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Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus October 12, 13 Highlights: 68 containment zones identified in Chennai; Telangana toll crosses 1200

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News October 12, 13 Highlights: According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 84,02,994 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad | Updated: October 14, 2020 9:39:37 am
The busy Kamarajar Salai along Marina beach in Chennai is devoid of its usual traffic amid the pandemic. Express Photo: Srinivas K

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News October 12, 13 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 4879 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 6,61,264. Among these, Chennai recorded 1212 cases, taking the city’s tally to 1,83,251. The state recorded 62 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 10,314. 56 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 43,747. Till date, 3,99,382 males, 2,61,850 females and 32 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state. The state discharged 5165 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 6,07,203.

According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 84,02,994 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 80,162 samples having been sent yesterday.

Telangana on Monday reported 1,708 new cases, taking the tally to 2.14 lakh while five more deaths pushed the toll to 1,233. According to a state bulletin, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 277, followed by Rangareddy 137 and Medchal Malkajgiri 124 districts.

The cumulative recovered cases stood at 1.89 lakh while 24,208 people are under treatment. As many as 46,835 samples were tested on October 12. Cumulatively, 36.24 lakh samples have been tested till date. The samples tested per million population was 97,369, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.57 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 88.15 per cent.

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17:34 (IST)13 Oct 2020
Hiring up by 24% in Chennai and Hyderabad

Hiring across India is seeing a positive trend. As compared to August, in September there has been a rise of 24 per cent in hiring activity, according to Naukri.com – a job search platform. The hiring is propelled by industries including pharma (+44 per cent), FMCG (+43 per cent), education or teaching (+41 per cent), and IT (+32 per cent).

Even as the hiring declined by 23 per cent as compared to last year, the month-on-month growth has been rising as India starts to ease the restrictions put to curb COVID-19. Further opening up of the economy with unlocking measures and increased mobility has led to an improvement in hiring activities in real estate, auto/ancillary, and hospitality or travel sectors as well, as per the report. Key industries such as BPO/ITES (+29 per cent) and banking or financial services (+33 per cent) continue to post robust growth sequentially, it claims.

Among cities, Pune is leading the pack with positive growth of 26 per cent followed by Hyderabad and Chennai at 24 per cent while Bengaluru is lagging with a 14 per cent growth. Tier-2 cities such as Ahmedabad (34 per cent), Chandigarh (+39 per cent) and Jaipur (36 per cent) have also seen a significant uptick in the hiring activities, as per the report.

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15:15 (IST)13 Oct 2020
List of 68 containment zones in Chennai

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has identified 68 containment zones in Chennai till date.

Here are the names of the containment streets across the city's 15 zones as of Friday:

  • Tiruvottiyur (Zone 1) - 3 containment zones

    VP Nagar 5th Street, Nellikaran Street and Sanathi Street
  • Manali (Zone 2) - 4 containment zones

    Perumal Koil Street Chettimedu, 3265 1st Street Bharathiyar Nagar Chinnamathur, Jalaganda Mariyamman Koil Street and Srinivasan Street
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 11 containment zones

    Andal Nagar (Iswarya Nagar), 15th West Cross Street, 19th Cross Street Rajeev Gandhi Nagar, MR Nagar 3td Street, Nandhanar Street, MKB 16th West Cross Street, Sasthiri Nagar 3rd Street, MKB Nagar 19th Central Cross Street, Butchammal Street, Avoor Muthaiyah Street and Thulasingam Street
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 4 containment zones

    Grace Garden 3rd Lane, Thandavarayan Street, Swamy Street and Ayyaswamy Street
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 24 containment zones

    Ambattur - Lenin Nagar 9th Cross Street; EVR Street Vinayagapuram Oragadam, New Anna Nagar 4th Cross Street, Pillaiyar Koil Street East Banu Nagar, 24th Avenue Banu Nagar, Mariamman Koil Street Oragadam, Devashi Street Gnanamoorthi Nagar, Korattur - TNHB, Station Road; Padi - Yadava Street, Park Road, North Park Road, Mettukulam, Sathya Nagar; Anna Nagar West Extension - 9th Street, TVS Avenue; Thirumangalam - TNHB Flat; Mogappair East - Vellalar Street, 12th Block Pachaipparsalai, VGN Raksha Church Street, Venu Gopal Street, 3rd Block and Mogappair - Trinity Church Road Golden George and Mohan Ram Nagar
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 3 containment zones

