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Chennai Hyderabad May 7 Highlights: Tamil Nadu records 26,465 new cases of Covid-19

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News May 7 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 26,465 positive cases of Covid-19 today bringing the state tally to 13,23,965

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: May 8, 2021 11:18:08 am
Banwarilal Purohit, M K Stalin, Oath ceremony, Tamil Nadu Chief MinisterDravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin being sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu by Governor Banwarilal Purohit, during a ceremony at Rajbhavan, in Chennai, Friday, May 7, 2021. (PTI)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News May 7 Highlights: DMK president M K Stalin was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu at Raj Bhawan in Chennai on Friday. He was administered the oath by Governor Banwarilal Purohit. Along with Stalin, 33 other ministers from his party also took the oath. The oath-taking ceremony was carried out following all Covid protocols. and less than 300 people were invited for the ceremony.

On Thursday, Purohit approved the recommendations made by Stalin regarding MLAs to be appointed ministers and their portfolios. Stalin’s son Udhayanidhi does not figure in the list of ministers. DMK had fought the elections with its allies and got an absolute majority on its own.

IN PICS | As M K Stalin is sworn in as Tamil Nadu CM, a look back at his political career

Stalin will hold several portfolios including Home, General Administration, Special Initiatives, Special Programme Implementation and Welfare of Differently-Abled Persons. His cabinet promises to be a balanced one featuring both the youth and the experienced. Many former ministers have been inducted into the Stalin-led cabinet with some of them being given different portfolios this time around. This will be the sixth time the chief minister will be from the DMK since 1967, when party founder C N Annadurai was first elected to the post. Stalin’s father M Karunanidhi held the post thereafter.

DMK won 133 seats on its own in the 234-member assembly and fought the polls in alliance with some other parties including Congress.

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19:23 (IST)07 May 2021
Tamil Nadu records 26,465 new cases of Covid-19

Tamil Nadu recorded 26,465 positive cases of Covid-19 today bringing the state tally to 13,23,965. Among these, Chennai reported 6,738 positive cases. With 197 deaths, the toll reached 15,171. A total of 22,381 persons got discharged and there are 1,35,355 active case

19:01 (IST)07 May 2021
Tense arise at AIADMK headquarters, EPS-OPS accuse each other for electoral lose

Minutes after AIADMK coordinator O Pannerselvam and Joint-Coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami reached the party headquarters in Chennai, their supporters took sides and a heated argument took place between over who should be their party's legislature leader. Senior members tried to pacify them as the meeting of the 63 legislators was still underway at the party office.

18:33 (IST)07 May 2021
CM Stalin says will bear cost of Covid-19 treatment for all

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Friday said his government will bear the cost of Covid-19 treatment for patients who are admitted in private hospitals. This will be covered under the Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme.

This was among Stalin’s first of five orders after assuming office this morning. He also ordered Covid-19 financial aid of Rs 4,000 to 2,07,67,000 rice cardholders across the state. “To implement the scheme, the Chief Minister has signed the order to provide the first installment of Rs 2,000 in May itself at Rs 4,153.69 crore,” a government order said.

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15:00 (IST)07 May 2021
Veteran singer G Anand passes away due to Covid-19, Chiranjeevi leads industry in paying tributes

Telugu playback singer G Anand died on Thursday evening due to Covid-19 at the age of 67. He hailed from the Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh and made his singing debut in 1976 with the America Ammayi movie. In the film, he voiced the hit song “Oka Venuvu Vinipinchenu.”

His other superhits include songs such as “Vithala Vithala Panduranga Vithala” and “Dikkulu Chudaku Ramayya”. He also sang for Krishna-starred Pandanti Kapuram and Chiranjeevi’s Pranam Khareedu movies. As a music director, his credits include Gandhinagar Rendava Veedhi, Swathanthryaniki Oopiri Poyyandi, and Rangavalli.

He sang “Yeliyallo Yeliyallo” in Chiranjeevi’s first film Pranam Khareedu. In his tribute for G Anand, Chiranjeevi in a statement, said, “I am shocked to learn about the demise of Shri G Anand due to Covid-19. I have danced for the first time on the big screen for a song sung by him, and it has established an unconditional bond with him. His demise is a sad thing that stays with me for a long time. My condolences to his family.”

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14:39 (IST)07 May 2021
Tamil Nadu CM Stalin says will bear cost of Covid-19 treatment for all

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Friday said his government will bear the cost of Covid-19 treatment for patients who are admitted in private hospitals. This will be covered under the Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme.

This was among Stalin’s first of five orders after assuming office this morning. He also ordered Covid-19 financial aid of Rs 4,000 to 2,07,67,000 rice cardholders across the state. “To implement the scheme, the Chief Minister has signed the order to provide the first instalment of Rs 2,000 in May itself at Rs 4,153.69 crore,” a government order said.

The chief minister also announced the price of Aavin Milk will be reduced by Rs 3/litre. This will come into effect from May 16.

