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Chennai Hyderabad April 28, 29 Highlights: COVID-19 cases surpass 17,000 in TN; 375 streets in Chennai have more than 10 cases

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News April 28, 29 Highlights: According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 2,23,78,247 samples from the state have been tested till date.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: April 30, 2021 9:11:36 am
Chennai, COVID-19A policeman gestures as people queue outside a government dispensary to buy an antiviral drug used to treat Covid-19, in Chennai. (PTI)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News April 28, 29 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 17,897 fresh COVID-19 cases pushing the number of active cases to 1,12,556 and the overall tally to 11,48,064. With 107 deaths, the state’s toll reached 13,933. Chennai recorded a total of 5,445 cases and 40 deaths on Thursday. The total number of cases in the city has now been increased to 3,28,520.

Till date, 6,93,385 males, 4,54,641 females and 38 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

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19:56 (IST)29 Apr 2021
TN records 1,897 cases and 107 deaths; Chennai surpass 5K mark

Tamil Nadu recorded 17,897 fresh COVID-19 cases pushing the number of active cases to 1,12,556 and the overall tally to 11,48,064. With 107 deaths, the state’s toll reached 13,933. Chennai recorded a total of 5,445 cases and 40 deaths on Thursday. The total number of cases in the city has now been increased to 3,28,520.

19:21 (IST)29 Apr 2021
Madras HC grants anticipatary bail to actor Mansoor Ali Khan

The Madras High Court on Thursday granted anticipatory bail to actor Mansoor Ali Khan in the case registered against him by the Chennai Corporation for spreading false information on the COVID-19 vaccine. The issue pertains to the remarks Mansoor made when actor Vivek was undergoing treatment at a private hospital. Mansoor said Vivek suffered a heart attack due to the vaccine he took the previous day. The court on Thursday said it would sanction the bail on the condition that the actor pays two lakh rupees to the Tamil Nadu Health Secretary to purchase Covishield.

18:05 (IST)29 Apr 2021
375 streets in Chennai have more than 10 COVID-19 cases

As per the latest by the Greater Chennai Corporation, as many as 375 streets in Chennai have more than 10 COVID-19 positive cases. In 993 streets, there have been more than six COVID-19 cases. The civic body said a total of 14,22,553 people have been vaccinated in the city till now and 25,358 people have been vaccinated on Wednesday alone.

16:36 (IST)29 Apr 2021
Work from home for government school teachers in Tamil Nadu from May 1

Teachers in government and government-aided schools do not need to physically attend school from May 1, the Tamil Nadu School Education Department said. According to the circular ssued by the Director of School Education Department, S Kannapan, on Wednesday, teachers can work from home till the fresh schedule for the Class XII board examination is announced. The Class XII practical exams got over by April 24 and the board exams, which were scheduled to take place on May 5, were postponed indefinitely.

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16:15 (IST)29 Apr 2021
Anti-Sterlite protesters observe ‘Black Thursday’, protest decision to reopen plant

Family members of those killed in the Thoothukudi police firing in May 2018 submitted a petition to the District Collector Thursday stating that the Vedanta-owned Sterlite copper plant should not be allowed to reopen to manufacture oxygen. Holding photographs of the deceased, protesters raised slogans outside the collector’s office against the Supreme Court’s decision allowing the operation of oxygen production units at the Sterlite copper plant.

Those at the protest alleged the motive behind producing oxygen was to have a backdoor entry to restart the copper unit, holding the Sterlite plant responsible for the death of 13 people who were shot by police personnel during a protest in May 2018.

15:26 (IST)29 Apr 2021
No restriction for officials, party functionaries in connection with counting of votes on May 2

Tamil Nadu Government Thursday announced that there will be no restriction on movement of officials, party functionaries like candidates, counting agents, food suppliers, in connection with counting of votes for the general election to the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly and bye-election to the Kanniyakumari parliamentary constituency on the day of the counting of votes. As per the order issued by Chief Secretary Rajeev Ranjan, Chennai Metro Rail would be permitted to operate skeletal services during the lockdown on Sunday. Other recent restrictions implemented by the state government will continue to be in force. The district magistrate have been instructed to strictly enforce the guidelines. 

15:01 (IST)29 Apr 2021
Over 14.22 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

According to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC), a total of 14,22,553 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 25,358 vaccinated on Wednesday alone.

14:45 (IST)29 Apr 2021
TNPL to be held from June 4 to July 4 in bio bubble this year
14:04 (IST)29 Apr 2021
Lockdown unlikely in Telangana even as active Covid infections surge

Telangana, which has been witnessing a rapid rise in the active number of coronavirus cases, may not impose a state-wide lockdown unlike its worst-hit neighbours Maharashtra and Karnataka—two states Telangana blames for its rising caseload.

On Wednesday night, Telangana’s director of Public Health, Dr G Srinivasa Rao issued a statement clarifying that the health department had not recommended to the state government to impose a lockdown. “There is no truth in the propaganda going on in the electronic and social media that the medical health department has sent proposals to the government to impose a lockdown in the state. The Department of Medical Health has not made any such proposal,” he said, denying submission of any report to the state on a lockdown.

