KOZHIKODE l Sunday l may 09, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l city edition telangana gets nod to test drones for vaccine deliverY 400 feet Faster delivery, improved access strategy Will have to submit report to centre The approval is part of Centre’s strategy to enhance the scope of drone usage in the country to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. On April 30, the state government was permitted to use drones for experimental delivery of shots within the visual line of sight. The ministry said this would serve its dual plan of ensuring faster vaccine delivery and improved healthcare access The state has to meet the Centre’s conditions to begin trials by May-end for delivery beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) ■ ■ ■ On April 22, the Indian Council for Medical Research was granted conditional exemption for a similar experiment with IIT-Kanpur One of the conditions laid down by the Centre mandates that drone operations shall be limited between sunrise and sunset After trials, the state will submit a Proof of Concept to the Centre is the height permitted for the drones to fly during the test runs 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 what’s allowed THE WAVE OF LOCKDOWNS Map shows level of restrictions and the active case load across states kerala Essential, emergency travel Medical shops. Restaurants (takeaway and delivery) Banks on Monday, Wednesday and Friday Interstate travel on e-pass. Weddings & funerals with 20 attendees max Jammu & Kashmir 44,307 kARNATAKA Restaurants takeaway, getting groceries on foot till 9 pm Standalone bars and liquor stores (6-10 am) Milk booths, Shops selling essentials (6-10 am). Veg pushcarts Home delivery of food, e-commerce, essentials Flights and trains. Cabs to and from airport and rail stations Pharmacies, fuel stations, banks AP Govt offices (8-11:30 am) Essential services Unhindered travel for Covid-19 management duties Delhi, UP, Haryana, J&K, Rajasthan Essential shops TELANGANA Essential shops, Emergency travel Marriage and funeral attendance with ceiling Jharkhand Essential shops, select govt & private offices Industry, construction, agricultural and mining CHHATTISGARH Essential shops, restaurants Banks and post offices BIHAR Home delivery from 9 am to 9 pm Weddings, funerals with ceiling on attendees PUNJAB Essential shops, travel with negative report Government offices with 50% staff Agriculture, grocery, hardware items and liquor till 5 pm on weekdays ODISHA Essential shops on weekdays. Travel of 500 metres from homes Weddings and funerals within ceiling MP Essential and emergency services. Time window for shops to operate (varying duration) Govt offices, industries Meghalaya 2,466 Himachal Pradesh 29,513 Punjab 69,724 Uttarakhand Assam 67,691 Jharkhand 35,493 61,177 Delhi Sikkim Bihar 91,305 2,398 1,15,067 Uttar Pradesh 2,54,118 Haryana 1,15,963 Rajasthan 1,99,147 tamil nadu Milk supply, courier services, fuel outlets, Amma canteens Shops selling essentials (grocery, vegetable, meat, and fish) can function till 12 pm without running AC Arunachal Pradesh 1,893 Ladakh 1,400 Madhya Pradesh 95,423 Gujarat 1,46,385 Nagaland 2,433 West Bengal 1,24,098 Maharashtra 6,57,019 Manipur 3,506 Mizoram 1,906 Tripura 2,533 Chhattisgarh 1,31,041 Odisha 78,602 Goa 31,716 Telangana 71,308 Karnataka 5,36,661 Andhra Pradesh 1,86,695 Tamil Nadu 1,35,355 Kerala 4,02,997 active cases partial lockdown lockdown no lockdown No bar on essentials Pharmacies, shops selling groceries and vegetables, and take-away food services are usually allowed in lockdown, though with some restriction on timing. Also, essential services such as telecom, cable TV, media are also allowed to operate as usual (check sidebar for more details) State assigns local bodies major tasks in Covid fight Chief minister lays stress on reviving ward-level committees to perform micro-management of situation; med team to be set up at local level E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ T’Puram REALISING the crucial role local bodies have to play in Covid prevention during the second wave of the pandemic, the state government has called for a thorough revival of ward-level committees by assigning them duties ranging from micro-management of the Covid situation to transportation of patients and ensuring availability of food, medicines and medical equipment. Briefing reporters after chairing a meeting of elected representatives of local bodies, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said 24-hour control rooms will be set up at the local level, which will provide complete information on Covid treatment centres. A dedicated medical team comprising doctors serving in the government and private sectors will also be set up at the local level. The chief minister has also directed local bodies to chalk out a proper transportation plan for patients. Besides ambulances, other vehicles should also be used. While each panchayat should have a minimum of five such vehicles, each urban local body should have 10, he said. A core team will be