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Chennai, Hyderabad May 14 Highlights: Tamil Nadu records 31,892 fresh Covid-19 cases and 288 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 31,892 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, pushing the caseload to 15,31,377 while 288 deaths in the last 24 hours took the toll to 17,056

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Updated: May 17, 2021 9:31:34 am

Chennai, Hyderabad May 14 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 31,892 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, pushing the caseload to 15,31,377 while 288 deaths in the last 24 hours took the toll to 17,056. According to the medical bulletin, 20,037 people were discharged today, taking the tally to 13,18,982, leaving 1,95,339 active infections. Chennai accounted for 6,538 new infections, totalling 4,25,603 till date.

Meanwhile, the government announced initiatives to encourage industries planning to set up medical oxygen manufacturing facilities in the state.  According to an official release, the government would provide a 30 per cent subsidy in two installments to such companies and to avail the incentive, the firm should commence production by August 15, 2021. Those investments made between January 1, 2021 and August 31, 2021 would be covered under this initiative, the release said. Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO) would be the joint venture partner for new companies which are planning to set up such facilities.

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19:35 (IST)14 May 2021
Tamil Nadu recorded 31,892 fresh COVID-19 cases

Tamil Nadu recorded 31,892 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, pushing the caseload to 15,31,377 while 288 deaths in the last 24 hours took the toll to 17,056. According to the medical bulletin, 20,037 people were discharged today, taking the tally to 13,18,982, leaving 1,95,339 active infections. Chennai accounted for 6,538 new infections, totalling 4,25,603 till date.

18:38 (IST)14 May 2021
Chennai Police bust three-member gang involved in stealing Ola cabs

The Chennai Police busted a three-member gang allegedly involved in stealing Ola cabs in the city on Thursday. Two accused have been arrested so far and sent to judicial custody, while the third member is absconding.

According to the police, 37-year-old Jagan, a resident of Perumbakkam in Chennai, who drives his cab for Ola, picked up two passengers from MGR Central Railway Station on April 28. On the way to Nerkundram around 4 pm, the driver was asked to stop and was told by the passengers to buy some items from the store. Before Jagan could return, the duo fled the spot with the car. Jagan had then rushed to the Koyambedu police station and registered a complaint, following which the police began their hunt to nab the accused.

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17:49 (IST)14 May 2021
TN receives first medical oxygen express train from West Bengal

Tamil Nadu on Friday received the first set of medical oxygen for Covid patients- about 80 metric tonnes- through an express train from West Bengal in the wee hours of Friday, officials said. Southern Railway officials said the train which arrived here from Durgapur on Friday was sent to Tamil Nadu to address the demand for medical oxygen amid the COVID-19 surge in the State.

16:54 (IST)14 May 2021
TN Govt releases distric-wise Covid-19 helpline numbers

Tamil Nadu Government Friday released district-wise Covid-19 control room numbers to help the public. 

15:47 (IST)14 May 2021
Oxygen bus launched in Tiruppur

Amid the rising Covid-19 cases, Tiruppur district administration Friday launched the first 'Oxygen Bus'. The initiative done by the district in association with Young Indians, Tiruppur Corona fights is aimed to cater to the patients with oxygen supply who are waiting for beds.

14:31 (IST)14 May 2021
New Tamilnadu Covid patients management protocol for hospital admission and treatment

Tamil Nadu Health Department has issued a new clinical management protocol for treating Covid-19 patients. Three categories have been made and patients would be provided treatment depending on their oxygen saturation level.

13:47 (IST)14 May 2021
Chennai police intensify enforcement of lockdown rules

As per the latest orders issued by the state government, Chennai police has intensified the enforcement of lockdown rules. People who are spotted roaming around without valid reasons flouting Covid-19 norms are being imposed fine by the Traffic wing department and their vehicles are also seized. 

13:01 (IST)14 May 2021
Former Deputy Chief Minister's O Pannerselvam brother passes away

Former Deputy Chief Minister and AIADMK's coordinator O Pannerselvam's brother Balamurugan (56) passed away at Periyakulam in Theni district. He was a cancer patient and had recovered from Covid-19 a month ago. He is survived by his wife and his daughter. 

12:33 (IST)14 May 2021
Soundarya Rajinikanth contributes 1 crore to Chief Minister Relief Fund

Director and daughter of actor Rajinikanth, Soundarya, met Chief Minister MK Stalin and contributed one crore rupees to Chief Minister Relief Fund (CMRF) on behalf of her husband Vishagan's pharma company.

12:05 (IST)14 May 2021
Sterlite Copper oxygen plant develops ‘technical snag’; production halted

Vedanta Ltd owned Sterlite Copper Plant which recently, commenced production of medical oxygen at its facility in Tamil Nadu has faced a ‘technical snag’ in a cold box leading to a suspension of production, the company said on Friday. In a statement on Friday, the company said, “a technical snag has developed in the cold box at our oxygen plant in Tuticorin, leading to a temporary pause in production.”

11:27 (IST)14 May 2021
Actor AjithKumar donates to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund

Actor Ajith Kumar has donated Rs 2.5 crore to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund to fight against the second wave of Covid-19

10:32 (IST)14 May 2021
IAF aircrafts carrying oxygen cylinders from Singapore reach Chennai

Four IAF aircrafts carrying oxygen cyliders from Singapore consigned to Government of Tamil Nadu reached Chennai airport. 

10:17 (IST)14 May 2021
CM chaired meet decides to strictly enforce lockdown in TN

Lockdown norms, in force across Tamil Nadu, would be intensified more to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, a meeting of leaders of all legislature parties here resolved on Thursday.The meet chaired by Chief Minister M K Stalin at the Secretariat decided to enforce restrictions strictly, following his address and after leaders of parties made known their views to the government.

A two-week lockdown effective since May 10 is being implemented in the state while active cases crossed 1.83 lakh on Thursday. Another resolution decided to set up a consultative committee, comprising members of legislature parties, to advise the government on containing the virus spread, an official release here said.

All parties would work in the field to guide the people to properly follow restrictions to combat the virus and also involve themselves fully in relief activities, it was decided in the meet. Parties would extend their cooperation to the government over measures taken by it to control the virus spread and it was also resolved to 'fully halt' events by political parties in view of the spike in cases.

Two top members of the Makkal Needhi Maiam Thursday became the latest to join a long list of exits from the Kamal Haasan-led outfit in the wake of its disastrous performance in the 2021 Tamil Nadu assembly poll. Former IAS officer and General Secretary (HQ) Santhosh Babu and State Secretary Padma Priya resigned from their party posts as well as from the party’s primary membership, citing personal reasons. While Babu contested from Velacherry seat, Padma Priya was MNM’s Maduravoyal candidate

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The Greater Chennai Corporation Wednesday launched 250 special ambulances to cater to patient movement from their residence to screening centres, COVID Care Centres, 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.

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Four persons, including a woman, were killed in a boiler blast at a pesticide manufacturing industry at SIPCOT Industrial estate in Kudikadu village near Cuddalore. Fifteen people sustained injuries in the blast.

The incident 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 burst, in which chemical gas emerged from the furnace of the boiler and spread nearby fire which resulted in a fire accident around the plant,” the police said.

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