MADURAI SUNDAY MAY 09, 2021 `12.00 PAGES 24 LATE CITY EDITION TELANGANA GETS NOD TO TEST DRONES FOR VACCINE DELIVERY The state has to meet the Centre’s conditions to begin trials by May-end for delivery beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) 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 ■ ■ ■ 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 400 feet 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 KARNATAKA Restaurants takeaway, groceries by walk till 9 pm; no vehicles 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 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 AP Govt offices (8-11:30 am) Essential services Unhindered travel for Covid-19 management duties MOST OF INDIA SHUT DOWN Map shows level of restrictions and the active case load across states Arunachal Pradesh 1,893 Ladakh 1,400 Jammu & Kashmir 44,307 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 Madhya Pradesh 95,423 Gujarat 1,46,385 Kerala 4,02,997 Nagaland 2,433 Manipur 3,506 Mizoram 1,906 Tripura 2,533 Chhattisgarh 1,31,041 Odisha 78,602 Goa 31,716 Karnataka 5,36,661 To help the public prepare for lockdown, all shops will be let to function from 6 am to 9 pm today West Bengal 1,24,098 Maharashtra 6,57,019 FULL LOCKDOWN IN TN FOR TWO WEEKS FROM MONDAY Telangana 71,308 Andhra Pradesh 1,86,695 ACTIVE CASES Tamil Nadu 1,35,355 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) E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai INTENSIFYING measures, gradually, Chief Minister MK Stalin on Saturday announced a complete lockdown for two weeks beginning on May 10. In a statement, Stalin said that during the lockdown period, State government offices will not function, except essential services such as secretariat, health, revenue, disaster management, police, home guard, fire and rescue services, prisons department, district administration, electricity, drinking water supply treasuries etc. The heads of the essential departments should make arrangements for the transportation of employees. The restriction will apply to Union government offices too. To help the public prepare for the lockdown, all shops and establishments will be allowed to function on Saturday and Sunday between 6 am and 9 pm. The Chief Minister also announced that all TASMAC shops would remain closed during the full lockdown period while only takeaway services would be allowed at restaurants/hotels/mess and tea shops. Tea shops can function only till 12 noon. Recreation clubs, bars, auditoriums, entertainment/amusement parks, and meeting halls will not function. Restrictions on international flight service will continue (except for the routes allowed by the Union Home Ministry). Later, in a televised speech, the Chief Minister made a fervent appeal to the people to adhere to the guidelines issued for preventing the spread of this infection. Admitting that the lockdown would affect the livelihood of the people, he reasoned that without a complete lockdown, containing the infection would be difficult. Giving a detailed account on how the spread of corona infection is surging ahead in many States, Stalin said in TN, the number of new cases per day has gone above 10 percent in more than 23 districts. The decision to enforce a full lockdown has been taken based on the views expressed by health experts as well as the district collectors during the high-level P4 meeting held on Friday . CENTRE INCREASES OXYGEN SUPPLY TO TAMIL NADU Chennai: Hours after CM MK Stalin requested the Centre to enhance oxygen supply to the State, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has increased the oxygen allocation from 220 MT to 419 MT. The Centre has increased the allocations at the Inox Sriperambudur unit from 50 MT to 140 MT a day. The move is expected to improve the oxygen crisis in State State sets up Covid-19 war room O M J A S V I N M D @ Chennai TAMIL Nadu government has set up a Covid-19 war room, that will monitor the available number of beds, ambulance services, and oxygen supply Chief Minister MK Stalin on May 5 had informed the of. ficials to take measures to this effect. Medical and Family Welfare Minister Ma Subramanian, who inspected the war room at the Directorate of Public Health headquarters, said that it will act as a nodal point and as a command centre for managing bed availability at both government and private hospitals, especially for critically-ill patients requiring oxygen. Health secretary J Radhakrishnan said the war room will dynamically monitor the number of beds and oxygen availP4 able and help to connect with patients faster. STANDING UP FOR WOMEN PLUS 12 PAGES
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