Tamil Nadu Telangana Assembly Elections COVID-19 January 4, 5 Highlights: The IMD has forecast thunderstorms accompanied by light to moderate rainfall in parts of coastal and interior Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Puducherry over the next two days as well. Chennai, Karaikal and other parts of coastal Tamil Nadu, along with Puducherry, will receive thunderstorms with moderate rainfall on Wednesday. Isolated areas of Nilgiris, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Mayiladuthurai and Villupuram will receive heavy rains.
Tamil Nadu recorded 838 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 8,21,550. The state recorded 10 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 12,166. A total of 24 passengers who had returned to Tamil Nadu from UK and 20 of their primary contacts have tested positive for COVID-19 till date.
After MDMK chief Vaiko, the leader of another DMK-led alliance partner, VCK’s Thol Thirumavalavan, has announced they will contest the 2021 Tamil Nadu Assembly polls under a separate symbol. Political experts believe that small parties in the DMK alliance had agreed to contest under its ‘Rising Sun’ symbol in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections to defeat the BJP-led NDA. However, in the state election, they have the responsibility to secure their own vote share, along with recognition from the Election Commission.