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Chennai Hyderabad News December 25, 26 Highlights: Cases continue to decline in Chennai, city tally now over 2.23 lakh

Tamil Nadu Telangana Coronavirus Assembly Elections 2021 December 25, 26 Highlights: Till date, 4,90,735 males, 3,21,373 females and 34 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in Tamil Nadu.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad | Updated: December 28, 2020 9:18:35 am
Chennai, Chennai Coronavirus Test, Chennai COVID-19 Test, Chennai CoronavirusHealth workers collect swabs at a fever camp in Chennai. Express Photo: Srinivas K

Tamil Nadu Telangana Assembly Elections COVID-19 December 25, 26 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 1027 positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 8,12,142. Among these, Chennai reported 292 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,23,799. The state recorded 12 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 12,048. The state discharged 1103 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,90,965.

In a setback for Kamal Haasan ahead of the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections, Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) general-secretary A Arunachalam Friday joined the BJP in the presence of Union Minister Prakash Javedkar. Arunachalam, one of the founding members of the MNM, said he took the decision after Haasan refused to support the Centre’s farm laws.

Addressing reporters, Arunachalam said he felt blessed to join the saffron party on the birth anniversary of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have framed these three agricultural laws. Coming from a farming family, I know the benefits of them. When I urged my leader and the party high command to support the Centre’s decision, they refused,” Arunachalam said.

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18:00 (IST)26 Dec 2020
CMRL conducts trial run between Washermanpet and Wimco Nagar stations

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) conducted a trial run between Washermanpet Metro station and Wimco Nagar Metro station today. During the trial run, the diesel locomotive vehicle covered a total distance of 9.051 kms.

The trial run was conducted ahead of the completion of Phase I extension between the two stations in Chennai.

17:03 (IST)26 Dec 2020
Five dead in road accident in Telangana

Five people died after the stationary autorickshaw in which they were sitting was hit by a lorry at a village in Vikarabad district of Telangana on Saturday, police said. The five people, including four women and a man, boarded the autorickshaw on Saturday morning to proceed to a cotton field for agricultural work, they said.

The auto driver allegedly parked the vehicle at a wrong place and left for his home, situated nearby, to get breakfast. However, a speeding lorry hit the auto, resulting in the death of four on the spot, they said.

One woman, who suffered serious injuries, died in a hospital, police added. (PTI)

16:21 (IST)26 Dec 2020
Chennai Egmore - Madurai - Chennai Egmore Tejas Express cancelled from Jan 4

The Southern Railway has announced that Train No. 02613/02614 Chennai Egmore - Madurai - Chennai Egmore Tejas Express will be cancelled from January 4 due to poor patronage. The train used to be operated six days a week between ChennaI Egmore and Madurai in Tamil Nadu.

16:18 (IST)26 Dec 2020
Vaccine dry run in two districts of Andhra Pradesh on Dec 28, 29

For two days at the beginning of next week, India will hold a dry run for the largest and most ambitious mass immunisation programme in its history.

The dummy vaccination exercise will be carried out in two districts each of four states at the four corners of the nation — Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, and Assam — on December 28 and 29.The dry run will proceed through four key steps, which will be monitored closely by the central government:

# Each district will receive the dummy vaccine for 100 beneficiaries from the nearest depot;

# Temperature will be tracked through the vaccine’s journey from the depot to the vaccination site;

# An SMS will be sent in advance to the beneficiaries with the name of the vaccinator, and the time of the vaccination;

# Each beneficiary will be made to sit for 30 minutes after being administered the shot; if an adverse event occurs, its management will be tracked through the central server.

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14:43 (IST)26 Dec 2020
Four more UK returnees test coronavirus positive

The Tamil Nadu government Friday said four more passengers who had returned from the United Kingdom tested positive for Covid-19. Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan said their samples have been sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune for genomic analysis and the results of the same are expected in two days.

A mutated, highly infectious strain of the coronavirus has emerged in the UK since November 25 and genome analysis will help identity the same.

Radhakrishnan added that one UK returnee who had tested Covid-19 positive earlier is undergoing treatment at Rajiv Gandhi Government Hospital where an exclusive 120-bed capacity ward will be set up for passengers and their contacts who have to be tested for the new strain of coronavirus.

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13:39 (IST)26 Dec 2020
Telangana reports 317 new coronavirus cases, 2 deaths

Telangana reported 317 fresh COVID-19 cases on Friday, taking the tally to over 2.84 lakh while two fatalities pushed the toll to 1,529, the state government said on Saturday.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 71, followed by Rangareddy (27) and Medchal Malkajgiri (25), it said in a bulletin.

