CHENNAI SUNDAY JUNE 07, 2020 `8.00 PAGES 24 LATE CITY EDITION BIDEN WINS DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION FOR PRESIDENT He won the 1,991 delegates needed to secure the party’s nomination after Tuesday’s primaries in seven states and DC ‘U.S. CRYING OUT FOR LEADERSHIP’ 77-yr-old OPINION POLLS PUT HIM AHEAD OF TRUMP The former vice president has been the Democratic party’s presumptive nominee since April when his principal challenger Bernie Sanders dropped out of the presidential race. After clinching the nomination on Saturday, Joe Biden resumed his criticism of President Donald Trump. “The country is crying out for leadership. Leadership that can unite us,” he said ■ Several opinion polls put the veteran Democrat ahead of Trump. For instance, a recent CNN poll showed 51% backing him. RealClearPolitics gives him a 7.1 point lead over the president ■ Biden has time and again spoken in favour of deepening US’s strategic partnership with India on regional and global issues BIDEN HAS TWO UNSUCCESSFUL PRESIDENTIAL BIDS TO HIS RECORD 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 Maharashtra, Most returning migrants are construction workers Delhi stare at Covid explosion R A J E S H T H A K U R , N A M I TA B A J PA I & M U K E S H R A N J A N @ Patna/Lucknow/Ranchi 20% of all who test for the virus turn out to be positive in Maharashtra and 18% in Delhi S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi ALMOST one in five persons who underwent a Covid-19 test in Delhi and Maharashtra in the past one week has tested positive, suggesting an infection explosion in the two states. Data released by the National Institute of Epidemiology under the Indian Council of Medical Research shows the average test positivity rate in Maharashtra was above 20. In other words, there were more than 20 positive cases for every 100 tests done. Delhi, where for every 100 tests done, 18 turned out to be positive, fares marginally better. The test positivity rate in the two states, where reports of severely sick Covid-19 patients being denied ICU beds are becoming common, is nearly thrice the national average. The situation was not so grim until a few days back. The test positivity rate in Maharashtra was 14 while in Delhi it was above 10. The cumulative cases in the two states are 80,229 and 26,334, respectively . The steep rise in the positivity rate has prompted many experts to war n that unless enough tests are carried out, the quantum of cases would become unmanageable in the immediate future. Oommen C Kurian, the lead of the health initiative with the Observer Research Foundation, said the increasing test positivity rate was an indication of states not testing enough and the increasing spread of the virus. “Some states have to under- stand that tests are a multipurpose weapon against the virus. It helps prevent the spread in districts with low numbers and more importantly it helps slow , down the spread in districts with high numbers through systematic isolation of positive cases and quarantining of contacts,” Kurian said. The country’s average sevenday test positivity rate is above 6, but the figure is rising in many states, including Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Haryana, West Bengal and Odisha. “The test positivity rate close to or above 20 is extremely worrying and it’s obvious that large-scale community transmission is taking place in Delhi and Maharashtra,” said Dr Anupam Singh, an infectious disease expert in Ghaziabad. Singh stressed the need for widening the testing criteria in order to catch new infections early and allowing autonomy to doctors to decide whom to test. “We are seeing a large number of patients in the DelhiNCR region who are asymptom a t i c o r h ave a t y p i c a l symptoms,” he said. “Containment and mitigation strategies cannot be effective until there is an aggressive focus is on testing, tracing and treating.” The views of the experts run counter to the Delhi government’s order recently to not test all patients. Even on Saturday Chief Min, ister Arvind Kejriwal asked the public not to head to Covid-19 centres and hospitals to get themselves tested if they did not have symptoms of the disease. THE biggest chunk of migrant workers who have returned to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand are engaged in construction activity, an analysis of the skill mapping being carried out by these states has revealed. While it is 16.4% for UP, the percentages for Bihar and Jharkhand are 36.1% and 20.7% respectively. The skill sets of other labourers are varied. There are drivers, tailors, electricians, carpenters, cooks, mechanics and even a small minority of banking and fi- nancial services. These three states have received the maximum number of migrant