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Chennai Live News: Covid-19 fatalities low in Tamil Nadu compared to other states, Health minister says

🔴 Chennai, Tamil Nadu Omicron Coronavirus Cases Live Updates, Chennai Omicron Covid-19 Cases Today News Live, Chennai Curfew, Lockdown Guidelines, 23 January: Tamil Nadu will go into complete lockdown today. As per the release from the state government, the restrictions imposed during the previous Sunday lockdown would be followed this week as well.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: January 23, 2022 2:34:33 pm
Chennai Covid news, Chennai Live, Chennai NewsChennai: Health workers administer dose of COVID-19 vaccine to a woman, at the 19th Mega Vaccine Drive, at the IIT-Madras campus, in Chennai, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. (PTI)

Chennai, Tamil Nadu Live News: The number of fatalities caused due to Covid-19 in Tamil Nadu was ‘less’ as compared to other states because 65 per cent of the population has two doses of vaccination, Tamil Nadu Minister Ma Subramanian said on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu will go into complete lockdown today. As per the release from the state government, the restrictions imposed during the previous Sunday lockdown would be followed this week as well. Only essential services will be allowed. Exempted from the lockdown are autorickshaws, pre-paid taxis and cab aggregators operating near railway stations and bus stands.

In other news, Tamil Nadu has rights both on legal and humanitarian grounds to implement the second phase of the Hogenakkal Drinking Water Project, Water Resources Minister Duraimurugan said on Saturday. In Chennai-related news, the construction of the long-pending Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) extension project from Velachery to St Thomas Mount stations is on the verge of completion and is likely to be finished by July 2022, according to officials of the Southern Railways.

Tamil Nadu on Saturday reported 30,744 fresh Covid-19 cases and 33 deaths, according to a bulletin from the Health Department. This took the total number of Covid-19 infections to 31,03,410.

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Live: Chennai, Tamil Nadu Omicron Coronavirus Case, Lockdown Today News: State reports 30,744 new Covid-19 cases; full lockdown in Tamil Nadu today; 89.60% of population vaccinated with first dose against Covid-19; TN within its right to implement Hogenakkal project, says Duraimurugan; Follow live updates here.

14:34 (IST)23 Jan 2022
😷 Puducherry adds 1,897 fresh Covid-19 cases, five deaths

The union territory of Puducherry logged 1,897 new Covid-19 cases during the last 24 hours pushing the overall tally to 1,52,213, a senior Health department official said on Sunday. Five more people succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours as the death toll rose to 1,906, Director of Health and Family Welfare Services G Sriramulu said in a release.

The Puducherry region alone registered 1,395 out of the 1,897 new cases in the last 24 hours as of 10 AM today while Karaikal reported 342 cases, followed by Yanam (116) and Mahe (44). The number of active cases stood at 15,696 with 174 undergoing treatment in hospitals and the remaining 15,522 in home isolation. (PTI)

14:01 (IST)23 Jan 2022
Tamil Nadu pays tribute to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Sunday hailed Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose as the symbol of patriotism on his 125th birth anniversary.  'Paying homage to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose who is the symbol of patriotism for millions in India. His fame is omnipresent like the rays of sun across the nation and let's march ahead with patriotism in the light shone by him,' Stalin tweeted.

Health Minister Ma Subramanian paid floral tributes to a decorated portrait of Subhash Chandra Bose, placed close to his life size statue on the Marina beachfront. Netaji was the lion of Bengal and the nation's iron man, Subramanian said, showering encomium.

Senior government officials participated in the official event to honour the icon of freedom movement on his 125th birth anniversary. Netaji's statue on a high pedestal on Kamarajar Salai on the beachfront was decorated with flowers and garlands on the occasion. AIADMK top leader and former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam tweeted praising Netaji's sacrifices for the sake of the nation and his courage in fighting against the Britishers. (PTI)

Source: Twitter/@CMOTamilNadu
13:21 (IST)23 Jan 2022
💉 2 lakh vaccinated in Chennai on Saturday

The Greater Chennai Corporation has said that 2,00,347 people from Chennai have been administered the Covid-19 vaccine during the mega vaccination camp organised by the Tamil Nadu government.

