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Chennai Hyderabad Coronavirus December 21, 22 Highlights: TN toll inching towards 12K even as cases continue to decline

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News December 21, 22 Highlights: Till date, 4,88,207 males, 3,19,721 females and 34 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in Tamil Nadu.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad | Updated: December 23, 2020 9:25:11 am
Chennai. Chennai COVID-19, Coronavirus test, COVID-19 testAccording to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 1,35,23,032 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date. Express Photo: Srinivas K

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News December 21, 22 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 1071 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 8,07,962. Among these, Chennai reported 306 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,22,580. The state recorded 12 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 11,995. All 12 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 1157 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,86,472.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 9495. Till date, 4,88,207 males, 3,19,721 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, 1,35,23,032 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 63,016 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.

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18:24 (IST)22 Dec 2020
‘We care more for animals than these foreign NGOs’: Why Masinagudi resort owners are refusing to move out of an elephant corridor

It has been over two months since the Supreme Court, settling a long legal battle, ordered the closure of 39 resorts in Tamil Nadu’s Masinagudi, which falls in an elephant corridor.

While these resorts in the Nilgiris have been sealed for over a year now, they house 309 buildings on their premises, which include private residences. As the year draws to a close, the property owners are refusing to vacate, claiming they are being turned out of their homes — a home they have always shared with elephants, unlike “foreign NGOs who come here and try to tell us how to live”.

Their other complaints include that the compensation offered is inadequate, and that the court-appointed committee has not spent enough time listening to their problems. Also affected are the local tribal communities, who depend on these resorts for livelihood.

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18:03 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Telangana: Cold wave likely to continue for more two-three days

A cold wave is currently prevailing over Telangana and is likely to continue for another two to three days, the India Meteorological Department, Hyderabad informed Tuesday. The minimum temperatures are likely to drop by 3 to 4 degrees C in isolated places, the forecast says.

On Tuesday, the IMD recorded the lowest minimum temperature of 5.7 degrees C from Adilabad, followed by 7.2 degrees C in Medak, and 10.4 degrees C in Hyderabad. These minimum temperatures recorded in Medak and Hyderabad are 6.6 degrees C and 4.7 degrees C, respectively, lesser than normal.

Meanwhile, the Telangana State Development Planning Society, which has 1044 automated weather stations across the state, recorded the lowest minimum temperature in the state in Sangareddy district’s Kohir. The station recorded 3.4 degrees C. This was followed by Arli T(3.6 degrees C) and Ginnedari(3.9 degrees C) in Adilabad and Asifabad districts, respectively.

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17:15 (IST)22 Dec 2020
502% spike in online consultations from people above the age of 50 in India: Report

An increasing number of medical establishments adopted the practice of telemedicine in India amid the sense of urgency created by the COVID-19 pandemic, says a new report.

According to the report, while physical appointments went down by 32 per cent, a three times increase was seen in the number of people using online consultations, including 26 per cent with general practitioners, 20 per cent in dermatology, 16 per cent in gynecology and seven per cent with others like gastroenterology, ENT, and pediatrics.

The report further said that metros like Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai saw an average of 16x growth in queries for ENT specialisation while non-metros saw the highest growth — of seven times — in online consultations, as compared to the same period in the previous year.

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16:25 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Sample of passenger who returned from London to go to NIV for genomic analysis

A passenger who arrived in Chennai from London via Delhi has tested positive for coronavirus and genomes from his sample would be analysed to see if it matched with the new strain of the pathogen detected in the United Kingdom, a senior official said on Tuesday.

The passenger, who tested positive has been admitted to King's Institute of Preventive Medicine and Research in Chennai's Guindy, Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan said. His sample would be sent for genomic analysis to National Institute of Virology, Pune for confirmation, he told reporters. "It has to be seen if it matches with that of the strain seen in the UK."

Also, over 1,000 passengers who arrived from the UK in the past about 10 days were being monitored for symptoms. All international passengers, on arrival, were being tested for coronavirus and they have been advised home or institutional quarantine for 14 days as per guidelines, he said. (PTI)

16:05 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Tamil Nadu bans public New Year celebrations on December 31, January 1

With a little over a week to go before 2020 comes to an end, the Tamil Nadu government on Monday issued an order banning public celebrations on both New Year’s Eve (December 31) and on New Year (January 1).

According to a statement issued by the Tamil Nadu government, public celebrations in restaurants, clubs, pubs, resorts, beach resorts, the streets and beaches have been banned across the state. Further, public entry to the beaches has been restricted on both days.

The public can still visit restaurants, pubs, clubs and resorts on New Year’s Eve and New Year. While these places can function as usual as per the existing COVID-19 SOP, they cannot host New Year celebrations. Any one found violating orders will be booked.

