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Chennai Hyderabad News December 28, 29 Highlights: 13 UK returnees and 15 of their contacts test positive in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu Telangana Coronavirus Assembly Elections 2021 December 28, 29 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 1005 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 8,15,175. The state recorded 11 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 12,080.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad | Updated: December 30, 2020 9:18:56 am
Chennai, Chennai temple, covid-19A guard checks a woman's temperature at a temple in Chennai. Express Photo: Srinivas K

Tamil Nadu Telangana Assembly Elections COVID-19 December 28, 29 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 1005 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 8,15,175. Among these, Chennai reported 285 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,24,672. The state recorded 11 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 12,080. Ten of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 1074 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,94,228.

Till date, 13 passengers who had returned from UK have tested positive for COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu. A total of 93 contacts of the 13 patients have been tested. So far, 15 have tested positive and 77 contacts have tested negative, while the results of one more passenger is awaited.

Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) leader Kamal Haasan on Monday released a bribe tariff card which lists out the rate of bribe allegedly collected for various services provided by the Tamil Nadu government. The MNM leader, who often states ‘Honesty as MNM’s Ideology,’ unveiled the bribery list while addressing reporters in Tiruchirapalli where he took part in several events organised by the party cadres. Haasan has been visiting various districts ahead of the 2021 state Assembly election.

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18:18 (IST)29 Dec 2020
3 samples sent to CCMB found positive for UK variant of coronavirus

Three people who returned from the UK recently were infected with the mutated strain of coronavirus, a top official of the CCMB in Hyderabad said on Tuesday. Around 40 samples were sent to CSIR- Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) for ascertaining the presence of the new variant out of which three had the new strain.

"CCMB has received about 40 samples of COVID-19 positive patients who returned from the UK recently. Some of them have wrongly tested positive for the virus. We finished sequencing (for a new variant) of 20 samples, out of which three are positive of this strain (new variant from UK)," Rakesh Mishra, Director, CSIR-CCMB told PTI.

According to the official, large scale testing is the need of the hour and people need not worry too much about the new strain. "It (new strain of COVID-19) is just fresh, otherwise, it is the same virus and not much of an issue. Same symptoms, mortality, everything is the same.. we just have to take precautions," he said adding that the new strain may spread faster.

17:42 (IST)29 Dec 2020
One UK returnee tests positive for new variant of coronavirus in TN

One person who returned to Tamil Nadu from the UK has tested positive for the new strain of coronavirus, Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan said on Tuesday. He said that the patient has been isolated in a separate room in the King Institute of Preventive Medicine and Research here while his co-passengers and other contacts have been tested and found negative for COVID-19.

Radhakrishnan said more than 2,200 people had arrived in Tamil Nadu from the UK after November 25 and all of them underwent RT-PCR tests. As of Tuesday, 17 returnees have tested positive for COVID-19.

Reiterating that there was no need for any panic because of the new strain, he said RT-PCR test was being done for all returnees from the UK. "Those found positive are being treated in separate rooms even though results of their genomic sequencing were awaited from the National Institute of Virology in Pune. Therefore, the chances of spread of the virus in Tamil Nadu is less", he said. (PTI)

16:29 (IST)29 Dec 2020
Rajinikanth’s brother backs actor’s decision to not enter politics: ‘We can’t force him’

Rajinikanth’s elder brother R Sathyanarayana Rao on Tuesday backed the Tamil superstar’s decision to not launch his political party. The 77-year-old said it’s his brother’s wish and one can’t force him to change his mind.

Rao told PTI: “We too believed that (he would launch the party). He (Rajinikanth) has cited health reasons. So, we can’t force him. It’s his wish (not to launch party). Whatever decision he has taken, that’s definitely right.”

R Sathyanarayana Rao said he spoke to Rajinikanth on Monday inquiring about his health. Earlier this month, Rajinikanth paid a visit to his brother in Bengaluru, where he grew up.

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15:42 (IST)29 Dec 2020
Celebrities support Rajinikanth’s decision to not enter politics: ‘Your health is very important to us’

Superstar Rajinikanth’s decision of not entering politics due to health issues and the pandemic situation might have left fans disappointed, but his colleagues are supporting the move. Several stars from the film industry took to social media on Tuesday to lend their support to Rajinikanth.

Filmmaker Karthhik Subbaraj tweeted, “Thalaiva… Pls Don’t feel bad… May be we didn’t deserve a good political leader like you….. You are important to us Thalaiva… Take care & we will Love you as always Thalaiva 🙏❤️🤘”

Singer Srinivas wrote on Twitter, “It’s over guys .. The dream of Rajni and Kamal coming together” Others like producer G. Dhananjayan, filmmaker N. Lingusamy and actor Nadiya also reacted to Rajinikanth’s decision.

