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Chennai Hyderabad April 9 Highlights: TN records 4276 fresh cases, 1520 from Chennai alone

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News April 9 Highlights: As of Thursday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 30,131.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: April 12, 2021 8:52:27 am
A total of 1,71,058 deaths have been reported in the country so far, with Tamil Nadu recording 12,927 so far. Express Photo

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News April 9 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 4276 positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 9,15,386. Among these, Chennai reported 1520 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,59,320. The state recorded 19 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 12,840. Fourteen of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 1869 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,72,415.

Local authorities have taken over a site in Telangana’s Jangaon district after labourers stumbled upon a metal pot containing gold and silver ornaments Thursday. Assuming the treasure had some religious significance, locals soon started holding prayers at the spot, prompting authorities to step in. The 11-acre site in Pembarthi village along the Warangal-Hyderabad NH 163 was bought for development by a Hyderabad-based realtor two months ago from a farmer named Narsimha. The works had been progressing on the site for three days. It was around 10.30 am Thursday when the earthmovers struck the metal pot. As news of the ‘treasure’ spread, the former owner as well as locals reached the spot.

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18:43 (IST)09 Apr 2021
Amid Covid surge, TN govt reconstitutes field support team to check virus spread

In view of the surge in Covid-19 cases, the Tamil Nadu government has reconstituted the Field Support Teams comprising IAS officers, district revenue officers, police personnel, medical officers in all 15 zones of the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) to ensure effective preventive measures are taken against the spread of fresh active cases.

As per the government order issued by Chief Secretary Rajeev Ranjan, the officers have been asked to visit the specified zones of Greater Chennai Corporation in coordination with the Commissioner to ensure monitoring and prompt contact tracing of positively tested persons and other cases on a day-to-day basis. They also need to ensure quick sampling, testing and release of results in a time bounded manner. Officials should monitor quarantine and containment areas, identify and test symptomatic persons.

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17:50 (IST)09 Apr 2021
TN govt urges people too follow COVID norms amid rising cases
17:05 (IST)09 Apr 2021
Puducherry clamps night curfew amid rising COVID-19 cases

Amid increasing coronavirus cases here, a night curfew would be enforced from April 10, said Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Friday. Announcing measures to check the contagion, she said mask-compliance would be strictly enforced any violation of which would attract a fine of Rs 100.

Addressing reporters at the Indira Gandhi Medical College Hospital after inaugurating a special camp to vaccinate hotel workers, she said the night curfew would be in force from 11 pm to 5 am from Saturday, she said. Further, cinemas should have only 50 per cent of seating capacity, and religious and social functions should have restricted gatherings.

All places of worship should be closed by 8 PM, she said. The government would run 100 coronavirus-testing centres and as many vaccination centres, she said. Top officials, she said, would keep vigil on the adherence to safety norms at business centres, shops and commercial establishments.

Meanwhile, the Union Territory reported 223 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the overall tally to 43,465. There were no deaths today and the cumulative fatalities remained at 687. There were 139 recoveries and the active cases stood at 2,084. (PTI)

16:25 (IST)09 Apr 2021
TN retail traders protest govt decision to close wholesale market complex amid Covid spike

Close to 500 Koyambedu retail traders staged a protest in front of their management committee’s office in Chennai on Friday following the Tamil Nadu government’s directive to close fruits and vegetable retail outlets in the wholesale market complex as part of new restrictions imposed to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The traders said there has been no business at all in the past few months and if the shops are shut totally, it will deal a fatal blow to their livelihoods.

More than 1,800 retail shops suffered huge losses when the government closed down the market in May, last year. They were only allowed to open on November 2020. However, within five months of lifting shutters, they have been ordered to close again from April 10.

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15:18 (IST)09 Apr 2021
Telangana reports 2,478 new COVID-19 cases, five deaths

Telangana reported 2,478 fresh COVID-19 cases Thursday, the highest single day spike this year, pushing the tally to over 3.21 lakh, while the toll rose to 1,746 with five more fatalities, the state government said on Friday.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 402, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri (208) and Nizamabad (176), it said in a bulletin.

The total number of cases stood at 3,21,182 while with 363 patients being cured, the total recoveries were at 3,03,964. The state has 15,472 active cases and 1,01,986 samples were tested on Thursday. This is the first time that the state conducted over one lakh COVID-19 tests in a single day. Cumulatively, over 1.07 crore samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 2.89 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 94.63 per cent. According to a separate release, nearly 15 lakh people in the state have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine while over 2.83 lakh got their second shot also as of April 8. (PTI)

14:02 (IST)09 Apr 2021
Chennai Corporation to impose penalty on public and entities that violate COVID-19 rules
13:21 (IST)09 Apr 2021
Special COVID-19 duty on liquor withdrawn in Puducherry

The Puducherry administration has rescinded the 7.5 percent special COVID-19 duty on liquor here, enabling a cut in rates of alcoholic beverages in this tourism-dependent union territory. An official release on Thursday said Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan approved the Excise department's proposal to bring to close the validity of the special excise duty with effect from April 7. The move would make liquor products cheaper in the union territory.