 

13:06 (IST)23 Jan 2022
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12:27 (IST)23 Jan 2022
Covid-19 fatalities low in Tamil Nadu compared to other states: Health minister

The number of fatalities caused due to Covid-19 in Tamil Nadu was ‘less’ as compared to other states because 65 per cent of the population has two doses of vaccination, Tamil Nadu Minister Ma Subramanian said on Saturday. Deaths due to Covid-19 occurred because the individual did not receive a single dose of vaccination and was above the age of 60 years with comorbidity, the Minister for Health and Family Welfare said. Read more

12:02 (IST)23 Jan 2022
What's allowed during the lockdown in Tamil Nadu today?

11:53 (IST)23 Jan 2022
Tamil Nadu within its right to implement Hogenakkal project, says Duraimurugan

Tamil Nadu has rights both on legal and humanitarian grounds to implement the second phase of the Hogenakkal Drinking Water Project, Water Resources Minister Duraimurugan said on Saturday.

Responding to his Karnataka counterpart Govind Karjol, Duraimurugan cited several aspects of the final award of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal including clause-18 and consumptive use and the Supreme Court judgment of February 16, 2018 to underscore that Tamil Nadu has rights to execute this project, which is essential for drinking water needs. Read more

11:34 (IST)23 Jan 2022
200 additional beds added in ESI Hospital in Coimbatore

With an increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the district, Tamil Nadu Electricity Minister Senthil Balaji on Saturday inaugurated a special ward with an oxygen-bed facility in ESI Hospital in Coimbatore. An additional 200 beds, including 28 with oxygen facility, were opened in the ESI Hospital in the last 72 hours as a precautionary measure, Balaji told reporters on the sidelines of the inauguration. An oxygen concentrator to produce 100 litres of oxygen in a minute, donated by Rotary Club was also inaugurated, he said. Read more

11:09 (IST)23 Jan 2022
Chennai: MRTS extension project from Velachery to St Thomas Mount likely to be complete by July

The construction of the long-pending Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) extension project from Velachery to St Thomas Mount stations is on the verge of completion and is likely to be finished by July 2022, according to officials of the Southern Railways. The 5-km Phase-II extension, when completed, will add three more stations linking Chennai Metro corridors with the MRTS and suburban rail network. The new stations would be Puzhudhivakkam, Adambakkam and St Thomas Mount.

B Guganesan, Chief Public Relations Officer, Southern Railways, said the extension project is in progress between Velachery and St Thomas Mount and is targeted to be completed by July. Read more

11:00 (IST)23 Jan 2022
Tamil Nadu Health Minister pays floral tribute to Subas Chandra Bose on his 125th birth anniversary
10:47 (IST)23 Jan 2022
No room for forcible conversions in TN: Minister

There is no room at all for forcible conversions in Tamil Nadu, Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department Minister, P K Sekar Babu said on Saturday. Taking potshots at the Tamil Nadu unit of the BJP, Sekar Babu said, ahead of the 'Thai Poosam' festival last year the Saffron party had taken out 'Vel' (spear) rallies in the state chanting slogans of 'Veera Vel' and 'Vetri Vel.'

He asked, "do you now see display of Vel (by BJP people) anywhere," adding the BJP did not organise such events this year coinciding with the festival, the Minister told reporters.

Unlike the BJP, his party the DMK and Chief Minister M K Stalin regarded all religions equally, Babu said. 'Annaithu mathamum sammatham (All religions are acceptable),' he said. Against such a background, there is no room at all for forcible conversions in Tamil Nadu, the Minister asserted. (PTI)

10:30 (IST)23 Jan 2022
🌦️ Stepping out of the house today? Check out the weather forecast for Chennai 🌦️

For the next 24 hours, the sky condition in Chennai and its neighbourhoods is likely to be partly cloudy. The maximum temperature is expected to be around 31 degrees and the minimum temperature is likely to be around 21 degrees. 

10:22 (IST)23 Jan 2022
🌦️ Weather update: Dry weather to prevail over Tamil Nadu

The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) Chennai has predicted dry weather over Tamilnadu, Puducherry & Karaikal area today.