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14:14 (IST)07 May 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai and Hyderabad today

Petrol and diesel prices were hiked for the fourth straight day, touching fresh record highs across the country on Friday, May 7, 2021. In the national capital, the petrol price rose by 28 paise while that of diesel inched up 31 paise. The recent hikes this month have erased all the reduction in fuel rates that came during the four revisions between March 24 and April 15. 

In Chennai, petrol is priced at Rs. 93.15 per litre and diesel is priced at Rs. 86.65 per litre.

In Hyderabad, petrol costs Rs. 94.86 per litre and diesel costs Rs. 89.11 per litre.

14:14 (IST)07 May 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai and Hyderabad today

Petrol and diesel prices were hiked for the fourth straight day, touching fresh record highs across the country on Friday, May 7, 2021. In the national capital, the petrol price rose by 28 paise while that of diesel inched up 31 paise. The recent hikes this month have erased all the reduction in fuel rates that came during the four revisions between March 24 and April 15. 

In Chennai, petrol is priced at Rs. 93.15 per litre and diesel is priced at Rs. 86.65 per litre.

In Hyderabad, petrol costs Rs. 94.86 per litre and diesel costs Rs. 89.11 per litre.

13:50 (IST)07 May 2021
Over 15.45 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 15,45,858 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 21,320 people vaccinated on Thursday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

13:47 (IST)07 May 2021
IN PICS | As M K Stalin is sworn in as Tamil Nadu CM, a look back at his political career
Son of former CM and DMK supremo late M Karunanidhi, Stalin was elected president of the party in August 2018 following his father's demise. In pic: Karunanidhi with Stalin on the latter's 63rd birthday in Chennai on March 1, 2015. (PTI Photo)
He served as Mayor of Chennai from 1996 to 2002. (Express Photo: Arun Janardhanan)
Stalin had previously contested from Thousand Lights constituency in Chennai four times and won the election twice. He contested from Kolathur constituency in 2011 and 2021 and won the elections both times. (File photo)

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13:04 (IST)07 May 2021
Amid reports of “virulent variant” of Covid-19, Delhi govt makes 14-day quarantine mandatory for travelers from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana

In light of reports of a “virulent variant” of Covid-19 in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the Delhi government Thursday said persons travelling from these states to the capital will have to undergo “mandatory government institutional quarantine” or “paid quarantine” for 14 days at facilities identified by the District Magistrate.

However, those who have received both doses of vaccination and have a negative RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours, would be allowed home quarantine for seven days.

“A virulent variant of Covid-19 is reported to have been found recently in the States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and this new strain of Covid-19 has a shorter incubation period with high transmission rate and the progress of disease is much more rapid in this strain and, therefore, additional precautionary measures in respect of the persons coming from the State of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to NCT of Delhi through Airlines/Trains/Buses/Cars/Trucks or any other mode of transportation are required to be taken in public interest with the objective that this new virulent strain of Covid-19 should not enter and transmit into the territory of NCT of Delhi,” the Delhi Disaster Management Authority said in an order Thursday.

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12:28 (IST)07 May 2021
PM Modi extends wishes to Stalin

Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended wishes to DMK president M K Stalin who was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu today.

12:27 (IST)07 May 2021
Stalin's son Udhayanidhi not in first list of ministers

Four days after registering an emphatic win in the assembly elections, DMK chief M K Stalin was sworn in as Tamil Nadu chief minister on Friday at Raj Bhavan in Chennai. On Thursday, Raj Bhavan released a statement with the list of ministers to be appointed in the new government. It said Governor Banwarilal Purohit approved the list sent by chief minister-elect Stalin. Interestingly, Stalin’s son Udhayanidhi does not figure in the list.

A senior DMK leader said Udhayanidhi may be accommodated later. “There are many districts without representation in the cabinet. Entire delta, including Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Mayiladuthurai, has no minister. That was one of the reasons for not considering Udhayanidhi,” the leader said.

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12:24 (IST)07 May 2021
Telangana adds 5,892 new COVID-19 cases, 46 deaths

Telangana reported5,892 fresh COVID-19 cases Thursday, taking the tally to over 4.81 lakh while the toll stood at 2,625 with 46 more casualties. With as many as 9,122 patients being cured, the total number of recoveries in the state is over four lakh.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 1,104, followed by Rangareddy (443) and Medchal Malkajgiri (378), a government
bulletin said on Friday.

The state has 73,851 active cases and over 76 thousand samples were tested on Thursday. The total number of cumulative cases in the state stood at 4,81,640 while the total recoveries were at 4,05,164. Cumulatively, over 1.34 crore samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 3.60 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 84.12 per cent. (PTI)

11:59 (IST)07 May 2021
MK Stalin sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

DMK president M K Stalin was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on Friday. Governor Banwarilal Purohit administered the oath of office at Raj Bhavan in Chennai. Along with Stalin, 33 elected legislators took oath as cabinet ministers in the presence of party members, opposition leaders, bureaucrats, and other officials.

