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Chennai, Hyderabad Highlights May 13: Tamil Nadu records 30,621 Covid-19 cases and 297 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 30,621 positive cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 14,99,485.

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Updated: May 14, 2021 9:24:31 am

Chennai, Hyderabad Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 30,621 positive cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 14,99,485. Among these, Chennai reported 6,991 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 4,19,261. The state recorded 297 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 16,768. A total of 19,287 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 12,98,945

In line with other states, Tamil Nadu on Wednesday announced it will float global tenders to import Covid-19 vaccines for the 18-44 age group. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister MK Stalin at Kalaivanar Arangam in Chennai.

An official release said the central government has allocated 13 lakh vaccine vials to Tamil Nadu, which is not sufficient for vaccinating people in the age group of 18-44

After the state government imposed a lockdown three days ago, scores of migrant workers and others rushed to return to their native places. Though government buses were operating at full capacity, passengers who wished to travel to regions far away opted for private buses.

Read| Tamil Nadu joins States floating Global tenders for Covid vaccine

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21:03 (IST)13 May 2021
Tamil Nadu records 30,621 Covid-19 cases and 297 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 30,621 positive cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 14,99,485. Among these, Chennai reported 6,991 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 4,19,261. The state recorded 297 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 16,768. A total of 19,287 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 12,98,945

19:10 (IST)13 May 2021
Rava, Sugar and other commodities to be provided as Covid-19 relief to ration card holders

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin announced that a total of 13 commodities including Rava, Sugar, Salt, Urid Dhall, Washing Soap, etc will be provided free of cost to the ration card holders as Covid-19 relief. This will be in addition to the promise the government made all rice card holders would be given Rs 4,000 which will given to the public on June 3, the birth anniversary of late former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi. 

18:33 (IST)13 May 2021
Rachakonda police prevent 100 child marriages in the last four years

At least 100 child marriages were prevented in the last four years by Rachakonda Police Commissionerate which has jurisdiction on the outskirts of Hyderabad. What is surprising is that the seven areas surrounding Hyderabad and Cyberabad from which the child marriages were prevented are highly urbanised with a large literate population.

Officials say these areas have a large number of schools and higher education institutes and most of the girls go to school. However, financial distress and apathy towards the education of a girl child make several families marry off the girls even before they turn 18.

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18:14 (IST)13 May 2021
Chennai Corporation launches 250 special ambulances for Covid-19 patients

The Greater Chennai Corporation Wednesday launched 250 special ambulances to cater to patient movement from their residence to screening centres, COVID Care Centres (CCC), hospitals, etc to decrease the burden on the 108 ambulances. KN Nehru, Minister for Municipal Administration, flagged off the initiative.

In the initial phase, 50 of the customized car ambulances would ply, said Corporation Commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi on Thursday.

Addressing reporters, Bedi said, “Not every patient requires oxygen support, but they need to reach the COVID care centre/Screening centre soon. If they avail the service of 108 ambulances, then it may not be available for those who are in serious condition. So, we decided to come with this initiative. Arrangements like putting a thick plastic sheet separating the driver and the passenger are made. We are making sure that the driver is vaccinated. Our aim is to set up these special ambulances each in 15 zones across the city.”

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17:05 (IST)13 May 2021
Rajinikanth gets his second dose of Covid-19 vaccine

Superstar Rajinikanth on Thursday took his second dose of vaccination at a private hospital in Chennai. “Our Thalaivar gets his vaccine Let us fight and win this war against Corona virus together (sic),” tweeted Rajinikanth’s daughter Soundarya, while sharing a picture.

15:06 (IST)13 May 2021
Seeman's father passes away

Naam Tamizhar Coordinator Seeman's father passed away today at his residence in Aranaiyur village in the Sivaganga district. The party took to Twitter to announce the news to their cadres and offered their condolences. 

