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Chennai News Highlights: Tamil Nadu reports 15,379 new Covid-19 cases, 20 deaths

🔴 Chennai, Tamil Nadu Omicron Coronavirus Cases Highlights, Chennai Omicron Covid-19 Cases Highlights, Chennai Travel Guidelines, 11 January: Among districts, Chennai reported the highest number of Covid-19 infections with 6484 cases followed by Chengalpattu (1665).

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: January 12, 2022 8:17:48 am
A health worker administers a booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary in Chennai on Jan 10, 2022. (PTI)

Chennai, Tamil Nadu Highlights:  Tamil Nadu logged 15,379 fresh Covid-19 cases and 20 deaths today. With today’s numbers, the state’s active caseload has reached 75,083. Among districts, Chennai reported the highest number of Covid-19 infections with 6484 cases followed by Chengalpattu (1665).

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Meanwhile, ruling out a possibility of a lockdown in Tamil Nadu after Pongal, state Health Minister Ma Subramanian said following safety guidelines issued by the government and wearing masks are enough to tackle the current scenario of Covid-19.

In other news, the Tamil Nadu government on Monday extended the existing Covid restrictions till January 31, imposing fresh curbs restricting entry into religious places of worship from January 14 to 18, to contain the spread of Coronavirus. Night curfew, which was imposed from January 6, will continue till this month-end and there will be complete lockdown on January 16 (Sunday), the government said.

In view of the mid-January Pongal (harvest) festival, the government has allowed travel in state-run buses with 75 per cent occupancy to enable the people to reach their native districts. Further, worship in all religious places of worship has been disallowed from January 14 to 18 in a bid to prevent crowding.

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Tamil Nadu records 13,990 positive cases, 11 deaths; state govt permits Jallikattu with strict precautions in place; university exams in TN postponed indefinitely, says govt.

22:12 (IST)11 Jan 2022
TN govt forms panels, directs collectors to implement SoP on conducting Jallikattu

The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday directed the district collectors to conduct Jallikattu events strictly in accordance with the standard operating procedures laid down for bulls and men and said a state-level committee will oversee the conduct of the traditional sport.
          
The state-level committee will enforce the government guidelines and SoP on COVID-19 safety precautions and also make sure no harm is meted out to the animals, the government said. (PTI)

21:00 (IST)11 Jan 2022
Tamil Nadu reports 15,379 new Covid-19 cases, 20 deaths

Tamil Nadu logged 15,379 fresh Covid-19 cases and 20 deaths today. With today's numbers, the state's active caseload has reached 75,083. Among districts, Chennai reported the highest number of Covid-19 infections with 6484 cases followed by Chengalpattu (1665).

20:12 (IST)11 Jan 2022
Coimbatore: Wildlife enthusiasts find sanitary napkin, mask in elephant dung

A shocking amount of waste materials, including a sanitary napkin, masks, a milk packet, biscuit wrappers, sambar sachets, polythene bags, etc were found in a pile of dung, possibly of one wild elephant, Sunday evening.

It was spotted by the members of the Coimbatore Wildlife Conservation Trust (CWCT), who are involved in various volunteer activities of the Forest Department, when they made a stop on the Maruthamalai Temple Hill Road in Coimbatore district. Read More

18:57 (IST)11 Jan 2022
All measures taken to prevent spread of new Covid-19 variant in Coimbatore district: TN Minister

The Coimbatore district administration has taken all preventive measures to check the spread of the new COVID-19 variant, Tamil Nadu Electricity Minister Senthil Balaji said here on Tuesday.
           
Over 12,000 beds were available both in government and private hospitals, he said reviewing the steps taken by the authorities at the district Collectorate here. (PTI)

17:22 (IST)11 Jan 2022
Shaastra 2022 to showcase virtual rendering of IIT Madras on futuristic Martian landscape

Rendering of important sites on IIT Madras campus, including a virtual hyperloop offering real life experiences on a futuristic Martian landscape will be a major highlight of Shaastra 2022 Students Technical Festival to be held virtually from January 13 to 16, Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director of IIT Madras, said here on Tuesday.

This edition's summit will focus on gaming and gaming technology, he said (PTI)

16:16 (IST)11 Jan 2022
PM Modi to inaugurate new campus of Central Institute of Classical Tamil tomorrow

PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate the new campus of Central Institute of Classical Tamil, Chennai, on 12th January via video conferencing. 

16:09 (IST)11 Jan 2022
NCW asks Tamil Nadu DGP to take action against actor Siddharth for 'derogatory' remarks against woman anchor

The NCW has asked the Tamil Nadu police chief to intervene and take appropriate action against actor Siddharth for using derogatory remarks against a woman anchor on Twitter, a day after it flagged another tweet of the actor against badminton player Saina Nehwal.
      
In a statement, the National Commission for Women (NCW) said it has come across the post of the actor-producer-musician which is "offensive, unethical and shows disrespect towards the dignity of women". (PTI)

15:21 (IST)11 Jan 2022
M K Stalin gets booster shot

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Tuesday took the Covid-19 precaution dose at a private hospital in Chennai.

