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Chennai Hyderabad Coronavirus October 23, 24 Highlights: Deaths dip in Tamil Nadu as state records 33 fatalities

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News October 23, 24 Highlights: As of Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 32,960. Till date, 4,24,529 males, 2,78,689 females and 32 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad | Updated: October 26, 2020 9:26:44 am
COVID-19 test, coronavirus testAccording to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 93,56,580 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date. (Representational)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News October 23, 24 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 3057 positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 7,03,250. Among these, Chennai reported 844 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,94,139.

Tamil Nadu recorded 33 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 10,858. Thirty of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.

As of Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 32,960. Till date, 4,24,529 males, 2,78,689 females and 32 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 93,56,580 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 81,472 samples having been sent today.

The state discharged 4262 patients following treatment today, putting the total number of recoveries at 6,59,432.

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18:27 (IST)24 Oct 2020
Call for ban on online gaming grows louder after man loses lakhs, ends life

A 38-year-old man who was running a mobile shop in Korkadu village near Puducherry set himself on fire a couple of days ago after he lost more than 30 lakh rupees in an online rummy game. A WhatsApp voice note he sent to his wife just minutes before taking the extreme step has since gone viral, prompting a widespread demand for a ban on online games.

In the audio recording, Vijaykumar said, “I haven’t slept properly in the past few days. I have lost around 30 lakh rupees in the online game. I played day and night. I got addicted to it, it was like drugs. I wasn’t able to come out of it. Even now, I feel like I want to play that game again. I am not able to concentrate on work, I am not able to spend time with you or the kids. Go back to your hometown, take care of the kids. If you can do one thing to help me, please circulate this audio on all social media platforms and try to ban this online game because like me several others have been trapped in these games.”

With the death of Vijaykumar, the demand to ban online games has strengthened. Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on Wednesday told reporters that he had written a letter to the Information and Broadcasting Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to ban online rummy and other gambling platforms. He said the government will soon look into getting these apps banned.

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17:53 (IST)24 Oct 2020
CMRL offers 50% off on Sunday and Monday

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has announced a discount of 50 per cent on train tickets on October 25 and 26, owing to government holidays in Chennai. The discount is applicable for all commutes except for trip pass and unlimited rides pass.

17:05 (IST)24 Oct 2020
NEET medical college admissions: TN CM says confident about nod from Guv on 7.5% quota for govt school kids

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Friday expressed confidence state Governor Banwari Lal Purohit will give assent to a bill to provide 7.5 per cent reservation in medical admission to government school students clearing NEET, soon.

He also slammed DMK President MK Stalin for writing to the governor on the issue, saying it was an attempt to create an “illusion” that he was responsible for a possible approval by Purohit on the matter.

The Tamil Nadu Assembly had on September 15 unanimously passed a bill to provide 7.5 per cent horizontal quota in medical admissions for state government school students who clear the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).

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16:27 (IST)24 Oct 2020
TS EAMCET provisional allotment list released

The Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) Hyderabad released the provisional seat allotment list for admission to various courses at its official website, tsche.ac.in. Students who wish to take the allotted seat will have to pay tuition fees and perform self-reporting by October 28.

The payment process and slot booking for various courses will become from October 29. This will be the final phase of admission. Only those who have cleared the TS EAMCET exam will be eligible to participate in the counselling process. Seats are allotted based on merit, however, choice of the candidate while choice filing is also considered while allotting seats.

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14:11 (IST)24 Oct 2020
Radhe Shyam teaser: Prabhas promises a timeless love story

A teaser of the upcoming movie Radhe Shyam was released on Friday to mark the birthday celebration of Prabhas, who turned 41 today. The video teases the melodious beats scored by composer Justin Prabhakaran, who last year delivered a blockbuster music album, Dear Comrade.

The promo also recalls legendary love stories of star-crossed lovers – Romeo and Juliet, Laila and Majnu, Devdas and Parvati and finally, Radhe and Shyam. Is director Radha Krishna Kumar suggesting that Radhe Shyam will be another love story with a tragic end? We have to wait and watch.

