THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 06 JANUARY 2022 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA| NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P6 WEATHER GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY WITH VERY LIGHT RAIN/DRIZZLE. MODERATE FOG IN THE MORNING. THE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WOULD BE AROUND 20 AND 11 DEGREES CELSIUS RESPECTIVELY RAINFALL: Nil P9 India crosses 1 cr vaccine milestone for kids: Govt P4 Min: 79% Channi refutes ‘security breach’ allegations, says will conduct inquiry Min: 10.9°C (+4) SUN SETS 17:39 hrs MOON SETS 21:38 hrs STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE CHANDIGARH, 5 JANUARY THUMBNAILS Students of RC High School Angnabari show their vaccination certificates after receiving a dose of Covaxin during a vaccination drive in Ranchi on ANI Wednesday. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, -5 JANUARY Kashmiri people walk on the snow-covered road as the upper reaches of Jammu and Kashmir receives fresh snowfall, in Budgam district, on MOHAMMAD AMIN WAR Wednesday. Freedom fighter K Ayyappan Pillai passes away at 107: Veteran freedom fighter and BJP leader , K Ayyappan Pillai passed away at a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday morning. He was 107. Ayyappan Pillai was a doyen of Travancore politics starting from the early thirties and for several decades later. Pillai participated in the Quit India Movement after meeting Mahatma Gandhi. He joined the BJP in the 1970s and had served as its state vice-president. Union health minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday lauded the spirit of the youngsters for taking record 1 crore anti-Covid vaccine shots and said “superb enthusiasm” among “Young India” for vaccination. “More than 1 crore youngsters between 15-18 years' age group have received first dose of Covid vaccines that, too, on their third day of vaccination drive. I appeal to all eligible young friends to get vaccinated at the earliest,”he added in a tweet. With the vaccination drive for adolescents entering its third day, as per the Co-WIN portal 1,06,27,277 children in the 15 to 18 years' age group have been vaccinated with the first Covid-19 vaccine dose so far. According to the government's Co-WIN portal, 1,33,64,030 children have registered so far for the first dose of vaccine. As of now, India reports 58,097 fresh cases, Omicron tally 2,135 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 5 JANUARY 3,50,18,358 2,14,004 58,097 15,389 4,82,551 ram Bhargava said that Omicron,is the predominant circulating strain in India. So far 24 states have reported Omicron infection, sources said in the Union health ministry. Meanwhile, the weekly positivity rate has climbed to 2.60 per cent amid a sudden spike India logged a single-day rise of 58,097 Covid cases and 534 deaths in a span of 24 hours even as Omicron tally climbed to 2,135, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday.On Tuesday, India had reported 37,379 Covid cases. With the addition of new deaths, the toll has UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. reached 4,82,551. WEDNESDAY 05 JANUARY 2022 The active caseload has jumped at 2,14,004 which con- of cases. stitutes 0.61 per cent of the counAlso in the same period, a total try's total positive cases. of 13,88,647 tests were conductMeanwhile, the Omicron infec- ed across the country. tion tally has climbed to 2,135 The daily positivity rate stands across the nation. However, out at 4.18 per cent. With the adminof the total Omicron positive istration of over 96 lakhs vaccine cases, 828 have been discharged doses in the last 24 hours, India's from hospitals. Covid inoculation coverage has Indian Council of Medical reached 147.72 crore as of WednesResearch Director General Dr Bal- day. only Bharat Biotech's indigenously-made Covaxin is available for vaccinating the 15-18 years' age group. According to the Health Ministry, additional doses of Covaxin will be sent to the states and UTs for administering the vaccine to this population category.The vaccination process for a third precautionary dose of vaccine for health workers, frontline workers and vulnerable senior citizens will begin from January 10.The precautionary vaccine dose, which is to be given to healthcare and frontline workers, and those over 60 years of age with co-morbidities from January 10, will be the same vaccine as administered previously in the first two doses, said Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, NITI Aayog. “Precautionary COVID-19 vaccine dose will be the same vaccine as has been given previously. Those who've received Covaxin will receive Covaxin, those who've received primary two doses of Covishield will receive Covishield," Dr Paul said. Rajnath receives report on IAF chopper crash STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 5 JANUARY Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief Air Marshal V N Chaudhari is learnt to have presented a detailed report to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on the findings of the probe into the 8 December chopper crash in which Chief of the Defence Staff, Gen Bipin Rawat and 13 others were killed. The tri-service court of inquiry was headed by Air Marshal Manvendra Singh and included personnel from the IAF, Army and the Navy. The inquiry team is understood to have suggested that pilots were following a railway line while flying towards the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington when a thick cloud cover emerged. The pilot may have got disoriented due to low visibility, leading to a collision and the subsequent crash. A technical fault in the helicopter or sabotage has been ruled out. The probe team has suggested a relook at the standard operating procedures for flying VVIPs. The team examined all likely scenarios for the crash, including possible human error. The IAF chief had earlier said that VVIP protocols for flying will be reviewed once the probe has been completed. Gen Rawat, his wife and twelve other armed forces personnel were on board the Mi-series chopper when it crashed between Coimbatore and Sulur in Tamil Nadu on 8 December. Centre issues revised isolation guidelines amid Covid surge NEW RULES The patient under home isolation will stand discharged and end isolation after at least 7 days from testing positive and they shall continue wearing masks. Asymptomatic contacts of infected STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 5 JANUARY In view of the Covid cases spiralling across the nation with Omicron as predominant circulating strain, the Centre on Wednesday issued revised guidelines for home