AP DHARMAPURI SUNDAY MAY 31, 2020 `8.00 PAGES 24 CITY EDITION U.S. EXITS W.H.O., RESTRICTS ENTRY OF CHINESE STUDENTS A series of dramatic actions by President Donald Trump on Saturday further complicates US’s fraught ties with China TRUMP SAYS RESEARCHERS STEALING IP Trump late on Friday charged that the WHO didn’t respond adequately to the pandemic, accusing the health body of being under China’s “total control”. In a separate action, he banned Chinese students and researchers having ties with the People’s Liberation Army from entering the US, alleging they operate as non-traditional collectors of intellectual property $400 mn MERKEL WON’T ATTEND IN-PERSON G7 ■ Experts say Saturday’s actions by the American president underscores his eagerness to pin the blame on foreign forces and absolve him of responsibility for US’s grave coronavirus losses ■ Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she wouldn’t attend an in-person G7 meet that Trump has been pushing for IS HOW MUCH THE U.S. CONTRIBUTED TO WHO’S BUDGET LAST YEAR 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 single-day spike in TN; Min warns pvt hosps GRADED OPENING UP Activity/Service Religious places / places of worship for public Hotels, restaurants, other hospitality services Shopping malls Schools, colleges, educational / training / coaching institutions International air travel Metro rail Cinema halls / gymnasiums / swimming pools / entertainment parks / theatres / bars / auditoriums / assembly halls Social / political / sports / entertainment / academic / cultural / religious functions Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai Phase 1: From June 8 Phase 2: Decision in July after consulting States and Union territories Phase 3: Dates to be decided after assessing situation The above relaxations are in addition to other activities already allowed earlier INTER-STATE TRAVEL No restrictions on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods from June 1. No separate permission / approval or e-permit needed for such movements. However, States can regulate the movement of persons based on “reasons of public health and its assessment of the situation”. NIGHT CURFEW Movement of people, except for essential services, will continue to be restricted. The timings of curfew have been revised from 9pm to 5am from existing 7pm to 7am LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS TO CONTINUE IN CONTAINMENT ZONES TILL JUNE 30 Chennai, 3 nearby dists to stay under lockdown? T M U R U G A N A N D H A M @ Chennai EVEN as the fourth phase of the lockdown is coming to an end by Sunday the restrictions in Chennai and its three neighbour, ing districts — Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Chengalpattu — are unlikely to be relaxed while other districts in the State can expect significant relaxations from June 1. The expert committee comprising health experts, which appraised the State’s situation with Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Saturday has dropped enough indications to this effect. , “We cannot apply the same yardstick for the whole of Tamil Nadu when it comes to relaxing the restrictions. We have to assess the situation in each district and act accordingly The com. mittee feels the government should be careful about Chennai and its surrounding districts since infections are going up there. Hence, certain restrictions should continue,” said Dr Prabhdeep Kaur, Deputy Director of National Institute of Epidemiology . Dr Kaur said that during the meeting certain new findings about the coronavirus were also discussed. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Saturday chairing a virtual meeting with health experts to discuss Covid-19 containment measures in the State UNLOCK 1.0 People sing Bande Utkal Janani , Odisha’s unofficial anthem, to motivate Covid warriors in front of Jagannath Temple | PTI Restaurants, malls, places of worship can open from June 8 S A N A S H A K I L @ New Delhi WHILE extending the lockdown till June 30, the Centre on Saturday announced a graded easing of restrictions in three phases outside containment zones. “All activities that were prohibited earlier will be opened up in a phased manner,” the Union Ministry of Home Affairs said, terming the new guidelines Unlock-1. The guidelines would come into effect from June 1, 2020 and would be effective till June 30, 2020, the ministry said. In phase 1, religious places, places of worship, hotels, restaurants, hospitality services and shopping malls will be opened from June 8. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will issue standard operating procedures after consulting central ministries, departments and stakeholders for their reopening. In the second phase, school, colleges, educational training and coaching institutions will be opened after consulting state government and Union Territories. The Centre said states will be advised to hold consultations with parents and stakeholders following which the reopening of educational institutions will be taken in July . In the third and last phase, international air travel, metro services, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places will be allowed to resume. Stagger work hours, encourage work from home, says MHA As far as possible, the practice of work from home should be followed, the Centre said. Staggering of work hours will be followed in offices, work places, shops, markets and industrial and commercial establishments, the MHA said The resumption of these activities is likely to be announced only after June, sources said. Based on assessment of the situation, a decision will be taken on permitting social, political, sporting, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other large congregations, the government said on the opening up of activities in the third phase. In effect, the lockdown and its strict guidelines will continue only in containment zones, whose areas will be demarcated by state governments and Union Territories after taking into consideration the Health Ministry’s guidelines. There will be no restrictions on the movement of people or goods within states and between states. No separate permission or e-passes will be required as was the case earlier. Howerver, if a state based on reasons of public health and its assessment of the situation, proposes to regulate movement of persons, it will give wide publicity in advance regarding the restrictions and the related procedures to be followed. Sources in MHA clarified that if some states have issued notifications which are in violation of MHA’s guidelines, the states will have to issue fresh guidelines. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had on Friday announced all religious places in the state will re-open from June 1, on condition of entry of not more than 10 people at a time. Infected pilot cleared to fly, Air India plane called back midway EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi AN Air India flight en-route to Moscow from Delhi to bring back Indians stranded in the Russian capital was forced to return midway on Saturday after it emerged that a pilot on board was Covid positive. All the crew members are now in quarantine. The airline said its officials, while scrutinising the preflight Covid test results of crew members, misread the pilot’s result as ‘negative’ and gave him the clearance to fly . Two hours after the flight took off from Delhi at 7.15 am, the airline’s ground staff realised the error and informed the INDIA SENDS MORE TROOPS AS LAC REMAINS TENSE M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi MORE Army troops and Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel have been moved to the line of actual control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh where the Indian and Chinese armies have been in a state of standoff since early May . “The troops have been moved to match the PLA deployment,” a source said. Initially reserve troops were moved but later it was felt that the numbers have to be beefed up further, the source added. Besides the Army, the ITBP has also been asked to move out its extra personnel from Jammu and Kashmir. “Only those troops which are deployed for law and order duties in Kashmir after Article 370 was scrapped in August 2019 have been asked to join back their parent units,” said another source. NEPAL OPPOSITION BACKS OLI ON NEW MAP Nepal’s top opposition party said it will back Prime Minister KP Oli’s push to amend the Constitution to adopt a new map that includes disputed territories —Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura pilots. By then, the aircraft had entered Uzbekistan’s airspace. It made a turn-around and flew back to Delhi where it landed around 12.30 pm. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said it has ordered a probe into the incident and has asked the airline to submit a report. Officials said another plane would be sent to Moscow. Air India conducts over 300 tests for it crew members every day . The Vande Bharat Mission ran into more troubles on Saturday as seven more Air India crew members, including two pilots, tested positive for Covid-19 in Kerala. Two other crew members had tested positive on Friday As a result, the airline . is now finding it difficult to sustain the evacuation mission from Kozhikode and Kannur airports, sources said. The state’s health authorities and the airline officials have begun the process to trace the people, including other airline staff, with whom the infected crew members may have had contact. COVID BATTLE Uninvited ‘guest’ takes away parents, leaves boy alone at home N I R U PA M A V I S W A N AT H A N @ Chennai NIGHTS have become unusually longer for Sharan* ever since the coronavirus came as an uninvited guest to his small house. Before leaving, the deadly guest took his father along with it and sent his mother out of home, leaving the 14-yearold Sharan to fend for himself. Even in the dead of night, sleep is eluding him, as memories of the playful moments