How to be Both eye NEWDELHI,LATECITY MAY24,2020 18PAGES,`6.00 THESUNDAY EXPRESSMAGAZINE (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, ` 12 SRINAGAR) DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM Gifts for memorable brands. Gift your team peace and security. KN95 Masks INFRARED THERMOMETER and MoRE www.rrgifting.in | +91-8527399075 | +91-9818867921 Centre says Aarogya app passport to fly, some states disagree NEW DELHI, RAIPUR, MAY 23 Chinese intrusions at 3 places in Ladakh; tents, monitoring equipment visible SUSHANT SINGH 60 1,25,101 NEW DELHI, MAY 23 Domestic flights to resume from May 25. Express gaye hain, toh main samajhta hoon quarantine ki zaroorat hi nahi honi chahiye (I can only say thatif youhavetheAarogyaSetu app, do not show CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TRACKING INDIA’S COVID CURVE CASES: RECOVERED: 51,783 | DEATHS:3,720 TESTS:28,34,798 | DOUBLINGRATE:13.07** BRACING FOR A SURGE Bedsarebeingputupatthecollegehall(above)andcanteenfoyeratMumbai’s StXavier’sCollegeinanticipationof alarge numberof Covid patientsinMumbai.Maharashtrasawasurgeof 2,940newcaseson Friday. Ganesh Shirsekar Glaring gaps in number of testing labs marks next Covid challenge TOTAL CASES SURGEIN 24HRS ■ Maharashtra 44,582 2,940 6.28% 11.46 ■ Gujarat 13,273 363 4.23% 17.02 ■ Delhi 12,910 591 4.74% 15.18 HOSPITALINVENTORY ■ Tamil Nadu AN EXPRESS SERIES KEYSTATES TOWATCH KN95 ZSMKN-20200310 LAC heats up, Army chief takes stock PRANAV MUKUL & GARGI VERMA LOCKDOWN DAY Type Approved REVIEW AT XIV CORPS HQ Half-a-dozen states insist on 14-day quarantine for incoming travellers WITH JUST a day to go for resumption of domestic flights, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri Saturday said there was no need for states to quarantineincomingtravellersif passengers had Aarogya Setu approval, and did not show any symptoms of Covid-19. At a Facebook Live session on Saturday, Puri said, “Main sirf yahi keh sakta hoon ki aapke pass Aarogya Setu app hai aur aapne apne aap ko test karvaya hai aur aapke paas symptoms nahi hain aur test mein aap negative paaye As celebrations begin for Satyajit Ray’s centenary year, contemporaries remember the breadth of the auteur’s genius. First up, a tribute to the women in his films — feminists with agency, sexual and intellectual freedom in an unequal world 7-DAYAVG. DOUBLING GROWTH* RATE** 14,753 786 5.55% 12.97 ■ Bihar 2,310 323 12.18% 5.91 ■ West Bengal 3,332 135 4.42% 16.28 * Compounded Daily Growth Rate over last 7 days ** Calculated over 7-day growth CONCERN CAUTION A GLIMMER BIHAR: Continues to add large case numbers; fastest growth rate among the major states. ASSAM: Small numbers as of now, but has been growing rapidly in the last few days. JHARKHAND: Has so far avoided the migrant-induced surge seen in Bihar, Odisha, Chhattisgarh. Based on daily data by Centre, ICMR, state governments TESTREPORTS FROMTHEFIELD KARISHMA MEHROTRA NEW DELHI, MAY 23 AS THE novel coronavirus widensitsreachacrossthecountry,ananalysisof hospitalinventory shows a glaring gap in testing facilities in districts that are recording new cases. This is delaying reporting of results,whichhassignificantim- plicationswhenmostof thenew cases are asymptomatic and decisions on isolation need to be taken as migrants pour in. Over two-thirds of the 630 districts — nationwide there are 736 districts — that have at least one case, have no Covid lab within their boundaries. Only 250 districts have a testing facility — of these, government labs carry the most load, they are in 238 districts; private labs are available in only 50 districts. About half of the country’s labs are concentrated in five states: Tamil Nadu (67), CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SUNDAY STORY PAGE 11 More is the answer AS TESTING ramps up, more labs especially in districts where Covid is spreading will speed up reporting, cut response time and help in management of people in quarantine or isolation. Labs may need to be embedded in district hospitals. WITH TENSIONS mounting along the Line of Actual Control following the Pangong Tso clash and detection of Chinese intrusions at three places in the Galwan river area, Army chief General MM Naravane landed Friday at the XIV Corps headquarters in Leh to review the situation in eastern Ladakh. The Army chief’s visit to the corps headquarters came a day after the Ministry of External AffairshitbackatBeijingoverthe LAC developments, saying “it is the Chinese side that has recently undertaken activity hindering India’s normal patrolling patterns” and “we are deeply committed to ensuring India’s sovereignty and security”. Indian and Chinese troops came to blows on the banks of the Pangong Tso, a lake which is partly under Indian control, on General M M Naravane the night of May 5-6. Chineseintrusions, sources said, have been detected at three places in the Galwan area, well inside Indian territory. There have been five meetingsbetweenlocalmilitarycommanders of the two sides so far, but the situationalong nearly 80 km of frontage remains unresolved. SourcessaidChinesesoldiers have crossed the LAC at three CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Civil Hospital worse than dungeon, says Gujarat HC Good News Amid a pandemic, the parenthood journey of a young couple — from the initial fears and uncertainties to a bundle of joy SOHINI GHOSH AHMEDABAD, MAY 23 THE GUJARAT High Court came down heavily on the state governmentfortryingto"artificially control” the Covid situation in the state and called the Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad, the