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Chennai Hyderabad Coronavirus October 21, 22 Highlights: 25 containment zones identified across Chennai

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News October 21, 22 Highlights: Barring shops located in full containment zones, all others can function up to 10 pm by following the Standard Operating Procedure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Palaniswami said in an official release.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad | Updated: October 23, 2020 9:24:37 am
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Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News October 21, 22 Highlights: All shops, restaurants and commercial complexes in Tamil Nadu will be allowed to function till 10 pm from Thursday ahead of the festive season and to facilitate further economic recovery, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said on Wednesday, easing coronavirus-induced curbs further.

Barring shops located in full containment zones, all others can function up to 10 pm by following the Standard Operating Procedure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Palaniswami said in an official release.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu’s coronavirus cases continued to decline as 29 districts in the state reported less than 100 cases. The state reported 3,086 fresh Covid-19 cases on Wednesday taking the overall tally to 6,97,116. With 39 deaths, the toll reached 10,780. The number of recoveries reached 6,50,856 after 4,301 patients were discharged on Wednesday.

Former Home Minister and Member of Legislative Council Nayani Narasimha Reddy died while undergoing treatment at a corporate hospital in Hyderabad. He had fully recovered from COVID19 but was later admitted to the hospital with complications.

“Shri Nayini Narsimha Reddy passed away at 12.25 am. He was admitted a week ago for post Covid complications with extensive lung damage,” read a statement from Apollo Hospitals.

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18:34 (IST)22 Oct 2020
An early butterfly migrations that holds signals of climate change

An unusual phenomenon took place in late August, this year—thousands of butterflies could be seen travelling from the Eastern Ghats to the Western Ghats. A record 1060 butterflies were found to be migrating from one hill complex to another, in a single hour, on August 25. The movement itself was not unusual—but the timing was.

Every year, two seasonal butterfly migrations occur between the Western and Eastern Ghats of the Indian peninsula in search of food and survival.

But this year was different. “This year, after a gap of eight years, early migration took place. The migratory butterflies started to travel back to the Western Ghats between the last week of August and September middle,” said A Pavendhan, president of The Nature and Butterfly Society (TNBS), over a phone call with indianexpress.com.

Butterflies are bioindicators, and the early migration means an early arrival of monsoon. With climate change altering weather phenomena across the world, tracking and studying seasonal butterfly migrations have assumed greater significance.

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18:29 (IST)22 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.

18:02 (IST)22 Oct 2020
TN a favourite destination of foreign investors: EPS

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday said Tamil Nadu has attracted Rs 40,718 crore investments despite the coronavirus pandemic and stood first in the nation in attracting fresh investments in 2020. Palaniswami said for a slew of foreign investors, Tamil Nadu has been a favourite destination for making investments.

"Tamil Nadu is also the forerunner among industrialised states," he said while inaugurating a new facility of a diversified conglomerate which includes branded, packaged food business in Pudukottai. Successfully, two editions of Global Investors Meet have been held by the government and foreign visits were made to bring investments, he said adding, "Amma's government has attracted substantial foreign investments."

Even during the present coronavirus pandemic, 55 pacts have been inked with companies envisaging Rs 40,000 crore plus investments and this is set to open up job opportunities for 74,212 people, he said. "I am happy to say that through such investments, Tamil Nadu has achieved the first place in the country in attracting new investments in 2020," he said.

17:44 (IST)22 Oct 2020
List of 25 containment zones in Chennai

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has identified 25 containment zones in Chennai till date.

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

  • Tiruvottiyur (Zone 1) - 2 containment zones

    VP Nagar 5th Street and Sanathi Street
  • Manali (Zone 2) - 6 containment zones

    Perumal Koil Street Chettimedu, 1st Street Bharathiyar Nagar Chinnamathur, MMDA – 51st Street, 106th Street, 116th Street and Manali – Thamaraikullam Street and NSK Street
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 6 containment zones

    KKD Nagar 5th Block 2nd Street, Nandhanar Street, MKB 16th West Cross Street, Sasthiri Nagar 3rd Street, Butchammal Street and Avoor Muthaiyah Street
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 5 containment zones

    Grace Garden 3rd Lane, Thandavarayan Street, Govindappa Street, Irulappan Street and Budraian Street
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 1 containment zone

    Aminjikarai – Limeklin Street
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 2 containment zones

    Choolaimedu - Aziz Mulk Street and Rakkiyappa Street
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 1 containment zone

    Narayanasamy 2nd Street
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 1 containment zones

    Ekkattuthangal – Danakotti Raja Street
  • Sholinganallur (Zone 15) - 1 containment zones

    Okkiyam Petti - Thiruvalluvar Street
17:34 (IST)22 Oct 2020
EPS unveils Jallikattu statue

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami unveiled a jallikattu statue at Viralimalai today. The statue depicts bull taming sport 'jallikattu' in which a man is shown successfully dominating a bull.