14:49 (IST)13 May 2021
Santhosh Babu, Padmapriya quit MNM

Former IAS Officer Santhosh Babu and activist Padmapriya hve become the latest members to quit actor Kamal Haasan's Makkal Needhi Maiam. Taking to Twitter, Babu said he is resigning from his post and membership from the party due to personal reasons. Padmapriya said she has given a lot of thought into her decision. She thanked Kamal Haasan and wished the party all success in the future. 

13:39 (IST)13 May 2021
Four killed, 15 injured in boiler blast at Cuddalore

Four persons including three men and a woman were killed and 15 others sustained burn injuries in a boiler blast at a pesticide manufacturing Industry at SIPCOT Industrial estate in Kudikadu village near Cuddalore.

The incident had occurred at 07:45 am at Crimsun Organics chemical company. The plant was under operation with 19 regular company staff and 18 contractual labourers.  “The boiler mixer machine got burst, in which chemical gas emerged from the furnace of boiler and the spread nearby fire which resulted in fire accident around the plant,” the police said.

11:53 (IST)13 May 2021
Shift vaccine centres to avoid crowding, says Madras HC

The Madras High Court on Wednesday  suggested to the Tamil Nadu government to relocate Covid-19 vaccination centres from hospitals elsewhere in order to prevent crowding. The state government also submitted a status report on various aspects including availability of beds, oxygen and vaccine stocks. 

The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy said that “to reduce thefear, stress and crowding among the people, we are asking to shift the vaccination centers from the hospital and set up at other places of public convenience.”

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09:39 (IST)13 May 2021
Sterlite commences oxygen production

Vedanta-owned Sterlite Copper Smelter Plant commenced oxygen production. First oxygen tanker carrying 4.8 tonnes of liquid oxygen sent to Tirunelveli/Thoothukudi. Sterlite says the oxygen supplied had 98.6% purity. "We will dispatching two tanks on a daily basis to begin with, and gradually scale this up as we expand production," a release from the management read. 

20:08 (IST)12 May 2021
Tamil Nadu recorded 30,355 positive cases and 293 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 30,355 positive cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 14,68,864. Among these, Chennai reported 7,564 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 412505. The state recorded 293 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 16,471. A total of 226 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 19,508 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 12,79,658

19:06 (IST)12 May 2021
TN to float global tenders to import Covid vaccines for 18-45 age group

In line with other states, Tamil Nadu Government on Wednesday announced that it has decided to float global tender to import vaccines to be administered to those in the age group of 18-45. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister MK Stalin at Kalaivanar Arangam in Chennai.

An official release said the Union Government provides vaccines for those aged above 45 years and it had instructed the state governments to procure vaccines directly from the manufacturers. The statement added that the central government has allocated 13 lakh vaccine vials to the state and it is not sufficient for vaccinating people in the age group between 18-45. 

17:24 (IST)12 May 2021
Chennai Police distributed free food to those waiting in the queue at Kilpauk

The Greater Chennai Police on Wednesday distributed free food to those attendees who stood in the serpentine queue since 4 am to buy Remdesivir vials at the Government Kilpauk Medical College.

16:32 (IST)12 May 2021
Chennai Corporation to adopt new strategy to break the chain

The Greater Chennai Corporation is planning to adopt a new strategy to break the Covid-19 chain. They are now focusing on the door-to-door screening, deploying doctors to offer free teleconsultations, supplying free medicine kits to those who take the swab test at testing centres, etc. Corporation Commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi on Tuesday said those who come to testing centres of the Corporation and other private laboratories with Covid-19 symptoms like fever, cough or body pain, loss of smell, taste, etc will also be considered as suspect cases and they will be provided with a basic medicine kit. He said people who are awaiting their test results tend to get in contact with other people causing the spread.

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15:41 (IST)12 May 2021
Tamil actor Maran passes away due to Covid-19 complications

Tamil actor Maran passed away on Wednesday due to Covid-19 complications. He was 48. Maran came into the limelight after playing Vijay’s friend in superhit Ghilli. He was also known for featuring in films like Kuruvi, Boss Engira Bhaskaran, Vettaikaaran, Thalai Nagaram and Ezhumalai. The actor was recently seen in the Pa Ranjith directorial Sarpatta Parambarai.

