VILLUPURAM SATURDAY JULY 18, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION FANS BACK IN ENGLISH SPORTS FROM NEXT WEEK Spectators will be allowed into select sporting events from next week ahead of a planned wider reopening in October CRICKET FIRST TO WITNESS SPECTATORS Domestic cricket on July 26-27 is set to be the first sport that fans would be allowed to watch in person since March. Some spectators will also be allowed into the world snooker championship in Sheffield from July 31. The Glorious Goodwood horse racing festival on August 1 is also part of a government scheme piloting the return of fans 5,000 EPL SEASON TO END WITHOUT FANS ■ ■ ■ Stadium capacities will be restricted and staggered entry times, social distancing measures and one-way systems will be required Plans to bring crowd to the third Test between England and West Indies were scrapped after ECB and government discussions Premier League will finish season without fans so will FA Cup PEOPLE+PARTICIPANTS CAN ATTEND THE GOODWOOD EVENT 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 Fight exacerbates as FIR names minister for plot Rajasthan HC tell Speaker not to take action against rebels till Monday R A J E S H A S N A N I @ Jaipur EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram SQUIRMING under the negative glare of the gold smuggling case, the ruling CPM’s leadership in Kerala on Friday acknowledged that it has tarnished the Left government’s image. The party is pointing fingers at the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s Office for the bureaucratic lapses. However, the CPM secretariat offered full support to Vijayan and the Left government. “Bureaucrats cannot hover above the government. That won’t be allowed,” said CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, while briefing the media on the decisions taken at ONE ARRESTED 2 statues of Periyar ‘desecrated’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Coimbatore/Kallakurichi IN two separate incidents, statues of EV Ramasamy pop, ularly known as Periyar, were ‘desecrated’ in Coimbatore and Kallakurichi districts on Friday . In the first incident, the statue at Ayyar Hospital Bus Stop near Sundarapuram, Coimbatore, was splashed with saffron paint around 5.30 am. According to sources, M Arun Krishnan (21) from Anna Nagar, a member of Bharat Sena, surrendered at Podanur Police Station for ‘desecrating’ the statue. The police suspected the incident was a fallout of the outcry against a private YouTube channel that had aired an obscene video denigrating Hindu God Murugan and prayer of Kanda Shasti Kavasam recently . In the second instance, a Periyar statue was garlanded with footwear by miscreants at Keezhayur village near Thirukkoilur in Kallakurichi district on Friday noon. Thirukkoilur Inspector Selvam said a case has been registered and an investigation is on. Flaying the Coimbatore incident, the chief minister said that police would take strict action against the perpetrators. Political leaders, including Minister SP Velumani, opposition leader MK Stalin, MP Kanimozhi, PMK founder S Ramadoss and MDMK leader Vaiko, condemned the inciP2 dent. Party to launch counter campaign The CPM has decided to launch a massive campaign next month to counter the smuggling row’s impact on the party’s image. The campaign from the first week of August will include house visits. its meeting. The CPM feels that there’s an urgent need to monitor the officials who run ministers’ offices, including that of the CM. It has been decided to take steps to ensure that actions taken by the bureaucrats do not lead to political setbacks for the government. Terming the smuggling row a learning curve, Balakrishnan pointed out that everyone should be vigilant from now on. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Viayan explained his stance saying he completely trusted h i s fo r m e r s e c re t a r y M Sivasankar since he was an efficient officer based on his previous record. He, however, assured his par- ty colleagues that there need not be any concerns over the smuggling case per se. If the investigation moves in the right direction, it could even lead to a few parties in the Opposition, he said. Though the party admitted lapses on the part of the CMO, it is of the view that the CM and his office have no role in the scam. “Neither the CM nor the CMO has any role in the issue. An officer with CMO was found to have relations with one of the accused,” Balakrishnan said. The party feels the controversy has tarnished the popularity, which the Vijayan government has gained through its commendable fight against Covid-19. No irregularity in power bills, Oppn raking up issue just to protest: CM EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Erode/Salem SCOTCHING the allegations levelled by