THRISSUR l SATURDAY l JULY 18, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l CITY EDITION FANS BACK IN ENGLISH SPORTS FROM NEXT WEEK CRICKET FIRST TO WITNESS SPECTATORS Spectators will be allowed into select sporting events from next week ahead of a planned wider reopening in October 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 Confirmed: Community transmission in Kerala Spread identified in Poonthura and Pulluvila in T’Puram district EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram TO SAFER TERRITORY People move to safer places in flood-hit Assam’s Dhubri district on Friday. The flood had already rendered about 36 lakh people homeless | PTI Party backs CM but points out lapses EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram THE CPM leadership feels that the gold smuggling case and related controversies have tarnished the Left government’s image and is upset about the bureaucratic lapses in the chief minister’s office. The CPM secretariat, which met on Friday, categorically said it is not happy with the smuggling controversy and the way the CMO is run though it extended total support to CM Pinarayi Vijayan and his government. Gunman cuts wrist S R Jayaghosh, the gunman of former UAE Consulate, was found in a semi-unconscious state on Friday noon with wrist cut. P4 “Bureaucrats can’t hover above the government. It won’t be allowed,” said CPM state s e c r e t a r y Ko d i ye r i B a l akrishnan while briefing the media on the meeting. As the government — which is into its final year of the term Sivasankar’s role exposed T’Puram: The suspension order of M Sivasankar has revealed his role in appointing Swapna in Space Park project. P4 — faces one of the biggest crises, the CPM felt there is an urgent need to monitor bureaucrats who run ministers’ offices including that of the CM. A call for political vigil to ensure that the decisions taken by bureaucrats do not lead to a political setback was made. Terming the smuggling row an experience, Kodiyeri asked everyone to be vigilant. Though the secretariat did not point fingers directly at Pinarayi, it was apparent that the ugly episode has landed the CPM strongman on a sticky ● More on P4 wicket. Two more arrested Kochi: The Customs arrested two persons who funded the purchase of gold which was smuggled in a diplomatic baggage. P4 ‘Gold comes in saffron & green colours, not in red’ T’Puram: Both the Opposition UDF and BJP are trying to destabilise the government with political motives, alleged CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. Briefing the media on party secretariat decisions here, Kodiyeri said in spite of the government suspending IAS officer M Sivasankar, there’s a deliberate campaign by the Opposition parties to target the chief minister and his office. In an apparent indiction that the BJP and the Muslim League are behind gold smuggling into the state, Kodiyeri said smuggled gold comes into Kerala in saffron and green colours, and not in red. P4 THE dreaded community transmission of Covid-19 was officially confirmed in two coastal areas of Thiruvananthapuram district on Friday It . happened on a day Kerala recorded its highest single-day spike of Covid cases at 791. The alarming turn the pandemic has taken in Thiruvananthapuram was evident as 96 per cent of the people who tested positive in the district on Friday got infected through local transmission. In his daily briefing on the Covid-19 situation, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the state had anticipated the community transmission phase of the disease. “The situation is under control. It’s not alarming like what’s seen in other cities in the country said Pinarayi. He ,” said there was no need to panic but stressed the need to exercise caution. The two areas in the state capital where community transmission was confirmed are Pulluvila in Karumkulam panchayat and Poonthura under Thiruvananthapuram corporation limits. The extent of the spread could be gauged from the fact that more than half of the samples tested from these two areas on Thursday turned positive. Other coastal areas in the district also remained vulnerable as more than 20 per cent of the samples tested turned positive for Covid-19. The chief minister said the government was not considering a complete lockdown in the capital but was adopting a cluster management strategy. He said the government was trying to contain the disease within the worst-affected areas. On a positive note, the chief minister said the alarming spread of the disease was confined only to those areas which are under triple lockdown. The prevention measures to be adopted by the government included total lockdown in coastal areas of Thiruvananthapuram, which will be officially announced on Saturday . ● More on P4 KERALA CASE DIARY 791 cases reported on Friday 42 cases with unknown sources of infection 532 of them contracted the virus through local contact 15 health workers among the new patients 6,029 under treatment 38 DEATHS Kasaragod district administration to ready 4,000 beds for treatment of Covid-19 patients within the next 10 days. Coastal areas in state capital will be divided into three areas and the City Police Commissioner has been appointed to oversee prevention measures. P5 76 of the 115 cases reported from Ernakulam were attributed to local transmission. HOME ISOLATION ONLY 20% ACTIVE CASES IN HOSP Test positivity rates 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 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 Fri- day The rest, about 70,000 cas. es, 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,” the ministry said. 12 CHENNAI TUESDAY newindianexpress com 14 07 2020 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 PAGELAKH & 12 COUNTING 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 Fight exacerbates as FIR names minister for plot R A J E S H A S N A N I @ Jaipur Ready for probe, says Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat was quick to deny any role in the dealmaking. “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. Sachin Pilot gets some relief 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 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 agentcum-businessman, 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 gov- ernment. 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. “Congress has suspended Bhanwar Lal Sharma and Vishvendra Singh from the primary membership of the party,” Surjewala 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 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 ● More on P5 the audio tapes. Manipur 1,764 Puducherry 1,743 EXPRESS READ Popular novelist Sudhakar Mangalodayam passes away Kottayam: Novelist Sudhakar Mangalodayam, 72, passed away due to agerelated illness on Friday. He became famous through his novels, which were published by weekly magazines during the 1980s and 1990s. He had written stories, screenplays for a few Malayalam movies including Kariyilakkattupole. The funeral will be held on the premises of his residence on Saturday. P5 No power in world can occupy India’s land: Rajnath Singh Lukung(Ladakh): Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said progress has been made in the ongoing talks with China to find a solution to the border standoff in Ladakh but he cannot guarantee to what extent it would be resolved. Addressing a group of Army and ITBP personnel at Lukung in eastern Ladakh, Singh said: “I want to assure that no power in the world can touch even one inch of India’s land.” A giant truck journey: Nasik to Kerala in 10 months The truck carrying aerospace autoclave stationed at Kaimanom near Karamana in Thiruvananthapuram | VINCENT PULICKAL WHEN Subash Yadav and team set off from Nasik in Maharashtra in September 2019 with an aerospace autoclave to Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) in Thiruvananthapuram, they never thought that their journey would take more than 10 months. Braving the adversities of different terrains and challenges posed by Covid-19, the team will reach the VSSC facility at Vattiyoorkavu here on Saturday . Twenty-one-year-old Yadav and seven others are part of the team deputed by the Nasik-based Unique Chemo Plant Equipments to trans- Ladakh 1,147 Nagaland 916 Chandigarh 651 Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu 552 SLOW SPEED D H I N E S H K A L L U N G A L @ T’Puram Himachal Pradesh 1,377 port 5-metre-diametre horizontal aerospace autoclave manufactured by the private company on an extralong truck with 64 wheels to Thiruvananthapuram. The autoclave was procured by VSSC for its Composites Entity at Vattiyoorkavu. They set out on September 1, 2019. Yadav told TNIE that when their truck reached Panakam in Andhra Pradesh, the country went into a lockdown. When the truck, which can move at an average speed of 5-6 kmph in urban areas, was blocked by Andhra Pradesh authorities, the team got in touch with the company . They were told stay at Panakam. The stay lasted two months. ● More on P5 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
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