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12:06 (IST)24 Oct 2020
1,273 new coronavirus cases, five deaths reported in Telangana

Telangana reported 1,273 fresh COVID-19 cases on Friday, taking the aggregate to 2.30 lakh, while five more deaths pushed the toll to 1,303 in the state. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 227, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 104 and Rangareddy 102 districts, a government bulletin said.

As many as 19,937 people are under treatment and 35,280 samples were tested on October 23. Cumulatively, 40.52 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was 1.08 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.56 per cent, while the recovery rate in Telangana was 90.77 per cent.

12:01 (IST)24 Oct 2020
TNAU UG rank list released

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University released the undergraduate rank list Friday. The candidates can view their rank at tnauonline.in. Praveen R Kumar has secured the number one position this year. A total of 31410 students have qualified the TNAU exam.

The list includes the names, registration number, aggregate marks, category and ranks of the candidates. The shortlisted candidates will now be called for the online counselling. Any student who decides to discontinue an undergraduate course will not be eligible for admission again to any undergraduate programme of this university.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to pay a non-refundable counselling fee online. Certificate/document verification will be done after the counselling. All UG programmes are of eight semesters (4 years) duration.

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11:38 (IST)24 Oct 2020
Chennai metro timings extended till 11 pm on Friday and Saturday

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has announced that metro timings in Chennai will be increased till 11 pm on Friday and Saturday owing to the festive season. The trains will be operated from 7 am to 9 pm on October 23 and 24 and also on October 29. Currently, the trains are being operated from 7 am to 9 pm.

Further, to faciliate the commute of passengers returning to the city from their holidays, trains will be operated from 5.30 am to 9 pm from October 27 and November 2.

The trains will be operated without peak hour service on these days.

11:37 (IST)24 Oct 2020
397 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Friday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 397 fever clinics in Chennai on Friday. A total of 19,001 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 715 people who were identified with ILI symptoms, while others were provided with medication for minor ailments.

The most number of camps were held in Teynampet (Zone 9) where 49 camps were set up, while Manali (Zone 2) had the least with four camps.

10:00 (IST)24 Oct 2020
AP EAMCET counselling 2020 begins

The Department of Technical Education and Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education has started the web-based counselling for EAMCET 2020. Those who have cleared the exam can appear for counselling to seek admission in AP-based colleges. The registration process has begun at apeamcet.nic.in.

Through the web-counselling process, students will be given admission to BE, BTech, pharmacy, and related courses. Apart from clearing AP EAMCET, students also need to have passed their class 12 or intermediate second year level exam with at least 45 per cent marks. For candidates belonging to BC, SC and ST category, the minimum requirement is 40 per cent. The applicant also should have completed 16 years of age as on December 31, 2020.

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09:38 (IST)24 Oct 2020
154 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 154 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 77 arrivals and 77 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:36 (IST)24 Oct 2020
Cases on the decline in Chennai as city records 844 fresh cases

Tamil Nadu recorded 3057 positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 7,03,250. Among these, Chennai reported 844 positive cases, bringing the city's total to 1,94,139.

Tamil Nadu recorded 33 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 10,858. Thirty of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 4262 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 6,59,432.

As of Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 32,960. Till date, 4,24,529 males, 2,78,689 females and 32 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 93,56,580 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 81,472 samples having been sent yesterday.

09:36 (IST)24 Oct 2020
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17:26 (IST)23 Oct 2020
COVID-19: Deaths in top 10 zones in Chennai

A total of 3569 people have succumbed to COVID-19 across all 15 zones of Chennai till date.

Here are the deaths in the top 10 zones in Chennai:

  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 449
  • Anna Nagrar (Zone 8) - 403
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 397
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 364
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 341
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 312
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 263
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 217
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 187
  • Tiruvottiyur (Zone 1) - 150
16:13 (IST)23 Oct 2020
Suriya’s Soorarai Pottru postponed

Suriya’s upcoming film Soorarai Pottru has been delayed indefinitely. The movie was earlier scheduled to be released on Amazon Prime Video on October 30, and now there is no new release date.

The actor made the announcement on his Twitter handle via a signed letter. In the letter, he explained the reason for the delay. Suriya wrote in the letter that when the production on Soorarai Pottru began, he and the makers thought “the only challenges we would face will be shooting at never-before-shot-locations, working with people of different languages and bringing in personnel with different skill sets to bring alive the magnificent world of Maara.”