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13:25 (IST)29 Apr 2021
Telangana logs 7,994 new COVID-19 cases, 58 deaths

Telangana reported 7,994 fresh COVID-19 cases Wednesday, taking the tally to over 4.27 lakh while the toll stood at 2,208 with 58 more casualties, the state government said on Thursday.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 1,630, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri (615) and Rangareddy (558), it said in a bulletin.

The total number of cumulative cases in the state stood at 4,27,960 while with 4,009 patients being cured, the total recoveries were at 3,49,692. The state has 76,060 active cases and over 80 thousand samples were tested on Tuesday. Cumulatively, over 1.28 crore samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 3.44 lakh, the bulletin said. 

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.51 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 81.71 per cent. The state has 279 active micro containment zones. 

According to a separate release, over 39.57 lakh people in the state have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine while over 5.78 lakh got their second shot also as of April 28. (PTI)

12:45 (IST)29 Apr 2021
Puducherry reports 1122 fresh cases, 12 deaths

The Union Territory of Puducherry recorded 1122 fresh COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the overall tally to 57,427. With 12 casualties in the last 24 hours, the death toll reached 793. 

A total 940 people in Puducherry, 101 in Karaikal, 30 in Yanam and 51 in Mahe were infected by the virus. 

As many as 632 people were discharged on Wednesday following treatment. The active cases in the union territory stands at 8,689.

12:13 (IST)29 Apr 2021
EC makes negative Covid report mandatory for entering counting centres on May 2

The Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday made it mandatory for all contesting candidates and their polling agents to either test negative for COVID-19 or show proof of having received both doses of vaccines to enter the counting centres on May 2.

This instruction is part of the Commission’s detailed COVID19 protocol released Wednesday for the counting day, when the results of the Assembly elections held in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Assam and Puducherry will be declared.

The candidates will have to produce a COVID negative report within 48 hours (either on April 30 or by May 1) before the counting day to access the counting centres. The EC has tasked all District Election Officers to arrange for either RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen Test for the candidates and their counting agents before the day of counting.

If the candidate or one of her agents is infected, then a replacement will have to be appointed. “No one having any symptom of COVID19-like fever, cold etc. shall be allowed to enter the counting hall,” the EC’s instruction states.

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12:04 (IST)29 Apr 2021
Stalemate on 'Indian 2' continues, Madras HC told

The stalemate in the production of Tamil feature film 'Indian 2', starring actor Kamal Haasan in the lead, continues as the talks between the contesting parties to arrive at an amicable solution have failed, the Madras High Court was informed on Wednesday. When the matter came up for further hearing yesterday, senior counsel for the film director S Shankar told the First Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy that the talks have failed.

Originally, Lyca Productions, the producers of the film, had moved court with an appeal for a direction to Shankar to complete the film and to restrain him from taking up any other project till then. Holding that any court order might precipitate the matter, the Bench had, on April 22, directed the parties to sit together and settle the issue amicably.

When the matter came up again yesterday, Shankar's senior counsel P S Raman told the judges that no solution was arrived at the more-than-two hours meeting last Saturday. While Shankar was prepared to give bulk dates after June, for which Haasan had also agreed, Lyca Productions insisted the director to sign a bond to the effect that he would not take up any other project. Hence, the talks failed, and the Bench posted the matter for further hearing after the summer vacation. (PTI)

12:01 (IST)29 Apr 2021
Instant loan app cases: Director of financial firm arrested

A director of a financial services firm, connected to a money-lending app, has been arrested in Bengaluruin connection with a probe into instant app-based lenders allegedly harassing borrowers, Hyderabad police said on Wednesday.

In continuation of the arrests made in such cases, cyber crime police on Tuesday arrested the 24-year-old accused, who is one of thedirectors of a financial services company, a press release from the city police said. On further investigation, police identified the accounts associated to all the fraudulent money-lending companies and froze about Rs 400 crore, the release said. 

The Telangana police, who had launched a crackdown against instant money-lending apps firms, said the lending companies, through instant loan apps, offer loans to people and levy huge interest and processing charges, among others. They then resort to systematically abusing, harassing and threatening the defaulters through the call centres operating from across the country.

Six cases of suicides, due to harassment by such companies, were reported in Telangana since December 2020. The State police have registered over 50 cases and arrested over 30 people, including fourChinesenationals, so far even as the Enforcement Directorate is also probing into the FIRs. (PTI)

11:21 (IST)29 Apr 2021
No need for nod, private hospitals may start exclusive Covid Care Centres: Chennai Corporation

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) on Wednesday said private hospitals and hotels may set up Covid Care Centres and there was no need to obtain prior permission from it. An intimation through e-mail was enough and there is no need of prior permission to establish CCCs, Corporation Commissioner G Prakash said in a brief statement. All private hotels and hospitals hence could start CCCs with necessary facilities, he said.

