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Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News April 21, 22 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 11,681 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 10,25,059.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: April 23, 2021 9:19:17 am
Telanagana covid patients, Telangana high court, Telangana entry of COVID-19 patients, Telangana government, Telangana govt circular on patients, Indian expressCitizens stand in a queue to undergo COVID-19 testing, as coronavirus cases surge across the country, at Government Fever Hospital in Hyderabad. (PTI Photo)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News April 21, 22 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 11,681 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 10,25,059. Among these, Chennai reported 3750 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,94,073. The state recorded 53 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 13,258. Fifty of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 7071 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 9,27,440.

There was tension in Telangana as Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, who had tested positive for Covid-19 over the weekend, was brought to Yashoda Hospital at Somajiguda for medical check-ups. Although Rao, who had tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday with mild symptoms, was in isolation at his farmhouse at Erraveli in Siddipet District, his personal physician Dr MV Rao suggested a chest scan and the 67-year-old CM and was brought to the Yashoda Hospital at Somajiguda. Even as KCR was brought to the hospital, Opposition leaders and people in general wished him a quick recovery. Special prayers were held at several temples and churches in Hyderabad and Secunderabad for the CM’s good health.

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17:47 (IST)22 Apr 2021
Vakeel Saab, Master and Krack: South Indian movies that revived box office business

The Indian film industry is on the backfoot once again as the country battles an aggressive second wave of the coronavirus. It comes at a time when stakeholders in the theatrical business, especially down south were beginning to make some gains after incurring heavy losses for 10 months since last March last year. The filmmakers in the south showed the way by bringing out big guns and their risks paid off as it breathed a lease of new life in the theatre business.

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17:43 (IST)22 Apr 2021
Telagana fumes at Centre over 'lesser' Remdesivir allotment

Slamming the Centre for 'lesser' allocation of Remdesivir to Telangana, Health Minister Etela Rajender on Thursday said the state has to be given preference as it is home to many manufacturers of the anti-viral drug. Speaking to reporters, Rajender said the central
government has allotted only over 21,000 from April 21-30 as against the state's  expectation of four lakh.

"We do not know on what basis they (the centre) allotted 21,551 injections of Remdesivir. We took up the issues with Union Health Minister. He said he will look into it. We express our protest against this. I will also write a letter to Harsh Vardhan (union health minister). Telangana's requirements have to be met first as manufacturers of Remdesivir are located here," Rajender said.

According to Rajender, states such as Gujarat, Maharashtra and Delhi have been allotted more Remdesivir. He stated that allocation of medical oxygen to the state was also illogical. Rajender, however, said as of now there was no shortage of oxygen in the state barring a few incidents of black marketing of the life saving gas.

The minister said the Centre has to keep in mind the fact that most of the patients being treated in Telangana hospitals are from neighbouring states and allott oxygen and Remdesivir accordingly. (PTI)

17:02 (IST)22 Apr 2021
Tamil Nadu: Two arrested for poisoning tigress in Mudumalai last November

The Tamil Nadu Forest Department has arrested two people for allegedly poisoning a tigress in Singara forest range of Mudumalai Tiger Reserve in Nilgris in November 2020. The arrests were made on Tuesday.

The carcass of the seven-year-old tigress was found at Seemankuli Odai near Achakarai. Forest officials rescued two male cubs from the area and sent them to Arignar Anna Zoological Park in Perungalathur to be raised under special care.

Samples of the deceased animal were collected and sent for forensic lab tests. A couple of months later, the results confirmed poisoning as the cause of death of the animal.

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16:19 (IST)22 Apr 2021
TN political leaders condole Yechury's son's death

Political leaders in Tamil Nadu including DMK President M K Stalin on Thursday condoled the death of CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury's son Ashish, who succumbed to COVID-19 at a Delhi hospital.

Stalin said he was deeply saddened and pained to hear about the loss of Ashish Yechury. "I offer my heartfelt condolences to Comrade Sitaram Yechury, his family and friends at this difficult time," he said in a tweet.

MDMK leader Vaiko, also Rajya Sabha member, said "no words can take away the pain of losing a beloved family member." "With great sadness, I learnt the demise of your elder son Ashish Yechuri succumbing to COVID-19. No words can take away the pain of losing a beloved family member," he said in his condolence message to the Left veteran. "May the Mother Nature give you and your family the courage and strength to overcome this tragic loss," Vaiko added.

PMK founder Dr S Ramadoss expressed his sympathies and said he was "saddened" over Ashish's demise. His son and Rajya Sabha MP Dr Anbumani Ramadoss and MMK leader Prof M H Jawahirullah also expressed their condolences. (PTI)

15:46 (IST)22 Apr 2021
Over 12.42 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 12,42,874 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC), with 20,924 having been inoculated on Wednesday alone.