16:20 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Parts of Chennai receive afternoon showers

Parts of Chennai received light to moderate showers on Thursday afternoon, bringing some respite from the sweltering heat. According to the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Chennai, parts of north Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Puducherry will receive moderate rainfall accompanied by thunder today.

15:28 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Flipkart opens ‘Best Price’ store in Tirupati

The Flipkart group’s ‘Best Price’ cash-and-carry business on Thursday announced the opening of a new wholesale store in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, to cater to the needs of kiranas and small businesses.

It is Best Price’s 29th store in the country where it is present in nine states, and serves kiranas, offices and institutions, and hotels, restaurants and caterers through a membership model.

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15:25 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Telangana rain: Students who lost certificates to get new one

Following the representations from students who have lost their certificates in incessant rains in the state, the Telangana government on Tuesday announced that fresh or duplicate certificates will be given free of cost to such students. The special chief secretary of education, Chitra Ramachandran issued orders in this regard on Tuesday after hundreds of students who have either lost or their certificates got damaged communicated to the education department.

According to the statement, “Government after careful examination of the matter and hereby decide to issue fresh/ duplicate certificates as the case may be, as and when the students who require copy of their lost certificate shall apply through online or offline to the concerned authority duly giving their details- name, type of exam, hall ticket number and year of exam by free of cost.”

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14:14 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Telangana records 1,579 new COVID-19 cases, five deaths

Telangana reported 1,579 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the tally to 2,27,580 while five more deaths pushed the toll to 1,292, the state government said on Thursday.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 254, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri and Rangareddy districts with 98 each, it said in a bulletin. As many as 20,183 people are under treatment and 38,565 samples were tested on October 21.

Cumulatively, 39,78,869 samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was 1,06,901, the bulletin said. The case fatality rate in the state was 0.56 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 90.56 per cent.

The number of individuals in home/institutional isolation stood at 16,977.

14:11 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Partially-decomposed body of 9-year-old boy found in Mahabubabad, mechanic arrested

A 23-year-old mechanic was arrested after the partially-burnt and decomposed body of a nine-year-old boy, who was kidnapped four days ago, was recovered by Mahabubabad police on Thursday morning.

Mahabubabad Superintendent of Police, N Koti Reddy, told reporters that Mandha Sagar, who was known to the family, had kidnapped Deekshith on Sunday evening to earn easy and quick money. He added that the boy was killed by strangulation even before the accused made his first ransom call demanding Rs 45 lakh.

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12:05 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Nearly one-third Chennai population exposed to virus, sero survey reveals

The results of the second serosurvey, which was conducted in Chennai recently to detect the transmission of coronavirus, have revealed that nearly one-third of the city’s population have been exposed to the pathogen. The results have shown an overall positivity rate of 32.3 per cent, authorities said.

This was more than the number of those found affected by the virus during the first survey conducted in July.

“Results of Chennai Serosurvey-II: Serosurvey samples tested- 6,389 out of which 2,062 are positive for IgG antibodies presence with overall positivity of 32.3 per cent,” Greater Chennai Corporation said in a brief statement.

The first phase of the survey, with a sample size of around 12,000, had revealed (on September 1) that a fifth of the population (21.5 per cent) in the metropolis had an exposure to the pathogen.

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12:03 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Chennai metro introduces micro-plasma oxidation system for sanitisation

In a bid to help keep passengers and staff safe during commutes, Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has introduced micro-plasma oxidation system to provide aqueous stabilised ozone and reduce exposure of harsh chemicals while sanitising the stations and trains in Chennai. According to CMRL, Chennai is the first city to utilise this method of sanitisation.

According to a release by CMRL, the micro-plasma oxidation system, which has been designed by ETA Purification is clean, safe and uses sustainable water for disinfection. Further, CMRL claimed that the system is non-toxic and is approximately 10 to 1000 times more effective than other chemicals against bacteria, virus, etc.

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11:00 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Transgender activist Sangeetha found dead at her residence in Coimbatore

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.

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.

A month ago, Sangeetha opened ‘Covai Trans Kitchen’, a restaurant entirely operated by transgenders. In an interview to indianexpress.com in September, Sangeetha said she wanted to help her community members who had lost jobs due to the pandemic. She said the response for the restaurant has been overwhelming and they are planning to open a second unit soon to provide more job opportunities.

