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Chennai Hyderabad July 5, 6 Highlights: TN records 3,479 Covid-19 cases and 73 deaths

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News July 5, 6 Highlights: Till date, 14,63,151 males, 10,40,292 females and 38 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in Tamil Nadu.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: July 7, 2021 8:26:16 am
At the Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam temple on Venkatanarayana Road in T Nagar, Chennai (Express file photo)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News July 5, 6 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 3,479 positive cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday bringing the state tally to 25,03,481. Among these, Chennai reported 209 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,33,849. The state recorded 73 deaths on Tuesday, putting the state toll at 33,132. 64 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 3,855 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 24,35,872.

Tamil Nadu has reported 3,300 black fungus cases and 122 related deaths so far, state minister for Medical and Family Welfare Ma Subramanian said on Tuesday and appealed to the people to seek medical advice on time for early treatment. Owing to the increase in the cases across the state, the government has established special wards to treat those infected with black fungus, also known as Mucormycosis, at the government medical college hospitals and district headquarters hospitals. “About 3,300 persons in Tamil Nadu have been affected due to black fungus and 122 have died due to the fungal infection,” he said.

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20:06 (IST)06 Jul 2021
TN records 3,479 Covid-19 cases and 73 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 3,479 positive cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday bringing the state tally to 25,03,481. Among these, Chennai reported 209 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,33,849. The state recorded 73 deaths on Tuesday, putting the state toll at 33,132. 64 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 3,855 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 24,35,872.

18:33 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Over 3,000 affected by Black Fungus, 122 fatalities in TN: Minister

Tamil Nadu has reported 3,300 black fungus cases and 122 related deaths so far, state minister for Medical and Family Welfare Ma Subramanian said on Tuesday and appealed to the people to seek medical advice on time for early treatment. Owing to the increase in the cases across the state, the government has established special wards to treat those infected with black fungus, also known as Mucormycosis, at the government medical college hospitals and district headquarters hospitals. "About 3,300 persons in Tamil Nadu have been affected due to black fungus and 122 have died due to the fungal infection," he said.

17:26 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Blood banks, hospitals see fewer donors amid pandemic as blood donation camps remain suspended

Even as the Tamil Nadu government has been easing lockdown restrictions across the state, with the decline in infections amid the second Covid-19 wave, blood donations in Chennai are yet to pick up pace owing to the suspension of blood donation drives in the capital city for close to one and a half years now.

Blood banks and hospitals, which used to receive over 100 donors on an average everyday, stated the daily footfall dropped to single-digits since 2020, when the first lockdown was imposed across the country.

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15:04 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Shelter home for transgenders opens in Chennai

A first-of-its-kind shelter home for transpersons has opened at Periyar Nagar in Chennai. This home has been set up by the Transgender Rights Association, a community-based organisation, in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and National Institute of Social Defense.

Apart from providing them food and shelter, the organisation would be offering transgenders training programmes according to their areas of interest. Each person is permitted to stay up to one year.

R Jeeva Rangaraj, the founder and trustee of Transgender Rights Association, said as many as 25 persons can be accommodated in this shelter house. “This is our 10-year-dream. We wanted a secure place for us, we wanted to break the stigma associated with our community members. We placed our request before the central government and they have now opened the shelter in Chennai, we are thankful to both the state and central governments. We are furthermore happy that the place is inaugurated in the Chief Minister’s constituency. The objective of the shelter is to make all transmen and transwomen self-reliant,” Jeeva said.

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14:43 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Andhra Pradesh relaxes Covid curfew timings in 11 districts; cinemas, restaurants, malls to open today

The Andhra Pradesh government on Monday announced relaxations in Covid curfew timings in 11 districts from 8 July.

Barring East and West Godavari districts where Covid-19 cases are still very high, the curfew has been lifted in all the remaining 11 districts.

The new curfew timings would be from 10 pm to 6 am. However, all shops and commercial establishments should close by 9 pm. In East and West Godavari districts, the night curfew will be enforced from 7 PM to 6 AM and the restrictions would be in place till the positivity rate drops below five percent.

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14:32 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Man from Tamil Nadu wins top prize in govt-initiated competition for migrant workers

An Indian man in Singapore has won the top prize in a government-initiated competition for migrant workers for choreographing and performing a sequence of Silambam – a traditional martial art form practised in India since the 4th century BC.

Ganesan Sandhirakasan, 33, who hails from Tamil Nadu, secured the first place with the most number of likes and views for his video on the @sg4mw (SG 4 Migrant Workers) TikTok account, beating 19 other shortlisted individuals. He took home the prize money of SGD 1,000 (USD 743).

