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Chennai Hyderabad Coronavirus December 7, 8 Highlights: TN tally crosses 7.90 lakh with 1320 fresh cases

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News December 7, 8 Highlights: Till date, 4,78,243 males, 3,13,275 females and 34 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in Tamil Nadu.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad | Updated: December 9, 2020 9:25:49 am
Chennai, Chennai Coronavirus Test, Chennai COVID-19 Test, Chennai CoronavirusHealth workers collect swabs at a fever camp in Chennai. Express Photo: Srinivas K

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News December 7, 8 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 1311 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 7,91,552. Among these, Chennai reported 307 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,17,850. The state recorded 16 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 11,809. All 16 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 1389 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,69,048.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 10,695. Till date, 4,78,243 males, 3,13,275 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, 1,25,40,103 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 64,010 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 228 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 67 are government and 161 are private facilities.

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17:05 (IST)08 Dec 2020
Actor Sarathkumar tests positive for COVID-19

Tamil actor Sarathkumar has tested positive for COVID-19. The actor's wife Radhika Sarathkumar tweeted that he had tested positive for COVID-19 in Hyderabad. "He’s asymptomatic and in the hands of extremely good doctors! I will keep you updated about his health in the days to come", (sic) she tweeted.

15:52 (IST)08 Dec 2020
Telugu actor-turned-politician Vijayashanti joins BJP

The formal induction of Telugu actor-turned politician Vijayashanti into BJP is scheduled to take place Tuesday, party leader G Vivek Venkatswamy told ANI. The announcement came hours after Vijayashanti had a meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

"Today under the leadership of G Kishan Reddy, Vijayashanti met Home Minister Amit Shah. She will formally be inducted into BJP in the presence of BJP chief JP Nadda. Vijayashanti worked a lot in Telangana but the state Chief Minister KC Rao sidelined everyone," Venkatswamy was quoted as saying by ANI.

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14:25 (IST)08 Dec 2020
Vijay’s Master selfie is most retweeted celebrity tweet of 2020

A selfie by Tamil actor Vijay has become the most retweeted tweet of a celebrity in India. At the time of writing this piece, Vijay's selfie tweet has more than 1 lakh 55 thousand retweets and over 3 lakh 76 thousand likes.

Vijay had posted the selfie in February from the Neyveli sets of his upcoming film Master. And it was more than just a random selfie by the actor thanking his fans. It is believed that he tweeted this picture to his nearly 3 million followers on Twitter to make a statement.

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14:07 (IST)08 Dec 2020
682 new cases, 2 deaths reported in Telangana

Telangana recorded 682 fresh cases of coronavirus on Monday, taking the overall tally to over 2.74 lakh while three fatalities pushed the toll to 1,477.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 119, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 64 and Rangareddy 47, a government bulletin said on Tuesday.

As many as 7,696 patients are under treatment and 55,645 samples were tested on Monday. Cumulatively, over 58.68 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 1.57 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.53 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 96.65 per cent.

13:51 (IST)08 Dec 2020
CPM, DMK cadre protest in Chennai's Saidapet
12:56 (IST)08 Dec 2020
Close to 50% of shops shut in districts across Tamil Nadu

Almost 50 per cent of shops remained shut today in various districts of Tamil Nadu including Pudukkotai, Thiruvarur, Mayiladuthurai, Sirkazhi, Erode, Satyamangalam, Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu, Thanjavur and Karur in support of the farmers' protest.

12:24 (IST)08 Dec 2020
417 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Monday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 417 fever clinics in Chennai on Monday. A total of 19,617 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 529 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.

12:18 (IST)08 Dec 2020
IN PICS | CPI workers lend support to farmers during Bharat Bandh in Chennai

11:43 (IST)08 Dec 2020
Chennai: As colleges reopen, police gear up to curb 'route thala' menace

With colleges and universities in Chennai reopening on Monday, the city police are gearing up to tackle the ‘Route Thala’ culture, which has led to gang rivalries among students and violence and nuisance on the streets.

