tirupati l wednesday l april 21, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l late city EDITION U.S. advises citizens to avoid India travel, issues guidelines Placing India on ‘Level 4: Very high level’ list, the Centers for Disease Control said even fully vaccinated people are at risk Exception made for urgent travel PM calls off porto visit for EU summit The advisory, suggesting travellers to reconsider their itinerary, comes a day after the UK imposed similar restrictions on flying to India. The CDC, however, made exceptions for pressing cases with certain conditions. “If you must travel to India, get fully vaccinated. All travellers should wear a mask, stay 6 feet from others, avoid crowds, and wash their hands,” it advised ■ ■ Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Portugal for India-EU summit has been called off in view of the pandemic. The May 8 summit in the city of Porto would instead be virtual The change in plan for the 16th India-EU summit was decided after consultations with the EU and Portuguese leadership 80% Countries across the world have been deemed as risky by the CDC assessment 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 Save India from lockdown: PM Says protecting lives and keeping economy moving are vital for national fightback M ANISH ANAND @ New Delhi cinema norms Though cinema theatre owners in Telangana have decided to stop screening of films from Wednesday, their counterparts in AP are yet to take a call on the issue | P Ravindra Babu AP reports 35 deaths, active cases up to 53K E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada Andhra Pradesh witnessed a sharp spike in Covid-19 cases and fatalities in the 24 hours ending Tuesday 9 am. A total of 8,987 new cases were reported taking the State’s Covid tally to 9,76,987. It is the highest single-day spike in Covid cases since September 13, 2020. The number of fatalities reported was 35, which is the highest since October 15. The number of active cases increased to 53,889. It is the highest caseload in the State since October 4. After crossing the 7,000-mark on April 17, the active caseload decreased the following day On . April 19, the active case load fell below the 6,000mark. Contrary STATE WIDE to the assessApril 19 April 20 ment, the State Fresh cases 5,963 8,987 w i t n e s s e d a Recoveries 2,569 3,116 sharp spike in Deaths 27 35 Covid cases. The daily count almost reached the 9,000- mark on April 20. However, there was no big difference in the number of samples tested. Compared to 37,765 samples tested on Monday 37,922 samples were tested on , Tuesday . Though there was a slight rise in the samples tested, the daily count increased from 5,963 to 8987. A total of 1,57,53,679 samples have been tested so far. Chittoor recorded more than 1,000 new P4 cases for the fifth consecutive day . Prime Minister Narendra Modi was emphatic in his address to the nation on Tuesday that lockdown was not the way out to contain the exponential growth of fresh Coving cases, urging state governments to focus on micro-containment strategies instead. Stating that all efforts are being made for the wellbeing of the economy and the people, Modi said the country needs to be saved from lockdown, which should be the last resort for state governments. Modi also referred to reports of migrants thronging railway stations and bus depots to return home, and urged state governments to instill trust in the labour force that their employment would remain protected while they will be expeditiously vaccinated at their places of work. “I want to request the state administrations that they protect the trust of the labour force that they should stay where they are, and they will continue with their employment while they get vaccinated,” he said. Ensuring the labour force testing to be hiked With the number of Covid-19 cases and casualties increasing at an alarming rate in the State, the medical and health department is gearing up to ramp up testing express read Appoint ad-hoc judges if vacancy is 20%: SC New Delhi: Expressing concern over the large number of pending cases in high courts, the Supreme Court on Tuesday set the ball rolling for appointment of ad-hoc judges in HCs to clear pendency. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde said, “This crisis situation must be tackled. Some innovation is always the rule of the game.” The bench said the process to appoint ad-hoc judges can be initiated if vacancies are more than 20% of the sanctioned strength of the high court. Maharashtra to import vaccines It’s happy with the Centre’s new vax policy, will import vaccines if need be with funds diverted from all the departments to carry out an extensive inoculation drive on the lines of the UK, says state health minister Rajesh Tope Kerala seeks free vaccines Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan writes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to provide entire quantity of vaccines needed by state govts free of cost, instead of the new policy to let states buy part of their requirement directly from manufacturers Maha headed for full lockdown? E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @ Mumbai / New Delhi Rahul tests Covid +ve Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said he has tested