the Opposition regarding the purportedly bloated electricity bills, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said in Erode that there was no confusion regarding the tariffs. The chief minister clarified that the bills that rocked the households were in fact the accumulated levy of four months, as electricity board officials were unable to proceed with their routine works owing to the Covid-19 lockdown. Claiming that the Opposition was feigning hurt without any just grievance, Palaniswami said, “Electricity department staff were unable to visit households to record the reading due to the pandemic. Later, they combined the reading of four months. The High Court’s order regarding this also mentions this part. The Opposition is raking up issues just to stage protests.” The CM’s comments come in the wake of opposition parties planning to stage a protest on July 21 over the issue. Palaniswami was in town to review containment measures, and inaugurate 13 projects worth `21.73 crore. He also laid the foundation stone for 14 new projects with an outlay of `76.12 crore. Later, Palaniswami categorically said that no other district would be bifurcated even as traders in Kumbakonam shuttered shops demanding a new district with Kumbakonam as headquarters. For frontline staff Assuring that the State was leaving no stone unturned to ensure the safety of the people, Palaniswami said that his government has come up with a compensation scheme for the frontline staff succumbing to Covid-19. He said that the State would pay `50 lakh to a frontline health worker and `25 lakh to other department staff if they died in harness. The compensation would be over and above a gover nment job to the legal heir. Appointment order In Salem, Palaniswami handed over an appointment order to Tamilarasi, the wife of a martyred Army Havildar P Mathiazhagan. The woman was appointed as a junior assistant at Edappadi Tahsildar office. On June 4, Mathiazhagan was critically injured in a ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Kashmir. He succumbed to injuries later. The CM is scheduled to return to Chennai on Sunday P3 . Electricity department staff were unable to visit households to record the reading due to the pandemic. Later, they combined the reading of four months. The Opposition is raking up issues just to stage protests Edappadi K Palaniswami, Chief Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat was quick to deny any role in the deal-making. “I am ready to face any investigation. The audio tape doesn’t have my voice. If I am called for questioning, I will definitely go,” Shekhawat said. Bhanwar Lal Sharma, too, said the tapes were fake. “Congress has suspended Bhanwar Lal Sharma and Vishvendra Singh from the primary membership of the party Sur,” jewala said and demanded a full probe by the SOG, after which the FIRs were filed. The SOG then sent a team to interrogate the accused MLAs, but were prevented by the Haryana Police from entering the hotel HOME ISOLATION ONLY 20% ACTIVE CASES IN HOSPITAL CARE: GOVT S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi ABOUT 2.73 lakh or roughly 80% of India’s 3.42 lakh active Covid-19 cases as of Thursday have either no symptoms or mild symptoms, and are in home isolation, the Union health ministry said on Friday The rest, . about 70,000 cases, are undergoing treatment at hospitals. This is for the first time the Centre is revealing the composition of Covid-19 cases in home isolation. “Almost 80% of the asymptomatic and mild cases have been advised home isolation under medical supervision,” the ministry said in a statement on Friday . “The moderate and severe patients are being treated in either the dedicated Covid-19 hospitals or dedicated health centres,” the statement said. Keeping mild and asymptomatic patients under home isolation has helped ease the burden on hospitals, which are focused on treating severe cases and reducing the fatality rate, it noted. The ministry said less than 1.94 % of the current cases or 6,643 patients are lodged in ICUs, 0.35% or 1,198 patients are on ventilator support and 2.81% or 9,623 on oxygen beds. The ministry maintained that the country has followed a standard of care protocol Test positivity rates CHENNAI TUESDAY newindianexpress com 14 07 2020 In the biggest single-day surge so far in the State, 79 Covid-19 deaths were reported on Friday, taking the toll to 2,315 Maharashtra 19.91 Telangana 18.42 Delhi 15.86 Gujarat 9.13 Tamil Nadu 8.77 The proportion of samples testing positive, in %. Lower figures indicate more widespread testing 12 TN covid battle TOTA L CAS ES 1,60,907 HOW THEY ADD UP The figures put out by the Central government of the Covid-19 tally of states indicate that new cases are rising sharply in