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India’s is a dismal 84 India is now looking to use rapid test kits to speed up Covid-19 screening in hotspots. Check out our back page | P12 TRY tients NG TESTI Amid demand for wider testing, a fact-check shows that India is close to the bottom of the pile on Covid-19 testing As on Sunday, the US had the largest number of cases at 3,12,152 with over 8,466 deaths. Spain, which has the second largest number of infections at over 1.3 lakh and over 12,400 deaths, on Sunday witnessed its third consecutive daily decline in deaths at 674. Italy, which reported no fresh case on Sunday, still has the largest virus death tally at over 15,000 I 633 I ENEGRO MONT 1 203 I 1 I EGYPT ny e so ma Why ar en dying more m ronavir s? LUXEMBOURGuTOPS IN TESTING from co L G I R SPAIN FATALITIES DOWN FOR THIRD DAY E R P O W 8 XICO 168 IA ALBANIA I 20 333 I 104 BEAN CARIB IES COUNTR I 42 136 2,138 I 68 AGUA NICAR ME ON MACED NORTH I 17 483 I 20 IA AUSTR 4 20 2,998 I NIA SLOVE 28 I 997 I 79 CROATIA 119 I 12 1,126 I OVINA HERZEG I 30 I 21 2 IA AND 63 BOSN 11,850 I 0 I 25 27 I 30 ND 1,9 FINLA I 62 I 15 IA 1,097 ESTON 1 533 I 1 I LATVIA 11 811 I 7 I ANIA LITHU 53 I 8 S 440 I BELARU 134 I 84 3,834 I POLAND 25 I 32 1,251 I UKRAINE 1 5 I 10 I KIA 48 SLOVA 30 I 14 A 752 I MOLDOV I 148 13 I 374 NIA 3,6 ROMA 66 I 34 Y 733 I HUNGAR 54 I 44 1,624 I SERBIA 3 I4 A I 37 I 18 RUSSI I 45 688 I 42 RIA 522 355 BAHRAIN BULGA 109 I 3 5,389 I 1,325 I 93 I 1 QATAR IT 479 I I 10 KUWA 56 E 05 I 125 03 GREEC I 259 I UAE 1,5 736 I 3,6 78 I 70 IRAQ 878 ABIA ,226 I 19, 1,673 I 2 UDI AR 0 I 29 6 I 25 I IRAN 58 SA 42 TAN 26 I7 2,179 I UZBEKIS 299 I 10 ISTAN 45 AFGHAN 2,899 I 208 I L ISRAE 477 I 47 TAN PAKIS 74 I 5 8,018 I I 36 I 5 JAPAN 514 N 323 I STAN 531 OLIA I 54 I 17 JORDA 3,139 I MONG 2 KAZAKH ON 520 14 I LEBAN S 2 I2 16 I 1 SYRIA TURKEY CHINA9 I 76,964 I 23,934 NEPAL 81,66 786 890 9 I1 BHUTAN KONG 501 HONG 5 I2 AND THAIL 4 I 23 LAOS 11 I 65 46 I 216 INES 3,2 PHILIPP INDIA 3,374 AM 24 VIETN 267 OMAN I 2 I7 50 79 IA 144 I UNEI 135 2 I 61 BR 277 CAMBOD ESIA INDON I 50 I 8 EA 29 ERITR DJIBOUT 4 MALAWI 1 BWE 9 I ZIMBA 1 39 I 2 I ZAMBIA 1 ANA 4 I BOTSW DESH BANGLA I 33 I 9 88 SWEDEN I 205 373 6,443 I MAR MYAN 21 I 1 NKA SRI LA I 5 174 I 29 SIA MALAY 1,005 I 61 3,662 I PORE SINGA 297 I 6 1,309 I CAS ES REC OV ERE UNT ST CO ’S TE INDIA PM CALLS UP SONIA, OTHER PARTY HEADS en we nt’s sci n that as a sig e governme said. ioner be read telli ,” th ly not tical stage anco Loca y commiss er of the cri cil head Frs emergenc total numb had e coun viru country said th Corona Arcuri across the past month. e vinico ds Dome e care be to 9,284 in th ainst the ag siv ht sitive led inten its fig t doub ing po almos s efforts in be show . Italy’ peared to rday rus ap since Satu results s lism aid Federa NUMBER OF CONFIRMED CASES IN OVER 190 COUNTRIES; 66,000-PLUS DEATHS INDIA @ 9 PM: LIGHTS OUT, LAMPS IN Invites them to join the all-party meeting slated for Wednesday; seeks bipartisan action against the coronavirus; also reaches out to Pranab, Manmohan, Deve Gowda M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi rus that has devastated not only our country but also the AIMING to plug all communi- whole world,” he tweeted. cation gaps as the country is While officials termed the facing its gravest challenge in outreach to Sonia as a first of decades, Prime Minister Nar- its kind under such circumendra Modi on Sunday reached stances, sources said Modi is out to former Presidents of In- keen that all political parties dia and leaders of various po- make a bipartisan effort to deal litical parties, including a rare with the situation. “The PM outreach to Congress chief So- has been clear from the beginnia Gandhi. Since the coronavi- ning that communication is the rus pandemic has created a na- key to containing the virus. tional crisis, Modi appears to That was why he reached out to be keen that the SAARC countries decountry puts up a spite knowing that united fight against Pakistan will misuse it. the forum. The next Sources said he few days are going to spoke to former Presbe crucial for which idents Pratibha Patil he has sought wider and Pranab Mukherconsultations,” said jee and then reached another senior out to his predecesofficial. Pharma sors Manmohan SinThe Congress has