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13:49 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Ilaiyaraaja and Prasad Studios at loggerheads over security breach

The legal battle between music legend Ilaiyaraaja and Prasad Studios drags on with seemingly no respite in sight. In the latest development, Prasad Studios has issued a statement saying that they won’t allow Ilaiyaraaja to enter the premises of the studio to collect his belongings.

The Madras High Court has asked Ilaiyaraaja and the management of Prasad Studios to reach an amicable solution.

Citing security reasons, Prasad Studios told the court that they can’t allow Ilaiyaraaja inside the premises. According to reports, Madras High Court has suggested that a court-appointed supervisor could oversee Ilaiyaraaja’s visit to the studio, allowing him to collect his belongings. The management remained unwilling to receive Ilaiyaraaja but was ready to permit the representatives of the maestro to access the recording room and take back his belongings.

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13:42 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Telangana locals dedicate temple to Sonu Sood

A temple dedicated to Sonu Sood was inaugurated in Telangana on Sunday. Located in Dubba Tanda village of Siddipet district, the temple has been built to recognise the humanitarian work done by the Bollywood star.

Sood helped thousands of stranded migrant workers reach their hometowns during the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

Sonu Sood, who has been receiving praise from various quarters, is overwhelmed by the gesture. He said in a statement, “This is an extremely overwhelming moment. But at the same time I don’t deserve this. I’m just a common man who helped his brothers and sisters.”

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12:27 (IST)22 Dec 2020
BJP’s Annamalai takes a jibe at ally AIADMK, says Tamil Nadu government looting public

The rift between the allies AIADMK and BJP has widened up and the remark of Tamil Nadu BJP Vice-President K Annamalai stands as a testament to it.

While addressing the public at Coimbatore as part of Tamil Nadu BJP’s campaign across the state explaining the various benefits of the Centre’s farm reform laws, Annamalai attacked the ruling party by saying Tamil Nadu politics is nothing but government looting the public money during their regime and later pleasing them by a providing dole of 2000 rupees during elections.

During his speech at Karuthampatti town in Coimbatore, Annamalai highlighted various welfares by the NDA government and said Prime Minister has huge respect for Tamil Nadu and its people and it’s time we (the people of Tamil Nadu) return the love in the election though voting for BJP.

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11:48 (IST)22 Dec 2020
617 new cases, 3 deaths reported in Telangana

Telangana reported 617 fresh coronavirus cases on Monday, taking the total caseload to over 2.82 lakh while three more fatalities pushed the toll to 1,518.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 103, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 52 and Rangareddy 51, a government bulletin said on Tuesday.

As many as 6,569 patients are under treatment and 45,227 samples were tested on Monday. Cumulatively, over 65.20 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was nearly 1.75 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.

11:13 (IST)22 Dec 2020
381 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Monday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 381 fever clinics in Chennai on Monday. A total of 19,797 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 427 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 45 camps had been set up, while Manali (Zone 2) had the least with six camps.

10:31 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Kamal Haasan promises ‘payment’ to women for their work at home, unveils economic agenda for TN

Actor-politician Kamal Haasan on Monday assured ‘payment’ to homemakers for their work at home, computer with high-speed internet to all households and transformation of farmers to agri-entrepreneurs if his party MNM was voted to power in the 2021 Tamil Nadu assembly elections.

“Homemakers will get their due recognition through payment for their work at home which hitherto has been unrecognised and unmonetised, thus raising the dignity of our womenfolk,” the agenda said.

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10:03 (IST)22 Dec 2020
221 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities today

A total of 221 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 111 arrivals and 110 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:24 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

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

Here are the affected areas:

  • Kovoor: Kovoor, Thandalam, Periyapanichery, South Malayambakkam, Paraniputhur, Mananchery, Babu Garden, Akash Nagar, Manikandan Nagar, Metha Nagar, Ondi Colony and Parts of Kundrathur.
  • Rajakilapakkam: Shantha Avenue, Thirumathal Nagar, Parts of Chitlapakkam, Umar Nagar, Balaji Avenue, Mahalakshmi Nagar, Ganesh Nagar, Parts of Sembakkam, Iyyappa Nagar, Pavanandiyar Street, Prasanthi Colony, Camp Road, Velachery Main Road, Mosque Colony, Tellus Avenue - I; Rajakilapakkam and Parts of Gowrivakkam.
09:18 (IST)22 Dec 2020
TN records 1071 fresh cases, 12 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 1071 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 8,07,962. Among these, Chennai reported 306 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,22,580.

The state recorded 12 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 11,995. All 12 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 1157 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,86,472.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 9495. Till date, 4,88,207 males, 3,19,721 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, 1,35,23,032 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 63,016 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.