The series was made for migrant workers in Singapore and the final episode was aired on Monday night.

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14:08 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Tamil Nadu CM Stalin urges Centre to withdraw Cinematograph Act

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has written a letter to Union Law Minister to withdraw the proposed amendment to Cinematograph Act, 1952.

On Monday, the members of the Tamil Nadu Film Producers Association including actors Karthi, Rohini met Stalin and requested to take action against the Cinematograph Bill, 2021.

“A vibrant democracy must provide adequate space for creative thinking and artistic freedom. However, this proposed amendment to the Cinematograph Act seeks to restrict it by restoring the revisionary powers of the Union Government that were struck down by the Supreme Court two decades ago,” Stalin wrote. He also added the letter was in reference to apprehensions brought to his notice by the members of the film industry in Tamil Nadu on the proposed Draft Cinematography(Amendment) Bill, 2021.

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13:49 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Over 26.58 people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 26,58,675 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 6950 people having been inoculated on Monday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

13:23 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Study focuses on Covid’s ‘devastating’ impact on women in low-income households across 10 states

As the effects of Covid-19 deepen, women, particularly the estimated 27 crore women in low-income group in India, are experiencing unique hardships and setbacks to their recovery, even while serving as lifelines to their communities and as frontline workers through the pandemic.

A new study ‘Impacts of Covid-19 on women in low-income households in India’, which focuses on women and prioritises recovery efforts to support them, was conducted by Dalberg, a social impact advisory group, and its result was released on Monday. The study was concluded with support from Ford Foundation, Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The research, conducted through telephonic surveys from October 20 to November 14 last year, and triangulated where relevant with other surveys, encapsulates their experience living through the world’s longest lockdown from March 24 to May 31, 2020, and the following months from June through October 2020.

The respondents were selected from 10 states — Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal, representing 63 per cent of the population in low-income households across India.

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13:03 (IST)06 Jul 2021
HealthifyMe acqui-hires Under45, launches vaccination slot bookings

Health-tech startup HealthifyMe on Tuesday said it has acqui-hired the team of Under45 that gained popularity for helping people find slots for COVID vaccination. With this, HealthifyMe has also opened vaccine slot bookings on its app and website, HealthifyMe.com.

“Now, one can also book their slots directly from HealthifyMe, which has registered itself as an Application Service Provider (ASP) with CoWin. To supercharge efforts on its vaccination slot booking initiative, HealthifyMe has also acqui-hired the Under45 team,” a statement said.

Developed by Chennai-based techie, Berty Thomas, the Under45 platform sends vaccination slot alerts to users opting for the service via the Telegram messaging app.

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12:32 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai and Hyderabad today

Prices of petrol and diesel remained unchanged across the country on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. 

In Chennai, petrol is priced at Rs. 100.75 per litre while diesel is priced at Rs. 93.91 per litre.

In Hyderabad, petrol costs Rs. 103.78 per litre and diesel costs Rs. 97.40 per litre.

12:03 (IST)06 Jul 2021
TOSS Inter, SSC results 2021 declared

The Telangana Open School Society (TOSS) has released the results of SSC and Inter Public Examinations July 2021. The results have been declared on its official website.  The candidates who had appeared in the exam can check the result through the website- telanganaopenschool.org.

The TOSS did not conduct examinations because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The results have been declared without exams this year. The results have been declared for 63,581 SSC students and 47,392 intermediate candidates.

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11:39 (IST)06 Jul 2021
AP govt allows theatres to operate at 50 per cent capacity

Amid the steady decline in coronavirus cases, the Andhra Pradesh government on Monday announced further lockdown relaxations.

The government has permitted cinema halls to re-open from July 8 with 50 per cent capacity. Theatres can operate shows between 6 am to 9 pm following Covid-19 safety practices, including compulsory face-mask, hand sanitization and social distancing inside cinema halls.

The night curfew in 11 districts continues to be in place, while in East and West Godavari districts, the curfew is relaxed only between 6 am and 7 pm.

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11:38 (IST)06 Jul 2021
PIL challenges provision of 'lawyers only' clause in Bar Council panels

A PIL petition has been filed in the Madras High Court challenging the validity of a provision in the Advocates Act, which stipulated that lawyers alone should comprise the disciplinary panels constituted by the Bar Council of India and its units in the states.

The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy, before which the petition from advocate Karthik Ranganathan cam up for hearing, ordered notice to the Centre, Bar Council of India and the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

Section 9 of the Act provides for constitution of disciplinary committee by the BCI and the State Bar Council to examine complaints of misconduct against advocates.

The petitioner submitted that the committees should have retired judges rather than the present scheme of having lawyers decide cases involving other lawyers.