manufacture gh and H D Deve been unsparing in its takes priority attack on Modi for alGowda. “The PM also spoke to Sonia Gan- The government on legedly not taking dhi (Congress), Mu- Sunday directed all timely action duing layam Singh Yadav the initial days of its district heads to and Akhilesh Yadav outbreak in Wuhan ensure seamless (SP), Mamata Banerin China. While Rafunctioning of j e e ( T r i n a m o o l ) , pharma units that hul Gandhi and P Navin Patnaik (BJD), Chidambaram kept manufacture K Chandrashekar up a barrage of critimedical devices Rao (TRS), Edappadi cism, Sonia Gandhi and medicines K Palaniswami (AIaccused the governADMK), M K Stalin ment of going in for (DMK), Parkash Singh Badal an unplanned lockdown. Offi(Shiromani Akali Dal),” said a cials recalled that previously senior government official. former Union minister Arun “Hon PM @narendramodi in- Jaitely used to speak to Sonia vited me over phone to partici- at times of Parliamentary pate in the all-party meeting on gridlock. April 8 on behalf of the AIAD“This is no time for politics. MK,” the TN chief minister Barring a few, most of the polater tweeted. litical parties are focused on Deve Gowda claimed the PM meeting the challenges. The sought his support during the PM is listening to all. There phone call. “As a former prime must be a national response to minister, I agreed to cooperate Covid-19,” said a senior BJP in the fight against #Coronavi- functionary . GALLOPING RATE 4.1 days 275 Current rate of doubling of coronavirus cases in India Of the 720+ districts in India have infections 7.4 days 267 Doubling rate of cases had the Tablighi Jamaat congregation been avoided Patients cured and discharged, which translates to 8% of all cases Kerala rail tickets fully booked While the staggering of the lockdown exit is unclear, ticket reservation in almost all outbound trains from Kerala starting April 15 is already over. Not many takers for flights though PTI (Left) People lighting lamps amid the ongoing nationwide lockdown in Nagercoil on Sunday; (Right) TN Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami with lit candle expressing unity in fight against the novel coronavirus Learn from past mistakes, plan TN reports 86 new for life after lockdown: Rajan cases, two deaths; E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai ONCE India wins the battle against Covid-19, there will be a bigger war waiting - fixing the large-scale disruption caused by the unprecedented 21-day blanket shutdown, says former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan. As the common man is patiently waiting for the 21-day lockdown to end on April 14 to resume his regular activities, Rajan warns that life may not be the same again. Urging the government to plan the postlockdown strategy urgently the former bank, er notes what the country faces today is an economic emergency . “The global financial crisis in 2008-’09 was a massive demand shock, but our workers could still go to work, our firms were coming off years of strong growth, our financial system was largely sound, and our government finances were healthy. None of this is true today as we fight the coronavirus pandemic,” he said in a blog posted on his LinkedIn page. He said the government should have a plan for what happens next after the lockdown, even if the viCONFIRMED CASES NATIONDWIDE THOUGH it’s early days, an analysis of coronavirus cases in various states so far has thrown up an interesting trend: the infection hasn’t killed people uniformly across the country and there is a big difference in the rate at which states are losing people to it. At 16.6, the percentage of people who lost their lives due to the infection is the highest in Himachal Pradesh followed by Gujarat at 9.5 per cent. At the other end of the spectrum is Rajasthan, which has 200 confirmed cases but no fatality as per the Union health ministry’s data. In Tamil Nadu and Kerala, two states with one of the highest identified cases, the death rate due to infection is well under 1. In Maharashtra, the state with the highest confirmed cases in India, the mortality rate is nearly 5 per cent. But with 104 confirmed cases and six fatalities, the death rate in Madhya Pradesh is well above 5. Globally, the mortality rate due to the virus is between 3 and 4, and those above 60 