main government Covid facility in the state, "as good as a dungeon, may be even worse". So far, the Civil Hospital has seen377Coviddeaths,whichaccounted for 45% of the total deaths in the state. While hearing several contentionsraisedaspartof aPublic Interest Litigation on COVID19relatedissues,abenchof Justices CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Rerouted special train Amphan brings down trees, experts say poor planning adds 2 days, five states SANTANU CHOWDHURY & RAVIK BHATTACHARYA AIIMS former HoD, Medicine, dies of Covid IRAM SIDDIQUE & AVISHEK G DASTIDAR ASTHA SAXENA MUMBAI, NEW DELHI, MAY 23 A PACKED Railway schedule since May 1 — 2,600 Shramik trains, around 80% bound for UP and Bihar — led to a bizarre situation where a migrant special from Mumbai, which was to reach Gorakhpur within 24 hours on Friday evening, was rerouted via Odisha, adding two days and five states to the original journey. WORLD BRAZIL SEES DEADLY SURGE, NOW ONLY BEHIND U.S. PAGE 13 NGOS – THE FACE OF HUMANITY BySaturdayevening,officials said, the train had crossed Gomoh in Jharkhand, still 600 km away from its destination, with the estimated arrival now “sometimeonSundaymorning”. Thetrain,whichleftMumbai at 7.20 pm on May 21 and was to reach Gorakhpur by May 22 evening “in normal timetable time”, is carrying its full capacity of 1,600 passengers. Several of them lashed out at the decision toreroutethetrainwithouttheir knowledge, and said they had CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KOLKATA, MAY 23 THE GREEN Banyan Tree in Howrah’s Shibpur has buffeted at least two recent cyclones – Fani and Bulbul. But a day after Amphan battered Kolkata and other parts of West Bengal on May 20, authorities took stock andfoundthat41proprootsand 30 branches of the 270-year-old tree lay strewn all over or were damaged. The same morning, several tree-lined avenues of Kolkata — Park Street, Beadon Street, Central Avenue and Southern Avenue — had turned into a graveyard of fallen trees such as peepal, Ashoka and banyan, some of which were close to a century old. According to the Kolkata MunicipalCorporation(KMC),as Amphan hit the city with wind speeds of 130 kmph and more, over 5,000 trees were uprooted. While several fell on houses, the others lay across roads, blocking traffic and snapping electricity, telephoneandbroadbandcables. Experts now say it will take at least 10 to 15 years to bring back the lost green space, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, MAY 23 According to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, over 5,000 trees were uprooted. Express DR JITENDRA Nath Pande (78), the former head of the medicine department at AIIMS and a stalwartinthefieldof pulmonology, diedduetocoronavirusathisresidence in Siddhartha Enclave on Saturday. After retiring from the country’s premier medical institutein2003,DrPandehadtaken up the mantle of director and professor of the pulmonology CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Indian docs spearhead UK’s Covid battle despite losses 43 per cent of NHS doctors Indians; 63 per cent of 200 health workers dead are Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic KAMAL PREET KAUR LONDON, MAY 23 “HEALING WILL take a very long time because we all are grieving in isolation. We were unable to say goodbyes and could not attend the funeral. Memories of playing golf and walking dogs withhim,ourchildhoodtogether, keep flashing before my eyes.” That was Dr Sukhbir Singh Rayat, grieving for cousin Dr Manjeet Singh Riyat, the first Sikh consultant for accident and emergency (A&E) at the Royal Derby Hospital, who died of Covid-19 on April 20. Like 52-year-old Riyat, hundreds of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff of the National Health Service (NHS) have been in the frontline of Britain’s battle against the pandemic. NHS workers at a hospital in Liverpool. Reuters file Indians constitute 43.3 per cent of the NHS workforce of 150,000doctors.Andthoughthe risks this time are enormous, they have soldiered on. A new analysis of NHS data of Covid deaths from March 1 to April21—authoredbyDrRobert Aldridge of the UCL Institute of HealthInformatics andDr Delan Devakumar of the UCL Institute for Global Health, it was published in Wellcome Open Research — found that the likelihood of death from Covid-19 is “significantly higher” among BAME groups than the general population.Theanalysisfactored data on age, region, ethnicity. Of the deaths in minority ethnicgroups,theanalysisfound that the largest numbers were among Indian (492 deaths) and Black Caribbean (460 deaths) groups. Of the 203 health workers who have died in the UK so far, 63percentwereBAME,of which 67 per cent were born outside the UK. Dr Onkar Sahota, a general practitionerandChairof London Assembly’s Health Committee who represents the Punjabidensity areas around Southall, has called upon the government to set up a public enquiry, pointing that the “disproportionately high death rate from Covid-19 among the BAME community is worrying and raises serious questions which demand answers”. He said, “94 per cent of the doctors who have died are from the BAME community and 63 per cent of all healthcare workers who have died are from the BAME community”. Dr Chaand Nagpaul, Chair of the Council of British Medical Association,askedfor“appropriate risk assessments” given the staggering number of deaths among BAME doctors and healthcare workers. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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