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Chennai Hyderabad April 30 Highlights: TN surpass 18,000 COVID-19 cases, Doctor, 3 others held for attempting to sell remdesivir at higher price

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News April 30 Highlights: As of Thursday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 1,12,556.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: May 3, 2021 9:24:27 am
Chennai, Kilpauk Medical College, COVID-19A patient being taken for CT Scan with oxygen support at Government Kilpauk Medical College (GKMC) Hospital, in Chennai. (PTI)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News April 30 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 18,692 positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 11,66,756. Among these, Chennai reported 5473 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 333804. The state recorded 113 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 14,046. Eighty three of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 16,007 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 10,37,582.

Private hospitals have now been instructed by the state government to allocate 50 per cent of the total bed capacity to treat COVID-19 patients. As per the G.O. issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department, the allotment should be across all categories of beds available in the hospital specifically including oxygen beds and ICUs. Further, the private health care facilities are advised to reduce/avoid elective admissions till further orders of the government.

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19:45 (IST)30 Apr 2021
TN records 18,692 COVID-19 cases and 113 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 18,692 positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 11,66,756. Among these, Chennai reported 5473 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 333804. The state recorded 113 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 14,046. Eighty three of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 16,007 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 10,37,582.

19:38 (IST)30 Apr 2021
Pushpa production hit as Allu Arjun tests positive for Covid-19

Actor Allu Arjun is the latest celebrity in the Telugu film industry to have tested positive during the second wave of the coronavirus. On Wednesday, he informed his fans that he is getting treated for the virus and is quarantining at home. He also urged his fans and well-wishers not to worry about his health.

A source told Indianexpress.com, “Four days ago, the film’s crew shot an action sequence for two days in Yousufguda. And the crew had planned another two days of shoot on a different set. However, the filming has been stopped now after Allu Arjun tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday.”

The filmmakers had decided to keep the production rolling with safety precautions even as the second wave of the coronavirus intensified causing the government in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to put in place a slew of fresh lockdown restrictions.

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18:53 (IST)30 Apr 2021
TN Government requests private clinics to allocate 50 per cent of total capacity to treate COVID-19 patients

Private hospitals have now been instructed by the state government to allocate 50 per cent of the total bed capacity to treat COVID-19 patients. As per the G.O.issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department, the allotment should be across all categories of beds available in the hospital specifically including oxygen beds and ICUs. Further, the private health care facilities are advised to reduce/avoid elective admissions till further orders of the government. 

17:53 (IST)30 Apr 2021
Greater Chennai Police issues guidlines to be followed on counting day

The Greater Chennai Police on Friday issued a series of instructions the candidates, chief agents and other officials need to follow in smooth conduct of the counting of votes on May 2. The police said candidates, chief agents, counting agents will be allowed inside the counting center only if they possess the certificate of Covid-19 negative (RT-PCR test taken before 48 hours in Government or approved Hospitals) or the certificate of vaccination for two doses. They are allowed to bring only plain paper/ note pad and items such as mobile phones, cameras, water bottles and other flammable items are strictly prohibited inside the counting centre. Earlier, the Election Commision of India barred any kind of procession, celebration during and after the counting hours in front of the centres in view of the pandemic virus. 

17:43 (IST)30 Apr 2021
Cyberabad police launch portal for verified info on Covid-19

The Cyberabad police and its community outreach arm, the Society for Cyberabad Security Council (SCSC), Friday launched a one-stop-shop portal of relevant and verified information regarding all COVID-19-related services for the citizens of Hyderabad.

According to Cyberabad Police Commissioner VC Sajjanar, an overload of information across social media, including WhatsApp, regarding different sources that are not validated is causing fatigue to the public. Thus, there was a need for a curated verified platform to make available accurate information for the public. Those in need can find relevant resources for immediate support at https://covid.scsc.in/

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16:35 (IST)30 Apr 2021
Doctor, 3 others held for attempting to sell remdesivir at higher price

A doctor working at a private hospital was arrested along with three others near Tambaram in Tamil Nadu’s Chengalapattu district Thursday for attempting to illegally sell remdesivir, an anti-viral drug used in the treatment of coronavirus patients.

On Thursday evening, officers belonging to the Civil Supplies Investigation Division nabbed the four accused while they were trying to sell the drug in a car near Tambaram and handed them over to the police. Initial investigation reveals that the accused were selling each vial of remdesivir for around Rs 20,000.

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15:40 (IST)30 Apr 2021
Tamil Nadu institutionalise a COVID Unified Command Centre

Tamil Nadu government has institutionalised a COVID Unified Command Centre (UCC) to serve as the nodal centre for managing bed availability, especially for critically ill patients and oxygen cylinder requirements in private hospitals. This will be done in coordination with the existing 104 COVID Health Help Line and other COVID related services such as CHMCHIS and implementing the Clinical Establishment Act and the Public Health Act for enhanced efficiency and improved health outcomes. A dedicated Twitter handle @104_GoTN has been launched to support the people in dire need of beds. Also, to maximise reach and filter messages easily, the hashtag #BedsforTN has been introduced.