positive for Covid-19. “After experiencing mild symptoms, I’ve just tested positive,” he tweeted Maharashtra, where lockdown-like restrictions are already in place since April 15, is headed for a 15-day total lockdown. The Cabinet meeting on Tuesday unanimously decided to impose strict lockdown from Wednesday night. The final announcement will be made by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday, health minister Rajesh Tope said. The Cabinet also decided to cancel Class 10 exam of the state board. Tope said the state is facing the severe shortage of medical oxygen and Remdesivir injection, while hospital beds are fully occupied. “If we don’t act now, things will be difficult to handle,” he added. Another minister, Jitendra Awhad, said Uddhav was initially reluctant to go for a complete lockdown but the ministers prevailed over him. NATIONWIDE April 19 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 2,72,191 1,44,178 1,619 April 20 2,57,409 1,54,761 1,761 Maharashtra has 6,70,388 positive cases with 2,46,119 patients admitted in hospitals. The situation in Delhi is equally bad with CM Arvind Kejriwal pleading the Centre “with folded hands” to rush medical oxygen. “Serious oxygen crisis persists in Delhi... Some hospitals are left with just a few hours of oxygen,” he tweeted. “ On Monday, the Delhi government had set up a 24-member committee to ensure “rational” use of medical oxygen for treatment of Covid-19 paP7 tients. S r ee n u B a b u Pat i v a d a @ Srikakulam 2l doses for ap Andhra Pradesh is set to get another two lakh doses of Covishield vaccine from the Centre on Wednesday morning to intensify the vaccination drive 30 million Covaxin doses by next month Bharat Biotech to produce 30 mn doses next month. “This month we are reaching 20 mn, next month we will be making around 30 mn... by July-August we will be able to reach 700 to 800 mn doses production capacity per annum,” says its CMD Krishna Ella Odisha prevents entry of people from AP at border checkposts control room to come up at svims TTD EO and AP Covid Command Control Centre Chairman of KS Jawahar Reddy asked district collector M Harinarayan to open control rooms at SVIMS. He directed officials to use Sri Padmavati Nilayam at Tiruchanoor, and Vishnu Nivasam and Srinivasam rest houses for Covid isolation services stays at their workplace is necessary for expeditious inoculation, as all above 18 years of age will be vaccinated from May 1, he pointed out. “Efforts of all of us are to save the lives, and also to ensure that livelihood and the economy are least affected,” he emphasised. His remarks came in the wake of a few of the state governments, including Delhi, imposing lockdown, which triggered panic among the migrant workers, wary as they are of a rerun of last year’s exodus. Reiterating his request for people’s cooperation in enforcement of the Covid-19 appropriate protocol, Modi called upon the youth, including children, to follow the good practices in their neighbourhood. “If the protocols are followed, there will be no need even for containment zones,” he said. Reassuring the people that the Covid-19 situation will be expeditiously brought under control, Modi said medical oxygen supply is being ramped up in a big way while pharmaceutical companies have already increased production of necessary medicines to treat Covid patients Gajapati District Collector Anupam Saha regulates movement of people at Mahendratanaya Bridge at AOB on Tuesday | EXPRESS Partial lockdown in Guntur from April 25 Guntur: With a large chunk of new Covid-19 infections in the district emerging from the Guntur Municipal Corporation (GMC) limits, the district administration has decided to impose partial lockdown in the corporation limits from April 25 to curb the spread of virus With the spike in Covid-19 cases in North Coastal Andhra districts, particularly in Srikakulam, the neighbouring Odisha has started restricting the entry of people from the State into its territory. Only those people with Covid-19 negative report or a vaccination certificate are being allowed into Odisha. Special check posts have been set up at Rayagada bordering Vizianagaram and at Parlakhemundi and Girisola bordering Srikakulam on Andhra Odisha Border (AOB) by the Odisha authorities to restrict the entry of people from AP into their State. People living in the border villages go to Odisha for their daily needs as the places in the neighbouring State are easily accessible rather than the mandal or district headquarters in Srikakulam or Vizianagaram. As several districts in Odisha, some of them adjacent to Andhra Pradesh, have already declared night curfew and weekend shutdown from April 17, severe restrictions have been imposed on movement of vehicles and people from other States to curb the spread of Covid. People are being screened at the borders. RT-PCR tests are being conducted on drivers of vehicles carrying goods. Drivers of vehicles who test negative, will only be allowed into the State. Gajapati District Collector Anupam Saha personally monitored the movement of people at Mahendratanaya bridge connecting Pathapatnam of AP and Parlakhemundi of Odisha on Tuesday People of AP without Covid negative . report are being sent back by police personnel manning check posts on the State borders. Hoardings