THE TWO HOTSPOTS 3,488 km Total Line of Actual Control Near Finger 5 mountain, Northern Bank of Pangong Tso Lake in Eastern Ladakh, altitude more than 14,000 ft. Pangong Lake is 135 km long with 2/3rds in China Near Naku La Pass in Muguthang sub-sector, Northern Sikkim. Altitude about 17,500 ft DISPUTED AREAS Western Sector: About 38,000 sq km Central Sector: About 2,000 sq km Eastern Sector: 90,000 sq km CHENNAI l MONDAY l MAY 11, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 32 l LATE CITY EDITION Fist fighting in North Sikkim results in minor injuries on both sides ● Bigger confrontation in Ladakh area as PLA troops get physical with Indian Army jawans INDIA, CHINA ARMIES CLASH ON LADAKH, SIKKIM BORDERS M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi THE Sino-Indian Line of Actual Control (LAC) has again become active with clashes reported between soldiers of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the Indian Army in Ladakh and Sikkim. Confirming the face-off in North Sikkim, Army sources said, “Incident of face-off took place. Aggressive behaviour and minor injuries were reported on both sides; disen- gaged after dialogue and interaction at the local level.” The incident in North Sikkim took place on Saturday around noon near Naku La at more than 17,000 ft in the Muguthang sub-sector. “The Chinese have been creating problems in this area, which has been peaceful since three-four years. They are now causing problems re g arding the boundary position, which otherwise is clearly demarcated,” said another source. Around 150 troops were involved in fist fighting and scores of them got injured on both sides. This is an isolated area and has a demarcated boundary. Muguthang means open space in Tibetan language. The bigger face-off took place in Ladakh on the intervening night of May 5-6, though the area has been simmering since April 27 when a Chinese vehicle was seen on the territory claimed by India. “The Chinese got physical with Indian personnel. Though the Indian Ar my tried to stop the face-off, there was a physical brawl,” confirmed sources and added that the scuffle took place on the Indian side of the LAC near the Nallah close to Finger 5 area, along the Northern bank of the Pangong Tso. “They manhandled our soldiers first and when more troops from the Indian side tried to stop the fight, they fur- When India stopped the dragon march The face-off comes in the wake of India amending its Foreign Direct Investment policy to discourage opportunistic investment by China during the pandemic. The amendment barred investments from nations that share a land border with India ther engaged in physical quarrel. This resulted in the soldiers getting hurt on both sides,” said the source. The number of people involved in scuffle in this area was around 250. The northern bank has five mountain numbers 1 to 5 with their ridges coming towards the Pangong Lake. Both sides have added boots on the ground in the two regions as a precautionary step. The Army’s Kolkata based Easter n Command said, “Temporary and short duration face-offs occur as boundaries are not resolved. Troops resolve such issues mutually as per established protocols.” A third of ficer having knowledge of the LAC said, “Every year military activities recede along the LAC due to inclement weather for 6-7 months.” He confirmed that the number of crossing has increased and the face-off happened at multiple locations. CONTINUED ON: P8 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 Jammu Tawi Here are the states to which passenger trains will run from Tuesday NEW DELHI Ranchi Ahmedabad New Delhi: Former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh, 87, was on Sunday night admitted to the AIIMS hospital after he complained of chest pain. A source close to him said his condition is stable, but he has been put under observation in the hospital’s cardio-thoracic ward Zydus to produce India’s first antibody testing kit S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi DAYS after the Centre withdrew rapid antibody testing kits imported from China over quality concerns, the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune on Sunday successfully developed India’s first indigenous anti-SARS-CoV-2 human IgG ELISA antibody test kit. The kit, also known as “Covid Kavach Elisa”, has been validated at two sites in Mumbai and has high sensitivity and