    Ayanavaram - New Street, Palayakara Street and Metu Street
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 4 containment zones

    Choolaimedu - Ameerjohn Street and Triplicane - Akbar Street, Vallabha Agraharam and Thandavarayan Mudali Street
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 4 containment zones

    Rukamani Street, Kiruba Shankar Street, Annamalai Nagar 3rd Street and Narayanasamy 2nd Street
  • Alandur (Zone 12) - 5 containment zones

    Mugalivakkam - Suba Shree Nagar 4th Street; Adambakkam - Surendar Nagar 4th Street; Suprabatha Flat C1 Ram Nagar 4th Main Road and Nanganallur - Voltas Colony 1st Street and Hindu Colony 1st Cross Street
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 4 containment zones

    Velachery - Gandhi Nagar, ASK Nagar 1st Cross Street; Adambakkam - Mahalakshmi Nagar 7th Cross Street and Kalaignar Nagar 4th Street
  • Sholinganallur (Zone 15) - 2 containment zones

    Neelankarai - Periya Neelankarai Kuppam and Kadaikuttaimedu - Gandhi Nagar
14:57 (IST)13 Oct 2020
Khushbu joins BJP, says ‘pushed, suppressed’ in Congress

Hours after she quit the Congress, saying some senior leaders were “dictating terms” and “people like me… are being pushed and suppressed”, actor-turned-politician Khushbu Sundar joined the BJP on Monday.

“A few elements seated at higher level within the party, people who have no connectivity with the ground reality or public recognition are dictating terms, and people like me who wanted to work for the party sincerely are being pushed and suppressed,” Khushbu said in her resignation letter to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. The Congress then announced her removal as party spokesperson.

Till just a week back, Khushbu, who was one of the Congress’s spirited voices on social media, was targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “A Prime Minister who can feed peacocks cannot feed the poor in this country,” she had tweeted six days ago.

Khushbu, who left the DMK to join the Congress in 2014, had also slammed the BJP government over the Rs 20 lakh crore package announced to tide over the impact of the lockdown. “So finally a package… 10% of GDP. Be ready… we have a long road ahead of steep rise in taxes, taxes and more taxes,” she had tweeted.

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13:37 (IST)13 Oct 2020
Dalit man in Tamil Nadu forced to fall at feet after row over baby goat

The Kayathar Police arrested seven persons for allegedly forcing a Dalit man to fall at their feet after one of his baby goats mixed with their herd. Paulraj, a 55-year-old from Olaikulam town in Thoothukudi district, approached the police after the accused recorded the incident and shared it on social media channels.

Thoothukudi SP Jeyakumar said, “The incident took place on October 8. We received a complaint from Paulraj on October 11 and immediately booked seven members under eight sections of the SC/ST act. They were all arrested on Monday.”

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13:20 (IST)13 Oct 2020
Street vendor catches boy who falls from terrace in Tamil Nadu, praised on social media

In a video that is doing the rounds of the internet, a street vendor is seen rescuing a boy who was dangling off the terrace of his home.

The video shows the four-year-old, later identified as Edric Ezhil, hanging from the edge of a terrace as a girl holds on to him and tries to pull him back to safety.

However, street vendor Mohammed Salik is seen running towards the boy and catching him just as he falls.

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13:19 (IST)13 Oct 2020
TN generated 1737 tonnes of COVID-19 waste since June

India generated 18,006 tonnes of COVID-19 biomedical waste in the last four months according to a Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data. Around 5,500 tonnes of COVID-19 waste was generated across the country in September – the maximum for a month so far.

COVID-19 biomedical waste could include PPE kits, masks, shoe covers, gloves, human tissues, items contaminated with blood, body fluids like dressings, plaster casts, cotton swabs, beddings contaminated with blood or body fluid, blood bags, needles, syringes etc.