The student addressed as ‘Route Thala’ is considered the "boss" of that particular route. The thala and his 'gang' often pick fights with other students to maintain his ‘gethu’ (pride). Last year in July, one such ‘Route Thala’ rivalry saw students of Pachaiyappa’s college, one of India’s oldest educational institutions, chasing each other with sickles and machetes on the road.

Thus, in a meeting convened by the Chennai city commissioner Mahesh Kumar Agarwal last week, officers have been instructed to take strict action against such offenders. Speaking to Indianexpress.com, V Balakrishnan, the Joint Commissioner of North Chennai, said all sensitive routes and buses have been identified and police officers are strictly monitoring students who have been part of such gangs.

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10:32 (IST)08 Dec 2020
Over 300 ill with unknown disease in Andhra’s Eluru, Central team to probe

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is sending a Central team to Eluru in Andhra Pradesh’s West Godavari district, where 340 people have fallen sick due to an unknown disease.

West Godavari District Collector R Muthyala Raju said, “Some of these people complained of seizures, anxiety, vomiting, and headache. So far, the illness has not spread from one to another person. People living in other areas, where Eluru Municipality does not supply drinking water, have also fallen ill.”

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10:26 (IST)08 Dec 2020
Post pandemic, Chennai colleges reopen for final year UG, medical students

Colleges and universities in Chennai reopened their gates for final year undergraduate students of arts and science, engineering, agriculture, fisheries, and veterinary courses today. The in-person classes resumed in the city after a gap of eight months. The government has also allowed institutions to reopen for final year polytechnic and hotel management students. The classes for the fresh batch of 2020-21 will commence from February 1.

The state government Saturday had issued SOPs for the reopening of colleges and universities and hostels. Students, teachers, and other college staff are instructed to wear face masks and take all the preventive measures. The colleges have been directed to display proper signages, symbols, and posters at prominent places to create awareness about the risk of infection from the virus. Moreover, the colleges have been strictly instructed to avoid any extra-curricular activities where maintaining physical distancing is not possible.

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10:06 (IST)08 Dec 2020
1 lakh police personnel deployed across Tamil Nadu

Around 1 lakh Tamil Nadu police personnel have been deployed across the state today, to prevent any untoward incidents during the Bharat Bandh. Close to 15,000 police personnel have been deployed in Chennai.

09:39 (IST)08 Dec 2020
To spread Covid-19 safety awareness, Chennai Metro ties up with a Parai troupe

As Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are being eased across Chennai over the past few months, the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has begun operations in the city. According to CMRL, a total of 19,21,962 passengers have commuted via metro between September and November.

For commuters, however, the one question that still remains is the safety while commuting in a metro train. To address these concerns, CMRL launched a Covid-19 awareness cultural programme in association with Parai (a folk art form of Tamil Nadu) group Nimirvu Kalaiyagam. So far, the group has performed at five of the city's metro stations.

“We were approached by CMRL to bring out an awareness programme on how safe it is to travel via metro during the pandemic when compared to other forms of public transportation and the measures being taken by CMRL to ensure the safety of commuters”, Muthamizh Bharathi, organiser and trainer at Nimirvu Kalaiyagam told Indianexpress.com. “We also tell people about the importance of wearing a mask and adhering to social distancing norms through our performances”, he said.

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09:36 (IST)08 Dec 2020
206 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 206 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 103 arrivals and 103 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:23 (IST)08 Dec 2020
Tamil Nadu: State toll touches 11,809 with 16 more deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 1311 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 7,91,552. Among these, Chennai reported 307 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,17,850.

The state recorded 16 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 11,809. All 16 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 1389 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,69,048.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 10,695. Till date, 4,78,243 males, 3,13,275 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, 1,25,40,103 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 64,010 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 228 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 67 are government and 161 are private facilities.