14:32 (IST)22 Apr 2021
Telangana adds 5,567 new COVID-19 cases, 23 deaths

Telangana reported 5,567 fresh COVID-19 cases Wednesday, pushing the tally to over 3.73 lakh, while the toll rose to 1,899 with 23 more fatalities, the highest ever in a single day.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 989, followed by Rangareddy (437) and Medchal Malkajgiri (421), a government bulletin said on Thursday.

The total number of cumulative cases stood at 3,73,468 while with 2251 patients being cured, the total recoveries were at 3,21,788. The state has 49,781 active cases and over 1.02 lakh samples were tested on Wednesday. Cumulatively, over 1.21 crore samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 3.27 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.50 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 86.16 per cent. According to a separate release, over 29.73 lakh people in the state have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine while over 4.18 lakh got their second shot also as of April 20. (PTI)

12:12 (IST)22 Apr 2021
Micro-containment zones on the rise in Telangana, expert calls for stringent restrictions

Telangana has been witnessing a sharp increase in the number of micro containment zones ever since the state health department began to share the data for the first time since the pandemic began. The number rose from 363 to 495 zones in the last couple of days.

As of April 22, there are as many as 495 active micro containment zones across the state, a maximum of them in the state capital.

Greater Hyderabad has 70 active micro containment zones. While that is for a population of over a crore people, a district such as Nizamabad too, bordering Maharashtra, with a population of 15.77 lakh as of the 2011 census, has as many as 67 micro containment zones. When Greater Hyderabad recorded 989 new cases as of Thursday morning, Nizamabad had reported 367 new cases.

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11:31 (IST)22 Apr 2021
Fix speed governors in two-wheelers too, suggests Madras HC

The Madras High Court on Wednesday recommended to the State and Central governments to fix speed governors in two-wheelers too at the production stage itself to curb road accidents. A Division Bench of Justices N Kirubakaran and Abdul Quddhose, which made the recommendation while enhancing compensation to an accident victim, also said licence-seekers should be taken to hospitals where accident victims are under treatment so that the consequences of violation of road rules would be understood properly first-hand.

The Bench was partly allowing an appeal from the father of a girl challenging the meagre award of Rs 18.44 lakh by a lower court. The girl sustained grievous injuries in the accident in April 2013. She was hit by a bus belonging to the Metropolitan Transport Corporation. The court enhanced the compnesation to Rs 1.50 crore.

The Bench noted that the Medical Board examined the girl and determined permanent disability at 90 per cent. Moreover, she is unable to do any work on her own and has to depend on others throughout her life. Taking into various aspects and the pitiable plight of the victim, the Bench enhanced the compensation.

The other suggestions given by the Bench to eliminate road accidents were provision of modern gadgets like speed gun, speed indication display and drones to find out the speeding vehicles and to punish the drivers besides stringent punishment to the violators of the rules. Imported vehicles should be calibrated to reduce their speed. Speed-breakers should be laid in accordance with the road safety measures so that they themselves would not become black spots, the judges said.

They also suggested that Special Courts should be constituted to deal with traffic offences and the accident claim cases so that the criminal case arising out of the accident and the claim thereof could be dealt with by them together comprehensively. The State government should rope in celebrities to spread the message of road discipline through the media, as they also have the social responsibility for an orderly and disciplined society. Lectures by experts, doctors and social workers stressing upon the necessity to follow road rules should be conducted for licence-seekers before the licence is given. For reporting compliance, the matter has been posted for hearing on August 2. (PTI)

10:44 (IST)22 Apr 2021
Narcotics worth around Rs 500 cr seized in TN

300 kg of narcotics valued at around Rs 500 crore was seized by DRI officials from a container ship on its arrival at the V O C Port in Tuticorin on Wednesday, officials said. The ship, which had originated from Panama, had transited through the ports of Antwerp and Colombo before berthing at the port in Tuticorin, about 600 km from Chennai, they said.

Acting on specific inputs, DRI officials examined the container, which had declared wooden logs as its cargo and seized 302 white coloured compressed bricks wrapped in packing material, concealed in nine bags placed between the logs. The contraband weighed 303 kg and was suspected to be cocaine, they said.

An official of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence said this was one of the major seizures by the agency and the total value of the contraband was around Rs 500 crore. The contraband was seized under the relevant provisions of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985 and an investigation was on, he added. (PTI)

10:30 (IST)22 Apr 2021
Madras HC rejects plea to transfer woman SP sexual abuse case to CBI

The Madras High Court on Wednesday rejected a plea from a retired IPS officer to transfer to the CBI the sexual abuse case of a woman officer against a former DGP-ranked official. The First bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy junked the PIL petition from K Rajendran, a former Additional Superintendent.

The case was being investigated by the CB CID of the Tamil Nadu police. Since the matter involves a former DGP under suspension, the CB CID cannot hold a proper investigation, the petitioner contended.