formed at the panchayat and municipality levels with the head of the local body at the helm. “Some local bodies have seen test positivity rate of up to 28%. Though there has been a slight dip in TPR, we cannot heave a sigh of relief yet. In areas with high TPR, adequate intervention with more precaution is required,” the chief minster said. Noting that ward-level committees were not active enough in many local bodies, Pinarayi called for setting up of such committees in all the civic bodies for Covid prevention efforts. Members of the committees should assess the spread of the pandemic by carrying out door-to-door visits and report the needs to the local bodies concerned. Besides creating Covid awareness, the ward-level committees should prepare a list of ambulances and make alternative arrangements in case of shortage. A list of health workers and volunteers in the locality should also ● More on P4 be prepared. The Supreme Court on Saturday constituted a 12-member national task force to formulate a methodology for scientific allocation of medical oxygen to all states and Union Territories. The order comes in the backdrop of several states complaining about an acute oxygen shortage and blaming the Centre for not providing sufficient quantum. Initially the , task force would get a six-month tenure, with the Centre nominating two nodal officers, who would arrange logistics, including communication with members, and virtual meetings of the task force. In the 24-page order, a bench, comprising justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah, said the taskforce shall draw upon the human resources of the Union govern- ment for consultation and information. It would also be free to formulate its modalities and procedures for working. “The rationale for constituting a task force at the national level is to facilitate a public health response to the pandemic based on scientific and specialised knowledge,” the order read. The court said that a consensus had emerged on the need for en- suring allotment of medical oxygen on a scientific, rational and equitable basis and suggested that an expert body of renowned national experts with diverse experience in health institutions be formed. The Central and state governments shall provide complete and real time data for facilitating the work of the task force as and when necessary “All private hos. Indian strain twice as infectious as UK variant, says expert T'Puram: Be it because of the frightening surge in Covid cases in the second wave or fear of hefty penalties one has to shell out, people by and large remained indoors, complying with the nineday complete lockdown in the state on day one on Saturday. P4 Despite state's promises, migrant workers return T'Puram: With more restrictions imposed in the state by the state government in the wake of the surge in Covid-19, over 500 migrant workers, fondly called guest workers, have returned to their native states through trains and buses. Many of them are returning to their native states in smaller groups for the past two weeks. P4 pitals and other healthcare institutions shall co-operate with the task force. We expect that the leading experts in the country shall associate with the work of the task force both as members and resource persons. This will facilitate a meeting of minds and the formulation of scientific strategies to deal with an unprecedented human crisis,” it said. HOW TO APPLY Fill up the form given below the option ‘pass’ Details to be given Namedate of birth vehicle numbervehicle type (two-/three-/four wheeler)co-passenger’s name (only one allowed) from and totravel date & time | purpose of travelreturn date & time mobile numberplace Details of ID including type & number (Aadhaar card, voters Id, pan card, ration card and driving licence are allowed) Residing police district ... and then Click the submit button after confirming the registration A message will be received on the mobile number given in the form The user will get SMS of approval if the purpose of travelling is found genuine The user can also check the status of application at any time HC: Assault charge can’t be invoked just because an officer is in uniform S u m i S u k a n ya D u t ta @ New Delhi The Indian strain of the coronavirus, B.1.617, is twice as infectious as the UK variant and thrice as contagious as the one behind last year’s Covid-19 wave. Scientists involved in the whole genome sequencing told TNIE that the conclusion was based on the study of growth of the mutant in samples collected from districts. “We examined the data carefully and the way this lineage, also called double mutant, is growing as compared to others is reICMR study markable,” said a senior scienon risks tist involved in the INSACOG posed project, a consortium of several An ICMR study institutions under the National found that the Centre for Disease Control to B.1.617 lineage carry out an extensive genomic caused more surveillance. “There is a greater need to severe disease in hamsters and double mask and maintain soraised the cial distancing as this virus is