accuracy, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday , adding the government has transferred the technology to pharmaceutical major Zydus Cadila for mass production. Sources said the kits could be available for use as early as next week. “We had developed WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST CAN TEST 90 SAMPLES TOGETHER IN 2.5 HOURS The kit can test up to 90 samples in a single run that last two-andhalf hours. The ELISA kit contains inactivated virus, but there are minimal bio-safety requirements compared to the real-time RT-PCR test the test about a week back but were waiting for validation and now that it has come through we are looking to roll it at the earliest,” a health ministry source told this newspaper. “It’ll help ramp up the testing process and understand the actual status of virus spread across districts,” said Dr Giridhara R Babu, an epidemiologist at the Public Health Foundation of India, Bengaluru. YOUR LIFE COACH 32 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) & 4 OF CITY EXPRESS LEARNING to live with the pandemic, the railways on Sunday announced the resumption of passenger services in a phased manner from Tuesday with 15 trains (30 return journeys) to start with. Ticket booking can be done only through the IRCTC website from 4 pm on Monday . The 15 pairs of trains will originate from New Delhi station and connect places like Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Agartala Howrah Bilaspur Bhubaneswar Mumbai Central Secunderabad All ticket counters at stations shut Madgaon To ensure physical distancing, ticket booking counters at stations, including those selling platform tickets, would be shut Chennai Bengaluru Thiruvananthapuram 669 TAMIL NADU TALLY CROSSES 7K MARK FRESH COVID CASES Ariyalur 4 Chengalpattu 43 Chennai 509 Cuddalore 1 Kancheepuram 8 Karur 1 Krishnagiri 10 Madurai 4 Perambalur 9 Pudukkottai 1 Ramanathapuram 1 Ranipet 6 Theni 3 Tirupathur 1 Tiruvallur 47 Tirunelveli 10 Vellore 3 Villupuram 6 Virudhunagar 2 TN tally touches 7,204 & death toll rises to 47. Confirmed cases in Chennai are 3,839, of which 3,330 are active CM OFFERS RICE TO 90K FAMILIES Manmohan rushed to hospital with chest pain @ New Delhi Patna EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EXPRESS READ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Dibrugarh Chennai: On behalf of CM Edappadi K Palaniswami, AIADMK functionaries on Sunday distributed free rice bags to about 90,000 ration card holders of Edappadi Assembly constituency. In a statement on Sunday, Palniswami said, “I had requested AIADMK functionaries to offer free rice to 90,000 economically weak ration card holders in Edappadi constituency, on my behalf.” The CM further said three party functionaries offered the rice by maintaining social distance. Planiswami further said dry rations and monetary relief would be provided to ration card holders across the State in the months of May and June as well. Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi. Parallelly the Centre decided , to increase the number of special trains for migrants so as to stop them from walking their way to their home states. From the current 80 trains daily, it has been decided to run 100 Shramik Special trains on a daily basis, according to sources. This was decided in a high-level meeting chaired by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba who sought the cooperation of state governments in running them. Gauba’s appeal came a Clusters stabilising gradually, says official as Chennai adds 509 cases EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai AS Chennai continued to drive up the number of Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu, recording 509 of the total 669 cases on Sunday nodal officer for Chen, nai, Dr J Radhakrishnan, said there was no need to worry about the numbers as the clusters were getting stabilised gradually He also hinted that . containment measures could be partially relaxed on a case-by-case basis, especially in places with apartment complexes and gated communities. Addressing reporters here, Dr Radhakrishnan, who is spearheading the containment activities in the city, said the numbers in Chennai would continue to rise in the coming week due to increased and focused testing done by the city corporation. “The aim is to test more people and treat them, so they will not transmit the virus to others,’’ he said. Dr Radhakrishnan said, “Many people in barricaded streets ask us why they are placed under quarantine for 28 days even when they have not contacted any patient. In these cases, we will see if only the apartment complex, where the infection has been found out, can be sealed, leaving the others on the street to resume daily life.’’ He confirmed that this relaxation may not apply to densely populated areas and hot spots, but only to areas with big apartment G.O. CLARIFIES ACTIVITIES PERMITTED FROM TODAY E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai The State government on Sunday issued a clarification on the types of standalone and neighbourhood shops that are allowed to open from Monday A government order on Sat. urday allowed certain establishments and shops to open, except in containment zones, from Monday as part of relaxations. The order had mentioned that standalone and neighbourhood shops can function between 10.30am and 6pm in the Greater Chennai City Police limits and between 10 am and 7 pm in the rest of the State. The statement on Sunday detailed the types of stand-alone and neighbourhood shops that are permitted to open from Monday P3 . complexes. More containment zones Meanwhile, number of containment zones in the city rose to 587 on Sunday from the previous day’s 513. They include 105 in Royapuram, 95 in Tiruvika Nagar and 71 in Teynampet. More than 170 wards in the city have just 30 or fewer cases while only two wards, one in Royapuram and Tiru-Vika-Nagar each have more than 200 cases. “We have appointed 19 doctors for special testing of vulnerable sections with an aim to reduce mortality rate further,’’ said Dr Radhakrishnan, adding that all the repatriates from Dubai have tested negative in the initial tests conducted. The mortality rate in the city has also reduced to 0.68 per cent from the earlier one per cent. day after the West Bengal government and the Centre engaged in barbs over ‘preventing’ Shramik Special trains from entering the state. As for the normal passenger services, more such trains would be resumed based on the availability of coaches. “Railways shall start more special services on new routes, based on the available coaches,” the railways said. Only passengers with valid confirmed tickets will be allowed to enter the stations. The schedule of the trains will be announced in due course. C OC V IV I -D 9 IBGAETSTTL E O D 1 D `6,500 TO GRAB A SEAT ON BUS TO BIHAR Desperate to get back to their families, migrant labourers from Tirupur paid `6,500 each to travel to Bihar on private buses from Perumanallur, near the city. Two buses carrying 30 passengers each left from the city, on Sunday. NO FOOD AND CASH, WORKERS STAGE STIR Over 500 migrant workers from Bihar employed at an IT Park in Porur and Chennai airport premises staged a protest outside the IT Park on Sunday, demanding to be sent back home. They alleged they have neither money nor food. SPECIAL TRAIN BRINGS BACK 962 TN NATIVES A Shramik Special train which arrived in Tiruchy on Sunday afternoon carried 962 Tamil Nadu natives from 34 districts in Maharashtra. It was the first such train to reach Tiruchy after the lockdown was imposed. P4 TESTING CAPACITY MONDAY TIRUCHY STIGMA STAYS (Reverse l l 6,542l84,226 68l2020 LADAKH 42l3,503 l1 169l2,055 2l24 HIMACHAL PRADESH 52l10,202 3l36 PUNJAB 1,762l39,662 31l157 ON THE NOSE UTTARAKHAND FRANCE 4.33% (1,76,079) BIHAR 590l31,552 9l318 SAUDI ARABIA 0.91% (37,136) CANADA NETHERLANDS BELGIUM PERU 1.64% 1.04 1.29 1.52% INDIA (42,382) (52,596) (61,847) 1.54% (62,769) (66,783) The finding is “shocking to us,” said Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York. In addition, these people did not take public transport earlier and mostly kept to their homes. They were also predominantly older people who were not working 73% 113 Home 66% Other 8% COUNTRIES Afghanistan Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Antigua Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia Bosnia Botswana Brazil British Virgin Brunei Bulgaria Burundi Cabo Verde TOTAL TESTS TESTS/1 MN POP 400 15,560 3,627 10,438 148 6,500 21,653 1,673 91 3,000 1,869 183 1,786 80,729 10,661 31,590 17,421 1,860 32,466 827,872 35,143 316,508 18,636 188,950 3,814 1,500 107,492 182,906 745 122,657 10,182 2,926 26,644 251,771 48,846 566,101 2,623 1,043 1,606 19,474 64,549 4,020 15,105 11,655 655 7,651 12,583 41,282 4,057 9,540 1,597 339,552 