleges and other facilities under their control could be used to establish these facilities. The information in this regard should be passed on to the Corporation 60% 15% 25% Mfg and allied industries Infra & export related FMCG, food and others Note: In the normal course, a trucker transporting goods from Hyderabad to Delhi-NCR would have the opportunity of loading up industrial goods from Delhi-NCR for the return haul. However, with most factories now shut, truckers are charging twice or thrice the earlier rate for one-way freight transport in order to cover their return charges Source: Indian Foundation of Transport Research and Training Lockdown throws over two-third of India’s trucks out of business sential commodities in some cases, have only added to the industry’s woes. But, even the Ministry of Home Affairs’ March 30 notification allowing the free movement of all goods, regardless of whether they are essential or non-essential, is unlikely to bring road freight back to normal in a hurry . The real problem, experts say, is the complete collapse of the manufacturing and infrastructure value chain, since most factories, retail outlets and construction sites have shut shop for the period unless they’ve been classified as essential. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE ROWS and rows of empty trucks parked in godowns and pit stops across the country have become a grim reminder of the economic cost of India’s 21-day lockdown. With most industrial activity grinding to a halt after the March 24 lockdown call, over two-thirds of India’s 52 lakh medium and heavy duty trucks and their crews have been left with little to do even a s f re i g h t c o s t s b e g i n soaring. Sporadic obstructions to freight movement created by local police, for notified es- ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES Ladakh 11 Chandigarh 18 Punjab 47 Himachal Pradesh 4 Uttarakhand 14 J&K 70 Delhi 372 Uttar Pradesh 153 Bihar 28 Assam Haryana 25 24 Rajasthan 176 Gujarat 76 West Bengal 57 Madhya Pradesh 98 Reduce the chances of inhaling the virus by wearing a Telangana 150 protective mask that Andhra Pradesh 159 is cleaned thoroughly using a combination Puducherry 4 of approaches Tamil Nadu Chhattisgarh 6 362 6 of all coronavirus patients in India are in the age group of 21-60 years 8% 0-20 years 42% 21-40 years 33% 41-60 years 17 % Above 60 years Odisha 5 Maharashtra Goa 75% Karnataka 113 Kerala 252 404 Source: Health ministry -Union health ministry State restricts shopping hours: 6 am to 1 pm EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE COMPOSITION OF ROAD FREIGHT RUNNING AT 30% CAPACITY Commissioner in Chennai district and District Collectors in other districts. With his Twitter account now becoming more active, Palaniswami on Saturday reached out to migrant workers from Bihar and Assam staying in Chennai. Responding to a tweet from Assam Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi, stating that migrant workers from his State were staying at a guest house in Chennai and they needed help, the 4K transpersons in the State to get free groceries Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Saturday announced that 4,022 transgender persons in the State who have no family cards would be given 12 kg rice, 1kg dal and 1 kg cooking oil in view of the lockdown. The relief amount is part of the `3,280 crore package announced by the government following the lockdown CM assured assistance at the earliest. He directed the corporation officials to provide the necessary support. Meanwhile, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, in a video message, said he came across a rumour that Kerala government had sealed all its roads bordering Tamil Nadu in view of the COVID-19 outbreak. “We never intended such an action as we consider the people of Tamil Nadu as our brothers and sisters,” the Kerala CM said. In response, Palaniswami, tagging the video of Pinarayi Vijayan, tweeted: “I am happy to note that Kerala treats the people of Tamil Nadu as their brothers and sisters. I promise that in all joys and adversities, Tamil Nadu will support the people of Kerala.” “As far as the government is concerned, there are no obstacles to freight movement on paper now. But, 60% of the road cargo pie comes from the manufacturing sector, another 10-15% from infra and export-related activity These sectors are hardly . operating now,” pointed out S P Singh, senior fellow, Indian Foundation of Transport Research and Training. India’s trucks haul an average 6,000 mn tonnes a year, or 500 mt a month, but the lockdown has taken out nearly 75% of this business out of the equation, says IFTRT. CONTINUED ON: P10 TWO persons died of COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu on Saturday just , a day after Health officials assured that all patients were stable and none were in critical condition. The number of cases shot up by 74, taking the total State tally up to 485. A 51-year-old headmaster of a government school, who attended the Tablighi Jamaat meet in Delhi, died at the Villupuram Medical College Hospital. A 53-year-old woman, whose husband attended the meet, also passed away at the Theni GH on Saturday Official . releases said both of them died of respiratory