labourers, 67.5 lakh as of Saturday after the Covid, induced lockdown. The Centre told the Supreme Court on Friday during the hearing on the migrant workers that 1 crore had returned to their states. The three states are mapping the skills of the workers BIHAR 30 lakh 12.31 lakh in order to gainfully employ them. Till June 5, UP had mapped the skills of 28.13 lakh workers out of the 32 lakh who have returned while Bihar had done so for 12.36 lakh out of the 30 lakh. Jharkhand had finished skill mapping of 2.50 lakh labourers out of the 5.5 lakh returnees. Bihar Uttar Pradesh 32.6% Unskilled 72% Skilled E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi RECORD 294 Covid-19 deaths in 24 hours—the highest yet in a day— took India’s coronavirus toll to 6,642 on Saturday In total, . there were 2.36 lakh confirmed coronavirus cases after accounting for the day’s 9,887 new cases. India now ranks 6th globally in terms of the number of cases, overtaking Italy, which was once the worst-hit country in the world. The US, Brazil, Russia, the UK and Spain are the five countries that have more confirmed cases than India now. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization on Saturday issued new guidance on the use of face masks saying, senior citizens and people with health issues should wear medical masks if maintaining social distance is not possible. All others should wear a three-layer fabric mask—the first layer of absorbent cotton, followed by a polypropylene layer for filtration and finally a synthetic layer that is water-resistant to restrict droplets reaching the nose and mouth. The world health body also emphasised that masks alone will P7 not protect people from the deadly Covid-19. Cong moves Guj MLAs to resorts EX PRESS N EWS SERVICE @ Mumbai ALARMED by the resignation of three Gujarat MLAs over the past three days, the Congress party moved its legislators to resorts in a bid to thwart any ‘poaching’ attempts ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections. In March, five Congress legislators had tendered their resignations days after the RS elections were announced. With the resignations of Akshay Patel and Jitu Chaudhary on June 3 and that of Brijesh Merja on June 5, the Congress’ strength in the 182-member House has been reduced to 65. The BJP has 103 MLAs. Rajya Sabha poll for four seats in Gujarat was to be held on March 26 but it was postponed due to the Covid19 lockdown. The poll has now been rescheduled for June 19. UTTAR PRADESH 32 lakh Migrants 28.13 lakh returned 67.4% Skilled 35% Unskilled 65% Skilled Migrants skill-mapped EXPRESS NEWS SERVI CE @ Chennai COVID RITUALS AHEAD OF REOPENING Staff sanitise the premises of Bengaluru’s Venkateshwara Temple on Saturday. Temples across Karnataka will reopen on June 8. Devotees must keep distance from each other and use face masks in accordance with the official guidelines | PANDARINATH B KERALA TELANGANA ANDHRA PRADESH In Kerala’s Sabarimala and Guruvayoor temples, only 50 devotees will be allowed to be present inside the premises at a time to avoid crowding. While Guruvayoor will open on Tuesday, Sabarimala will open on June 14 In Telangana, temples will be sanitised before opening and no theertha prasadam will be distributed. Devotees will have to wear masks, sanitise their hands and maintain physicial distancing in the temple premises Tirumala temple will open on June 11 with entry restricted to 6,000 devotees per day. Social distancing and wearing of masks mandatory in line with state govt’s guidelines. No entry for those over the age of 65 DEATHS INDIA; W.H.O. ADVISES USE OF THREE-LAYERED FACE MASKS CONTINUED ON: P7 Tamil Nadu govt fixes COVID-19 treatment charges at private hosps 1,159,42 1,140,72 6,642 Big spike as 19 more die in State, RECORD 294 DAILY DEATHS IN total number of cases crosses 30K CURED/DISCHARGED JHARKHAND 5.5 lakh 2.5 lakh tion. Bihar has put the workers under 90 categories in 11 sectors, mainly construction, general services, electronics and electrical, healthcare, mechanic, and banking and financial services. The maximum number, 7.98 lakh, are construction workers. Of these, more than 3.5 lakh are unskilled workers. Jharkhand 28% Unskilled NATIONWIDE ACTIVE CASES The need to employ the migrant workers is particularly pressing for Bihar as elections are due later this year and if the government falters on this count it could be electorally damaging. The apex court is also expected to pass an order on June 9 on the steps the government needs to take for their reemployment and rehabilita- EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai TAMIL Nadu recorded 19 more deaths due to Covid-19, and touched 30,152 cases with 1,458 new ones on Saturday. All the deaths reported were from Chennai. Of this, 1,146 new cases were