Over 2.76 lakh people have recovered from the disease so far. As many as 6,618 patients are under treatment and 30,376 samples were tested on Friday. Cumulatively, over 66.86 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was nearly 1.79 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.53 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 97.13 per cent.

13:37 (IST)26 Dec 2020
Rajinikanth’s health ‘progressing well’, advised complete rest

Superstar Rajinikanth, who was admitted to Apollo Hospital in Hyderabad on Friday, is “progressing well” as per Apollo Hospital’s official statement on Saturday.

Though Rajinikanth’s blood pressure is still on the higher side, it is better than before. The doctors treating him have conducted a few more tests and the reports for those will come by Saturday evening.

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12:18 (IST)26 Dec 2020
312 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Friday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 312 fever clinics in Chennai on Friday. A total of 9323 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 133 people who were identified with ILI symptoms, while others were provided with medication for minor ailments.

The most number of camps were held in Anna Nagar (Zone 8) where 33 camps had been set up, while Manali (Zone 2) had the least with two camps.

11:50 (IST)26 Dec 2020
Exotic Aldabra tortoise goes missing from TN enclosure, cops suspect inside job

One of the four exotic Aldabra tortoises has gone missing from the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology enclosure at Vadanemelli village near Mahabalipuram.

Police said according to the staff at the enclosure, each Aldabra tortoise can fetch close to Rs 15 lakh in the international market.

The three remaining tortoises are still safe in the enclosure, which was founded by Herpetologist Romus Whitaker, police said. Speaking to indianexpress.com, Mamallapuram Inspector Vadivel Murugan said it is suspected that the tortoise went missing on November 12.

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11:10 (IST)26 Dec 2020
General secretary of Kamal Haasan’s party joins BJP ahead of Tamil Nadu polls

In a setback for Kamal Haasan ahead of the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections, Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) general-secretary A Arunachalam Friday joined the BJP in the presence of Union Minister Prakash Javedkar. Arunachalam, one of the founding members of the MNM, said he took the decision after Haasan refused to support the Centre’s farm laws.

Addressing reporters, Arunachalam said he felt blessed to join the saffron party on the birth anniversary of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have framed these three agricultural laws. Coming from a farming family, I know the benefits of them. When I urged my leader and the party high command to support the Centre’s decision, they refused,” Arunachalam said.

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10:19 (IST)26 Dec 2020
Instant loan apps: Another suicide in Telangana over harassment for repayment

A 36-year-old man, who attempted suicide over alleged harassment by microloan lending app companies, died five days later while undergoing treatment in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam, police said.

He passed away on the evening of December 23 at King George Hospital. Following a complaint from his friend, NTPC Police Station in Telangana’s Ramagundam has now registered a case under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) of IPC and started an investigation.

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09:50 (IST)26 Dec 2020
DMK holds gram sabha meetings violating Tamil Nadu govt’s order

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Friday went ahead with gram sabha meetings despite a Tamil Nadu government’s directive against holding these meetings.

The government Thursday issued a circular that legal action will be initiated against individuals/political parties who convene gram sabha meetings as it violates the Tamil Nadu Panchayats Act, 1994. The government claimed that on the pretext of holding gram sabha meetings, the political parties are conducting political rallies.

The government’s order invited objection from DMK and its allies. DMK leader MK Stalin said no power including the Chief Minister can stop them from conducting such meetings. In a statement on Thursday, Stalin said the AIADMK government is shocked to see scores of people taking part in the grama sabha meetings. “Out of fear, the Chief Minister has called for a ban on our grama sabha meetings. If they (AIADMK) have the guts, let them even conduct the meeting. As per the directive, the meetings can’t be conducted only under the name of ‘gram sabha’ right? We will henceforth conduct the meeting under the name of ‘Makkal Sabha’ (People’s Sabha),” Stalin said.

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09:47 (IST)26 Dec 2020
224 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 224 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 112 arrivals and 112 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:44 (IST)26 Dec 2020
TN recoveries cross 7.90 lakh with 1103 more discharges

Tamil Nadu recorded 1027 positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 8,12,142. Among these, Chennai reported 292 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,23,799.

The state recorded 12 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 12,048. Eleven of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 1103 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,90,965.

As of Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 9129. Till date, 4,90,735 males, 3,21,373 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, 1,37,95,803 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 65,510 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 235 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 67 are government and 168 are private facilities.