5,524 167 36,340 15,898 8,237 57,231 24 284 1,423 791 Bihar 25.3 Telangana 58.4 West Bengal 39.5 33l3,754 l33 Sikkim 31.2 1,930l1,65,069l 44l908 DEATHS RECOVERED Rajasthan 196.4 TAMIL NADU 6,535l2,29,670 44l1,824 POSITIVITY RATES F O R Samples that tested positive per 100 tests T E S T I N G Punjab 130.9 Odisha 121.5 P R O G R A M M E Maharashtra INDIA 3.9 Punjab 2.8 Andhra Pradesh 1.2 Karnataka 0.8 2 Odisha 0.5 2.7 Rajasthan Bihar 2.4 Kerala 1.8 J&K 1.4 West Bengal 4.6 4.7 Nagaland 35.9 Source: Population data from UIDAI's projections for 2020. Testing numbers provided by state governments 9 Delhi Gujarat Tamil Nadu Uttar Pradesh Haryana 4 Uttar Pradesh 52.4 Tripura 178.6 Tamil Nadu 295 ANDHRA PRADESH TOTAL TESTS Uttarakhand 83.4 ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS PUDUCHERrY 10l4,266l8 B E N C H M A R K Meghalaya 61 Maharashtra 170.7 Madhya Pradesh 79.7 Kerala 112.4 Karnataka 152.6 Jharkhand 50.4 Jammu & Kashmir 328.9 Himachal Pradesh 137 7.8 Haryana 188.9 7 5.2 Gujarat 171.7 Goa 260.9 Madhya Pradesh Delhi 440.2 Chhattisgarh 83.2 Chandigarh 177.4 1.9 Bihar 25.3 Assam 45.4 Arunachal Pradesh 86.2 Andhra Pradesh 306.2 Source: FETP Network’s Covid-19 Resource Center Andaman & Nicobar Islands 900.2 Congregate 2% W O R L D W I D E T E S T I N G TOTAL TESTS TESTS/1 MN POP 804 13,448 28,297 1,068,000 724 3,498 4,195 110 52,083 3,423 30,725 5,342 14,015 267,904 2,848 144,912 3,242 16,517 10,771 44,218 5,612 63,560 2,371 389 61,909 74,746 28,247 302,493 53,345 308,984 15,239 15,056 5,779 416 3,742 40,591 4,742 83,657 879 90,000 6,335 41,090 609 854 47,773 63,372 615 714 303 34,860 172,932 8,450 115,517 402 1,450 1,300 21,929 121,500 21,213 1,384,633 10,502 2,950 COUNTRIES Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guatemala Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Honduras Hong Kong Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Ivory Coast Jamaica Japan Jordan Kazakhstan TOTAL TESTS TESTS/1 MN POP 325 724 351 849 6,980 27,846 32,891 2,755,770 4,995 155,201 117,598 3,962 9,343 97,384 24,555 1,394 12,495 1,406 402 7,200 762 1,500 1,083 852 102 1,160 571 5,653 22,448 168,291 11,206 108,257 156,076 53,260 1,166 1,609,037 579 158,273 6,825 573,220 3,106 124,920 43,493 214,761 44,195 3,758 52,598 455,267 41,584 2,514,234 467 12,312 2,326 6,889 1,676 211,997 10,907 111,285 21,218 398,411 COUNTRIES Kenya Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Laos Latvia Lebanon Libya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia INDIA’S overall testing numbers are still low compared with other countries, despite a ramp-up after March. But the testing rates for individual states vary and may have an effect on other pandemic indicators such as total cases and deaths. States such as Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, which have conducted close to or above 200 tests per one lakh people, have reported lower fatality rates (number of deaths divided by total cases). States with lower testing rates, such as Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and West Bengal, have relatively higher fatality rates, official data indicates. Union ter ritories such as Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Jammu & Kashmir have scored high on the testing front. Overall, India is currently testing about 80,000 samples per day through the RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) test, which is the mainstay of Covid-19 diagnosis, according to the Indian Council of M e d i c a l Re s e a r c h (ICMR). R A T E S PAGE 12 COUNTRIES Cambodia Canada CAR Caribbean Cayman Islands Channel Islands Chile Colombia Costa Rica Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czechia Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Estonia Eswatini Ethiopia Faeroe Islands Falkland Islands Fiji Finland France French Polynesia May 8 How the numbers stack up EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Gujarat 171.7 TELANGANA 1,163l23,000 30l751 How to tell if a country is on track to achieve adequate testing for Covid-19? Harvard epidemiologist William Hanage suggests that 10% of all samples testing positive is an ideal benchmark. “The lower the percentage of tests you’re doing that come back positive, the better,” he told NPR in April, basing his 10% figure on WHO recommendations. A low positivity rate (or yield rate) means a country is testing broadly and not just people most likely