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Chennai Hyderabad May 3, 4 Highlights: TN reports 21,228 fresh cases, 144 deaths

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News May 3, 4 Highlights: Till date, 7,41,495 males, 4,86,531 females and 38 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in Tamil Nadu.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: May 5, 2021 9:42:38 am
Tamil Nadu Covid wrap: Lockdown on Sunday; districts with more cases to face further curbsTraffic Police personnel take part in a bike rally to spread awareness on Covid-19, in Chennai, Thursday, April 29, 2021. (PTI Photo)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News May 3, 4 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 21,228 positive cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the state tally to 12,49,292. Among these, Chennai reported 6228 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 3,58,573. The state recorded 144 deaths on Tuesday, putting the state toll at 14,612. 110 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 19,112 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 11,09,450.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won four seats in Tamil Nadu this time, making it eligible to enter the legislative Assembly for the first time in 20 years. While some of their big leaders lost this time, the saffron party has won in Nagercoil, Coimbatore (South), Modakurichi and Tirunelveli. Veteran leader MR Gandhi, BJP’s national women’s wing president Vanathi Srinivasan, former minister Nayinar Nagendran and CK Saraswathi managed to better their opponents.

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19:53 (IST)04 May 2021
TN reports 21,228 fresh cases, 144 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 21,228 positive cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the state tally to 12,49,292. Among these, Chennai reported 6228 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 3,58,573. The state recorded 144 deaths on Tuesday, putting the state toll at 14,612.110 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 19,112 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 11,09,450.

18:28 (IST)04 May 2021
Kamal Haasan meets CM-designate MK Stalin

Makkal Needhi Maiam leader Kamal Haasan met CM-designate MK Stalin at his residence in Chennai to congratulate DMK's victory in the recently concluded assembly election.

18:28 (IST)04 May 2021
Kamal Haasan meets CM-designate MK Stalin

Makkal Needhi Maiam leader Kamal Haasan met CM-designate MK Stalin at his residence in Chennai to congratulate DMK's victory in the recently concluded assembly election.

18:28 (IST)04 May 2021
Kamal Haasan meets CM-designate MK Stalin

Makkal Needhi Maiam leader Kamal Haasan met CM-designate MK Stalin at his residence in Chennai to congratulate DMK's victory in the recently concluded assembly election.

18:09 (IST)04 May 2021
Chennai Commisioner launches awarness drive

Chennai City Commissioner Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal Tuesday launched 'Mask Podu, Righta Podu' (Wear mask properly) drive to bring awareness among the public.

16:31 (IST)04 May 2021
Amma canteen ransacked in Chennai, boards with Jayalalithaa’s name torn up

An Amma Unavagam in the Maduravoyal area of Chennai run by the Tamil Nadu government was ransacked by unidentified people on Tuesday. In visuals that went viral on social media, a couple of men were seen tearing up the poster and boards of the canteen which carried the name of the late J Jayalalithaa.

‘Amma Unavagam’ is the brainchild of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. The canteen had been functioning since 2013 and providing quality food at reasonable prices, such as an Idli for Re 1, curd rice for Rs 3 and Sambar rice for Rs 5. The canteens were launched to help the poorer sections of the society.

In the video, the canteen workers were seen standing in shock as the attack took place. One of the men who attacked the canteen was seen wearing a black and red coloured shawl, associated with the DMK party, around his neck. The man ransacked the canteen, including its kitchen and serving area. Vegetables and other food items were spilled on the ground

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14:59 (IST)04 May 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai and Hyderabad today

After remaining steady for 18 consecutive days, petrol and diesel prices inched up across the country on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. In the national capital, petrol price rose by 15 paise while that of diesel climbed by 18 paise. The latest move by the oil marketing companies marks the first revision in auto fuel prices this month with the previous revision taking place on April 15, 2021.

In Chennai, petrol is priced at Rs. 92.55 per litre while diesel costs Rs. 85.90 per litre.

The cost of petrol in Hyderabad is Rs. 94.16 per litre and that of diesel is Rs. 88.25 per litre.

14:43 (IST)04 May 2021
Chennai Metro to allow passengers with 50 per cent occupancy till May 20

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has announced that all trains will allow 50 per cent occupancy of passengers from May 6 to May 20, as per the instructions issued by the Tamil Nadu government. In a release, CMRL further stated that passengers should ensure that they are not seated on the seats marked with 'X' and no passenger will be allowed to travel while standing.

14:39 (IST)04 May 2021
Journalists will be regarded as frontline workers in TN: Stalin

DMK president M K Stalin on Tuesday said journalists, photojournalists and camerapersons working in print and broadcast media would be regarded as frontline workers in Tamil Nadu.

Whether rain or shine and even in the times of COVID-19 pandemic, personnel working in the media sector risked their lives in performing their duties and "they will be considered as frontline workers in Tamil Nadu," he said. Be it print or other types of media like the visual, all media personnel shall be treated as frontline workers and they will be provided concessions and rights available for frontline workers, he said in a statement.