According to the data, Maharashtra generated 3,587 tonnes of COVID-19 waste in four months since June, followed by Tamil Nadu (1,737 tonnes), Gujarat (1,638 tonnes), Kerala (1,516 tonnes), Uttar Pradesh (1,432 tonnes), Delhi (1,400 tonnes), Karnataka (1,380 tonnes) and West Bengal (1,000 tonnes).

Around 5,490 tonnes of such waste was generated in September, with Gujarat contributing the maximum 622 tonnes, followed by Tamil Nadu (543 tonnes), Maharashtra (524 tnnes), Uttar Pradesh (507 tonnes) and Kerala (494 tonnes).

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12:25 (IST)13 Oct 2020
Andhra Pradesh HC orders CBI probe into YSRCP leaders’ ‘derogatory comments’ on court

The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Monday directed the CBI to investigate some allegedly derogatory comments about the court and some judges made by leaders of the ruling YSR Congress Party on social media.

The HC had earlier directed the Registrar to lodge a complaint with the CID to investigate the comments after the court granted a stay on decentralisation of the state capital.

On Monday, a bench comprising Justice Rakesh Kumar and Justice Uma Devi observed that the CID’s probe was not satisfactory and directed the CBI to register an FIR and submit a report in eight weeks. The court observed that in spite of lodging a complaint with CID, no case was registered against any YSRCP leader who allegedly made the comments.

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12:23 (IST)13 Oct 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai has a total of 13,756 active cases across all 15 zones of the city.

Here are the active cases in the top 10 zones in Chennai:

  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 1392
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 1287
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 1209
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 1165
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 1059
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 996
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 967
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 900
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 842
  • Alandur (Zone 12) - 686
11:28 (IST)13 Oct 2020
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

Tangedco has announced a powercut in parts of Chennai from 9 am to 2 pm to carry out maintenance work. 

Here are the affected areas:

  • Royapuram: MC Road, MS Koil Street, Raman Street, Thoppai Street, Venkatachalam Street, Mosque Street, Madha Church Street - East, West, North, South; Parts of East and West Kalmandapam Road, NRT Salai, Venkatesan - I to IV Streets; Amman Koil - I to VIII Streets and BC Press Road.
10:53 (IST)13 Oct 2020
417 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Tuesday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 417 fever clinics in Chennai on Monday. A total of 20,117 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 1045 people. 1045 people with ILI symptoms were identified, while others were provided with medication for minor ailments.

The most number of camps were held in Teynampet (Zone 9) where 47 camps were set up, while Manali (Zone 2) had the least with four camps.

10:52 (IST)13 Oct 2020
Recoveries in Telangana touch 1.89 lakh

Telangana on Monday reported 1,708 new cases, taking the tally to 2.14 lakh while five more deaths pushed the toll to 1,233. According to a state bulletin, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 277, followed by Rangareddy 137 and Medchal Malkajgiri 124 districts.

The cumulative recovered cases stood at 1.89 lakh while 24,208 people are under treatment. As many as 46,835 samples were tested on October 12. Cumulatively, 36.24 lakh samples have been tested till date. The samples tested per million population was 97,369, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.57 per cent, while it was 1.5 per cent at the national level. The recovery rate in Telangana was 88.15 per cent, while it was 86.8 per cent in the country.

10:43 (IST)13 Oct 2020
Plea in SC seeks action against Jagan over letter to CJI

An advocate has moved the Supreme Court seeking action against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy for making public his “unsubstantiated allegations” against a senior judge of the court, stating that “what is at stake is the confidence which the courts in a democratic society must inspire in the public”.

The plea by Noida-based lawyer Sunil Kumar Singh referred to an October 10 press conference by Reddy’s Principal Advisor Ajeya Kallam.

At the event, he had released a letter written by the CM to Chief Justice of India S A Bobde alleging judicial impropriety on the part of Justice N V Ramana, who is next in line to be CJI.

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09:55 (IST)13 Oct 2020
TS EAMCET 2020 counselling postponed

The counselling process for the Telangana Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (TS EAMCET 2020) has been postponed, and will now be conducted from October 18. The candidates can book their seats till October 22, and the seat allotment result will be released on October 24.