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15:04 (IST)29 Dec 2020
Actor Ram Charan tests positive for COVID-19

Telugu actor Ram Charan has tested positive for coronavirus. Charan took to social media on Tuesday morning to share the diagnosis.

Ram Charan tweeted, “I have tested positive for Covid-19. No Symptoms & Quarantined at home. Hope to heal soon & come out stronger.” He further wrote, “Request all that have been around me in the past couple of days to get tested. More updates on my recovery soon.”

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15:02 (IST)29 Dec 2020
Rajinikanth says will neither enter politics nor launch political party

Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth Tuesday announced that he would not be entering politics owing to his ill health and the pandemic situation. His announcement came two days before he was to reveal details of the launch of his political party.

In a three-page statement on Twitter, the actor expressed regret and said it pained him to make such an announcement after having said he would contest the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections in 2021. “It is with profound regret that I have to say that I will neither be launching my political party nor entering politics. Nobody can understand my pain in making this decision,” he wrote.

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13:05 (IST)29 Dec 2020
Telangana cops bust mobile loan racket after 3 deaths ‘due to harassment’

Following three deaths by suicide linked to harassment for loan repayment in Telangana, the Cyberabad Police have busted a racket of app-based unauthorised lenders who offered instant personal loans at exorbitant rates through several mobile applications available on the Google Play Store. Unsuspecting customers were coerced into parting with double the amount borrowed.

Officials said that if a person borrowed Rs 30,000 for seven days, the company charged Rs 24,000 as interest.

“If the customer could not pay the entire amount back, agents from call centres start harassing. Through the app they collect phone numbers of the family members and friends and call them and send abusive messages too,” Cyberabad Police Commissioner V C Sajjanar said.

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12:16 (IST)29 Dec 2020
397 new cases, 2 deaths reported in Telangana

Telangana recorded 397 fresh COVID-19 cases on Monday, taking the total positives to over 2.85 lakh while two fatalities pushed the toll to 1,535. Actor Ram Charan was among those who tested positive for the virus.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 92, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri and Rangareddy with 37 and 28 respectively, a government bulletin said on Tuesday.

The total number of recoveries stood at 2,77,931. As many as 5,999 patients are under treatment and 42,737 samples were tested on Sunday. Cumulatively, over 67.93 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 1.82 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.53 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 97.36 per cent.

11:43 (IST)29 Dec 2020
334 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Monday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 334 fever clinics in Chennai on Monday. A total of 18,969 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 283 people who were identified with ILI symptoms, while others were provided with medication for minor ailments.

The most number of camps were held in Adyar (Zone 13) where 36 camps had been set up, while Manali (Zone 2) had the least with five camps.

11:40 (IST)29 Dec 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai has 2774 active cases across all 15 zones of the city.

Here are the active cases in the top 10 zones of Chennai:

  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 405
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 318
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 296
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 283
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 223
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 213
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 205
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 179
  • Alandur (Zone 12) - 171
  • Perungudi (Zone 14) - 120
11:04 (IST)29 Dec 2020
Kamal Haasan releases ‘bribe card’, alleges corruption in all government departments

Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) leader Kamal Haasan on Monday released a bribe tariff card which lists out the rate of bribe allegedly collected for various services provided by the Tamil Nadu government.

The MNM leader, who often states ‘Honesty as MNM’s Ideology,’ unveiled the bribery list while addressing reporters in Tiruchirapalli where he took part in several events organised by the party cadres. Haasan has been visiting various districts ahead of the 2021 state Assembly election.

Rebutting Chief Minister Edappadi’s claim that the state is progressing in the right direction under his government, Haasan said the state is deep-rooted in corruption as one has to pay bribes in all government offices.

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10:37 (IST)29 Dec 2020
Transgender’s tip-off helps Chennai Police in rescue of minor girls

The Greater Chennai Police on Sunday rescued two minor girls, aged 13 and 8, from an 18-year-old engineering student who had convinced them to accompany him to his hometown, Srivilliputhur. The youth had befriended the 13-year-old girl through social media.

According to the police, the father of the 13-year-old girl lodged a complaint on December 26 at the J-4 Kotturpuram police station claiming that his daughter and her eight-year-old cousin had not returned home. Based on the instructions of Chennai Commissioner Mahesh Kumar Agarwal, a team led by Mylapore Deputy Commissioner conducted a search operation around the girl’s residence.

