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Chennai Hyderabad Coronavirus December 16, 17 Highlights: Recoveries in TN cross 7.80 lakh as cases continue to decline

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News December 16, 17 Highlights: Till date, 4,84,828 males, 3,17,480 females and 34 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in Tamil Nadu.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad | Updated: December 18, 2020 9:48:46 am
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Chennai Hyderabad Coronavirus News December 16, 17 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 1181 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 8,02,342. Among these, Chennai reported 344 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,20,903. The state recorded 12 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 11,931. Ten of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 1240 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,80,531.

As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 9880. Till date, 4,84,828 males, 3,17,480 females and 34 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, 1,31,59,822 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 73,015 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 232 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 67 are government and 165 are private facilities.

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16:58 (IST)17 Dec 2020
DMK slams Centre over its decision to not to hold winter session of Parliament

The DMK on Thursday slammed the Centre for its decision to not to hold the winter session of the Parliament in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and charged it with having a "big brother" attitude by "ignoring" opposition parties on such matters.

DMK MP and its Parliamentary Party Leader TR Baalu said that while issues like the ongoing farmers' protest and border row with China had to be discussed in the Parliament, "it is very concerning that the Central BJP government does not want to hold the winter session."

Baalu alleged the government did not consult opposition parties including the DMK on the matter which was not acceptable. (PTI)

13:31 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Telangana gears up to inoculate 80 lakh people in first phase once COVID-19 vaccine is ready

Telangana is currently creating the required infrastructure for administering COVID-19 vaccine initially to about 80 lakh people, including front-line warriors once the vaccine is available for the state, official sources said on Wednesday.

Training programmes for almost 10,000 vaccinators were underway and storage facilities for the doses being set up at strategic locations. "Even if one vaccinator administers 100 people a day, on an average 10,000 vaccinators can vaccinate 80 lakh people in eight or ten days, a Health department official told PTI.

Vaccination will be done at all government health facilities such as primary health centres, district hospitals and teaching facilities.

A release from Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao's office had earlier said the vaccine should be given first to the COVID-19 warriors and front-line workers like police and others, people aged above 60 and those suffering from acute health issues. (PTI)

12:42 (IST)17 Dec 2020
SC collegium transfers four Chief Justices including Andhra Pradesh HC CJ

In a major reshuffle, the Supreme Court collegium has recommended to the Centre the transfer of four Chief Justices (CJs) of high courts including Andhra Pradesh High Court’s Chief Justice J K Maheshwari to the Sikkim High Court, weeks after chief minister Jagan Mohan Reddy had complained to the CJI about the state’s top judiciary.

In an unprecedented move, the Andhra Pradesh chief minister, on October 6, had written to Chief Justice of India (CJI) S A Bobde alleging that the state High Court was being used to “destabilise and topple’ his democratically elected government.

The collegium headed by the CJI, in its meeting held on December 14, also recommended elevation of five high court judges as Chief Justices of different High Courts including Justice Dr S Muralidhar whose notification transferring him to Punjab and Haryana High Court close to mid night of February 26 had created a huge controversy.

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11:41 (IST)17 Dec 2020
404 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Wednesday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 404 fever clinics in Chennai on Wednesday. A total of 20,529 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 407 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 43 camps had been set up, while Manali (Zone 2) had the least with six camps.

11:38 (IST)17 Dec 2020
536 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths reported in Telangana

Telangana reported 536 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the tally to over 2.79 lakh while three fatalities pushed the toll to 1,502.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 107, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 43 and Rangareddy 41, a government bulletin said on Tuesday.

As many as 7,183 patients are under treatment and 52,057 samples were tested on Tuesday. Cumulatively, over 62.57 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 1.68 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.53 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 96.88 per cent.

10:33 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

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

Here are the affected areas:

  • Madhavaram: Sathiyaraj Nagar, KKR Nagar, Francise Colony, Burma Colony, Ambedkar Nagar - 1st to 8th Streets; Michtish Colony, Kannabiran Koil Street, Thiruvalluvar Street, Muthumariamman Koil Street, Udaiyar Thottam - 1st to 3rd Streets and KKR Estate.
09:33 (IST)17 Dec 2020
210 flights to be operated between Chennai and major cities today

A total of 210 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 105 arrivals and 105 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:32 (IST)17 Dec 2020
TN reports 1181 fresh cases,12 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 1181 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 8,02,342. Among these, Chennai reported 344 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,20,903.

The state recorded 12 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 11,931. Ten of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 1240 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,80,531.

As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 9880. Till date, 4,84,828 males, 3,17,480 females and 34 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, 1,31,59,822 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 73,015 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 232 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 67 are government and 165 are private facilities.