isolation of mild and asymptomatic patients. The patient under home isolation will stand discharged and end isolation after at least 7 days from testing positive and they shall continue wearing masks. There is no need for re-testing after the home isolation period is P12 Major lapse in Modi's security in Punjab:PMO TEMPERATURE Max: 15.7°C (-4) SUN RISES 07:15 hrs MOON RISES 10:55 hrs ICC TEST RANKINGS: BUMRAH IN TOP 10 The Prime Minister was stuck on a flyover for 15-20 minutes RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 96% TELANGANA HC GRANTS BAIL TO STATE BJP CHIEF NORTH KOREA FIRES BALLISTIC MISSILE CHARITY’S VICTORY individuals need not undergo Covid test and monitor health in home quarantine as per the new guidelines. Elderly patients aged more than 60 years with comorbid conditions will only be allowed home isolation after proper evaluation by the treating medical officer. over. Asymptomatic contacts of infected individuals need not undergo Covid test and monitor health in home quarantine as per the new guidelines. “Patient should at all times use triple layer medical mask. They should discard mask after 8 hours of use or earlier if the mask becomes wet or is visibly soiled. In the event of Caregiver entering the room, both Caregiver and patient may preferably consider using N-95 mask”, said the new guidelines. The mask should be discarded after cutting them to pieces and putting in a paper bag for a minimum of 72 hours. The patient should stay in a well-ventilated room with cross ventilation and windows should be kept open to allow fresh air to come in. The patients have been advised to self monitor the blood oxygen saturation with a pulse oximeter. The patient may self-monitor breathing rate, respiratory rate in sitting position, breathe normally and count the number of breaths taken in 1 full minute and report promptly if any deterioration of symptom is noticed, says the new guidelines. Elderly patients aged more than 60 years with co-morbid conditions will only be allowed home isolation after proper evaluation by the treating medical officer. The patients suffering from immune compromised status (HIV, Transplant recipients, Cancer therapy etc) are not recommended for home iso- lation and shall only be allowed home isolation after proper evaluation by the treating Medical Officer, said the guidelines. For the treatment for patients with mild, asymptomatic disease in home isolation, the ministry has advised that patient may utilize the tele-consultation platform made available by the district, state administration. If fever is not controlled with a maximum dose of Paracetamol 650 mg four times a day, consult the treating doctor, said the new guidelines.The patients have been advised to perform warm water gargles or take steam inhalation thrice a day. The guidelines, however prohibit to rush for selfmedication, blood investigation or radiological imaging like chest X ray or chest CT scan without consultation from treating Medical Officer. The concerned district administration under the overall supervision of State Health Authority shall be responsible for monitoring the patient under home isolation. PM Narendra Modi's cavalcade that was stuck on a flyover on Wednesday. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 5 JANUARY I n what the Prime Minister Office here on Wednesday charged a ‘major lapse’ in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security, the road leading to National Martyrs Memorial at Hussainiwala in Punjab was found blocked by the Prime Minister’s convoy upon reaching a flyover where he was stuck for 15-20 minutes. A PMO note giving details of the development said, on Wednesday morning the Prime Minister Modi had landed at Bathinda from where he was to go to the National Martyrs Memo- rial at Hussainiwala by helicopter. Due to rain and poor visibility, the Prime Minister waited for about 20 minutes for the weather to clear out.” “When the weather did not improve, it was decided that he (PM Modi) would visit the National Marytrs Memorial via road, which would take more than two hours. He proceeded to travel by road after necessary confirmation of necessary security arrangements by the DGP Punjab Police,” according to the PMO. “Around 30 kms away from the National Martyrs Memorial in Hussainiwala, when the Prime Minister’s convoy reached a flyover, it was found that the road Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi expressed regret that Prime Minister Narendra Modi could not make his scheduled visit for an event in Ferozepur district on Wednesday. Addressing a press conference in Chandigarh today, Punjab CM said, "I express regret that PM Modi had to return during his visit to Ferozepur district today. We respect our Prime Minister." Channi gave clarifications over PM's return journey from Punjab and said, "I had to receive the PM at Bathinda today but those who was blocked by some protestors,” the PMO note said, adding, “The Prime Minister was stuck had to accompany me tested COVID positive. Hence, I did not go to receive the PM today as I was in close contact with some who tested positive." Further, the chief minister refuted the allegations of a security lapse during PM Modi's visit. “We had asked them (PMO) to discontinue the visit due to bad weather conditions and protests. We had no information of his (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) sudden route change. There was no security lapse during the PM visit,” Channi added. He said that the state government will conduct an inquiry if there were any security lapses during PM Modi's visit today. on a flyover for 15-20 minutes. This was a major lapse in the security of the Prime Minister.” The Prime Minister’s schedule and travel plan was communicated well in advance to the Punjab government. As per procedure, they have to make necessary arrangements for logistics, security as well as keep a contingency plan ready. Also in view of the contingency plan the Punjab government has to deploy additional security to secure any movement by road, which were clearly not deployed. After this security lapse, it was decided to head back to Bathinda Airport, the PMO stated. Meanwhile, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is taking cognisance of this serious security lapse has sought a detailed report from the state government. The state government has also been asked to fix responsibility for this lapse and take strict action, the PMO note further added. Union home minister Amit Shah slammed the Congress party's “thinking and functioning” and said, “repeated rejections by the people have taken them to the path of insanity”.
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