to have the virus 0 Prison 0.4% 2l2 ODISHA CHHATTISGARH 1.3 Text: Aravindakshan S, Design: Sankar Ganesh T, Anshul Shrivastava Samples tested per lakh population 59l24,506l43 KERALA 505l40,123 03l485 6 Assisted living facility 4% 848 294l56,322l02l67 KARNATAKA 794l1,03,098 30l386 8 survey responses over 3 days 59l16,167 1l34 NAGALAND MANIPUR 156l19,459l 2l78 MAHARASHTRA 10 1,269 Nursing homes 18% JHARKHAND 20,228l2,27,804 779l3,800 April Source: ICMR, Our World in Data. Figures unavailable for some days STATE-WISE TESTING TALLY ASSAM 1,786l39,368 99l372 3,457l68,010 211l1,480 Figures as of May 9 New York hospitals Lockdown 3 March CONFIRMED CASES SOURCE OF ADMISSION Lockdown 2 Lockdown 1 20K TRIPURA MADHYA PRADESH of the patients did not commute to work using cars or public transport INDIA’S DAILY TEST COUNT 40K WEST BENGAL of the people hospitalised were over the age of 51 Govt Pvt 53 60K 13l2,287 1l10 135 8,340 2 84% 100s OF NEW YORKERS STAYING AT HOME GET COVID-19 The whole point of a lockdown is to get people to stay at home and not get infected via human contact. But New York State recently said a study of around a 1,000 coronavirus patients found that most of them were staying at home TOTAL 55 02 0 7,797l1,09,650 472l2,091 IRAN 2.61% (1,06,220) CHINA 2.04% (82,887) TRUENAT 15 15 80K MEGHALAYA SiKKIM l219 GUJARAT TURKEY 3.37% (1,37,115) UNITED STATES 32.78% (13,33,374) TOTAL 30 100K 1l1,597 l1 3,401l1,24,791 l 74l1,499 3,708l1,59,157 106l2,162 GERMANY 4.2% (1,71,021) BRAZIL 3.65% (1,48,670) ARUNACHAL PRADESH UTTAR PRADESH 675l53,282 09l290 RAJASTHAN ITALY RUSSIA 5.64 4.88% (2,15,260) (1,98,676) (Cartridge based nucleic acid amplification test) 67 l 9,386 l 01l 46 HARYANA INFECTIONS IN HARDEST-HIT COUNTRIES CBNAAT 277 Increasing testing rapidly and early on during an outbreak helps flatten the pandemic curve. This is the lesson from countries that were hit by the coronavirus earlier than India. We take a look at how our states have responded to the health crisis CHANDIGARH JAMMU & KASHMIR 836l44,753 9l368 SPAIN 6.43 (2,62,783) 114 How India scores on tests DELHI Medics take a sample from a woman for a Covid-19 test at a mobile testing van in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday | PTI TOTAL 391 newindianexpress com 11 05 2020 3 deaths, toll now 47 The death toll in the state went up to 47, with three more deaths reported. All of them had co-morbid conditions. According to the official health bulletin, a 74-year-old man from Chengalpattu, who was admitted in Chengalpattu Medical College Hospital on May 8 and died on the same day, had contracted the infection. This came to light when his test result turned positive on Sunday . P3 RT PCR transcription The number of laboratories reporting to ICMR polymerase chain on Covid-19 tests has increased sharply reaction) 12 Source: Worldometers, as of May 9 ence, will attend Monday’s @ New Delhi meet. “This time it will be a pretty long session, where PRIME Minister Narendra some crucial issues on the Modi will hold his fifth video- economy will be discussed. The conference meeting with Chief chief minister will attend the Ministers on Monday after- meeting an share his opinion,” noon to assess the Covid-19 sit- sources said. uation in the country . West Bengal CM Mamata BaIncreasing economic activi- nerjee will also attend. She had ties, easing lockdown restric- attended the previous session tions and issues faced by mi- but did not get time to express grant workers are likely to be the state’s stance. According to discussed in the meeting. The the sources, Banerjee will try to focus of the deliberations will raise Amit Shah’s letter accusbe economy and Coving her government of id-19 containment efdoing injustice to Benforts, sources said. gal-bound migrants. Many states have alMeanwhile, the Cenready raised objection tre decided to deploy to the marking paramteams to 10 states with eters of areas into heavy case loads. green, orange and red The Central teams zones and deciding rewill assist the health Narendra Modi laxations based on departments of Gujathat. States also fear a rat, Tamil Nadu, Uttar spurt in cases due to the return Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, of migrant workers to their na- Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, West tive villages. Such issues could Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and be raised in the meeting