Karnataka, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Assam. Cumulatively, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Delhi are the top three states in terms of total cases. Here’s how much each state accounts for in India’s total coronavirus tally as of Friday morning 531 cases not assigned to states yet Maharashtra 2,84,281 Tamil Nadu 1,56,369 Delhi 1,18,645 Karnataka 51,422 Gujarat 45,481 Uttar Pradesh 43,441 Telangana 41,018 Andhra Pradesh 38,044 West Bengal 36,117 Rajasthan 27,174 Haryana 24,002 Bihar 21,764 Madhya Pradesh 20,378 Assam 19.754 Odisha 15.392 J&K 12,156 Kerala 10,275 Punjab 9,094 Chhattisgarh 4,732 Jharkhand 4,624 Uttarakhand 3,982 Goa 3,108 LAKH & COUNTING Chennai Deaths 36 THE MILESTONE OF ONE MILLION CASES INDIA CROSSED ON FRIDAY IS INDEED GRIM BUT OVER 6 LAKH OF THEM HAVE ALREADY RECOVERED, WHICH WORKS OUT TO 63.33% OF ALL POSITIVE CASES SO FAR. WHAT IS WORRYING THOUGH IS NON-METROPOLITAN CITIES WITH POOR HEALTH INFRA NOW SEEM TO BE EMERGING AS THE NEW HOTSPOTS Tripura 2,283 Manipur 1,764 Puducherry 1,743 Himachal Pradesh 1,377 Ladakh 1,147 Nagaland 916 Chandigarh 651 Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu 552 Arunachal Pradesh 543 Meghalaya 377 Mizoram 272 COVID TESTING REMAINS INDIA’S ACHILLES HEEL, SAY EXPERTS CONTACT TRACING, CLEAR TREATMENT PROTOCOL ARE KEY IN VIRUS FIGHT SOME SIGNS OF HOPE AS PATIENT RECOVERY RATES IMPROVE Karnataka with 30,661 active Covid 19 cases now has the third highest active caseload in the country after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Andhra Pradesh with 18,159 cases has overtaken Delhi, which has 17, 407 active cases. Experts point out that with states and towns with poorer healthcare facilities reporting higher caseloads, testing needs to be sharpened urgently. Testing has for ever been India’s Achilles heel. Even though the country has now tested over 1.3 crore samples with daily testing capacity reaching above 3.2 lakh for the last several days, India’s testing rate is lower than countries like the US, Brazil or the UK. An important way to gauge whether enough tests are being carried out is the test positivity rate, which indicates how many per 100 tested were diagnosed with the virus. The lower it is, the better. On Thursday, the test positivity rate (TPR) in India was above 10%. The WHO suggests the TPR should be under 5 Public health expert Dr Oommen John said that in terms of public health response contact tracing needs to be strengthened. “Also, with 10 lakh cases India should be in the forefront of generating clinical evidence and contributing to the understanding of pathophysiology,” he said. Virologist Dr Shahid Jameel said that 10 lakh is just a number. What’s important now is to do everything to slow down the outbreak. “With a couple of drugs now available and with the experience of a million cases we should have clear treatment protocols based on the stage of disease. This will keep our hospitals available to those most sick and will save lives.” There also appears to be some silver lining in the Covid-19 cloud. “The good news is that the fatality rate is falling,” said Dr Arvinder Singh Soin. “The hospital and ICU recovery rate has improved. Perhaps have become better at treating and the virulence seems to be decreasing” The number of recovered patients increased by 22,942 over 24 hours to 6,35,757 overall in the country. As per the Covid-19 Resource Center, the states such as Gujarat and Tamil Nadu have recorded high recovery rates, at 70.6% and 68.7% respectively. Delhi too has a high recovery rate, at 82.3%. In contrast, Karnataka and Maharashtra score low, at 38.4% and 55.6%. Andhra Pradesh has registered a 51% recovery rate while Telangana has 66.5%. The government said in a press release on Friday that a strategy of keeping patients who have mild symptoms, or are asymptomatic, in isolation at home has kept hospitals unburdened. The government also said that less than 1.94 % of the cases are in ICUs, 0.35 % cases are on ventilators and 2.81 % cases are on oxygen beds. In actual numbers, there 6,643 patients in ICU, about 1,198 on ventilators and 9,623 on oxygen beds across India, according to government data Sikkim 243 Andaman and Nicobar Islands 180 1.33 CRORE samples tested for the coronavirus so far, according to ICMR 3.2 LAKH samples-a-day testing capacity has been reached recently PAGE 12 for the differentiated categorisation of coronavirus patients—mild, moderate and severe—as clearly laid down in the Covid-19 clinical management protocol. “The effective clinical management strategies have shown to yield positive results,” the ministry noted. COMMUNITY SPREAD IN KERALA: PINARAYI Community transmission of Covid-19 was officially confirmed for the first time in the country in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday. “The situation is under control. It’s