14:17 (IST)12 May 2021
Three held for buying Remdesivir by forging documents

Three persons were held by the Chennai Police on Tuesday after they purchased Remdesivir drug at the Government Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital using the documents of a person who succumbed to the disease a week ago.

The police identified Sivakumar (43) and Satheesh Kumar (35) of Madhavaram, Christy Paul (34) of Ayanavaram. According to the city police, Sivakumar had brought Remdesivir drug for Selvam who was infected with Covid-19 on April 29. A couple of days later, Selvam had succumbed to the disease. Sivakumar had then taken a colour Xerox of Selvam’s documents and had brought medicine from the counter.

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13:23 (IST)12 May 2021
Arjuna winning TT player V Chandrasekhar dies

Arjuna award-winning former India table tennis player V Chandrasekhar died at a private hospital in Chennai on Wednesday due to COVID-19 related complications, family sources said. He was 64 and is survived by his wife and a son. Chandra, as he was popularly known, was a three-time national champion. 

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12:35 (IST)12 May 2021
Armed reserve constable donates one month salary to CM Corona relief fund in TN

A constable attached to the  Armed Reserve here donated his one month salary of Rs 34,747 to the Chief Minister's Corona Relief Fund, which came in for appreciation from colleagues and senior officials. Babu, a 2008 batch constable, handed over a demand draft for Rs.34,747, his April salary to SP Selvanagrathinam Tuesday, police said. He had contributed Rs 25,778, his salary to the coronavirus relief fund last year also.

11:37 (IST)12 May 2021
Former CBI Officer K Ragothaman passes away in Chennai

Former CBI Officer K Ragothaman who was part of the team that investigated former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case passed away in Chennai. He was 72.  As per the reports, Ragothaman was infected with Covid-19 and was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Chennai. He succumbed to the virus on Wednesday morning. 

10:44 (IST)12 May 2021
Chief Minister MK Stalin announces solatium

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin announced a solatium of Rs 25 lakh rupees to each of the families of 43 doctors who lost their lives while engaged in Covid-19 preventive works. Stalin also announced incentives to other healthcare workers for April, May, and June month.

The Greater Chennai Corporation is planning to adopt a new strategy to break the Covid-19 chain. They are now focusing on the door-to-door screening, deploying doctors to offer free teleconsultations, supplying free medicine kits to those who take the swab test at testing centres, etc.

Corporation Commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi on Tuesday said those who come to testing centres of the Corporation and other private laboratories with Covid-19 symptoms like fever, cough or body pain, loss of smell, taste, etc will also be considered as suspect cases and they will be provided with a basic medicine kit. He said people who are awaiting their test results tend to get in contact with other people causing the spread.

Read| Chennai Corporation to adopt new strategy to break Covid chain

Three persons were held by the Chennai Police on Tuesday after they purchased Remdesivir drug at the Government Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital using the documents of a person who succumbed to the disease a week ago.

The police identified Sivakumar (43) and Satheesh Kumar (35) of Madhavaram, Christy Paul (34) of Ayanavaram. According to the city police, Sivakumar had brought Remdesivir drug for Selvam who was infected with Covid-19 on April 29. A couple of days later, Selvam had succumbed to the disease. Sivakumar had then taken a colour Xerox of Selvam’s documents and had brought medicine from the counter.

Read| Three held for buying Remdesivir by forging documents

The State Transport Authority of Tamil Nadu has collected a penalty of more than Rs 38 lakh from private omni bus operators in the past two days for over-charging passengers.

After the state government imposed a lockdown three days ago, scores of migrant workers and others rushed to return to their native places. Though government buses were operating at full capacity, passengers who wished to travel to regions far away opted for private buses.

Read| Rs 38 lakh collected as fine from private busses for fleecing migrants heading home

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