09:32 (IST)17 Dec 2020
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18:29 (IST)16 Dec 2020
Countdown for launch of communication satellite CMS-01 begins

The 25-hour countdown for the launch of communication satellite CMS-01 on board launch vehicle PSLV-C50 commenced on Wednesday, ISRO said. The polar satellite launch vehicle's 52nd mission is scheduled for lift-off at 15.41 hours on Thursday from the second launch pad at the spaceport of Sriharikota 'subject to weather conditions'.

"PSLV-CMS-01 Mission: Countdown for the launch of PSLV-C50/CMS01 mission commenced today at 1441hrs from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, SHAR Sriharikota," ISRO said.

CMS-01 is the 42nd communication satellite of the space agency and it is envisaged for providing services in Extended-C Band of the frequency spectrum covering India, Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands. (PTI)

17:45 (IST)16 Dec 2020
60 recruits attested to Madras Regiment

A total of 60 recruits were on Wednesday attested to the Madras Regiment, the oldest nfantry regiment in the army, at Wellington in Nilgiris district.

The attestation parade was reviewed by Deputy Commandant of the regiment B N Nayak, who congratulated the recruits and appreciated the instructors and staff for achieving high standards of training. He lauded the efforts of the regiment also to train smart and effective soldiers. (PTI)

17:08 (IST)16 Dec 2020
Southern Railway introduces special trains for Thaipoosam festival

Ahead of Irumudi/Thaipoosam festival, the Southern Railway has introduced special trains which will have stoppages at Melmaruvathur till January 29 next year.

15:43 (IST)16 Dec 2020
Kamal says alliance with Rajinikanth’s outfit possible

Sending out signals that he is open to alliance talks with actor Rajinikanth’s new party for next year’s assembly elections, actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan on Tuesday said he will definitely consider such an alliance for his party if both find common ground to work together. Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) party, which he announced in 2018, has remained without an ally so far.

When asked about a possible alliance with Rajinikanth, Haasan, who was campaigning in Virudhunagar on Tuesday, said: “Like me, he is also fighting for a change. But he is yet to talk about the ideology of his party in detail. Let him reveal more. We are just a phone call away. If it is feasible to work together, we will definitely consider that without any ego.”

Many in Rajinikanth’s camp were not sure of an alliance with Haasan. “They have a friendship but we need to wait and see if they could face polls together,” said a source close to Rajinikanth. He said even if Rajinikanth considers the option, he would consult with his “well-wishers in New Delhi” and “mentors” such as RSS ideologue S Gurumurthy before taking any decision.

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15:07 (IST)16 Dec 2020
Tamil Nadu girl cooks 46 dishes in 58 minutes; creates world record

SN Lakshmi Sai Sri, a young girl from Tamil Nadu, entered the UNICO Book of World Records by cooking 46 dishes in 58 minutes in Chennai.

Lakshmi revealed she developed an interest in cooking while learning it from her mother. “I have learned cooking from my mother. I am very happy that I have achieved this milestone,” she was quoted as saying.

The young chef started cooking during the lockdown, her mother N Kalaimagal said.

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14:13 (IST)16 Dec 2020
Six students test Covid positive at Anna University; IIT-Madras’ tally reaches 191

At least eight residents of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chennai tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday, taking the number of infected on the campus to 191. Meanwhile. six students also tested positive at Anna University’s College of Engineering, Guindy campus. The institution decided to conduct tests after two students residing on the campus complained of fever.

Speaking to the reporters after inspecting the IIT campus, Tamil Nadu Health Secretary Dr. J Radhakrishnan, said: “We have been telling this, again and again, not wearing masks could increase the risk of getting infected by the virus. While eating we need to remove masks and hence we should make sure we maintain social distancing. Few small mistakes will cause great danger. As I said yesterday, we will initiate action the management which lacks to implement these things.”

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13:18 (IST)16 Dec 2020
Rajinikanth likely to contest on ‘autorickshaw’ symbol in 2021 Tamil Nadu polls

Actor Rajinikanth who is set to make his political debut in the assembly polls scheduled next year in Tamil Nadu, is likely to have ‘autorickshaw’ as the election symbol for his party, whose name and other details he has said he will reveal on December 31. While it is not official yet, it is learnt that the Election Commission has allotted the ‘autorickshaw’ symbol to a newly registered but unrecognised party called ‘Makkal Sevai Katchi’ (MSK).

Rajinikanth, who played an auto-rickshaw driver in his 1995 blockbuster ‘Baasha’, has likely gone for the symbol as it will have an easy connect with people . Even after 25 years, the Tamil superstar’s Manickam character in the film remains much admired by his fans. Every Aayudha pooja festival, auto-rickshaw drivers across the state are often seen playing Rajinikanth’s iconic ‘Naan autokaran’ song from the movie.

According to sources, the applicant who has registered the party is a senior functionary of Rajini Makkal Mandram (RMM) in Thoothukudi. The registration process was done in another person’s name on the instructions of Rajinikanth. The applicant’s details are not known either.