15:05 (IST)11 Jan 2022
Health minister rules out lockdown possibility after Pongal

Ruling out a possibility of a lockdown in Tamil Nadu after Pongal, state Health Minister Ma Subramanian said following safety guidelines issued by the government and wearing masks are enough to tackle the current scenario of Covid-19.

“A complete lockdown is not necessary. Chief Minister M K Stalin doesn’t want the economy and the livelihood of the people to be affected. But at the same time, he wants the public to be 100 per cent safe and thus, we have restrictions in place. People need to follow that,” he added. Read More

14:36 (IST)11 Jan 2022
Baahubali' star Sathyaraj discharged from hospital

Veteran actor Sathyaraj, best known for playing Kattappa in the blockbuster "Baahubali" series, has been discharged from hospital days after he contracted Covid-19, his son Sibi Sathyaraj said on Tuesday.

There were reports that the 67-year-old actor, best known for playing, was admitted to a hospital in Chennai after he was diagnosed with Covid-19.

Taking to Twitter, his actor-son Sibi Sathyaraj said the veteran star is "totally fine" post the hospitilisation and is even gearing to resume work in a few days. (PTI)

12:10 (IST)11 Jan 2022
Several Covid clusters spring up in Chennai, neighbouring districts

The spread of Covid-19 has been rampant in Chennai and neighbouring districts of Tamil Nadu with several private and government institutions, colleges and other commercial entities reporting clusters in the past few weeks.

In Vellore, 137 kilometers away from Chennai, in one such incident, as many as 200 medical staff, including doctors, nurses working at Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMC), have tested positive for the virus. The CMC, Vellore, is one of the biggest medical facilities in the state, and many patients from other districts and states undergo treatment on a day to day basis. (Read more)

10:44 (IST)11 Jan 2022
Tamil Nadu Covid-19 wrap: 13,990 new cases, 11 deaths; positivity rate 10.34%

Tamil Nadu on Wednesday recorded 13,990 Covid cases pushing the caseload to 28,14,276. With 11 deaths, the toll reached 36,866.

Among those who tested positive Monday include 32 returnees from domestic and overseas locations. As many as 2,547 people recovered in the last 24 hours leaving 62,767 active infections. A total of 1,35,266 samples were tested in the last 24 hours; The positivity rate stood at 10.34 per cent. (Read more)

10:42 (IST)11 Jan 2022
Apple: Workers to return to Foxconn plant gradually

Apple on Monday said the workers at its contract manufacturing firm Foxconn’s plant at Sriperumbudur, near Chennai, will return to work gradually.

The operations will be resumed in a step by step manner at the factory as hostels and dormitories get ready and certified as per local requirements and Apple’s audits. (Read more)

10:05 (IST)11 Jan 2022
TN govt permits Jallikattu with strict precautions in place

The Tamil Nadu government on Monday permitted the conduct of Jallikattu, a popular traditional bull-taming sport in the State, during the Pongal festival with stringent Covid-19 safety norms in place.

The government made it mandatory for both the bull owners and their assistants who register their animals for the sport and the tamers, as well, to produce a fully vaccinated certificate besides RT-PCR test negative report at least 48 hours before the event. They would be provided identity cards to participate in the event, a government order passed on Monday said.

"Only the bull owner and its trainer would be allowed during the registration. Those with valid identity cards provided by the district administration, alone, will be allowed inside the arena," the GO said. (Read more)

10:01 (IST)11 Jan 2022
PM to inaugurate 11 new medical colleges in TN, new campus of Central Institute of Classical Tamil

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate 11 new government medical colleges across Tamil Nadu and the new campus of Central Institute of Classical Tamil in Chennai on Wednesday via video conferencing, his office said.

The new medical colleges are being established at an estimated cost of about Rs 4,000 crore, of which around Rs 2,145 crore has been provided by the Union government and the rest by the Tamil Nadu government, the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement.

Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate 11 new government medical colleges across Tamil Nadu and the new campus of Central Institute of Classical Tamil in Chennai at 4 pm on January 12 via video conferencing, it said.

The districts where the new medical colleges are being established are Virudhunagar, Namakkal, Nilgiris, Tiruppur, Thiruvallur, Nagapattinam, Dindigul, Kallakurichi, Ariyalur, Ramanathapuram and Krishnagiri. (PTI)

10:00 (IST)11 Jan 2022
Univ. exams in TN postponed indefinitely, says govt

University semester exams in Tamil Nadu slated for later this month have been deferred indefinitely due to the Covid-19 situation in the state, the government said on Monday.

Higher Education Minister K Ponmudi said the decision has been taken in consultation with Chief Minister M K Stalin who was keen about students' welfare.