Earlier, the Bench was told by government Special Senior Counsel AL Somayaji that the internal complaints committee (ICC) has completed its inquiry into the sexual harassment charge levelled by the woman SP against the man and submitted a preliminary report to the government.

The matter was also being monitored by Justice N Anand Venkatesh of the High Court, who took up the issue on his own. Hence, the probe would go in the right direction and there would be no scope for any lapse. Status reports have been filed before that judge regularly and he had directed the CB-CID to file its final report in eight weeks, Somayaji pointed out.

Recording the submissions and holding that this order would not have any impact on the CB CID probe, the Bench rejected the PIL petition. (PTI)

09:54 (IST)22 Apr 2021
Telangana tense over Covid-hit KCR’s health

There was tension in Telangana as Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, who had tested positive for Covid-19 over the weekend, was brought to Yashoda Hospital at Somajiguda for medical check-ups.

Although Rao, who had tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday with mild symptoms, was in isolation at his farmhouse at Erraveli in Siddipet District, his personal physician Dr MV Rao suggested a chest scan and the 67-year-old CM and was brought to the Yashoda Hospital at Somajiguda. The CM’s residence-cum-office, known as Pragathi Bhavan, is hardly a km from Yashoda Hospital. He took the Covid-19 test after he had developed symptoms Sunday. 
CMO officials said that the CM was shifted to Yashoda Hospital for follow-up tests after he quarantined himself for several days to check for any sign of lung infection. After the tests, the CM drove back to the farm house to stay in isolation for a few more days. “The CM had undergone a CT scan as well as other medical tests on the advice of doctors. These tests are recommended post Covid recovery,” a CMO statement said.

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09:39 (IST)22 Apr 2021
Madras HC orders notice on plea to re-edit Yogi Babu's film

The Madras High Court on Wednesday ordered a week's notice on a plea to subject Tamil film 'Mandela', starring popular comedian Yogi Babu, for recertification by the Censor Board.

Justice R Mahadevan ordered the notice, returnable by April 28, while entertaining a writ petition from the Tamil Nadu Hair-Dressers Union, by its State president M Munusamy, alleging it showed them in poor light.

According to the petitioner, the association consists of about 10,000 members, belonging to the 'Maruvathuvar' community, coming under the Most Backward Class category. The film, directed by Madonna Ashwin and produced by YNot Studios, depicted their community in a poor light, the petitioners submitted. It was telecast on April 4 on a private TV channel.

The petitioners filed the present petition for a direction to the authorities concerned to subject the film for recertification and delete the scenes and dialogues, "which depicted their community awkwardly." (PTI)

09:37 (IST)22 Apr 2021
Despite PM’s assurance, migrant workers in TN queue up at railway station to head home

During his address to the nation Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged states to find jobs for migrant labourers so as to stop them from heading back to their native places even as he sought to assure them that they will get their vaccine shots wherever they are and the prevailing pandemic situation won’t affect their livelihoods.

However, despite the PM’s words of assurance, thousands of workers have been queuing up at the Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MGR Central Railway Station in Chennai since Tuesday to take the train back home. Tamil Nadu is home to more than 10 lakh migrant workers, with the majority hailing from northern and north-eastern states. In March last year, after the nationwide lockdown took effect, most of these workers were left stranded at the Central station without trains. They suffered without food and water. The trauma of last year’s lockdown is still fresh in their minds and the workers say they don’t want to face a similar situation this time.

Long queues were seen in front of the reservation counter as there are no unreserved compartments. Many passengers were seen queueing up at the counter, waiting to travel to West Bengal, Patna, Uttar Pradesh and Chattisgarh, among other native places. The Southern Railway (SR) had announced that it would be running special trains or adding additional coaches to existing ones to clear the rush of the migrant workers. They have asked workers not to panic, assuring that regular trains will be operated to their native states. 

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09:35 (IST)22 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:

  • Avadi: Pattalian - I, II; Murugappa Polytechnic, HVF Road, Anna Street and nearby areas.
  • Taramani and Chinnamalai: LDG Road, Part Talk Office Road, Parts of Sri Nagar Colony, Thomas Nagar, Arockiyamada Street, Bishop Colony and Kakkan Puram.
  • Sothuperumbedu: Bharathiyar Nagar, Nallur, Kumaran Nagar, Panneervakkam, Kammar Palayam and Parts of Sholavaram.
  • Redhills: Manish Nagar, Kumaran Nagar, Ammanthangal, Sothupakkam Road, Sun City, Jai Durga Nagar and Perungavur Panchayat.
  • Thirumullaivoyal: Veltech, Karpagam Nagar, Ganga Nagar, Andal Nagar, Perumal Koil Street, Priya Nagar and nearby areas.
  • Avadi Mittanamallee: Palavedu, Gandhi Road, Mittanamallee, Muthaputhupet, Sabi Nagar, Defence Colony, Defence Enclave and Elliamman Nagar.
  • Foreshore Estate: Foreshore Estate, Mandaveli, TNHB Quarters, Santhome High Road, Karpagam Avenue, Kutcheri Road, Appu Street, Nochikuppam Nagar, Thiruvallur Pettai and nearby areas.
  • Perambur: Paper Mills Road, Bunder Garden, Siruvallur Road, Venus Market, Mohamadeen Street, SRP North and South, Geroge Colony, Subramania Thottam, Thanthoniamman Koil Street, Chinnasamy Raja Street, Bessett Road and nearby areas.
09:24 (IST)22 Apr 2021
TN reports 11,681 fresh cases, 53 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 11,681 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 10,25,059. Among these, Chennai reported 3750 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,94,073. The state recorded 53 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 13,258. Fifty of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 7071 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 9,27,440.

