Tamil Nadu Telangana Coronavirus Assembly Elections 2021 January 20, 21 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 549 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 8,32,415. Among these, Chennai reported 150 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,29,537. The state recorded nine deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 12,290. All nine of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 713 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 8,14,811.
A total of 26 passengers who had returned to Tamil Nadu from UK and 20 of their primary contacts have tested positive for COVID-19 till date. Among the 26 primary cases, 20 of them who tested negative in their follow up RT-PCR test have been discharged and kept under home quarantine. Similarly, 18 of the 20 contact cases have been discharged and kept under home quarantine. Among the 26 primary cases, nine cases were reported in Chennai, three each in Thanjavur, Madurai, Nilgiris and Chengalpattu and one each in Theni, Nagapattinam, Coimbatore, Karur and Virudhunagar. Among the 20 contact cases, six were reported in Chennai, three in Thanjavur, two each in Nilgiris and Theni, four in Chengalpattu and three in Nagapattinam.
The massive crop loss due to excess rain in Cauvery delta region is likely to become an issue in the upcoming elections in Tamil Nadu with more than six lakh farmers hit by the loss of samba paddy crop that was ready for harvest. This comes months after similar damage due to Cyclone Nivar. After meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said he conveyed the seriousness of the issue to the Centre and sought its help. “We are estimating the damage, relief will be declared soon,” he said.