The special duty was imposed in May last year to bring the price on par with the rates in neighbouring states and to prevent influx of people into Puducherry, especially from Tamil Nadu, during the pandemic situation. The then LG Kiran Bedi, who imposed the duty much to the chargin of the then Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, extended it periodically.

Now the duty has been withdrawn presumably to make liquor cheaper to net revenue to the fund-starved exchequer. While according approval for withdrawing the special duty, the LG on Thursday directed that all bars and retail sellers of liquor and restaurants to follow safety norms.     

The lifting of special duty has been done after getting Election Commission clearance, the release from the office of the Lt Governor said. (PTI)

12:59 (IST)09 Apr 2021
Two Dalit men killed, three others injured in clash near Arakkonam

Two Dalit men were killed and three others injured when a clash broke out between them and people from the Vanniyar community at Guruvarajanpetai near Arakkonam in Ranipet district of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday.

According to the police, the victims, who are residents of Soganur and Sembedu villages, were standing near a shop in Guruvarajanpetai when an argument broke out with a couple of men from the Vanniyar community from Perumalrajapettai. It is then that the latter attacked the Dalit men with knives and bottles, killing Arjunan (26) and Suriya (26). Three of their friends suffered injuries and are undergoing treatment at the Tiruttani government hospital.

Ranipet SP R Sivakumar and Arakkonam DSP K Manohar reached the spot immediately to pacify the crowd. Four special teams have been formed to investigate the issue. The bodies of the deceased were sent for post-mortem and an FIR was registered under the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. Six men have already been arrested in connection with the case.

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12:26 (IST)09 Apr 2021
229 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Thursday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 229 fever clinics in Chennai on Thursday. A total of 18,099 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 247 people, while 79 people were identified with ILI symptoms and others were provided with medication for minor ailments.

The most number of camps were held in Tondiarpet (Zone 4) where 36 camps had been set up, while Manali (Zone 2) had the least with three camps.

11:51 (IST)09 Apr 2021
TN Guv Purohit requests people to back govt by wearing mask, taking COVID-19 jab

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Thursday appealed to the people to cooperate with the government and follow norms like wearing masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Purohit appealed to eligible sections of people to get administered the vaccine, which provided safeguard against the virus, a Raj Bhavan release in Chennai said.

"As India is currently facing a very serious health crisis due to the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, Governor of Tamil Nadu, Banwarilal Purohit has made an appeal to the people of Tamil Nadu to take care of the family, mainly the elders. "Purohit requested, "all the people to wear masks compulsorily, to maintain social distancing and sanitise hands."

The governor's request comes against the backdrop of the Tamil Nadu government on Thursday announcing curbs again due to rising COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu. Appreciating the state government's measures and people's response to prevent the spread of COVID-19, he appealed to everyone to co-operate and follow the instructions issued by government to overcome the situation and to fight against coronavirus. (PTI)

11:25 (IST)09 Apr 2021
Toll fee high, compared to facilities: Madras HC

Observing that the fee collected by the National Highways Authority of India at its toll plazas in Tamil Nadu were high, compared to the facilities provided, the Madras High Court on Thursday advised NHAI to improve the infrastructural facilities there.

The introduction of FasTag, a computerised toll collection system, has not eased the congestion along the toll plazas, noted the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy.

The bench made the observation when a PIL from Tiruchirappalli-based advocate A Joseph Sahayaraj came up for further hearing on Thursday. The petition sought to restrain NHAI from collecting toll fees from vehicles plying through Paranur toll plaza on the Tambaram-Tindivanam stretch, as the concession agreement had already expired.

Petitioner's counsel told the judges that the NHAI was entitled to collect only 40 per cent as per Rule 6 ((6)(b)) of NH Fee (Determination of Rates and Collection) Rules, 2008. Only a provisional completion certificate had been issued for the plaza. But it was allowed to collect the full toll. It glaringly exposed very many deficiencies in service, he added.

"There has to be some amount of infrastructural setup prior to introducing FasTag," the bench said, adding that it resulted in the plazas remaining inaccessible to many and congestion at the plazas. The matter stands adjourned by two more weeks. (PTI)

10:55 (IST)09 Apr 2021
Labourers stumble on ‘treasure’ in Telangana village

Local authorities have taken over a site in Telangana’s Jangaon district after labourers stumbled upon a metal pot containing gold and silver ornaments Thursday. Assuming the treasure had some religious significance, locals soon started holding prayers at the spot, prompting authorities to step in.

The 11-acre site in Pembarthi village along the Warangal-Hyderabad NH 163 was bought for development by a Hyderabad-based realtor two months ago from a farmer named Narsimha. The works had been progressing on the site for three days. It was around 10.30 am Thursday when the earthmovers struck the metal pot. As news of the ‘treasure’ spread, the former owner as well as locals reached the spot.