09:44 (IST)26 Dec 2020
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18:28 (IST)25 Dec 2020
TN rings in Christmas adhering to COVID-19 protocols

The COVID-19 pandemic cast a shadow over Christmas celebrations in Tamil Nadu on Friday as churches saw devotees offering prayers strictly adhering to all the protocols laid down by the government.

Members of the Christian community while maintaining social distancing norms and wearing masks, attended midnight masses and special prayers held in various churches and exchanged greetings. Devotees were directed to collect tokens before entering churches so as to ensure limited number of them were allowed were present in view of the pandemic.

Houses were decorated with with Christmas trees and stars, while children carried candles and the Bible in small processions in their respective neighbourhoods.

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister K Palaniswami, DMK chief M K Stalin and leaders of various political parties extended Christmas greetings. (PTI)

17:19 (IST)25 Dec 2020
Illegal loan apps: Police raid Hyderabad call centre, Chinese man among four held

Four persons, including a Chinese national, were arrested by Cyberabad police Friday as part of its crackdown on illegal app-based instant microloan lending companies. The police raided a call centre in Hyderabad named ‘Cubevo Technology Private Limited’, whose head office, ‘Skyline Innovations Technologies India Private Limited’, is located in Delhi.

The police said they have so far identified two call centres each in Gurgaon and Hyderabad that are involved in illegal app-based loan lending. A bank account with Rs 2 crore has been seized.

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15:51 (IST)25 Dec 2020
Missing Covid-19 positive passenger from UK found in Andhra Pradesh’s Rajahmundry

A passenger who disappeared from Delhi airport after testing positive for coronavirus upon her return from the United Kingdom on December 21 has been found in Andhra Pradesh’s Rajahmundry early Thursday morning. Health officials received the woman and her son at Rajahmundry railway station and shifted her to the district hospital.

“The woman is asymptomatic and doing well at the district hospital. Her son who traveled along with her to Rajahmundry will be tested for the virus today. We received them upon their reaching here and shifted them to the special ward of Rajahmundry district hospital,” Dr. T Ramesh Kishore, East Godavari district coordinator for health services, told indianexpress.com.

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15:29 (IST)25 Dec 2020
Explained: What is the instant loan apps case? How were the victims lured?

A woman employee of Telangana Agriculture Department and a software engineer died by suicide last week after they were humiliated and blackmailed by tele-callers and recovery agents of a mobile app instant loan company. Their personal details were posted by the company on social media and labelled them defaulters and used abusive language.

It is a racket in which instant personal loans are offered through mobile apps at exorbitant interest rates by unauthorised lenders. Of the numerous apps that are available on Google PlayStore, most do not have any tie-up with any banks or Non-Banking Financial Institutions. A customer can avail a loan within a few minutes after uploading personal details, three months’ bank statement, Aadhar card copy and PAN card copy on the app. Loans from as less as Rs 1,000 to Rs 50,000 can be availed for seven days.

The rate of interest is as high as per cent with exorbitant fees.

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14:53 (IST)25 Dec 2020
Telangana: Seven who returned from the UK test positive for Covid-19

At least seven people who recently returned from the UK have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Telangana. Their samples have been sent to the CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) to find out if they have contracted the new strain of the virus, Telangana health officials said.

On Thursday, state Health Minister Eatala Rajender reviewed the Covid-19 situation in the state and the steps being taken to curb the spread of the disease.

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DMK leader MK Stalin at a gram Sabha meeting.

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Friday went ahead with gram sabha meetings despite a Tamil Nadu government’s directive against holding these meetings. The government Thursday issued a circular that legal action will be initiated against individuals/political parties who convene gram sabha meetings as it violates the Tamil Nadu Panchayats Act, 1994. The government claimed that on the pretext of holding gram sabha meetings, the political parties are conducting political rallies.

READ | DMK holds gram sabha meetings violating Tamil Nadu govt’s order

Also Read | Exotic Aldabra tortoise goes missing from TN enclosure, cops suspect inside job

A 36-year-old man, who attempted suicide over alleged harassment by microloan lending app companies, died five days later while undergoing treatment in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam, police said. He passed away on the evening of December 23 at King George Hospital. Following a complaint from his friend, NTPC Police Station in Telangana’s Ramagundam has now registered a case under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) of IPC and started an investigation.

READ | Instant loan apps: Another suicide in Telangana over harassment for repayment

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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