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10:08 (IST)29 Dec 2020
227 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 227 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 114 arrivals and 113 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:54 (IST)29 Dec 2020
Edappadi Palaniswami formally launches Mayiladuthurai as the 38th district of Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami Monday formally launched Mayiladuthurai as the state’s 38th disctrict. Earlier in April, the state government issued a Government Order notifying that Mayiladuthurai would be carved out of Nagapattinam district.

The newly created Mayiladudurai district consists of two revenue divisions Mayiladudurai and Sirkazhi. Mayiladudurai, Sirkazhi, Kuthalam and Tharangambadi areas will be the new revenue taluks of the district, which also comprises of 15 revenue firkas and 287 revenue villages.

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09:21 (IST)29 Dec 2020
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

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

Here are the affected areas:

  • Koyambedu Market: Srinivasa Nagar, Bakthavachalam Street, Semathamman Nagar, PH Road, Mettukulam, New Colony, Thiruveethi Amman Koil Street, Koyambedu, Koyambedu Market, Chinmaya Nagar, Alwarthiru Nagar, Parts of Nerkundram, Moogambigai Nagar, Alagammal Nagar, Krishna Nagar and Bhuvaneshwari Nagar.
  • Mathur: Periya Mathur, Chinna Mathur, Mathur MMDA, Aavin Quarters, Parts of Vadaperumbakkam, Manjambakkam and Manali.
09:16 (IST)29 Dec 2020
13 UK returnees and 15 of their contacts test positive

A total of thirteen passengers who had returned to Tamil Nadu from UK have tested positive for COVID-19 till date. A total of 93 contacts of the 13 patients have been tested. So far, 15 have tested positive and 77 contacts have tested negative, while the results of one more passenger is awaited.

Among the 13, five cases were reported in Chennai, three in Thanjavur, two in Nilgiris and one each in Theni, Madurai and Chengalpattu.

A total of 2300 passengers have travelled to Tamil Nadu from UK between November 28 and December 21, of which 1549 have been tested. Among these, 12 have tested positive, 1432 have tested negative and the results of 104 passengers are awaited. Of the 49 passengers who travelled between December 21 and 23, one passenger tested positive.

All the UK returnees and their contacts have been kept in isolation wards, according to the Tamil Nadu Health Department.

09:15 (IST)29 Dec 2020
TN reports 1005 fresh cases, 11 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 1005 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 8,15,175. Among these, Chennai reported 285 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,24,672.

The state recorded 11 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 12,080. Ten of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 1074 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,94,228.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 8867. Till date, 4,92,604 males, 3,22,537 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, 1,36,85,464 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 62,884 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.

09:14 (IST)29 Dec 2020
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18:17 (IST)28 Dec 2020
A R Rahman’s mother Kareema Begum passes away

Music maestro AR Rahman’s mother Kareema Begum passed away in Chennai on Monday. Rahman confirmed the news by sharing a photograph of his mother on Twitter.

Director Mohan Raja, producer Dr Dhananjayan, singer Harshdeep Kaur among others took to social media to offer their condolences to Rahman.

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17:42 (IST)28 Dec 2020
‘Buy for farmers’: Hyderabad techies’ group helps tomato farmers get better price

When the price of tomatoes fell below Rs 2 per kilogram, Nagamani last week decided to plough off the field and not bother to pluck the fruit. A recipient of the uttama rythu (model farmer) award in 2014, she figured that there was no way she would cover even the input costs.

“No one cares for the farmer’s woes. We put all that we have on our fields expecting some returns. And then, the market is never in our favour. Those who cannot sustain are on the verge of leaving their farms,” Nagamani told indianexpress.com over the phone. An independent farmer since 2009, she cultivates sweet lemons, tomatoes, papayas, and drumsticks on 35 acres and employs 50-odd workers.

But over the weekend, things changed drastically. All her produce was purchased by a group of IT professionals from Hyderabad who sold off the entire stock at Rs 15 per kg in the city. The group of volunteers, affiliated with the Forum of IT Professionals (ForIT), sold over four tonnes of tomatoes promising to compensate the farmer with the entire proceeds.

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami Monday formally launched Mayiladuthurai as the state’s 38th disctrict. The newly created Mayiladudurai district consists of two revenue divisions Mayiladudurai and Sirkazhi. Mayiladudurai, Sirkazhi, Kuthalam and Tharangambadi areas will be the new revenue taluks of the district, which also comprises of 15 revenue firkas and 287 revenue villages.

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Following three deaths by suicide linked to harassment for loan repayment in Telangana, the Cyberabad Police have busted a racket of app-based unauthorised lenders who offered instant personal loans at exorbitant rates through several mobile applications available on the Google Play Store. Unsuspecting customers were coerced into parting with double the amount borrowed.

READ | Telangana cops bust mobile loan racket after 3 deaths ‘due to harassment’

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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