As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 84,361. Till date, 6,18,809 males, 4,06,214 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, 2,15,13,210 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 1,12,661 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 263 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 69 are government and 194 are private facilities.

09:20 (IST)22 Apr 2021
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18:18 (IST)21 Apr 2021
DMK, AMMK slam diversion of oxygen by Centre

The opposition DMK and AMMK slammed the diversion of oxygen by the Centre. DMK President M K Stalin claimed 'shortage' of oxygen and wondered why it was diverted during such a situation and expressed concern.

While those in the neighbouring states "are our brothers," the Centre should have checked the situation in Tamil Nadu with the Chief Secretary or the government and charged it with not taking the states seriously. In a statement, he asked why the Centre was reportedly seeking to import oxygen while earlier maintaining that there was sufficient stock and charged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, "touted as an expert administrator", with "failing" to tackle the covid crisis.

AMMK founder T T V Dhinakaran, in a tweet, condemned the Centre diverting oxygen from Tamil Nadu "without consulting" the state administration and said "this is not acceptable at any cost." (PTI)

18:17 (IST)21 Apr 2021
TN to take up oxygen diversion issue with Centre: TN Health Secretary

The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday said it would take up with the Centre, diversion of about 45 metric tonnes of medical oxygen from a city plant to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, while asserting that the state had adequate stocks of oxygen.

Wondering what the need was for the central government to divert the oxygen Manufactured by a supplier at nearby Sriperumbudur, Health Secretary Dr J radhakrishnan said that even during the pandemic times, the state has been supplying oxygen to others. "Even now the state is providing oxygen to its neighboring states who are in deficit for medical oxygen. We have not imposed any restrictions," he told PTI. "The availability situation is currently adequate, but this diversion has been done by the Government of India.

While Tamil Nadu can always supply to others, this mandatory diversion should not create problems in the future and we are taking up the issue to ensure that our situation is comfortable in the future too," he added.

Tamil Nadu's liquid medical oxygen manufacturing capacity is around 400 metric tonnes a day and the state has a storage capacity of around 1,200 tonnes. Currently, the daily medical consumption is around 240 tonnes per day, the health secretary said and asserted that the state is in a comfortable position now. (PTI)

17:19 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Complete lockdown in Puducherry this weekend

Amid the surge in COVID-19 cases, Puducherry Lieutenant governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan has announced a complete lockdown in the Union Territory from April 23 (Friday) night till April 26 (Monday) morning.

The lockdown is imposed apart from the night curfew the Union Territory is following since yesterday (Tuesday).

Restaurants, food courts, and tea shops have been permitted to operate till 8 pm with 50 per cent capacity and take away is allowed till 10 pm.

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15:59 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Govt should consult trade and industrial bodies with regard to economic activities, says ICCI

Welcoming the announcement of night curfew as part of measures to control Covid-19, the local chapter of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) on Wednesday suggested that the government consult trade and industrial bodies before taking any steps towards economic activities of the country.

The imposition of night restrictions and lockdown on Sundays across Tamil Nadu from April 20 will certainly yield expected results and control the spread of the virus, Chamber President C Balasubramanian said in a statement. 

Noting that free movement of trucks in containment zones and lockdown areas were necessary throughout 24 hours for the economic activities in this crucial period, he said all types of manufacturing activities should be allowed.

Considering the impact on economy, Balasubramanian requested and suggested consulting trade and industrial bodies before taking any major steps in this connection. (PTI)

Tamil Nadu is home to more than 10 lakh migrant workers, with the majority hailing from northern and north-eastern states.

During his address to the nation Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged states to find jobs for migrant labourers so as to stop them from heading back to their native places even as he sought to assure them that they will get their vaccine shots wherever they are and the prevailing pandemic situation won’t affect their livelihoods. However, despite the PM’s words of assurance, thousands of workers have been queuing up at the Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MGR Central Railway Station in Chennai since Tuesday to take the train back home

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