The ceremony began at 9 am. Stalin was sworn in first, followed by other ministers. The event was low-key in the view of the Covid-19 pandemic. Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) was followed, and those who participated were repeatedly informed to wear their masks properly and maintain social distancing.

Stalin’s family, including his wife Durga Stalin, son Udhayanidhi and son-in-law Sabareesan, were present at the event. Opposition leaders including former deputy chief minister and AIADMK coordinator O Pannerselvam, Makkal Needhi Maiam leader Kamal Haasan, Tamil Nadu BJP chief L Ganesan, AISMK leader Sarathkumar were in attendance.

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11:36 (IST)07 May 2021
IN PIC | The newly-elected Tamil Nadu cabinet
11:32 (IST)07 May 2021
SC strikes balance: Madras HC remarks were harsh; free speech, open court key to citizens’ right to know

Days after it said it would strike a balance, the Supreme Court did so Thursday. “Harsh,” and “inappropriate,” was how it described the Madras High Court’s remarks that the Election Commission of India (ECI) “should be put on murder charges” for “not stopping political parties” from violating Covid protocol during their campaign rallies last month.

The apex court also underlined the need “for judges to exercise caution in off-the-cuff remarks in open court”. But the bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah rejected the ECI’s prayer to direct the media not to report oral observations but only what is part of the judicial records saying: “The freedom of speech and expression guaranteed by the Constitution extends to reporting the proceedings of judicial institutions as well”.

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11:09 (IST)07 May 2021
New Covid-19 strains spreading fast among youth: Andhra Pradesh

Coronavirus strains B.1.617 and B.1 which are the major variants identified from positive samples in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka in April, are very infectious and are also spreading rapidly in the younger age groups apart from the adults, a statement from the Andhra Pradesh government said Thursday.

B.1.617 is a double mutant that gets its name from two notable mutations found in other variants that appeared together for the first time in this new strain and was first detected in western India.

The genome sequencing of positive samples was done at CCMB Hyderabad, and Andhra government has been sending 250 samples to CCMB for genome sequencing every month.

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10:51 (IST)07 May 2021
Telangana police provide free food for those in isolation

Coming to the aid of COVID-19 patients, the Telangana police supported by other organisations has launched 'Free Food' (lunch) service for infected people, who are in isolation, at their doorstep.

According to an official release, the needy people can order food through a WhatsApp message by providing their name, contact number, location and other details.

The service is expected to cater to the needs of 1,000-2,000 COVID affected people every day. Any one person can order food for only five people and five days from a registered mobile number, it said. Soon an app will be launched for the 'free food service' to make the operations more systematic, it added.

Organisations supporting this service include Sri Satya Sai Seva Organisation, Leadlife Foundation, Swiggy, Big Basket and Hope Organisation. (PTI)

10:42 (IST)07 May 2021
Osmania University announces summer vacations for all students

The Osmania University, Hyderabad, has declared summer vacations for students of all undergraduate (UG), postgraduate (PG) courses. The vacation will begin on May 5 and will continue till May 31.

The decision has been taken in view of the increasing number of coronavirus cases across the state and the country. The decision will be applicable to all the constituent and district PG colleges affiliated to the university.

The varisty released a notification on its official website announcing the summer vacations for all courses.

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10:39 (IST)07 May 2021
Telangana police offer 'free food' for home isolated COVID-19 patients

Coming to the aid of COVID-19 patients, the Telangana police supported by other organisations has launched 'Free Food' (lunch) service for infected people, who are in isolation, at their doorstep.

According to an official release, the needy people can order food through a WhatsApp message by providing their name, contact number, location and other details.

The service is expected to cater to the needs of 1,000-2,000 COVID affected people every day. Any one person can order food for only five people and five days from a registered mobile number, it said. Soon an app will be launched for the 'free food service' to make the operations more systematic, it added.

Organisations supporting this service include Sri Satya Sai Seva Organisation, Leadlife Foundation, Swiggy, Big Basket and Hope Organisation. (PTI)

The Tiruppur forest officials have booked three youths for attacking and teasing wild elephants in a forest near the Thirumoorthy dam settlement area. In videos that surfaced on various social media, the three youths could be seen teasing and hurting the elephants with stones and sticks.

READ | Tamil Nadu: Three youths held for attacking wild elephants in Tiruppur

The Cyberabad police have taken the lead and joined hands with its community outreach arm Society for Cyberabad Security Council (SCSC), and volunteers and launched three care centres for children who are left on their own as their parents are in hospitals. A few days ago, the same team had launched a dedicated portal for all verified services on Covid-19.

READ | Care centres in Telangana a boon for children of COVID-19 positive patients

For assistance on COVID-19-related queries and mental health support in Chennai, citizens can contact the Greater Chennai Corporation's (GCC) COVID-19 helpline 044 46122300 | Citizens can find the nearest GCC-facilitated COVID-19 fever clinic here | For lodging rain-related complaints and assistance during the monsoon, citizens can contact the GCC's monsoon helplines 044 25384530 or 044 25384540 or the control room 1913 (available 24x7)

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