on Telangana to manage the Monday sources said. , pandemic. More relaxations are likely Halting economic activities but Covid-19 hotspots and con- for over five weeks has hit busitainment zones will continue to nesses and state revenues. Over face tight restrictions. the past couple of weeks, most The Centre has already made states have eased restrictions it clear that lifting of the lock- in agriculture, construction down will be carried out in a and MNREGA works. phased manner. Last week, many states reKe r a l a C h i e f M i n i s t e r sumed the sale of liquor, a huge Pinarayi Vijayan, who chose to source of revenue for the skip the previous video-confer- government. Get ready for the new normal, travel by rail to select states from tomorrow THE 15 DESTINATIONS Homeless 2% Economy in focus as PM holds talks with CMs today TOTAL TESTS TESTS/1 MN POP 577 31,041 45,988 196,397 9,118 59,490 438 3,187 40,607 76,592 7,324 49,990 450 3,093 23,605 900 67,558 183,913 87,005 54,463 143 3,968 62 1,188 7,938 256,937 21,784 11,775 107 2,172 91,708 40,493 396 1,842 54,863 69,773 14,662 4,000 994 128,148 5,069 20,447 2,928 9,600 12,445 7,816 7,212 36 1,757 64,836 107 3,356 199 10,848 607 1,543 2,479 72,239 14,570 249,655 18,259 5,213 COUNTRIES New Zealand Niger Nigeria North Macedonia Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Qatar Romania Russia Rwanda Réunion S. Korea Saint Kitts Saint Lucia San Marino Sao Tome Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Singapore Sint Maarten Slovakia TOTAL TESTS TESTS/1 MN POP 39,468 190,326 228 5,515 116 23,835 9,034 18,821 36,140 195,921 9,791 50,000 1,284 283,517 6,765 34,511 9,353 40,356 268 2,402 2,053 14,646 14,990 494,250 1,489 163,177 12,172 460,686 50,767 517,660 44,348 127,769 13,346 256,749 37,335 5,448,463 3,195 41,385 19,211 17,200 12,949 663,886 6,147 327 3,376 620 87,118 2,956 799 175 12,452 433,500 1,133 18,969 15,397 134,533 30,016 175,604 7,673 329 21,954 119,859 COUNTRIES Slovenia South Africa South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka St. Vincent Suriname Sweden Switzerland Taiwan Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Trinidad & Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turks and Caicos UAE Uganda UK Ukraine Uruguay USA Uzbekistan Venezuela Vietnam Yemen China Zambia Zimbabwe TOTAL TESTS TESTS/1 MN POP 29,921 62,203 5,464 324,079 111 1,247 52,781 2,467,761 1,650 35,323 1,235 137 689 404 14,704 148,500 35,772 309,595 2,819 67,133 3,264 227,860 560 738 1,219 10,094 1,644 2,301 2,479 29,297 15,822 1,334,411 2,815 109 121,330 1,200,000 1,241 56,767 25,461 1,728,443 4,034 176,403 7,905 27,461 26,943 8,918,345 9,710 325,000 18,012 512,181 2,681 261,004 4 120 559 10,270 1,382 20,537 Source : worldometer City’s corona warrior battles ostracism by neighbours N I R U PA M A V I S W A N AT H A N @ Chennai THEY have been on the frontline, spending weeks at a stretch in closed, high-risk wards, putting up a brave fight against coronavirus. It was only a week ago that the defence forces showered flowers from helicopters and beamed lights from naval ships to ex- press gratitude towards such corona health workers, who are risking their lives to save patients from the clutches of Covid-19. There have been videos on social media on neighbours thanking these workers with songs and claps. However, these symbolic acts of gratitude do not seem to have had much impact on many people, who continue to stigmatise Officials apologise A group of officials from the Corporation and the police department visited the nurse on Sunday evening, and apparently promised her to take care of the issues. “They apologised to me on behalf of the public,” she said. those on the warfront. These health workers are now facing a battle of perception by their own neighbours. For Umashankari, a 46-yearold staff nurse at a government hospital in KK Nagar, life was normal till a few weeks back. Being a nurse for over 22 years, she has carried the occupational risk of contracting diseases from patients. But this time, it was different. She was in the ward of corona-infected patients. While on duty , she developed fever and tested positive. After spending weeks in the isolation ward of Kilpauk Medical Colle g e, Umashankari came out on May 8. However, the world outside was not the same anymore as neighbours had started ostracising her. P3
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