The actor went on to explain the reason for the postponement. He further wrote, “As you all know SP is a story set in the aviation industry, so we had to deal with numerous procedures and permissions, because its a matter of national security and we were dealing with real Indian Airforce aircrafts and security. A few new NOCs are still pending for approval and we understand the wait is inevitable as this adverse time is demanding more and more focus on the nation and its priorities, than anything else!”

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15:18 (IST)23 Oct 2020
Puducherry adds 158 fresh COVID-19 cases, overall tally rises to 33,986

Puducherry registered 158 fresh coronavirus cases taking the overall tally in the union territory to 33,986, a top Health department official said on Friday. The new cases in the last 24 hours were identified at the end of the examination of 3,784 samples, Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said in a release.

The overall tally of infections rose to 33,986. While the Puducherry region accounted for 95 new cases, Mahe reported 36, followed by Karaikal (18) and Yanam (nine). He said that two people including a 47-year old woman succumbed to the virus during the last 24 hours pushing the toll to 584.

The fatality and recovery rates were 1.72 per cent and 86.59 per cent respectively.

The Health department Director said that 2.82 lakh samples had been tested so far and it was found that 2.44 lakh out of them were negative. He said 216 patients were discharged from hospitals during the last 24 hours. He said of the 33,986 cases overall, as many as 3,975 were active while 29,427 had been treated and discharged so far.

13:45 (IST)23 Oct 2020
EPS urges Piyush Goyal to resume EMU and sub-urban trains in Chennai
12:05 (IST)23 Oct 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

With 833 cases reported on Thursday, Chennai has a total of 11,107 active cases across all 15 zones of the city. Each zone has less than 1000 active cases, with Anna Nagar (Zone 8) leading the tally with 972 cases.

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

  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 972
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 918
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 768
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 735
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 728
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 686
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 607
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 575
  • Alandur (Zone 12) - 562
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 497
11:02 (IST)23 Oct 2020
Tests in Telangana cross 40 lakh mark

Telangana reported 1,421 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, taking the tally to 2,29,001 while six more deaths pushed the toll to 1298, a bulletin released by the the state government said. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 249, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri (111) and Rangareddy (97) districts.

In a milestone, the state has conducted over 40 lakh COVID-19 tests so far. As many as 20,377 patients are under treatment and 38,484 samples were tested on October 22. Cumulatively, 40, 17,353 samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was 1,07,935, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.56 per cent, while the recovery rate in Telangana was 90.53 per cent.

The number of individuals in home/institutional isolation was 17,214.

10:58 (IST)23 Oct 2020
Chennai metro timings extended till 11 pm on Friday and Saturday

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has announced that metro timings in Chennai will be increased till 11 pm on Friday and Saturday owing to the festive season. The trains will be operated from 7 am to 9 pm on October 23 and 24 and also on October 29. Currently, the trains are being operated from 7 am to 9 pm.

Further, to faciliate the commute of passengers returning to the city from their holidays, trains will be operated from 5.30 am to 9 pm from October 27 and November 2.

The trains will be operated without peak hour service on these days.

Activist, Sangeetha, Transgender activist Activist Sangeetha.

Transgender activist Sangeetha (60) was found dead at her residence in Coimbatore on Wednesday. According to police, the decomposed body of Sangeetha was wrapped in a cloth and dumped inside a plastic drum.

READ | Coimbatore: Transgender activist Sangeetha found dead at her residence

Sangeetha, who resided at Sai Baba Colony on NSR Road, was the president of Coimbatore District Transgender Association. She has been an active member of many NGOs and initiated many charity events for the welfare of the economically weaker section. She had been in the catering business for more than 15 years.

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday assured free immunisation against coronavirus for all sections of people in the state as soon as a vaccine is made available.

READ | Palaniswami assures free COVID-19 vaccine to Tamil Nadu people

“I would like to announce that as soon as the vaccine is developed (and made available to states) all people in Tamil Nadu will be immunised and the government shall bear the cost,” he said during an official visit.

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