14:39 (IST)30 Apr 2021
Telangana: Five municipalities, two municipal corporations go to polls

Polling is underway for two municipal corporations and five municipalities in Telangana. At 1 pm, 45.56 per cent of votes were polled in Khammam Municipal Corporation, and 37.98 per cent in Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation. The Municipalities of Siddipet polled 46.79 per cent, Achampet 51 per cent, Jadcherla 46.67 per cent, Kothur 65.05 per cent, and Nakrekal 65.74 per cent. An average of 51.26 per cent polling was recorded in these seven urban local bodies (ULBs) by 1 pm.

Polling began at 7 am and will continue till 5 pm. Elections are being held using ballot papers. A total of 1,300 candidates are in the fray. As many as 11.59 lakh voters are expected to cast their votes. About 1,539 polling booths have been set up and 676 of them have been identified as sensitive. Additional police forces are deployed here, according to the State Election Commission (SEC). The counting of votes is scheduled for May 3.

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14:38 (IST)30 Apr 2021
Vaccination for 18-45 age group expected to start in September, says Andhra CM

During a review meeting on Covid-19 vaccination in Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy Thursday said it is likely that the inoculation drive for the 18-44 age group will start only in September, after vaccination of those above the age of 45 is complete.

“It is expected that vaccination for the age group 18-45 will start in September, once the vaccination is completed for people above 45 years. It will take four months to complete vaccination for people of age group 18-45 which means they will be vaccinated by end of January,” Reddy said, according to his office.

He also said the present Covid-19 situation would continue till February 2022. He warned everyone to remain cautious, and said sanitation was important in this regard.

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14:21 (IST)30 Apr 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai and Hyderabad today

Petrol and diesel prices were unchanged across the country for the 15th straight day on Friday, April 30, 2021. The auto fuel prices were last revised on April 15, when petrol fell by 16 paise per litre and diesel slipped by 14 paise in the national capital.

In Chennai, petrol is priced at Rs. 92.43 per litre while diesel costs Rs. 85.75 per litre.

In Hyderabad, petrol is priced at Rs. 93.99 per litre and diesel is priced at Rs. 88.05 per litre.

14:17 (IST)30 Apr 2021
Over 14.5 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

As per details provided by the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC), a total of 14,50,926 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 28,373 people inoculated on Thursday alone.

13:43 (IST)30 Apr 2021
Telangana adds 7,646 new COVID-19 cases, 53 deaths

Telangana reported 7,646 fresh COVID-19 cases Thursday, taking the tally to over 4.35 lakh while the toll stood at 2,261 with 53 more casualties.     

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 1,441, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri (631) and Rangareddy (484), a government bulletin said on Friday.

The total number of cumulative cases in the state stood at 4,35,606 while with 5,926 patients being cured, the total recoveries were at 3,55,618. The state has 77,727 active cases and over 77 thousand samples were tested on Thursday. Cumulatively, over 1.29 crore samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 3.46 lakh, the bulletin said. 

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.51 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 81.63 per cent. The state has 252 active micro containment zones.

According to a separate release, over 40 lakh people in the state have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine while over 5.96 lakh got their second shot also as of April 29. (PTI)

13:15 (IST)30 Apr 2021
Security guard shot dead, Rs 5 lakh looted from ATM cash van in Hyderabad

A security guard of an ATM cash van was killed while another person was injured after an armed gang of robbers opened fire at them in broad daylight in Hyderabad before making away with cash to the tune of Rs 5 lakh on Thursday, police said. Two unidentified men came on a bike and attacked the staff of a cash logistics firm while they were loading cash into the ATM of a private bank at Kukatpally. The duo then looted Rs 5 lakh and fled the spot.

The security guard, an ex CRPF constable, was shot in the abdomen while the supervisor suffered bullet injury in his leg, they said adding the guard was declared brought dead at a hospital.

Cyberabad Commissioner of Police V C Sajjanar, who visited the spot, said two people wearing helmets came on a two-wheeler and initially shot at the security guard and then the supervisor. "They snatched Rs 5 lakh and fled. We have got some clues and we will definitely catch them soon," the Commissioner said.

According to police, at least three rounds were fired by the accused using a country made gun. The modus operandi of the robbery suggests it may have been handiwork of professional offenders belonging to an inter-state gang.

The duo is suspected to have followed the cash van and done recee of the area. While the staff were in the process of depositing Rs 12 lakh in the ATM they were attacked by the gang members. Police said they have verified CCTV footage and teams were formed to nab the absconding accused. (PTI) 

12:58 (IST)30 Apr 2021
One held for black-marketing of oxygen cylinders

A 32-year-old man was apprehended in Hyderabad on Thursday for allegedly selling oxygen cylinders without any valid permission and on high rates, police said.

On credible information, a police team along with officials from the Drugs Control Administration raided a godown at Golkonda and seized 19 oxygen cylinders from the the man's possession.