Currently, as per Section 9, a disciplinary committee is to comprise of three lawyers, two of whom are elected by the State Bar Council concerned from amongst its members and a third one to be co-opted from non members. (PTI)

11:02 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Stalin condoles Stan Swamy's death, says he 'suffered'

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Monday condoled the death of Jesuit priest Stan Swamy, saying the 'suffering' the activist endured should not befall anyone else. Hailing Swamy as an activist of tribal and human rights, who worked for the marginalised sections of society, Stalin said he was shocked to learn of his death.

Condoling the Jharkhand based priest's death at a Mumbai hospital, the Chief Minister, in a tweet, said the 'suffering' Swamy endured should not befall anyone else. (PTI)

10:43 (IST)06 Jul 2021
112 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities today

A total of 112 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 55 arrivals and 57 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

10:28 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Too many impleading pleas in PIL against NEET panel, could lead to confusion: Madras HC

Too many petitions to implead as party-respondents in a PIL petition against the Tamil Nadu government’s panel on NEET have been filed and might lead to confusion, the Madras High Court observed on Monday.

The First Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy made the observation when the PIL petition from the BJP State unit general secretary K Nagarajan seeking to quash an order of the State government constituting the high-level committee on NEET came up for hearing today.

Nagarajan had earlier moved the court against the government constituting the committee led by retired judge of the Madras High Court A K Rajan to study the impact of the National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test on aspirants from the socially disadvantaged sections in medical admissions.

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10:09 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Andhra Pradesh govt renews bid to take over airstrip in Puttaparthi

The Andhra Pradesh government has renewed its bid to take over the airstrip in Puttaparthi town in Anantapuramu district and launch commercial operations. State Industries, Infrastructure and Investments Minister Mekapati Goutham Reddy conferred with the Satya Sai Central Trust Managing Trustee R J Rathnakar and others in Puttaparthi on Monday and discussed the issue.

Launching commercial operations in the Puttaparthi airport will help in industrial growth in the region. Expansion of a biotech park, industrial development in Anantapuramu district and other developments are happening, so this will be crucial, the Minister told reporters after the talks.

The airstrip has been developed by the Trust and used for chartered services, especially for VIPs visiting the Satya Sai Baba ashram. In 2012, the government of the then united Andhra Pradesh, headed by N Kiran Kumar Reddy, had sought to take over the airstrip and turn it into an airport for commercial operations. But, the move did not make headway because of the political situation then.

If the Jagan Mohan Reddy governments efforts fructify, Puttaparthi could become the fourth airport in the Rayalaseema region of the State with one in each district. (PTI)

09:44 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Construct new buildings with disabled-friendly amenities: Madras HC

The Madras High Court on Monday once again held that no new public buildings be constructed or sanctioned or planned without providing access to persons with disabilities.

The First Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy, which gave the ruling, also said the respondents, particularly the Public Works Department and its officials, should be acquainted with the governing statute and the national building code to ensure the mandatory instructions are fully adhered to.

The Bench was passing further interim orders on a PIL petition on the issue.

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09:35 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Priority for drinking water supply, says TN Minister

"Priority will be given to supply of drinking water to the 22 panchayats in Chennimalai in the district and the supply, at present, to residents there is proper and sufficient," said M P Saminathan, Tamil Nadu Information and Publicity Minister, on Monday.

Speaking during a review meeting of government departments, he said all schemes would be undertaken for the development of the handloom weavers in Chennimalai and sought public cooperation in this regard.

Earlier, the Minister inaugurated the construction of a check dam at JJ Nagar at a cost of Rs 50 lakh. H Krishnanunni, District Collector, and department officials were present. (PTI)

In a move to enforce physical distancing and wearing of masks on Chennai beaches, the Greater Chennai Corporation and the city police will monitor the areas which are usually crowded. The cops will use drones to monitor the crowd and public address systems to warn them.

READ | Chennai: Drones, speakers to be used to ensure adherence to Covid-19 norms in crowded areas

The Village Cooking Channel (VCC) has become the first Tamil YouTube channel to hit one crore (10 million) subscribers. The creators of the channel, which got a pan-India appeal with the video of Rahul Gandhi cooking mushroom biryani during the recent election campaign, put up a video on Sunday thanking the subscribers and YouTube for giving them the ‘diamond play button’ gift box.

READ | Village Cooking Channel, of Rahul Gandhi’s mushroom biryani fame, reaches 1 crore YouTube subscribers

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 or 044 25384520 | Citizens can also contact the general helpline 104, the 24-hour helplines 044 29510400 or 29510500 and the 24 x 7 mobile helplines 8754448477 or 9444340496 | 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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