he had spent with his parents flash across his mind. Alone and away from his relatives, the boy spends most of the day playing ‘Free Fire’ on his mobile which also doubles up as his only means to talk to his mother, who was tested positive and currently admitted to a care facility as she is asymptomatic. “Day passes fast. But when it becomes dark, memories of my father come up,” says Sharan adding that he would call his mother when he feels lonely. “Sometimes I talk to her for hours,” says the boy while sitting at his Mandaveli home. Life was proceeding as usual for Sharan until his father Raghu took ill suddenly. The boy’s mother Kavitha says her husband had not gone outside except to buy essentials. “He was a healthy man. So, it (the death) came as a shocker to us,” she says adding that she and Sharan talk to each other whenever they feel lonely “It is dif. ficult to console each other over P4 phone,” she says. Even as the State witnessed a record single-day spike of 938 Covid-19 cases on Saturday, Health Minister C Vijayabhaskar appealed to private hospitals not to fleece patients and instead treat them with a service mentality . Addressing reporters at the new 1,400-bed Covid care centre in Pulianthope, Chennai, the Health Minister said it was wrong to fleece patients during such a crisis. “We have spoken to private hospitals and have requested them to charge normally. If the instances persist, the government will take action under the Clinical Establishments Act,’’ said Vijayabhaskar. “We will fix rates for private hospitals as per their bed facilities and infrastructure. We have also discussed with them about slashing the price for Covid-19 tests. People with insurance will only be charged `2,500 for a test,’’ he said. Meanwhile, six more people died due to the viral disease in Thirupathur 1 Tiruvallur28 Tiruvannamalai 9 Krishnagiri 1 Chennai 616 Salem 23 Chengalpattu 94 Perambalur 1 Karur 1 Madurai 10 Tiruchy 5 Kancheepuram 22 Kallakurichi 2 Villupuram 2 Nagapattinam 3 Virudhunagar 1 Cuddalore 5 Ramanathapuram 1 Kanniyakumari 4 the State on Saturday, taking the total deaths to 160 while the total number of cases stands at 21,184. On the brighter side, the discharge rate is a whopping 56 per cent. On Saturday, 687 people were discharged taking the total number of discharged people to 12,000, which is higher than the 9,021 active cases. Among the six deaths reported on Saturday two had no , co-morbidities. Meanwhile, the State has ramped up testing facilities to 72 while 4.57 lakh people have been tested so far. “Apart from four medical colleges, 10 colleges are being used for screening and admitting people,’’ said Vijayabhaskar. The Minister further said more number of people coming from outside the State are being tested positive, and till now 991 people who have returned from Maharashtra tested positive. The Health Minister further requested the media to spread inspiring and positive stories on Covid-19 to instil confiP4 dence in people. Tirunelveli 3 Thanjavur 2 12,000 cured The discharge rate is a whopping 56 per cent in Tamil Nadu Record 8K new cases, 265 deaths in a day, but fatality rate stays low EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi INDIA on Saturday recorded the highest overnight spike in Covid-19 cases and deaths with 7,964 new cases and 265 deaths documented within a 24-hour period. Total confirmed cases now stand at 1,73,763 while the tally of deceased has reached 4,971. The case fatality rate has remained constant at 2.86 per cent, which is substantially lower than the global average. A massive spike in the death figure is particularly worrisome as the number of deaths everyday had been hovering between 140 and 170 for last several days. However, health ministry sources said the spike in deaths — majority of them reported from Maharashtra and Delhi — is mainly a result of Delhi announcing 80 deaths that have happened over past few weeks on Friday . Of the deaths confirmed, 116 were from Maharashtra which now has a staggering 62,228 cases. A total of 2,098 people in the state have succumbed to the infection. Delhi registered 82 more deaths within a day taking the toll to 398. The capital has the highest death per million, nearly 20, in the country . The third highest number, 20, was reported from Gujarat which now has 15,934 confirmed cases. What can be counted as some solace, however, is that the recovery rate has now reached 47 per cent with 11,264 patients declared cured since Friday morning. A total of 82,370 patients have recovered from the infection. Also, the number of total active cases, which were over 89,000 a day before, has come down by nearly 3,000 for the first time since the cases started surging. But officials conceded it is because Maharashtra released cumulative data on Covid-19 patients who have been discharged from hospitals. NATIONWIDE ACTIVE CASES CURED/DISCHARGED DEATHS 86,422 82,369 4,971 WITH THIS ISSUE P L U S 1 2 PA G E S
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