The results for EAMCET was released on October 6. The entrance was held on September 9, 10, 11, and 14.

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09:54 (IST)13 Oct 2020
124 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 124 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities, with 62 arrivals and 62 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport today.

09:38 (IST)13 Oct 2020
TN records 4879 cases, 62 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 4879 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 6,61,264. Among these, Chennai recorded 1212 cases, taking the city’s tally to 1,83,251. The state recorded 62 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 10,314. 56 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 43,747. Till date, 3,99,382 males, 2,61,850 females and 32 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

The state discharged 5165 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 6,07,203.

According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 84,02,994 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 80,162 samples having been sent yesterday.

09:36 (IST)13 Oct 2020
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17:37 (IST)12 Oct 2020
Explained: Why did Khushbu join BJP, a party she fought tooth and nail for a decade?

Actor-turned politician Khushbu Sundar, who was Congress party’s one of the most vocal leaders on social media, joined the BJP on Monday. What makes Khushbu’s entry into BJP surprising was her untiring fight against the BJP and Sangh groups, especially on Twitter.

She used to reply to each and every ‘enemy’ individually. She used to tag and name Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah in her scathing tweets. “She was an untiring fighter for the Congress on social media, a star campaigner, a real crowd puller and powerful orator during polls in public rallies,” said a senior Congress leader.

“She may be simple in her ideological arguments but she is aggressive towards her work. Congress was the best space for her, not even DMK, but that party defeated her. She may be hoping that BJP will provide her a vibrant working space, to do something in social life, however different were her convictions and opinions till yesterday. She needed a better platform,” an actor friend said.

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16:59 (IST)12 Oct 2020
EPS reviews preparations ahead of Northeast monsoon

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday reviewed the preparations ahead of the northeast monsoon in the state and issued a series of directives to officials. The northeast monsoon, which brings the bulk of rainfall to the state, is expected to set in by the third week of October, an official release said.

In the review meeting on Monday attended by deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam and Chief Secretary K Shanmugam among others, Palaniswami directed officials to ensure adequate stocks of medicines in public and private hospitals. "During (any) disaster time, fair price shops should have two months' stocks of essential commodities," the release quoted the chief minister as directing the officials.

IAS officers designated with overseeing rain-related preparations should monitor the situation in the respective districts including Chennai, Palaniswami was quoted as saying. Mock drills with Covid-19 protocol of social distancing should be held.

Detailing the various steps taken by the government ahead of the northeast monsoon, which stretches till December end, the release said over 4,100 vulnerable areas have already been identified and multi-department zonal-level teams formed to handle any eventuality. Nearly 43,500 first responders including 14,232 women, trained responders to remove fallen trees and rescue cattle were on standby, it said. Various facilities including marriage halls have been identified to accommodate people if required, it said.

Many water rejuvenation initiatives have been implemented, which would help save about 2.55 tmcft (thousand million cubic ft) of water during the monsoon, the release added.

16:31 (IST)12 Oct 2020
List of 70 containment zones in Chennai

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has identified 70 containment zones in Chennai till date.

Here are the names of the containment streets across the city's 15 zones as of Friday:

  • Manali (Zone 2) - 4 containment zones

    53/55 Manali New Town, No. 38 Kuttiyappan Street Manali, Lake View Apartment and 16/1 Ma.Po.C Street
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 11 containment zones

    Andal Nagar (Iswarya Nagar), 15th West Cross Street, 19th Cross Street Rajeev Gandhi Nagar, MR Nagar 3rd Street, Nandhanar Street, MKB 16th West Cross Street, Sasthiri Nagar 3rd Street, MKB Nagar 19th Central Cross Street, Keerai Thottam, Thulasingam Street and Shanthi Nagar 3rd Street
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 2 containment zones

    Swamy Street and Ayyaswamy Street
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 2 containment zones

    Kolathur - Anjugam Nagar 2nd Street and Poompuhar Nagar 25th Street
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 29 containment zones