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12:46 (IST)16 Dec 2020
183 infected with Covid at IIT-Madras; CM orders statewide testing at colleges

At least 79 residents of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chennai tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, taking the number of infected on the campus to 183. The cluster of cases in IIT-Madras has prompted the government to instruct officials to monitor other colleges and universities across the state.

A team from the Tamil Nadu Health Department and Chennai Corporation is already conducting Covid-19 tests in colleges across Chennai.

“Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami has instructed district collectors to closely monitor other colleges and universities. We are conducting aggressive testing… We have already issued two Government Orders (GOs), and if any person or management fails to adhere to them, we will initiate action against them under the Epidemic Disease Act,” Dr Radhakrishnan told reporters in Chennai.

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11:47 (IST)16 Dec 2020
536 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths reported in Telangana

Telangana reported 536 fresh coronavirus cases on Tuesday, taking the tally to over 2.79 lakh while three fatalities pushed the toll to 1,502.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 107, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 43 and Rangareddy 41, a government bulletin said on Tuesday.

As many as 7,183 patients are under treatment and 52,057 samples were tested on Tuesday. Cumulatively, over 62.57 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 1.68 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.53 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 96.88 per cent.

11:21 (IST)16 Dec 2020
Under Covid-19 shadow, Hyderabad’s Numaish likely to be delayed, curtailed

Even as uncertainty induced by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic looms large over Hyderabad’s most-awaited annual extravaganza, Numaish, the organisers of the Nizam-era exhibition are hopeful of having an uninterrupted show, although a bit delayed or shortened in duration.

Continuing since 1938, the All India Industrial Exhibition witnesses the annual participation of traders and artisans from far and wide. While Numaish has been the go-to place for annual shopping as well as recreation and relaxation for a Hyderabadi household for the last several decades, traders and craftsmen are never disappointed with the revenue from sales.

This year, however, the novel coronavirus continues to pose a threat to the 81st edition of Numaish. The state health department has repeatedly warned the public of a possible second wave of the viral infection, especially taking into account the dropping temperatures, festivals, and family gatherings.

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10:49 (IST)16 Dec 2020
No ego if our ideology matches: Kamal Haasan on tie-up with Rajinikanth

Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan Tuesday hinted that he is open to a political alliance with actor Rajinikanth who is set to make his political debut in the assembly polls scheduled next year in Tamil Nadu.

Speaking to reporters, Haasan said if there are no ideological differences between them, his party is ready to “cooperate”. “Political change is necessary. We are just a phone call away. If our ideology is similar and if it would benefit the people, we are ready to set aside our egos and cooperate with each other,” he said.

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Marina beach, Marina beach reopned to public, Marina beach visiting hours, Chennai Covid news, chennai covid latest updates, chennai news, indian express Some early visitors at Marina beach on Tuesday. (Express photo)

After a gap of more than eight months, Tamil Nadu’s tourist spots, including Chennai’s iconic Marina beach, reopened to the public on Monday. The once buzzing Marina sprang back to life, with walkers and fitness enthusiasts thronging the seafront since the morning. The Chennai Corporation, following Supreme Court orders, has implemented various measures, such as setting up dustbins around the beach, deploying more sanitary workers, and cleaning up the drinking water area and the public toilets near it.

READ | As visitors return to Marina beach after 8 months, vendors hope tide turns for them soon

Officials, however, said they can keep the seafront “100 per cent clean” only with the public’s co-operation. Patrol vehicles and policemen mounted on horses have also been stationed. The reopening of Marina has come as a big relief for the hawkers and vendors who made their living at the beach. They say it will take at least two-three months for big crowds to return to the seashore.

Also Read | Kamal says alliance with Rajinikanth’s outfit possible

Even as uncertainty induced by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic looms large over Hyderabad’s most-awaited annual extravaganza, Numaish, the organisers of the Nizam-era exhibition are hopeful of having an uninterrupted show, although a bit delayed or shortened in duration.

READ | Under Covid-19 shadow, Hyderabad’s Numaish likely to be delayed, curtailed

This year, however, the novel coronavirus continues to pose a threat to the 81st edition of Numaish. The state health department has repeatedly warned the public of a possible second wave of the viral infection, especially taking into account the dropping temperatures, festivals, and family gatherings.

For assistance on COVID-19-related queries and mental health support in Chennai, citizens can contact the Greater Chennai Corporation's (GCC) COVID-19 helpline 044 46122300 | Citizens can find the nearest GCC-facilitated COVID-19 fever clinic here | For lodging rain-related complaints and assistance during the monsoon, citizens can contact the GCC's monsoon helplines 044 25384530 or 044 25384540 or the control room 1913 (available 24x7)

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