and with co-morbidities like hypertension, diabetes, cancer and respiratory issues are more susceptible to the infection. The current national mortality rate is 2.2 per cent. And males are a tad more likely to die of TOTAL DEATHS RECOVERED NEW CASES 3,374 79 267 472 10 Indians recover in Singapore Trump seeks anti-malaria drug from India US President Trump on Saturday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to quickly export anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine for treatment of the virus. India is a major manufacturer of the drug. “India is giving it a serious consideration,” Trump said. However, the govt has tightened export ban norms on it to ensure there is no shortfall at home EARLY TRENDS ON FATALITY SHOW THE SPREAD IS UNEVEN S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi rus is not defeated by then. There is no way a billion-plus population can be locked down for a longer period of time, he said. “We have already seen one consequence of not doing so – the movement of migrant labour. Another will be people defying the lockdown to get back to work if they cannot survive otherwise,” he warned. Post-lockdown, companies must take steps to protect staff returning to work, such as temperature checks, uncrowded transport, personal protection equipment, distancing at work, plus measures to identify and contain new infections, he wrote. He suggested healthy youth be lodged in hostels near their work place. While he suggested direct benefit transfers to help the poor tide over the next few months, he also noted that the transfers don’t reach all and the money is not enough Noting that India reforms only in crisis, he said, this “otherwise unmitigated tragedy will help us see how weakened we have become as a society, and will focus our politics on the critical economic and healthcare reforms we sorely need”. Covid-19 than females. While pointing out that more data is required to make sense of the fatality rate, experts suggested that some states could be testing more and treating better, showing a marked difference in the disease pattern. “While heterogeneity in disease pattern across states is expected given the public health infrastructure in some states vis a vis others, it can be fully analysed only if the government releases line listed data, which shows the age and health profile of patients,” said Dr Anupam Singh, an infectious disease expert at Santosh Institute of Medical Sciences in Ghaziabad. Ten of the 72 Indian nationals infected with the coronavirus in Singapore have recovered and the rest are stable. Many of the infected Indians had travelled to America and Europe NOT AIRBORNE If that were the case (airborne), every person in the family of an infected person or all healthcare workers in a hospital with Covid-19 patients would have been infected, but that’s not the case. We need to take a balanced, evidence based approach Dr R R Gangakhedkar, chief epidemiologist, ICMR MORTALITY PERCENTAGE HIGHEST Himachal Pradesh | 16.6 LOWEST Gujarat | 9.5 Madhya Pradesh | 5.7 Punjab | 8.7 Maharashtra | 4.89 Andhra Pradesh | 0.62 Tamil Nadu Kerala | 0.61 | 0.65 Delhi | 1.34 Rajasthan |0 (Based on official data available at 3 pm, April 5) WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) Sec 144 extended E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai THE total number of COVID-19 positive cases in the State rose to 571 with 86 new cases confirmed on Sunday Of the 86, 85 are linked to the . Tablighi Jamaat conference in Delhi. The total number of positive cases linked to the Delhi conference is now 522. Meanwhile, the State also reported two deaths, taking the number of deaths in Tamil Nadu to five. Of the deaths reported on Sunday one was of , a 60-year-old man who died in Government Stanley Hospital. His funeral was conducted by Corporation and hospital staff as his family is under quarantine. The other death was of a 70-year-old man who had returned from Dubai. He died on Thursday but his test result was reported only on Sunday, triggering outrage as his relatives alleged they hadn’t been told he might be a COVID-19 patient. Following this, the Directorate of Public Health issued fresh guidelines on handling deaths of patients whose test results are awaited. Speaking to reporters of the new cases, Health Secretary