Media sector is the fourth pillar of democracy and they worked hard to disseminate information and create awareness among the people, he added.

Stalin is all set to assume office as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu following the big win of his party in the Assembly elections. (PTI)

14:12 (IST)04 May 2021
Over 15.04 people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 15,04,254 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 11,799 people inoculated on Monday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

13:43 (IST)04 May 2021
IAF brings oxygen cylinders, other equipment from UK

Nearly 35 tonnes of equipment, including 450 empty oxygen cylinders donated by the UK and airlifted by the Indian Air Force (IAF) from Britain arrived in Chennai early on Tuesday.

According to the Indian Red Cross Society, UK donated 5,000 cylinders to India through it to meet the emergency requirement for empty oxygen cylinders during the second wave of coronavirus in the country. Of these, 900 cylinders were meant for Tamil Nadu.

The equipment were brought from Brize Norton, by one of two IAF C-17 Globemaster aircraft that earlier left for the UK on May 2 from its Jamnagar air base in Gujarat to bring the supplies, a Defence release said. "The aircraft which left the Jamnagar air base on May 2, flew non-stop for 11 hours and 30 minutes to reach Brize Norton in the UK to airlift the critical life support equipment."

"The first aircraft landed at 0200 local time and with a quick turnaround, flew back to Chennai with 35 tonnes of equipment including 450 empty oxygen cylinders for India," it said, adding, the flight reached the city around 5 am on Tuesday.

An IRCS official, who received the oxygen cylinders, said 900 of them were meant for Tamil Nadu. "We received the first batch of 450 cylinders this morning and the second consignment will be delivered (later) today," M Karnan, Manager, Administration, IRCS, Tamil Nadu state branch, told PTI. Karnan received the cylinders on behalf of IRCS and handed over them to HLL Lifecare Ltd which would distribute to hospitals in consultation with the state health department. (PTI)

13:37 (IST)04 May 2021
From food, meds to oxygen, Hyderabad cyclists are running errands for the city’s elderly

Ever since Hyderabad-based Santhana Selvan, a programme manager in an IT firm, shared his phone number online last week expressing his willingness to run errands for elderly people who are homebound amid the raging pandemic, requests have been pouring in.

Selvan, who has been adjudged the ‘Bicycle Mayor of Hyderabad’ by Amsterdam-based ‘BYCS’, a global initiative to promote the use of cycles in cities, started the initiative on April 30 with support from a handful of like-minded friends. Over the weekend, the number of volunteers crossed 100, with Selvan now confident to offer help to senior citizens all across Hyderabad.

While ‘Relief Riders’, as the group of cyclists, is christened, offers to deliver medicines for elderly people, the requests for assistance range from arranging oxygen cylinders, blood plasma units, emergency drugs, and even ICU beds. “We are cyclists and regular IT employees. As of now, we are delivering medicines before and after our office hours. With more volunteers joining in, we are thinking of expansion by adding food and other essentials, too, which can be delivered on cycle,” said 41-year-old Selvan, whose parents live by themselves in Chennai.

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13:01 (IST)04 May 2021
Telangana clocks 6,876 COVID-19 cases, 59 deaths

Telangana registered 6,876 fresh coronavirus cases Monday, taking the tally to over 4.63 lakh while the toll stood at 2476 with 59 more casualties.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 1029, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 502 and Rangareddy 387, a government bulletin said.

The total number of cumulative cases in the state stood at 4,63,361 while with 7,432 patients being cured, the total recoveries were at 3,81,365. The state has 79,520 active cases and nearly 71,000 samples were tested on Monday. Cumulatively, over 1.31 crore samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 3.54 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.53 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 82.30 per cent. (PTI)

12:43 (IST)04 May 2021
DMK won TN polls, but only just. It must be smart about coalition partners

The DMK has returned to power in Tamil Nadu after 10 years in opposition. The party’s main ideological adversary, the BJP, has been stopped in its tracks. While the cadre broke into spontaneous celebrations despite COVID-19 restrictions, party intellectuals were largely silent, breaking it only to hail Mamata Banerjee’s grand victory in West Bengal! Murmurs in DMK circles about the wisdom of handing over the election strategy to a north Indian Brahmin, Prashant Kishor, were audible early on. Kishor is now blamed for failing to lead the party to a 200-plus seat victory — the DMK alliance won only 158 out of a total of 234 states in the assembly.

For several decades now, the Tamil intellectual class has been partisan towards the DMK. Several independent commentators and centrists threw their weight behind the DMK this time largely because of their desire to keep the BJP out of Tamil Nadu. The media space, including the social media, barring the limited number of pro-BJP voices, has almost become an echo chamber, and somewhat out of step with the public mood.

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12:01 (IST)04 May 2021
AP pollution board permits some industries in Vizag to convert nitrogen plants into oxygen units

The Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board on Monday permitted a few industries in Visakhapatnam to convert their existing nitrogen plants into medical oxygen generating units to meet the growing demand for oxygen due to spurt in Covid-19 cases.

APPCB Chairman A K Parida said the industries have been asked to use Pressure Swing Adsorption technology for the conversion process.