"All university exams are being deferred indefinitely due to the surging covid numbers. The revised schedule will be announce later," he told reporters here. Presently, colleges are closed for study holidays and if there are complaints of any institution remaining open, they will be asked to close down, he added. (PTI)

10:00 (IST)11 Jan 2022
TN CM launches precaution dose against Covid-19 for healthcare workers, others

With a steep rise in coronavirus positive cases and the highly transmissible Omicron variant, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Monday launched the precaution dose against Covid-19 for healthcare workers, frontline workers and those above 60 years of age with co-morbidities in the state.

Those who have completed nine months (39 weeks) from the date of the second dose administered to them are eligible to receive the precaution dose from today.

The same vaccine that has been administered for the previous two doses will be given as the precaution dose, according to the State health department. The present drive has been initiated following instructions from the Central government to roll out the precaution dose for healthcare workers, frontline workers and those aged 60 years and above. (PTI)

09:59 (IST)11 Jan 2022
Foxconn to gradually resume operations at TN plant; facility under probation by Apple

Apple supplier Foxconn Technology Group on Monday said it has implemented a range of corrective actions and will start bringing back team members gradually to the Sriperumbudur factory, which was shut down last month following a mass food-poisoning incident at the plant's offsite dormitory facility.

The factory located on the outskirts of Chennai in Tamil Nadu was shut down on Dec 18 after workers' protests on the back of a mass-food poisoning incident at the offsite dormitory facility. (PTI)

22:04 (IST)09 Jan 2022
AIADMK, PMK urge TN govt to shut liquor outlets

Tamil Nadu's principal opposition party, AIADMK on Sunday demanded that the DMK regime close down state-run liquor outlets to tackle the third COVID-19 wave.

PMK founder leader S Ramadoss said liquor outlets are not essential and urged the government to close them and bars as well.

Top AIADMK leader, O Panneerselvam said the positivity rate was about 8 per cent in the state with 10,978 people testing positive out of the 1,39,253 samples tested as per the virus bulletin issued on January 8.

In June 2021, when the liquor outlets were reopened, the DMK regime had defended it saying in districts where the positivity rate hovered above 5 per cent, liquor vends remained shut.

The government had then said that only in 27 other districts, such shops were reopened considering a fall in positivity rate that dropped to about 2.8 per cent on June 23, 2021, Panneerselvam said in a statement. (PTI)

22:03 (IST)09 Jan 2022
Female tusker found dead in Mudumulai Tiger Reserve

The carcass of a female elephant was found lying at Vanjikkarai in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve here on Sunday evening, officials said.

The body was noticed by the forest department field staff who were patrolling in the area in Masinagudi division around 3.30 pm. The body parts were intact and there were no external injuries, forest department sources said.

Since the place is located deep inside the forest, a post-mortem will be conducted on Monday, they said. (PTI)

Kanyakumari: A student receives a dose of COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination drive at a school at Nagercoil Municipal Corporation area, in Kanyakumari district, Saturday, Jan 8, 2022. Vaccination for teenagers in the age group of 15 to 18 years began on Monday. (PTI Photo)

In view of the steep rise in new Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu, passengers who have received the two doses of vaccination would be allowed to travel on its suburban services with effect from January 10, the Southern Railway said on Saturday. In the latest set of guidelines issued by it, passengers with two doses of vaccination would be allowed for taking up journeys in the Chennai region.

The Southern Railway also warned of collecting Rs 500 as fine from a passenger who is found not wearing a face mask in the premises. Taking into account the current surge in Covid-19 cases and a threat of the Omicron variant, the Tamil Nadu government has imposed several restrictions from January 6 onwards following which suburban train services are operating with 50 per cent seating capacity.

READ | Only vaccinated passengers allowed on suburban trains in Chennai region: Southern Railway

The total number of beneficiaries who received vaccinations against Covid-19 breached nine crore on Saturday, with 17.34 lakh more people receiving the shots at the 18th Mega Vaccination Camp, Tamil Nadu Minister Ma Subramanian said. The Minister for Medical and Family Welfare, who inspected the vaccination exercise in the city, said over 90 per cent of people in Chennai have received the first dose.

“Today, the 18th Mega Vaccination Camp was held in which 17,34,083 beneficiaries received the jabs. Of this 5,71,795 people received first dose, while 11,62,288 the second dose”, he told reporters.

READ | Over nine crore people vaccinated in Tamil Nadu

Partly quashing an FIR filed against a Catholic priest who was arrested last July over a purportedly derogatory speech, the Madras High Court on Friday ruled that his remarks against “Bharat Mata”, “Bhuma Devi” attract the offence of hurting religious sentiments under Section 295A of IPC, among others. The court quashed four out of seven charges against P George Ponnaiah.

Hearing Ponnaiah’s petition to quash the FIR, the court listed several allegedly derogatory remarks from his speech, delivered on July 18, 2021, at a meeting organised at a church to pay homage to late activist Stan Swamy in Kanyakumari.

READ | Tamil Nadu: Catholic priest spoke of Bharat Mata in ‘offensive terms’, HC refuses to quash FIR

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