Dr Beela Rajesh said, “Of the 571 cases, eight have been discharged, seven are undergoing treatment in private hospitals and the condition of seven patients is critical. Total 1,246 people who attended Delhi conference were traced so far.” She added that samples were taken from 650 people with severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) and among them, four with contact history were positive. The State is still in Stage-2 , of COVID-19. The State also has enough RTPCR testing kits. The aim of the government is to set up testing facilities in all medical colleges in the State. “An expert team constituted by the government is also studying how the virus has progressed in other countries. The team has also projected how the State would fare in a worst-case scenario. The government has also devised short-term and long-term plans,” Dr Rajesh said. She said a population of 38,88,896 was covered under the containment plan and 15,000 field workers were engaged in the task. DISTRICT-WISE BREAK-UP OF 86 CASES REPORTED ON SUNDAY Chengalpattu: 3 Chennai: 7 Tiruvallur: 1 Coimbatore: 29 Cuddalore: 7 Kancheepuram: 1 Kanniyakumari: 1 Madurai: 2 Namakkal: 1 Nilgiris: 4 Ranipet: 2 Salem: 3 Tiruvannamalai: 2 Thoothukudi: 2 Tirunelveli: 1 Vellore: 2 Villupuram: 5 Dindigul: 2 Nagapattinam: 6 Thanjavur: 4 Theni: 1 Section 144 till April 30 The State has decided to extend the restrictions under Section 144 till April 30. This was stated in an order issued by the additional chief secretary on April 4 Heroes in newspaper capes: Women brave virus season with their mission D E E PA K S AT I S H @ Coimbatore PONNI Selvarajan’s day begins much before dawn. Her work is among those considered ‘essential services’ during the 21-day nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19. Essential because by delivering newspapers, she brings information from the outside world right to the doorstep of readers staying safe indoors. Equipped with protective gear, such as masks and gloves, the 54-year-old, among a handful of women newspaper delivery agents in Coimbatore, begins her job at 3am. “I have been doing this for 23 Ponni Selvarajan delivering newspapers at residences on Sunday | U RAKESH KUMAR years now. Initially a few were , reluctant to offer me the job as I am a woman. But, I love doing it,” says Ponni, a resident of Saibaba colony . Suganthi Selvaraj (40), who DEATH us p navir e coro er the pro ov ON: Th sing LOND the debate long asso t impo d y’s ET for no the counignite . German er so lid ifi WN Y ticism at eralismwa s fu rth rule und CKDO me under cri e saying th st the coro sm O LO ralised t Europ s co Shinzo Ab again ses recent ali N n ha PM fight in ca hi en cent in the O: Japa many weak n Covid-19 could on ite TOKY own, desp the line” rted a spike thered in calls Whe la Merkel tes we ga ng fying nse sta ge a lockd ely holdi try has repo Crowds 00. ar po rch, de lor An that its 16 neighbou try “b . The coun to over 3,0 es in Ma initial res the rti ys dations e. But, as st ’s al us or rman navir ing its tot ossom pa vernment reat to ho pics or ign g up, Ge -bl , ly bring cherry cs say the go yed the th th the Olyms are mbin cli s for place home. Criti it downpla oned. Withe number postp on that that . stay er to w and de them was lat spici was slo s, which voicing su ason to hi re pic Olym , many ar ■ e pan has no ■ now offbecause Ja rising N PA IN JA es d CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI DHARMAPURI KOTTAYAM KANNUR VILLUPURAM seKOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM THRISSUR KALABURAGI Italy ope as h Ray of D HE , AS T IONS Y NAT MAN NEAR RE WHE IS NO , testing 12 ting Teslakh A AFRIC SOUTH 95 I 9 1,585 I 3 IA 14 I NAMIB took up the job after the death of her husband in 2010, is another such agent. She comes to Coimbatore Railway Station at around 3 am every morning to attach supplements to the newspapers. Then, she starts supplying dailies to the hotels and lodges near the Race Course. Despite the World Health Organization saying newspapers are safe to touch, a few readers have fallen prey to fake news, fears Ponni. “Some readers are conscious that newspapers do not carry viruses. However, there are a few, who are ironing the newspaper to kill the P5 germs,” she says.
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