reported from Chennai. As the city’s tally crossed 20,993 cases, the government appointed Commissioner of Land Administration Pankaj Kumar Bansal as special coordinator to the Chennai Corporation. This comes a day after five ministers were appointed to oversee coordination in the city . Bansal’s role will include management and preparation of micro-level plans of TA M I L N A DU COV I D -1 9 BAT T L E Ranipet 2 Salem 2 Krishnagiri 5 Dharmapuri 1 Vellore 2 Dindigul 5 Karur 4 Madurai 7 Virudhunagar 4 Tenkasi 2 Thoothukudi 14 Tirunelveli 2 Kanniyakumari 5 Tiruvallur 79 Kancheepuram 16 Chennai 1,146 Chengalpattu 95 Tiruvannamalai 3 Villupuram 6 Kallakurichi 1 Cuddalore 1 Ariyalur 2 Nagapattinam 6 Thiruvarur 4 Thanjavur 2 Pudukkottai 1 Sivaganga 2 Ramanathapuram 4 containment in the civic body’s high risk zones. Meanwhile, with 633 patients discharged on the day, the total number of discharges stands at 16,395 against 13,503 active cases CLA to help city fight virus Commissioner of Land Administration Pankaj Kumar Bansal was appointed special coordinator for the Greater Chennai Corporation on Saturday THE Tamil Nadu government fixed the rates for the COVID-19 treatment provided by private hospitals in the State on Saturday after several instances of hospitals fleecing patients were reported. According to the Government Order, Grade A1, Grade A2 hospitals can charge a maximum of `7,500 per day for a bed in the general ward, while Grade A3 and Grade A4 hospitals can charge `5,000 for the same. For admissions to the ICU, all hospitals — Grades A1,A2,A3,A4 — can charge up to a maximum of `15,000 per day. The order said that private hospitals must strictly not charge more than the prescribed limit and the decision has been taken after considering the requests placed by the State branch of Indian Medical Association and increasing media reports of private hospitals swindling money from patients. “In times of pandemic, the government and private hospitals will work hand in hand,’’ DEBADATTA MALLICK MAXIMUM PERMISSIBLE CHARGE PER DAY Grade/Ward Grade A1 & A2 Grade A3 & A4 General ward `7,500 `5,000 ICU `15,000 `15,000 said the order. On Thursday, the State had included the treatment of COVID-19 patients in private hospitals under the Chief Minister’s Health Insurance Scheme. In the Government hospitals across the State, treatment for coronavirus patients has been provided for free of cost. The families that are already enrolled and eligible under the Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme at private hospitals can avail the treatment as per the latest announcements. UTILISE WORKERS IN TN, CM EXHORTS INDUSTRIES Of the 19 deaths, 10 were in private hospitals. The State’s toll is now 251. As many as 15 of the deceased were aged over 50. Seven had diabetes and hypertension, while 10 P4 had no comorbidities. Chennai: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Saturday inaugurated “Luminous Tamil Nadu”, a digital conclave organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). Representatives of over 500 major industries participated in the digital event. The CM called upon industries to utilise the workers in the State during the ongoing crisis to avoid any slackness in productivity. He also announced that the procedures for obtaining approvals from district level offices would be simplified further | P3 WITH THIS ISSUE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR P L U S 1 2 PA G E S LAC STAND-OFF India, China hold top military-level talks to defuse tension M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi INDIA strongly put across its views aiming to resolve the month-long standoff during the talks between military commanders of the Indian Army and Chinese People’s Liberation Army held on Saturday sources said. , A senior Army officer said the meeting lasted for six hours with lunch break in between. “The meeting started at 11:30 am at Moldo Border Personnel Meeting Hut on the Chinese side of the LAC and was on till 5:30 pm.” The Indian delegation was led by 14 Corps Commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh and China was represented by South Twitter Xinjiang Military Division Corps Commander Major General Lin Liu. Eight other officers from both sides were also present. Lt Gen Harinder Singh briefed the Army Chief General M M NAravane and Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Y K Joshi after he reached Corps headquarters at Leh. The briefing of the talk was also given to the officials in the Ministry of External Affairs. The Prime Minister’s Office was also updated. The two sides have held around a dozen rounds of talks since the first week of May when the standoff started at Pangong Tso Lake in the Eastern Ladakh.
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