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| 15 July, 2020, 02:37 AM IST | E-Paper


    Ahmedabad deploys teachers for covid work

    Teachers’ services have been sought earlier also for various Covid-related duties in the city to undertake surveys as well as ration distribution from ration shops. However, their deployment at hospitals has not gone down well with many.

    • Hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), a division bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice JB Pardiwala stayed all secular and religious activities related to the Rath Yatra, after taking into consideration submissions made by the petitioner and respondents and the recent order of the supreme court staying Rath Yatra in Puri.

      Frontline health workers and policemen are taking a big hit in Ahmedabad amid a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases. Around 200 doctors have tested positive in the city and 4 have died, the same number as cops who lost their lives among 375 who tested positive.

      At 115 deaths per million, Ahmedabad is much worse than Mumbai in second place with 80 deaths per million.

      India plans to conduct surveys in New Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad - among the cities worst-hit by Covid-19 where an alarming growth in number of cases and the positivity rate indicate the infection may be spreading rapidly even as the nationwide lockdown is eased.

      The Ahmedabad Civil Hospital is the biggest in the state and the government had kept apart 1,200 beds for Covid-19 patients here, apart from 500 beds at the Gujarat Cancer Research Institute, where 69 medical staff of GCRI, including doctors, nurses and paramedics have tested positive.

      The figures on record would indicate that out of 625 deaths in Gujarat, 570 have been recorded in the Ahmedabad City till May 20, 2020.

      The move was made after incumbent Municipal Commissioner of the city Vijay Nehra announced on twitter that he was self quarantining himself following a contact with couple of Covid positive patients and has been advised to self quarantine for 14 days as per existing protocol.

      The facility has seen 377 COVID-19 deaths till Friday, which is a sizable portion of the 638 deaths reported in all hospitals during this period.

      As per the order signed by in-charge municipal commissioner Mukesh Kumar, the shops will remain closed from May 7 midnight till 6 am on May 15. As per the order signed by in-charge municipal commissioner Mukesh Kumar, the shops will remain closed from May 7 midnight till 6 am on May 15.While milk outlets and medical stores can remain open, all other shops, including those selling fruits, vegetables and grocery items, will remain closed, in a bid to minimise human contact to break the chain of the viral infection, the order said.

      In Ahmedabad, it took almost two hours for local police to persuade the migrants to vacate the busy crossroad near Ajit Mill police chowky. Migrants carrying their luggage started gathering in Nikol area since this morning following a rumour that buses would leave for their states, said a police official.

      Policemen also forced open doors of dwelling places after the ruckus. ET saw a construction worker from Madhya Pradesh being whisked away, after his wife Anita desperately tried to save him by pulling him into the house. The twenty something and mother of five was left wailing and tending to her wound over her left eye.

      Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairperson, IIMA Board of Governors said in a statement: “Endowment funds help ensure financial health of any institute, thereby encouraging growth and self-sufficiency. We truly appreciate the Founder alumni for their generous contributions to kick-start the IIM Ahmedabad Endowment Fund. These funds will play a significant role in realizing the long-term goals of the Institute and retain its autonomy.”

      The teams held discussions with various stakeholders including textile and diamond industries, which are major employers of labourers, and found that most labourers had received their pay for the previous month. The central team told the Surat administration to prepare a plan for the future as well, said a home ministry official.

      Around one thousand families in the shanties are stuck with dwindling supplies and avenues for earning due to lockdown. As one enters the slum, the impact of the lockdown turns starker. Some residents have been living here for a long time but many from the other states are stuck and look forward to return home as their patience and money run out.

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