issues. Sources in Villupuram told Express that the deceased headmaster had tuberculosis and breathing problems even before the COVID-19 outbreak. When government appealed for those who attended the Delhi meet to come forward, he voluntarily went for testing. The 53-year-old woman from Bodi is believed to have contracted the virus from her husband. The man is also quarantined at the hospital. “Of the 74 who tested positive on Saturday, 73 are linked to one source,” said Health Secretary Dr Beela Rajesh, referring to the Delhi meet. The only other patient is a Chennai resident, and contact of an earlier patient with foreign travel history With the number of cases . rising sharply each day, the State has roped in PG students from the National Institute of Epidemiology to conduct a DISTRICT-WISE BREAK-UP OF 74 CASES REPORTED Chennai 7 Cuddalore 3 Karur 2 Kallakurichi 2 Madurai 2 Namakkal 3 Perambalur 1 Salem 1 Theni 2 Thiruvallur 10 Tirunelveli 1 Tiruppur 2 Trichy 17 Vellore 2 Ranipet 18 Villupuram 1 study on the trends of how the virus is spreading in TN. “Many people under observation are asymptomatic, but, they suddenly show symptoms and their condition deteriorates. The institute will study how the virus is spreading from a single source, and its patterns,’’ said Dr Rajesh. “People living in containment zones should actively practice social distancing. Those with BP and diabetes must regularly check their condition,” she said. “As part of the containment, we have covered 7.23 lakh households with a population of 29.63 lakh.” Of the 485 cases, 423 are linked to the Jamaat. Dr Rajesh said eight persons have been discharged after successful treatment. All houses under the Chennai Corporation limits will be inspected for persons with COVID-19 symptoms continuously for the next 90 days. For the exercise, which would begin on Sunday (April 4), the city would be divided into units comprising 75-100 houses. Around 16,000 corporation staff will be deployed to check the 10 lakh-odd homes in the city to identify infected persons, a press release said. THE WIDENING NET PLUS 12 PAGES WITH THIS ISSUE TDS Form validity extended till June 30 The income-tax department on Saturday extended the validity of forms 15G and 15H submitted to banks till June 30, so that TDS is not cut from small tax payers. While Form 15H is submitted by senior citizens, 15G is filed by individuals whose taxable income is less than the exemption threshold Switching off lights won’t bring down grid The Union Power Ministry on Saturday said the electricity grid is robust enough to withstand load reduction and all adequate measures and protocols are in place to handle any fluctuations in demand. This was said in the context of the PM’s appeal to people to switch off house lights on Sunday for 9 minutes at 5 pm 90 countries seek fund from IMF More than 90 countries sought emergency funding from the IMF, which is keeping a $1 trillion war chest ready to combat Covid-19 pandemic. IMF MD Kristalina Georgieva said that IMF has begun disbursing funds to requesting countries | P10 PM directs officials to ensure availability of ventilators E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday directed officials to ensure that safety gears are available to all medical personnel, leading the country’s battle against the novel coronavirus. Presiding over a joint meeting of the 11 empowered groups, Modi directed the officials to ensure that ventilators are available in sufficient numbers for use in critical care and that masks and gloves produced in sufficient quantities. With the government advising the use of masks by general public and BJP chief J P Nadda calling upon party workers to popularise its use, the PM is keen to ensure that masks are available. Also, with the 21-day lockdown ending on April 14, the government wants to ensure that masks and gloves are available at affordable prices for the people, who will start coming out of their homes. The PM also took stock of the space available across the country to set up quarantine facilities. On Wednesday Modi will interact with the floor leaders of all , political parties that have more than five MPs. The attempt is to make them aware of the steps taken by the government to deal with the situation arising out of the pandemic. SPREAD OF SICKNESS FROM KASHMIR TO KANYAKUMARI A map showing clusters of the novel coronavirus spread across India’s districts | P12 Kerala begins rapid testing for Covid-19 T’Puram: As coronavirus spreads its tentacles wider across the country, Kerala on Saturday took its fight to the next level by starting rapid anti-body tests that can produce results as quickly as two-and-half hours. The state is also planning to recommend the use of face masks by all. On Saturday, 11 new positive cases were reported in the state, while eight recovered from the disease. Of the 11 cases, six are from Kasaragod and one each from Kollam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Palakkad and Kannur districts. While five had returned from Dubai (three in Kasaragod and one each in Kannur and Ernakulam), three persons (Alappuzha, Kollam and Kasaragod) were Nizamuddin returnees. Of the remaining cases, one had come from Nagpur.
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