chances of highly infectious,” the scientist hypoxia. But added. Their analysis has conchief advisor to firmed that B.1.617 is 50-70% INSACOG said he more infectious as compared to was not the B.117 lineage or the UK variconcerned as he ant. On Friday, the UK had dedidn’t think it clared B.1.617 a variant of conpredicted the cern (VOC). On Monday last, severity in NCDC director Sujeet Kumar humans cases Singh had declared the B.1.617 accurately as VOC for the first time and suggested that it might be driving Covid cases in India. As per the figures he shared, samples from at least 18 states that have undergone genomic surveillance showed the presence of this variant. In Kerala, B.1.617 has gone from 0% to 7% in two months, while in the UK, this lineage changed from 0% to 6% over eight weeks. “If both were equally infectious, they should also change at the same rate but that is not the case. The rate of growth of the double mutant virus is twice of the UK variant but we will have a clearer picture in a week’s time,” he said. Online registration for availing police pass for travelling during lockdown can be made on Kerala Police portal pass.bsafe.kerala.gov.in. Pass will be issued to those who want to travel for emergency purposes and also to workers who have to commute short distances regularly Lockdown total on day 1, police pull up violators SC forms national task force to facilitate public response to Covid K a n u S a r d a @ New Delhi e-curfew pass: Who should apply & how E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ Kochi MUMMY RETURNS! A myna feeds its young ones sitting in a tree hole at Pongumoodu in Thiruvananthapuram. The world observes Mother’s Day on Sunday | Vincent Pulickal e x p r e ss r e a d Lockdown in TN from Monday Chennai: With Tamil Nadu witnessing a sharp increase in Covid cases, the government on Saturday announced clamping a two-week total lockdown across the state to curb the spread of the pandemic, starting May 10. Chief Minister M K Stalin said in a statement that the lockdown was being enforced due to “unavoidable reasons”. P5 Facebook blocks poet’s account T'Puram: Facebook has temporarily blocked the account of poet K Satchidanandan for allegedly sharing a post criticising PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. The poet alleged there is an attempt by a vested group close to the Centre to closely scrutinise opinion makers. As per the FB intimation, the account was blocked for 24 hours from Friday night. +ve test report no longer mandatory for hospitalisation New Delhi: In view of the difficulty being faced by Covid patients in getting timely medical care, the Centre on Saturday removed the mandatory requirement for positive test report for hospitalisation. The revised policy applies to both government and private hospitals, earmarked for treating Covid19 patients. The move comes after rising instances of hospitals turning away even critical patients for want of test reports. JUST because a police officer is in uniform, the charges of assaulting a public servant in the lawful discharge of his duty (Section 353 of IPC) cannot be invoked against a person, the Kerala High Court has ruled. Justice P V Kunhikrishnan issued the order while granting bail to two advocates who are accused of assaulting an inspector of police on his way out of the High Court. The petitioners are accused persons in a case registered by the Ernakulam Central police. According to the prosecution, the complainant, who is working as the inspector of police at the Bekal station, had come to the High Court in connection with an inquiry being carried out against him. The allegation against the police officer was that he had taken an accused in a case into custody and ill-treated him at Cherthala police station. The inquiry sitting against the police officer was conducted by higher police officers and the advocategeneral within the High Court premises. The lawyer, who was allegedly ill-treated by the police, and the inspector were present for attending the inquiry After the sitting, when the . inspector was coming out of the High Court premises, some lawyers including the petitioners formed an unlawful assembly, started a riot armed with deadly weapons and assaulted him, according to the case. The counsel for the petitioners submitted that the registration of the case invoking Section 353 of IPC by the police was illegal. The court stated that to attract Section 353, one of the main ingredients is that the assault or criminal force should be to deter the public servant from discharging his official duty. Admittedly, the police officer was attending an inquiry based on a complaint filed by a lawyer. By no stretch of imagination, it can be said that he was in the lawful discharge of his duty as a public servant at the time of the alleged incident. Just because he was in uniform, Section 353 would not attract in this case. How Section 353 IPC was added in this case remains a mystery the court ordered. ., Standing Up For Women PLUS 12 PAGES
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