AP BENGALURU SUNDAY MAY 31, 2020 `8.00 PAGES 24 LATE 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 MERKEL WON’T ATTEND IN-PERSON G7 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 ■ 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 $400 mn 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 MOSCOW-BOUND AI plane with infected pilot recalled midair 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 midair 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 pre-flight Covid test results of crew members, misread the pilot’s result as ‘negative’ and gave him 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 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 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. In Kerala, seven crew members, including two pilots, tested positive for Covid-19. UNLOCK 1.0 Hotels, restaurants, shopping malls 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 will come into effect from June 1, and will 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 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 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 a decision on 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. 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 Centre said. 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. There will be no restrictions on the movement of people or goods within states and between states. However, 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. 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 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 RECORD 8K NEW CASES, 265 DEATHS IN A DAY 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% , which is substantially lower than the global average. In some solace, the recovery rate has now reached 47 per cent. Tech biggies to help K’taka in Covid fight B I S M A H M A L I K @ Bengaluru VARIOUS global tech giants including Microsoft, Intel and SAP Labs have come together as a Nasscom task force to develop data dashboards for the Karnataka Government. The tech tools will help address various concerns of officials like accessing key information, tracing cases in the last 24 hours, comprehending testing rates, analysis of hospital bed/ ventilator occupancy etc. , “In these testing times, technology innovation has been our greatest ally Using innovative . solutions to fight the pandemic, we are taking a huge step towards showcasing the country’s capacity to solve real-time issues in any environment,” said Deputy Chief Minister Dr P5 C N Ashwath Narayan. WITH THIS ISSUE P L U S 1 2 PA G E S
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