The GCC had days ago said that people who test positive for COVID-19 and have no symptoms should avoid immediately rushing to big hospitals. Those with mild symptoms would be referred to Covid Care Centres following screening. Patients with severe symptoms are being treated at large facilities like state-run medical college hospitals, the civic body had said.

The GCC, meanwhile, notified recruitment of 150 medical officers and an equal number of staff nurses on contract for a period of one year for COVID-19 management in the metropolis. (PTI)

10:55 (IST)29 Apr 2021
Man gets 20-year RI for sexual assault of 14-year-old girl

A court in Hyderabad on Wednesday sentenced a 24-year-old man to 20 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in September last.

First Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge found the man, working as a waiter, guilty under relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and IPC and sentenced him to undergo 20 years RI. The court imposed also a fine of Rs 10,000.

According to prosecution, the waiter, who was a neighbour of the girl, sexually assaulted her at her house. The girl's mother filed a complaint with police after she narrated the incident to her.

A case was registered and the waiter arrested. The trial was on in the court and he was found guilty. (PTI)

10:20 (IST)29 Apr 2021
TN Guv Purohit reviews COVID-19 scenario, tells officials to use services of ex-servicemen

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday reviewed the measures taken by the state government to tackle the second wave of coronavirus and said around 7,000 ex-servicemen would be roped in to help fight the pandemic.

Purohit, who chaired the high-level meeting, insisted that top officials make effective use of the services of ex-servicemen wherever possible to control the virus. “It is informed that approximately 7,000 ex-servicemen will be roped in to control the coronavirus pandemic,” a Raj Bhavan release, quoting him, said.

The Governor instructed officials to maintain adequate stock and supply of oxygen and lifesaving medicine to treat Covid-19 patients in all government and private hospitals. The availability of medical oxygen and drugs in health care facilities should be monitored regularly by the health department, Purohit said.

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09:58 (IST)29 Apr 2021
COVID-19: Stalin slams Centre, TN govt; asks PM Modi to declare vaccines free for all

No preventive, precautionary measure to tackle COVID-19 was taken by the Central and Tamil Nadu governments during the gap between the first and second waves of the pandemic, DMK president M K Stalin alleged on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi should announce that COVID-19 vaccines would be provided free of cost to people and implement it immediately, he said.

Urging the union government to ‘save people’ and avoid getting blamed in the pages of history, he said information from northern states on the COVID-19 scenario heightened fear.

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09:34 (IST)29 Apr 2021
CBI court to hear AP CM Jagan's bail cancellation petition

A Special CBI Court in Hyderabad on Wednesday agreed to hear a petitionseeking cancellation of bail given toAndhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy in a case against him overalleged quid pro quo deals. The court on Tuesday directed the Registry to number the petition filed by rebel YSR Congress Lok Sabha MP K Raghu Rama Krishna Raju who sought the cancellation of bail granted to Jagan alleging that he was not adhering to the bail conditions and accusing him of directly and indirectly influencing the witnesses.

The court yesterday ordered issuance of notices to Jagan and the central agency and posted the matter to May 7, according to petitioner's counsel S Sri Venkatesh. According to the petitioner, Jagan was also trying to drag the cases.

The CBI had filed 11 charge sheets against the YSR Congress president (Jagan) and others and he has been named as the prime accused in the alleged quid pro quo deals. The cases relate to investments made by several companies in Jagan's firms as quid pro quo for various favours, including land allotments, bestowed on them during the tenure of his father Y S Rajasekhara Reddy as Chief Minister between 2004 and 2009. Reddy died in 2009.

Several former Ministers and bureaucrats are also accused in the case. Jagan is currently out on bail having spent time in jail as an "un-convicted criminal prisoner" in the  Chanchalguda Central Prison from May 2012 to September 2013. (PTI)

09:14 (IST)29 Apr 2021
Too many people and too few shots: How states are struggling to vaccinate

As India tries to accelerate its massive vaccination programme in the middle of a devastating second Covid-19 wave, ground reports from states indicate a complex set of problems ranging from shortage of doses to glitches on the registration portal to panic and fear of the vaccines running out. 

In Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister E Palaniswami has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting the Centre to supply the required quantity of vaccines for all three age groups. A budgetary provision of Rs 35,000 crore has been made to fund the vaccine supply, he said.

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As India tries to accelerate its massive vaccination programme in the middle of a devastating second Covid-19 wave, ground reports from states indicate a complex set of problems ranging from shortage of doses to glitches on the registration portal to panic and fear of the vaccines running out. In Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister E Palaniswami has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting the Centre to supply the required quantity of vaccines for all three age groups. A budgetary provision of Rs 35,000 crore has been made to fund the vaccine supply, he said.

READ | Too many people and too few shots: How states are struggling to vaccinate

The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday issued orders to procure 1.50 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines, days ahead of the next phase of vaccination in India on May 1 for people between the ages of 18 and 44. The government said the doses would be sourced by the Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation (TNMSC) and would be provided free of cost.

READ | Tamil Nadu govt orders 1.5 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines

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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