During inquiry it was revealed that in view of COVID-19 pandemic, the man hatched a plan to sell oxygen cylinders at higher rates and without any valid permission from the authorities concerned, police added. (PTI)

12:58 (IST)30 Apr 2021
Exit polls show dead DMK sweep in Tamil Nadu

In Tamil Nadu, almost all polls predicted a landslide victory for the DMK-Congress-Left alliance with some predicting a complete rout of the ruling AIADMK. AIADMK went into the Assembly elections for the first time without its stalwart leader late J Jayalalithaa. If the exit polls hold, the DMK alliance, led by M K Stalin (after the death of its patriarch M Karunanidhi), will be returning to power in the state after a decade.

In Tamil Nadu, Congress was a minor player in the DMK alliance. Many polls predicted it to lose power in Puducherry as well. The AIADMK- BJP-NR Congress alliance seems to be ahead in all the polls. 

In Tamil Nadu, most of the surveys gave the DMK-led alliance over 160 seats. The India Today-Axis My India poll predicted it would win between 175-195 seats out of 234. Most surveys showed that T T V Dinakaran’s Amma Makkal Munnettra Kazhagam and actor-politician Kamal Hassan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam will end up in single digits.

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12:47 (IST)30 Apr 2021
Chennai metro to run trains every one hour on Sundays during lockdown

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has announced that trains will be operated every one hour from 7 am to 9 pm on Sundays during the lockdown throughout the month of May. 

The trains from Wimco Nagar to Airport along the Blue line will be operated with a headway of one hour. The trains from Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M G Ramachandran Central Metro to Airport along the Green line and from Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M G Ramachandran Central Metro to St. Thomas Mount along the Green line will be operated with a headway of two hours.

There will be no peak hour service.

12:24 (IST)30 Apr 2021
One held for selling Remdesivir at high price in Hyderabad

A 39-year old man was taken into custody by police in Hyderabad for allegedly anti-viral drug Remdesivir at a high price, police said on Wednesday.

The accused, who is running a pharmaceutical shop and another (absconding) accused, were illegally selling Remdesivir vials in the blackmarket at a high price, they said. On a tip-off, a police team apprehended the pharmaceutical shop owner at Kachiguda when he came to hand over the injections to a customer, a release from Hyderabad Police Commissionerate said.

Police seized four Remdesivir injections from the possession of the accused. A case was registered. (PTI) 

12:23 (IST)30 Apr 2021
Andra Pradesh to conduct Class 12 exams, TDP opposes

The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to conduct the examination for Class 12 students as per schedule from May 5 to May 19. “We will follow all the Covid-19 protocols to make sure the exams are conducted in a safe environment. Intermediate exams are very important for the future of students,” said Education Minister Adimulapu Suresh.

The minister said 1,452 examination centres have been set up across the state and students can download their hall tickets on April 29. He said that East Godavari district has 146 examination centers, the highest, while Guntur has 60. A Covid Special Officer has been appointed for each district and all the test centres will be sanitised every day. Suresh said the students would have suffered in future if they were to get passed without an exam.

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12:19 (IST)30 Apr 2021
Telangana: Woman dies 'due to fear' on testing positive for COVID-19

A 30-year-old woman died due to fear immediately after she came to know that she tested positive for COVID-19 in Medak district on Thursday, health officials said.

The woman, who had fever since Wednesday night, underwent coronavirus test at a health facility in Toopran on Thursday morning.

After she learnt that she tested positive for the infection she suddenly lost consciousness and died at the health facility itself, they said.

A senior health official said the woman had a history of diabetes for the past three years and she died due to fear after she heard the news of her testing positive. (PTI)

11:53 (IST)30 Apr 2021
Covid vaccination: HC grants advance bail to actor Mansoor Ali Khan

Tamil actor Mansoor Ali Khan, booked by the police recently for his controversial remarks against Covid-19 vaccination, was granted advance bail by the Madras High Court on Thursday. It directed him to financially contribute towards the government's vaccine procurement.

Justice M Dhandapani, who granted the relief, said Khan should issue a demand draft for Rs two lakh in favour of the government to assist in its efforts to procure Covid-19 vaccines. Khan should restrain himself from spreading any misinformation about the efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines, the judge added.

The charge against Khan was that he had created a flutter at a hospital, where top comedian Vivekh died due to cardiac arrest on April 17, by making some controversial remarks allegedly with regard to the Covid-19 vaccine.

His earlier anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the Principal Sessions Judge on technical grounds, on April 21. (PTI)

Protestors raise slogans in front of the collector's office.

Family members of those killed in the Thoothukudi police firing in May 2018 submitted a petition to the District Collector Thursday stating that the Vedanta-owned Sterlite copper plant should not be allowed to reopen to manufacture oxygen. Holding photographs of the deceased, protesters raised slogans outside the collector’s office against the Supreme Court’s decision allowing the operation of oxygen production units at the Sterlite copper plant.

READ | Anti-Sterlite protesters observe ‘Black Thursday’, protest decision to reopen plant

Teachers in government and government-aided schools do not need to physically attend school from May 1, the Tamil Nadu School Education Department said. According to the circular issued by the Director of School Education Department, S Kannapan, on Wednesday, teachers can work from home till the fresh schedule for Class XII board examination is announced.

READ | Work from home for government school teachers in Tamil Nadu from May 1

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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