    Ambattur - Lenin Nagar 9th Cross Street; EVR Street Vinayagapuram Oragadam, New Anna Nagar 4th Cross Street, Pillaiyar Koil Street East Banu Nagar, 24th Avenue Banu Nagar, Mariamman Koil Street Oragadam, Cholapuram - 6th Main Road; 1st Main Road Thendral Nagar, Korattur - Pandiyan Street Thathanakuppam, TNHB, Station Road; Athipet - New Century Road; Padi - Yadava Street, Park Road, North Park Road, Mettukulam, Sathya Nagar; Anna Nagar West Extension - TVS Avenue; Thirumangalam - TNHB Flat; Mogappair West - 3rd Block, Mogappair East - Vellalar Street, 12th Block Pachaipparsalai, VGN Raksha Church Street, Venu Gopal Street; and Mogappair - Trinity Church Road Golden George and Mohan Ram Nagar
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 3 containment zones

    Ayanavaram - New Street, Palayakara Street and Metu Street
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 5 containment zones

    Choolaimedu - Ameerjohn Street and Triplicane - Akbar Street, Vallabha Agraharam, Thandavarayan Mudali Street and Anna Malai Nagar 3rd Street West Mambalam
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 4 containment zones

    Rukamani Street, Kiruba Shankar Street, Annamalai Nagar 3rd Street and Narayanasamy 2nd Street
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 1 containment zone

    Phase I 17th Cross Street
  • Alandur (Zone 12) - 5 containment zones

    Mugalivakkam - Suba Shree Nagar 4th Street; Adambakkam - Surendar Nagar 4th Street; Suprabatha Flat C1 Ram Nagar 4th Main Road and Nanganallur - Voltas Colony 1st Street and Hindu Colony 1st Street
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 4 containment zones

    Velachery - Gandhi Nagar, ASK Nagar 1st Cross Street; Adambakkam - Mahalakshmi Nagar 7th Cross Street and Kalaignar Nagar 4th Street
  • Sholinganallur (Zone 15) - 2 containment zones

    Neelankarai - Periya Neelankarai Kuppam and Kadaikuttaimedu - Gandhi Nagar
13:56 (IST)12 Oct 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai has a total of 13,751 active cases across all 15 zones of the city as of Monday.

Here are the active cases in the top 10 zones in Chennai:

  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 1437
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 1327
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 1272
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 1221
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 1055
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 1029
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 1006
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 959
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 858
  • Alandur (Zone 12) - 691

Restrictions on the entry of goods trucks and time limitations on unloading them also do not sit well with the traders. (Express photo)

It once had a daily footfall of 50,000. Now, on good days, it sees a maximum of 10,000 people. Shutdown in May after being traced as the source of thousands of Covid-19 cases in several Tamil Nadu districts and neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, the Koyembedu Wholesale Market was recently reopened at two temporary sites.

Also Read | Explained: Why did Khushbu join BJP, a party she fought tooth and nail for a decade?

However, with strict safety measures in place to avoid a repeat of another Covid-19 outbreak, small-time traders say they are still a long way from finding their feet.

READ | Chennai: Koyembedu market traders struggle to find their feet

A.Selvaraj, President, Puratchiyalar Ambedkar Koyembedu Valaga Vyabarigal Munnani Sangam, said many of the small-time traders have gone back to their hometowns as the government is not permitting to operate in Koyembedu. “The situation has worsened. We have been requesting the government to allow the small shops to function, but there hasn’t been any favorable response.”

An ardent fan of Donald Trump from Telangana, Bussa Krishna, who worshipped the US president like a God, died of cardiac arrest on Sunday. Krishna, who has been worshipping Trump every day for the last years, was depressed ever since he learnt that the US President and his wife, Melania, contracted Covid-19 recently.

READ | Telangana: Upset over Trump contracting Covid, his ardent fan dies of cardiac arrest

B Vivek, a cousin, told indianexpress.com that Krishna woke up in the morning as usual, had a bath and a cup of tea, and then collapsed on the ground. “He had slipped into depression after hearing about Trump contracting coronavirus. He was not eating properly. When we rushed him to the hospital, the doctors declared him dead. The cause of death is a cardiac arrest,” he said.

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