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Amarinder says Punjab seeing community transmission of Covid-19, first CM to declare so

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Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh addresses a digital press conference Friday | Photo: ANI
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Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said Friday that many of the fresh Covid-19 positive cases in the state are instances of community transmission — the dreaded third stage of the spread of the disease where the source of the infection cannot be traced.

He also chaired a meeting of the Punjab cabinet Friday, where it was decided that curfew in the state will continue until 1 May.

Amarinder is the first chief minister in India to say that coronavirus cases are going beyond people with a travel history abroad, or who were primary and secondary contacts of persons with such travel history.

Addressing a digital press conference organised by the Congress Friday afternoon, Amarinder said there were very few cases of primary infection in Punjab now, and that the majority of the new cases in the past few days were secondary infections.

Asked specifically if Punjab had entered the community transmission stage, he said: “That is what I have said. Initially, the cases we had were of those people who had brought the disease with them on their arrival into Punjab. About 1.4 lakh people entered Punjab during this period, out of which majority have already completed their quarantine period by now. Of the 27 cases which were reported yesterday (Thursday), many are cases of community transmission.”


Also read: No community transmission in India and no need to panic: Health ministry says again


Cabinet decisions

On a proposal moved by the CM, the council of ministers, which met later in the day, decided to set up a multi-disciplinary task force to formulate an exit strategy for gradual relaxation of the curfew/lockdown. The task force will submit its report within 10 days.

The cabinet also approved the establishment of a high-powered committee to suggest a road map for the state’s economic revival once the Covid-19 crisis is over. Amarinder said he will request former Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia to head the committee.


Also read: Punjab’s high Covid-19 death rate triggers political mudslinging, Badal alleges negligence


 

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Andhra doctor, suspended for alleging PPE shortage, now beaten by cops for ‘creating nuisance’

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Bengaluru: A doctor with a government hospital in Andhra Pradesh, who was suspended for questioning the shortage of PPE kits, was admitted to a mental health facility Sunday, a day after he was allegedly manhandled by the police and arrested for creating nuisance in Visakhapatnam.

Dr Sudhakar Rao, a government civil surgeon, was beaten, his hands tied behind his back and dragged by police officers Sunday. During the incident, Sudhakar allegedly verbally abused the Jagan Mohan Reddy government in an inebriated state. Videos of the incident have since been widely shared online.

“The police control room received a call about a person creating nuisance on Beach Road Hospital in Visakhapatnam. The Fourth Town police was rushed there and found that the person was the suspended doctor, Sudhakar.

“When the police tried to control him, he snatched the mobile phone of an officer and threw it away. He is suffering from mental disorder and he was drunk. He was sent for a medical examination,” Vishakapatnam Police Commissioner R.K. Meena told the media Sunday.

Sudhakar was admitted to a mental hospital Sunday after doctors at the King George Hospital in Vishakapatnam said he suffered from anxiety.

“Since the doctor is in anxiety and talking irrelevant things, I have referred him to a mental care hospital in Visakhapatnam,” said Dr Radha Rani, medical superintendent, King George Hospital.

A statement released by the hospital said: “Dr Sudhakar was brought to the KGH casualty ward at 6.30 pm. From the smell, it was found that he was in a drunk condition. Under the influence of alcohol, he did not cooperate with anybody there and kept abusing all. Still, his pulse, BP were checked. Pulse was 98, BP 140/100. Blood samples were sent to forensic lab to ascertain alcohol content in his blood.”


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‘Treatment towards Sudhakar was inhuman’

Sudhakar, who spent more than 10 years at the Narsipatnam Government Hospital in Andhra Pradesh, was suspended from his duties in March after he openly criticised the Reddy government for failing to provide PPE kits and N95 masks to doctors treating Covid-19 patients.

He had alleged that the state government was giving N95 masks and PPE kits meant for doctors to politicians and the police.

A video of Sudhakar criticising the government was also shared widely. In the clip, he can be heard saying: “We are putting our lives at risk here. We are asked to use the same mask for 15 days and a fresh mask will be provided only twice a month.”

Speaking to ThePrint, Dr P. Gangadhar Rao, member of the National COVID Committee of the Indian Medical Association, said the manner in which Sudhakar was manhandled by the police was “inhuman” and “violated” human rights.

“We strongly condemn the way he was taken into custody. He was not carrying a weapon, he was alone, the number of policemen outnumbered him. Why treat him like that? We also saw a video where a policeman beats him with a lathi,” said Dr Gangadhar.

He added that Rao was one of the most experienced anaesthetists the Andhra Pradesh government had.

“Our next step of action is to get Sudhakar to write an unconditional apology for having used filthy language, abusing the chief minister and the government. We will then take our appeal to the CM seeking that he be reinstated,” Gangadhar said.


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