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10:13 (IST)22 Oct 2020
409 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Tuesday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 409 fever clinics in Chennai on Wednesday. A total of 20, 610 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 686 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.

10:10 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Shops, retail outlets in Tamil Nadu allowed to function till 10 pm

All shops, restaurants and commercial complexes in Tamil Nadu would be allowed to function till 10 pm from Thursday in view of the coming festive season and to facilitate further economic recovery, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said, easing coronavirus-induced curbs further.

Barring shops located in full containment zones, all others could function up to10 pm by following the Standard Operating Procedure to prevent the spread of Covid-19, Palaniswami said in an official release on Wednesday.

All shops, restaurants and commercial complexes in Tamil Nadu would be allowed to function till 10 pm from Thursday in view of the coming festive season and to facilitate further economic recovery, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said, easing coronavirus-induced curbs further.

Barring shops located in full containment zones, all others could function up to10 pm by following the Standard Operating Procedure to prevent the spread of Covid-19, Palaniswami said in an official release on Wednesday.

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09:35 (IST)22 Oct 2020
160 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 160 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 80 arrivals and 80 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:28 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Former Telangana Home Minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy passes away

Former Home Minister and Member of Legislative Council Nayani Narasimha Reddy died while undergoing treatment at a corporate hospital in Hyderabad. He had fully recovered from COVID19 but was later admitted to the hospital with complications.

“Shri Nayini Narsimha Reddy passed away at 12.25 am. He was admitted a week ago for post Covid complications with extensive lung damage,” read a statement from Apollo Hospitals.

The 86-year-old, a founder leader of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), was the first Home Minister of the state post its formation between 2014 and 2018.

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09:25 (IST)22 Oct 2020
29 districts in Tamil Nadu report below 100 Covid-19 cases

Tamil Nadu’s coronavirus cases continued to decline as 29 districts in the state reported less than 100 cases. The state reported 3,086 fresh Covid-19 cases on Wednesday taking the overall tally to 6,97,116.

With 39 deaths, the toll reached 10,780. The number of recoveries reached 6,50,856 after 4,301 patients were discharged on Wednesday. In the past 24 hours, a total of 81,782 samples have been tested, taking the total number of samples to 91,93,849. There are 35,480 active cases in the state.

Of the total cases, Chennai reported 845 cases. So far, the capital city of Tamil Nadu has 1,92,527 Covid-19 cases.

Apart from Chennai, Coimbatore (314), Salem (198), Thiruvallur (180) and Chengalpattu (159) recorded maximum cases.

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09:24 (IST)22 Oct 2020
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18:24 (IST)21 Oct 2020
Shops, retail outlets in TN allowed to function till 10 pm

All shops, restaurants and commercial complexes in Tamil Nadu will be allowed to function till 10 pm from Thursday in ahead of the festive season and to facilitate further economic recovery, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said on Wednesday, easing coronavirus-induced curbs further.

Barring shops located in full containment zones, all others can function up to 10 pm by following the Standard Operating Procedure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Palaniswami said in an official release.

Currently, shops are allowed to remain open till 9 pm.

Considering the upcoming festival season, and the need to facilitate further economic recovery, "vegetable shops, groceries, restaurants, and all shops including tea stalls and commercial complexes are permitted to function till 10 pm from October 22", the Chief Minister said.

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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The results of the second serosurvey, which was conducted in Chennai recently to detect the transmission of coronavirus, have revealed that nearly one-third of the city’s population have been exposed to the pathogen. The results have shown an overall positivity rate of 32.3 per cent, authorities said.

READ | Tamil Nadu Covid-19 wrap: Nearly one-third Chennai population exposed to virus, sero survey reveals

Testimonials from victims of the August 2000 flash floods have been captured in a documentary aptly named “…And Nature Replied. A Statement on the Flooding of Hyderabad”. As visuals from the documentary draw an eerie resemblance to present-day Hyderabad, its producer and city-based social activists Mazher Hussain, who is the executive director of COVA (confederation of voluntary organisations) Peace Network, uploaded the film on YouTube on October 16, 2020.

READ | Deluge of August 2000 was the warning Hyderabad chose to ignore

On August 26, 2000, the India Meteorological Department’s Hyderabad observatory in Begumpet recorded a massive 24 cm of rainfall. The sudden high-intensity downpour had resulted in the breach of tanks and nullahs, leading to loss of lives while ravaging residential localities. Last week, reminding the city once again of the deluge of August 2000, the IMD’s observatory recorded 19.2 cm rainfall for October 13. The previous all-time highest rainfall recorded by IMD in October in Hyderabad was 9.8 cm.

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