10:16 (IST)23 Jan 2022
AIADMK stages protests in Cauvery delta districts seeking relief for farmers

The opposition AIADMK staged massive protests in Tamil Nadu's Cauvery delta districts on Saturday demanding the state government to immediately compensate farmers badly hit by the northeast monsoon rather than wait for Central assistance. The party also sought the implementation of an easy mechanism to procure paddy directly from the farmers instead of the newly-introduced online registration for this paddy procurement season. Leading the protest here, former minister for food and civil supplies R Kamaraj said the DMK government should take steps to provide Rs 20,000 as compensation to the ryots, as had been promised. (PTI)

10:03 (IST)23 Jan 2022
Mobile Covid-19 diagnostic lab put into service at IIT-M campus

A mobile Covid-19 diagnostic facility that can travel to areas difficult to access for conducting tests was inspected by Tamil Nadu Minister Ma Subramanian at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras on Saturday. The unit 'Parakh' has been housed in a van which can be deployed in remote locations for testing samples to detect Covid-19 infection. The facility would be useful to detect outbreak in rural areas where testing facilities are immediately not available, IIT Madras said.

The van can travel to such difficult to access areas, perform sample collection, process and analyse everything on a real-time basis, a press release said. The Minister for Medical and Family Welfare along with Health department Principal Secretary J Radhakrishnan and IIT Madras Director Professor V Kamakoti inspected the facility at the IIT Madras. Subramanian also inaugurated a vaccination camp at the IIT Madras campus coinciding with the 19th Mega Vaccination Camp currently being held across Tamil Nadu by the health department. (PTI)

Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma. Subramanian addresses media after the inauguration of the 19th Mega Vaccine Drive, at the IIT-Madras campus, in Chennai, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar) 

09:51 (IST)23 Jan 2022
😷 India reports 3.33 lakh new Covid-19 cases

India reported 3,33,533 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the active caseload to 21,87,205. While the daily positivity rate and weekly positivity rate stand at 17.78 per cent and 16.87 per cent respectively, the recovery rate stands at 93.18 per cent. The number of daily cases is lower than Saturday’s 3.37 lakh cases. However, the daily and weekly positivity rates have risen. 

For more news related to the Covid-19 situation in India, follow our Covid-19 blog here. 

09:42 (IST)23 Jan 2022
Complete lockdown in Tamil Nadu today owing to Covid-19 surge

Tamil Nadu will go into complete lockdown today. As per the release from the state government, the restrictions imposed during the previous Sunday lockdown would be followed this week as well. Only essential services will be allowed. Exempted from the lockdown are autorickshaws, pre-paid taxis and cab aggregators operating near railway stations and bus stands.

09:18 (IST)23 Jan 2022
😷 Tamil Nadu reports 30,744 new Covid-19 cases, 33 deaths

Tamil Nadu on Saturday reported 30,744 fresh Covid-19 cases and 33 deaths, according to a bulletin from the Health Department. This took the total number of Covid-19 infections to 31,03,410. As many as 23,372 people recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours, leaving, 1,94,697 active cases in the state. 

08:56 (IST)23 Jan 2022
Welcome to today's blog

Vanakkam Chennai! Welcome to today’s live blog. We bring to you the latest news on Covid-19, politics, features, entertainment, sports, weather, art and culture from across Chennai and Tamil Nadu. Follow our live blog and @ie_chennai to stay up to date with what’s happening in the state.

Top stories from Chennai, Tamil Nadu so far:

Chennai: A fisherman silhouetted against the setting sun at Broken bridge, in Chennai, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. (PTI Photo)

The Thirukattupalli police in the district on Friday said they have arrested the warden of a missionary school hostel in allegedly in connection with the alleged suicide of a plus-two girl student, even as the BJP alleged a conversion bid by the school management to be the cause of the suicide.

READ | Tamil Nadu girl’s death: Warden held, BJP alleges conversion bid, demands probe

Holding that an allegation of sexual harassment after five years from girls above 21 years is invalid, the Madras High Court has quashed the detention of a school teacher under the Goondas Act. A division bench of Justices P N Prakash and R N Manjula gave the ruling while allowing a habeas corpus petition from R Sudha, wife of a school teacher, Rajagopalan on January 7.

READ | Madras HC quashes detention of Tamil Nadu teacher under Goondas Act

With increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the district, Tamil Nadu Electricity Minister Senthil Balaji on Saturday inaugurated a special ward with oxygen-bed facility in ESI Hospital in Coimbatore. An additional 200 beds, including 28 with oxygen facility, were opened in the ESI Hospital in the last 72 hours as a precautionary measure, Balaji told reporters on the sidelines of the inauguration.

READ | 200 additional beds added in ESI Hospital in Coimbatore

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