on Covid restrictions imposed by the Odisha government were also set up at border points. When contacted by TNIE, Srikakulam District Collector J Nivas said Odisha officials at AOB are restricting the movement of people from other States as per their government orders. “As on date, there are no restrictions on interstate movement issued by the Centre, but the Odisha government is implementing the restrictions,’’ he said, adding that AP has not put any restrictions on inter-state movement at the AOB. CBI arrests Gandhi who probed Jagan E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @ Hyderabad The CBI on Tuesday arrested tainted former GST assistant commissioner Bollineni Srinivasa Gandhi in a disproportionate assets case. He had investigated several high profile cases, including the alleged quid pro quo case involving Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and GST fraud involving Rajya Sabha MP Sujana Chowdary . It is learnt that he was arrested after he failed to appear for questioning. He will be produced before the Special Court for CBI cases. The CBI had booked Gandhi when he was working as a superintendent in the Anti-Evasion Wing of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in Hyderabad, for allegedly amassing properties disproportionate to his known sources of income. During the probe, it was found he had invested in plots and agriculture lands in Amaravati and its surroundings. Gandhi had also worked at the Enforcement Directorate for 10 years. In 2014, he acquired 2.96 acres in Tarigoppula village in the Amartavati region, in the name of his daughter B Sai Manaswitha. He also purchased land admeasuring 0.42 cents at Mandadam in Thullur mandal in his father’s name. Investigation revealed Gandhi along with the then deputy commissioner of Central Taxes of Hyderabad GST office Ch Sudha Rani had registered cases against several companies and collected bribes. The Union Finance Ministry which received a tip-off about their activities ordered an internal inquiry in March, 2019. In 2017, Jagan Mohan Reddy had lodged a complaint against Gandhi and the then joint director of Enforcement Director Uma Shankar for their vindictive and discriminatory actions. Migrant workers who returned from other States, go to their hometowns in Srikakulam district by boarding RTC buses in Visakhapatnam bus station on Tuesday | G Satyanarayana Migrant workers start returning to State from Gujarat, other States Screening at railway station All passengers, including migrant labourers, are undergoing checking with thermal scanners at the railway station exit point in Vizag Separate entry, exit points Railway sources said they made separate exit and entry points at the railway station to ensure the smooth flow of passengers G Janardhana Rao @ Visakhapatnam Amid fears of lockdown due to spike in Covid-19 cases in the country, the influx of migrant workforce back to their native places in Srikakulam has started. A large number of people from North Coastal Andhra, who work in Gujarat in textile mills and construction industry are returning to , their hometowns so as not to face situation similar to last year when hundreds were stranded at various places due to lockdown. Though the Central and State governments are reiterating that there will be no fur- Vasanthotsavam in Ekantham at Tirumala E x p r e s s n e w s s e r v i c e @ Tirupati Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has cancelled Arjitha Sevas (virtual), including Kalyanotsavam, Unjal Seva, Arjitha Brahmotsavam and Sahasra Deepalankara Seva on April 24, 25 and 26 due to annual Vasanthotsavam. The three-day Vasanthotsavam will be held in Ekantham in view of Covid. As part of the festival conducted in the spring season, Lord Malayappa Swamy is worshipped with flowers and assorted fruits. Snapana Thirumanjanam to processional deities will be performed in the morning and celestial procession will be taken out in Four Mada Streets in the evening during Vasanthotsavam. The TTD has cancelled Swarna Ratham procession in view of Covid. ther lockdown as it will disrupt the economy of the country migrant workers are , returning to their native places in view of spiralling cases there. The migrant labourers are arriving by trains from Gujarat and from railway station they are heading to bus station where they are boarding buses, particularly towards Srikakulam. Speaking to TNIE, one such migrant worker Simhachalam, who works in a construction company in Gujarat, said since he did not want to take any risk of getting stranded there, he along with his family members were going to their P4 native place early . night curfew imposed in hyderabad Hyderabad: The nightmare of night curfew is back once again in the State. Till April 30, one has to remain home at nights between 9 pm and 5 am. The State government imposed the night curfew on the State on Tuesday in the wake of an explosion in the number of Covid-19 cases in the State. The night curfew will end at 5 am on May 1. Any violation of the night curfew rules will result in prosecution under Sections 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and Section 188 of the IPC as well as other applicable laws,” stated an order issued by CS Somesh Kumar.
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