09:23 (IST)08 Dec 2020
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18:12 (IST)07 Dec 2020
IN PICS | Inter-ministerial team assesses damage caused by cyclone and rainfall in places around TN and Puducherry
17:05 (IST)07 Dec 2020
Andhra CM Jagan Mohan Reddy visits hospitalised victims of mystery disease

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday visited the Government General Hospital there and interacted with those afflicted by the mysterious disease even as the number of patients rose to 347.

A team of doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences from Mangalagiri visited the hospital and collected blood samples from the patients for a thorough examination. Close to 200 patients had been discharged from hospital after treatment.

Most of the victims were in the 20-30 age group while there were about 45 children below the age of 12 years. There is now a suspicion that anti-mosquito fogging may have caused the disease spread but nothing has yet been confirmed officially.

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16:21 (IST)07 Dec 2020
Post pandemic, Chennai colleges reopen for final year UG, medical students

Colleges and universities in Chennai reopened their gates for final year undergraduate students of arts and science, engineering, agriculture, fisheries, and veterinary courses today. The in-person classes resumed in the city after a gap of eight months. The government has also allowed institutions to reopen for final year polytechnic and hotel management students. The classes for the fresh batch of 2020-21 will commence from February 1.

The state government Saturday had issued SOPs for the reopening of colleges and universities and hostels. Students, teachers, and other college staff are instructed to wear face masks and take all the preventive measures. The colleges have been directed to display proper signages, symbols, and posters at prominent places to create awareness about the risk of infection from the virus. Moreover, the colleges have been strictly instructed to avoid any extra-curricular activities where maintaining physical distancing is not possible.

The varsities present in the containment zones will not be allowed to conduct classroom sessions and students, teachers living from the containment zones will not be allowed to venture into the campus.

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16:06 (IST)07 Dec 2020
Hyderabad school wins national inter-school Cryptic Crossword Contest

The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Hyderabad emerged as the national champion of a pan-India inter-school crossword competition, CCCC Cryptic Crossword Contest (CCCC 2020). The team of V Krishna Sai Gayatri and Nellore Dharshita from the city school won the the grand finale of the eighth editions, organisers said. Don Bosco Academy, Patna bagged the second prize this year followed by The Mother's International School, New Delhi which was at the third spot. The school won the tournament last year also.

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Nimirvu Kalaiyagam will be performing Covid awareness programmes at various metro stations in Chennai till January 3.

To address the concerns of commuters while travelling via Chennai metro, Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) launched a Covid-19 awareness cultural programme in association with Parai (a folk art form of Tamil Nadu) group Nimirvu Kalaiyagam. So far, the group has performed at five of the city's metro stations.

READ | To spread Covid-19 safety awareness, Chennai Metro ties up with a Parai troupe

“We were approached by CMRL to bring out an awareness programme on how safe it is to travel via metro during the pandemic when compared to other forms of public transportation and the measures being taken by CMRL to ensure the safety of commuters”, Muthamizh Bharathi, organiser and trainer at Nimirvu Kalaiyagam told Indianexpress.com. “We also tell people about the importance of wearing a mask and adhering to social distancing norms through our performances”, he said.

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Colleges and universities in Chennai reopened their gates for final year undergraduate students of arts and science, engineering, agriculture, fisheries, and veterinary courses today. The in-person classes resumed in the city after a gap of eight months. The government has also allowed institutions to reopen for final year polytechnic and hotel management students. The classes for the fresh batch of 2020-21 will commence from February 1.

READ | Post pandemic, Chennai colleges reopen for final year UG, medical students

The state government Saturday had issued SOPs for the reopening of colleges and universities and hostels. Students, teachers, and other college staff are instructed to wear face masks and take all the preventive measures. The colleges have been directed to display proper signages, symbols, and posters at prominent places to create awareness about the risk of infection from the virus. Moreover, the colleges have been strictly instructed to avoid any extra-curricular activities where maintaining physical distancing is not possible.

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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