Sarpanch A Anjaneyulu Goud told reporters that further excavation is necessary to ascertain the historical importance of the site. “There have been talks in the past about the existence of a temple here. Many did not believe it. But after the recovery of the pot of the gold, now we are sure about it,” he said while appealing for construction of a temple at the site.

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10:19 (IST)09 Apr 2021
AP CM seeks voters support for ruling YSRC nominee in April 17 Tirupati LS bypoll

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and YSR Congress president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday urged the electorate of Tirupati Lok Sabha constituency to support his party's candidate M Gurumurthy in the by-election slated for April 17.

In a general letter addressed to the families in the parliamentary segment, Jagan mentioned many freebie schemes launched by his government, under which money was being directly given to lakhs of families. He named direct money transfer schemes like 'Aasara', 'Vasati Deevena', 'Vidya Deevena', 'Amma Vodi', and 'Cheyuta' named after himself and his late father.

"The Chief Minister mentioned about the various welfare schemes and the benefits received by families through government activities in the last 22 months of his governance," the YSRC said, quoting the letter, in a release in Amaravati.

The letters would be distributed to the families in Tirupati Lok Sabha constituency, spread over Chittoor and SPS Nellore districts, through the party cadre, the release said. The party, however, did not specify whether Jagan would campaign directly in the constituency as speculation was he would make a visit to Tirupati on the April 14 in support ofthe YSRC nominee. (PTI)

09:50 (IST)09 Apr 2021
Covid cases rising, Tamil Nadu decides to impose fresh restrictions from April 10

With Covid-19 cases showing an upward trend, the Tamil Nadu government on Thursday decided to impose fresh restrictions across the state from April 10.

In an order issued by Chief Secretary Rajeev Ranjan, the government said that despite effective containment activities, there has been a considerable increase in the number of positive cases across the state in recent days due to the non-adherence of COVID-19 guidelines.

Read the restrictions here

09:27 (IST)09 Apr 2021
Impose Rs 1000 fine on those not wearing masks: Telangana CM

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao instructed officials on Thursday to impose a fine of Rs 1,000 on people who do not wear masks, an official release said.

The chief minister participated in the video conference organised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday and later held a review meeting with the health officials on the current coronavirus situation, it said.

Rao instructed the officials to increase the COVID-19 tests as there is a surge in the cases. He said all the frontline workers should be vaccinated cent per cent and the entire process should be completed in a week.

"The CM said that for the corona curtailment, the wearing of masks should be implemented strictly. If the people do not wear masks, they should be fined Rs 1,000 per person," it said. He wanted the DGP to instruct the police department to enforce this mask rule stringently, it said. He urged all those who crossed the age limit of 45 years to get vaccinated. (PTI)

09:25 (IST)09 Apr 2021
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:

  • Stanley: PP Amman Koil Street, Ambedkar Nagar, Stanley Nagar, TH Road, Dr. Vijayaragavalu Road and nearby areas.
  • Perambur: GKM Colony, Venkatesan Road, Periyar Nagar, Kolathur, Poompuhar Nagar, Anjukam Nagar, Ambedkar Nagar, Thenpalani Nagar, Kannagi Nagar, Jeyaram Nagar, Sivasakthi Nagar, Redhills High Road, Lakshmipuram, Teachers Colony, Villivakkam Road, VV Nagar, Anjukam Nagar - 1st to 12 Streets; Sarojini Nagar, Bajanai Koil Street, Gangai Amman Koil Street, Vasantham Nagar, Murugan Nagar, Rajaji Nagar, Haridass Street, Ganesh Nagar, Arjun Nagar and nearby areas.
09:19 (IST)09 Apr 2021
TN reports 4276 fresh cases, 19 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 4276 positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 9,15,386. Among these, Chennai reported 1520 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,59,320. The state recorded 19 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 12,840. Fourteen of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 1869 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,72,415.

As of Thursday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 30,131. Till date, 5,52,545 males, 3,62,805 females and 36 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, 2,02,58,907 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 85,281 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 260 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 69 are government and 191 are private facilities.

09:13 (IST)09 Apr 2021
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Kumbakonam, cash tokens The Rs. 2000 token which was issued to the voters.

It is not uncommon for some voters to feel cheated by politicians who fail to keep their election promises. But in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu, it did not take long for voters to realise that they have been taken for a ride. Around 200 people queued outside a grocery shop in Kumbakonam town on Wednesday morning, the day after Assembly polls ended in the state, hoping to encash the Rs 2000 tokens issued to them, allegedly by a local candidate. However, the store owner, Sheik Mohammed, had to turn them away claiming that his shop has no connection to the candidate.

READ | ‘No connection with candidate’: Grocery shop owner in Tamil Nadu turns away voters hoping to encash Rs 2000 token

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