not alarming like what’s seen in other cities,” Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said 1,243 Pinarayi’s CMO draws flak from CPM Ready for probe, says Union minister 4,538 TO SAFER TERRITORY People move to safer places in flood-hit Assam’s Dhubri district on Friday. The floods had already rendered about 36 lakh people homeless | PTI The Rajasthan political temperature went up a notch on Friday with the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the state police filing two first information reports accusing Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and rebel Congress MLA Bhanwar Lal Sharma of hatching a plot to topple the Ashok Gehlot government. Sanjiv Jain, an agent-cumbusinessman, was also named in the FIR and has been arrested. The BJP denied any links with him. The day began with Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala claiming a few audio tapes surfaced on Thursday revealing alleged conversations of rebel Congress MLA Bhanwar Lal Sharma with BJP leaders on a trade-off to pull down the government. The Congress claimed one of the voices was that of Shekhawat, a senior BJP leader from Rajasthan and Union minister for Jal Shakti. The New Indian Express cannot vouch for the veracity of the audio tapes. in Manesar where the Sachin Pilot’s loyalists are lodged. The special team also intends to move court to seek voice samples of all the accused to verify the audio tapes. However, Pilot got some relief as the Rajasthan High Court asked Assembly Speaker C P Joshi to put on hold any action against the rebels till Monday, when the hearing will be resume. The order came before the deadline set by Joshi’s office for responding to his disqualification notices to the 19 rebels was set to expire. During the arguments, senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing virtually from his London home for Pilot, told the court that violation of the whip’s directions with respect to acts outside the Assembly do not fall under the ambit of Tenth Schedule. “Raising disagreements regarding dictatorial functioning of the CM is an internal matter and doesn’t amount to defection,” Salve argued, adding that disqualification notices are an attempt to stifle ‘freedom of speech’ and internal discussions. FRIDAY FIGURES 79 Tamil Nadu Deaths Tamil Nadu cases Chennai cases The MIOT hospital said Minister for Cooperation Sellur K Raju was discharged from the hospital after recovering from Covid-19 Paolo Tommasi (92), an Italian architect who played a significant role in designing Matrimandir of Auroville, succumbed to Covid-19 at Puducherry JIPMER Among the deceased was an inmate of the Institute of Mental Health, Kilpauk. He was 72-years old War of words as Rahul faults govt’s foreign policy, Jaishankar give it back EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE transformation of retired bureaucrat and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar into a neta appeared complete on Friday after his stinging rebuttal to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s tweet and a video he posted earlier in the day . Jaishankar has been smarting under attacks of late on his performance, including from within his party itself. He gave it back to Rahul, tweet for tweet, tearing up his criticism of the government’s foreign policy Jaishankar said . under the Modi dispensation India’s major partnerships are stronger, international standing higher and it engages China on more equal ter ms politically . Rahul had tried to pin the government down on its Beijing policy sharing his thoughts , on why China chose to be aggressive. He alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “in- discretions” weakened the country and left it vulnerable. “Here are some answers: Our major partnerships are stronger and international standing higher. Witness regular summits and informal meetings with US, Russia, Europe and Japan. India engages China on more equal terms politically Ask the analysts,” . Jaishankar rebutted. FULL COVERAGE: P7 ‘FULL RESOLUTION OF ROW NOT GUARANTEED’ DEFENCE Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said the ongoing SinoIndian stand-off in Eastern Ladakh ought to get resolved going by the way talks have progressed so far, but could not guarantee the extent of its resolution. He was addressing soldiers on his arrival at Lukung in Ladakh, which is near Pangong Lake where the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had clashed with Indian troops, which triggered the stand-off. “With the extent of progress in talks, the issue ought to get resolved, but I cannot guarantee to what extend it will be sorted out. But, I want to assure everyone that no power of this world can touch even an inch of land of India.”
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