09:16 (IST)22 Dec 2020
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17:41 (IST)21 Dec 2020
AP govt to launch watershed projects in five districts

The Andhra Pradesh government is launching the Rejuvenating Watersheds for Agriculture Resilience through Innovative Development (REWARD) project in five parched districts and also the tribal belt in Visakhapatnam district of the state, to be implemented over the next six years. The total project cost is Rs 200 crore of which the World Bank will fund Rs 140 crore. The state government will spend Rs 60 crore.

The state Cabinet, at its meeting in Amravati last week, cleared the project to be implemented in the four Rayalaseema districts of Anantapuramu, Chittoor, Kadapa and Kurnool besides Prakasam in south coastal AP. The tribal belt in Visakhapatnam district will also be covered under the project.

Efficient water management, soil fertility improvement, adoption of standard agricultural practices and enhancement of cultivation are some of the salient features of the proposed project. Protection of water resources in areas of scarcity and optimum utilisation of water using proper management techniques will be the key features of the project. (PTI)

16:26 (IST)21 Dec 2020
Telangana locals dedicate temple to Sonu Sood

A temple dedicated to Sonu Sood was inaugurated in Telangana on Sunday. Located in Dubba Tanda village of Siddipet district, the temple has been built to recognise the humanitarian work done by the Bollywood star. Sood helped thousands of stranded migrant workers reach their hometowns during the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

Speaking about the temple, a local resident told ANI, “He helped so many people during the pandemic. It’s a matter of great delight for us that we’ve constructed his temple.”

Sonu Sood shared in a statement, “This is an extremely overwhelming moment. But at the same time I don’t deserve this. I’m just a common man who helped his brothers and sisters.”

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15:07 (IST)21 Dec 2020
Telangana: Poaching gang led by Hyderabadi brothers busted, five arrested

Two brothers from Hyderabad along with their three associates were arrested for poaching a black-naped hare in Telangana’s Nizamabad district.

The accused, Luqman Affendi (47), and his brother Imran Affendi (50), according to forest department officials, had gone to the forests to hunt blackbucks, but could not find anything other than a black-naped hare.

Upon receipt of credible information on poaching, the officials of the Vigilance wing conducted a raid on Affendi’s rice mill at Jakora in Varni forest range of the Nizamabad division. They found the fresh carcass of the hare along with two rifles with telescopes and silencers, night vision binoculars, searchlights, and knives, etc.

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14:02 (IST)21 Dec 2020
Telangana seeks vultures from Maharashtra for captive breeding, Centre nod awaited

Vultures found in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district are soon set to make Hyderabad’s Nehru Zoological Park their new home. The Telangana forest department, which had requested for 10 (5 pairs) of white-backed vultures from Gadchiroli for captive breeding at Hyderabad in February last year, is awaiting approval from the central government.

The white-backed vulture has been listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. The Telangana forest department needs the vultures for captive breeding, as the vultures at the zoo are aged and not breeding.

The Telangana forest department is implementing a vulture conservation project, sponsored by Central Zoo Authority (CZA). The zoo is also among 10 zoos in the country selected for upgradation to global standards by the CZA. The government had sought 10 vultures from Gadchiroli, rhinoceros among other animals from zoos within the country and also internationally.

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12:52 (IST)21 Dec 2020
Ahead of campaign launch, Stalin asks cadre to defeat ministers, slams new outfits

DMK chief Stalin on Sunday rallied his party men ahead of the formal launch of its campaign for the May 2021 Assembly polls, calling on them to win the minds of the people and resist “new outfits” that only seek to “erode” its vote share.

Stalin’s address at a party meeting in Chennai reflected the general anxiety among his supporters that the entry of players such as Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth and TTV Dhinakaran may end up strengthening the BJP in the long run at the cost of the traditional Dravidian political formations.

And for a party that has spent the last ten years in opposition to the incumbent AIADMK, these forthcoming polls are very much seen as the last chance saloon—DMK is not expected to survive another five years in opposition unscathed.

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DMK chief Stalin on Sunday rallied his party men ahead of the formal launch of its campaign for the May 2021 Assembly polls, calling on them to win the minds of the people and resist “new outfits” that only seek to “erode” its vote share. Stalin’s address at a party meeting in Chennai reflected the general anxiety among his supporters that the entry of players such as Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth and TTV Dhinakaran may end up strengthening the BJP in the long run at the cost of the traditional Dravidian political formations.

READ | Ahead of campaign launch, Stalin asks cadre to defeat ministers, slams new outfits

The rift between the allies AIADMK and BJP has widened up and the remark of Tamil Nadu BJP Vice-President K Annamalai stands as a testament to it. While addressing the public at Coimbatore as part of Tamil Nadu BJP’s campaign across the state explaining the various benefits of the Centre’s farm reform laws, Annamalai attacked the ruling party by saying Tamil Nadu politics is nothing but government looting the public money during their regime and later pleasing them by a providing dole of 2000 rupees during elections.

READ | BJP’s Annamalai takes a jibe at ally AIADMK, says Tamil Nadu government looting public

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