The Central Pollution Control Board would identify the vendors and provide technical support along with the APPCB to undertake the task on a war-footing to overcome the current short supply of medical oxygen.

Covid-19 hospitals identified by the state government would get direct supply of oxygen from these industries, Parida said.  Aurobindo Pharma, Deccan Fine Chemicals, Metrochem API and Mylan Laboratories have been permitted to convert their nitrogen plants for medical oxygen generation. (PTI)

11:39 (IST)04 May 2021
TRS wins Warangal, Khammam, five other urban local bodies

The ruling TRS party has won two Corporations - Warangal and Khammam and five other Municipalities in Telangana for which polls were held on April 30, according to the State Election Commission sources.

The counting was taken up on Monday.

Polls were also held for Achampet, Siddipet, Nakekal, Jadcherla and Kothur municipalities besides vacant seats in other urban bodies, including one in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).

Congress won the Lingojiguda Division in GHMC which fell vacant after the death of a BJP corporator.

Thanking the voters for the victory, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, in a statement, said the people have once again proved that TRS is unbeatable. (PTI)

11:37 (IST)04 May 2021
Tamil Nadu: Despite many hiccups in poll run-up, Congress puts up impressive show

Not only has Tamil Nadu been the only win for Congress in the Assembly election results declared on May 2, the party has actually improved its performance from the last time in the state, despite many hiccups in the run-up to the election.

Before the 2021 Assembly elections, the DMK had told the Congress it would be given a maximum of 18 seats in their alliance. The offer was to take it or leave it. The Congress leadership came out and openly said they were treated badly by the DMK’s high command, and this lead to speculation that Congress might break its 15-year-old association with the DMK and join a third front. After the intervention of the national leadership, Congress leader KS Alagiri said the ball was in DMK’s court and the seat-sharing deal would be finalised soon.

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11:09 (IST)04 May 2021
AIADMK thanks voters, says it has great responsibility as opposition party

The AIADMK, which tasted defeat at the hands of arch-rival DMK after a decade in office, on Monday said it bowed to the people's verdict and that it has greater responsibility to discharge as an opposition party.

Expressing "heartfelt gratitude" to the people who voted for the party and its allies in the April 6 Assembly elections, the results of which were announced on Sunday, the party recalled its development initiatives. "People are well aware of the work done by the AIADMK government towards development during the last ten years in Tamil Nadu. Ruling and opposition parties are the two sides of the coin of administration. We have the responsibility to function like the axle to the wheel of administration," party coordinator O Panneerselvam and co-coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami said on Monday.

In a joint statement, their first after the results were announced, the leaders said the AIADMK will serve with great responsibility as the opposition in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly. "We express our heartfelt gratitude to the people who voted for the AIADMK and our allies; and also our party functionaries and alliance members, for having worked tirelessly day and night for the victory of the AIADMK-combine candidates in the elections," they said. (PTI)

10:44 (IST)04 May 2021
As Kamal Haasan loses Tamil Nadu polls, daughter Shruti Haasan says ‘so proud of my appa’

Superstar Kamal Haasan might have lost the battle of Coimbatore South in the recently concluded Tamil Nadu Assembly elections, but for actor-daughter Shruti Haasan, it’s his fighting spirit she will always be proud of. Shruti took to Instagram on Sunday to shower affection on her father shortly after Tamil Nadu election results were announced.

Makkal Needhi Maiam leader Kamal Haasan faced defeat on his poll debut. BJP’s national women’s wing leader Vanathi Srinivasan, who was trailing initially, gained momentum in the second half of the day and managed to beat the Tamil actor by a slender margin of over 1,300 votes. Posting a picture of her father on an Instagram story, Shruti Haasan wrote, “Always so proud of my Appa. #Fighter #Terminator.”

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10:23 (IST)04 May 2021
Stalin takes stock of COVID-19 situation in state

With the increase in new infections, DMK chief M K Stalin, set to become the Chief Minister, met at his residence with Chief Secretary Rajeev Ranjan and Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan.

During the meeting, Stalin directed the officials to take up measures against the spread of the virus and meet all the needs of the infected people.

He directed the officials to also take steps to ensure that Remdesivir used to treat COVID-19 patients was available in other districts in line with the medicines being sold in retail in Chennai.

He advised them to step up the infrastructure like adding beds, oxygen support facilities and medicine without delay, a press release said. (PTI)

The Tamil Nadu Assembly elections results showed that the winners were mostly split between the DMK and AIADMK led alliances which left very little space for others. The focus garnered during campaigning by parties like Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam, TTV Dhinakaran’s Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam and Seeman’s Naam Tamizhar Katchi did not however translate into electoral success.

READ | Stars and challengers fall by the wayside as Dravidian parties split the spoils in Tamil Nadu

Not only has Tamil Nadu been the only win for Congress in the Assembly election results declared on May 2, the party has actually improved its performance from the last time in the state, despite many hiccups in the run-up to the election.

READ | Tamil Nadu: Despite many hiccups in poll run-up, Congress puts up impressive show

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