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Tamil Nadu COVID-19 wrap: No ‘at home reception’ at Raj Bhavan this year; Karti Chidambaram tests positive

For the first time since the pandemic outbreak, the state’s death toll went past the 100-mark on a single day, taking the cumulative toll to 4,241 on Monday.

Written by Janardhan Koushik , Shivani Ramakrishnan | Chennai |
Updated: August 3, 2020 10:17:51 pm
Governor Banwarilal Purohit had tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday. (File)

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has decided to not host the annual ‘At Home Reception’ at Raj Bhavan during Independence Day celebrations this year, owing to the pandemic.

The Governor had tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday and had been advised home isolation. A statement released by Raj Bhavan stated that the Governor’s health is stable.

READ | Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit tests positive

A total of 87 staff working at Raj Bhavan had tested positive last week, prompting the Governor to go into isolation.

Karti Chidambaram tests positive

MP for Sivagangai district, Karti P Chidambaram tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. “My symptoms are mild and as per medical advice I am under home quarantine. I would urge all those who have recently been in contact with me to follow medical protocol.” (sic), he tweeted.

With this, 21 lawmakers in Tamil Nadu have tested positive till date. These include nine from ruling AIADMK, 10 from DMK, one MP from Nagapattinam and one from AICC. Among the infected legislators, two have recovered while one succumbed to COVID-19 in May.

TN BJP Vice President tests positive

Nainar Nagenthiran, vice president of Bharatiya Janata Party in Tamil Nadu, has tested positive for Covid-19. Nainar Nagenthiran tweeted that keeping in mind the welfare of people around him and also based on the advice given by doctors, he has decided to self quarantine. He also tweeted that he is carrying along with him the devotional song book, Kanda Sashti Kavasam.

507 fever clinics in Chennai

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) held 507 fever clinics across Chennai today. A total of 26,279 people attended the camps, with swabs collected from 1,854 people. Around 1,871 people with Influenza Like Infection (ILI) symptoms were identified and tested for COVID-19. Medicines were provided to individuals with minor ailments.

5,609 new cases, 109 deaths take the toll to 4,241

For the first time since the pandemic outbreak, the state’s death toll went past the 100-mark on a single day, taking the cumulative toll to 4,241 on Monday. The state also recorded 5,609 fresh cases, taking the overall tally to 2,63,222. This is the fifth consecutive day that less than 6,000 cases have been recorded.

Including 5,800 recoveries on Monday, the total number of discharged cases rose to 2,02,283. There are still 56,698 active cases in Tamil Nadu.

Of the total cases, Chennai recorded 1,021. With 20 deaths in the past 24 hours, the city’s toll reached 2176. Other districts like Ranipet (382), Virudhunagar (348), Thiruvallur (332), Chengalpet (331) and Kancheepuram (322) districts reported the maximum cases on Monday.

Among the deceased, eight had no co-morbidities. On Monday, 32 returnees from other countries and states tested positive for Covid-19.

As many as 4,87,533 persons have entered Tamil Nadu through various modes of travel till date and 5,608 of them have tested positive.

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