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Chennai Hyderabad April 26, 27 Highlights: TN reports 15,684 fresh cases, 94 deaths

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News April 26, 27 Highlights: As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 1,07,145.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: April 28, 2021 9:52:57 am
A city street wears a deserted look during night curfew to curb the spread of coronavirus ,in Chennai, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News April 26, 27 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 15,684 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 10,97,672. Among these, Chennai reported 4250 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 3,14,074. The state recorded 94 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 13,651. Eighty of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 13,625 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 9,76,876.

Terming the differential price mechanism in the vaccine procurement “inherently unfair,” Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding measures from the Centre to “procure and supply the entire required quantity of vaccine for administering all groups including those in the age group of 18 to 45.” The letter written by Palaniswami criticised the system asking states to procure vaccines at predetermined prices.

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16:26 (IST)27 Apr 2021
Over 13.62 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 13,62,317 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 37,413 people inoculated on Monday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

16:06 (IST)27 Apr 2021
Tamil film director Thamira dies due to Covid-19

Tamil filmmaker Thamira passed away on Monday due to Covid-19 related complications in a private hospital in Chennai. The news has sent a shock wave across the Tamil film industry, which is still recovering from the untimely death of comedy icon Vivek.

Thamira assisted legendary filmmakers like K Balachander and Bharathiraja before venturing out on his own. His debut film as a director was Rettaisuzhi, which involved some of the biggest names of Tamil cinema. While director Shankar bankrolled it, the film had Thamira’s mentors Balachander and Bharathiraja in pivotal roles. The film, which came out in 2010, did not receive encouraging reviews from the filmmakers and tanked at the box office.

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16:04 (IST)27 Apr 2021
Four tankers containing medical oxygen likely to reach Telangana today

As many as five tankers containing liquid oxygen reached Telangana from Odisha on Monday night. These cryogenic oxygen containers were airlifted to Odisha on April 23 to reduce travel time by three days.

The tankers returned by road and were dispatched to various hospitals across the state treating Covid-19 patients. Four more tankers are expected to reach the state on April 27.

The liquid oxygen supply brought from the Rourkela Steel Plant of the Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) has been sent to the Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences (TIMS), the District Hospital at King Kothi, the Chest Hospital, the Area Hospital in Cherlapally, and government hospitals in Khammam and Karimnagar.

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15:44 (IST)27 Apr 2021
‘National need’: SC allows Vedanta to run Sterlite plant in Tamil Nadu for oxygen production

The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed Vedanta to operate its closed oxygen plant at Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu, saying the order has been passed in view of “national need” for oxygen.

A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat said Vedanta, however, shall not be allowed to enter and operate its copper smelting plant under the garb of this order.

The top court said there should be no political bickering over the generation of oxygen by Vedanta as the country is facing a national crisis. It said the order allowing Vedanta to operate its oxygen plant would not create any equity in its favour.

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15:43 (IST)27 Apr 2021
Senior Congress leader M Satyanarayana Rao passes away

Senior Congress leader and former minister M Satyanarayana Rao in Hyderabad on Tuesday, party sources said. He was unwell for some time and breathed his last undergoing treatment at the state-run NIMS hospital in the city at around 2.45 am, they said. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and two sons.

Meneni Satyanarayana Rao (88), popularly known as MSR, was born in Vedhira village of Karimnagar district. From 1969 to 1971 MSR took part in the Telangana movement. He served thrice as an MP, was the President of Pradesh Congress Committee in united Andhra Pradesh, was the General Secretary of AICC and was also a minister in Y S Rajashekhar Reddy cabinet.

"As a Telangana supporter, MP, minister in the joint state and chairman of the Road Transport Corporation, MSR has displayed a special style and is known as a straight man in politics," Telangana Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao recalled, according to a release from the CM's office. Rao extended his deepest condolences to the family members of the bereaved family.

The Chief Minister instructed Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar to make arrangements to conduct MSRs cremation with official honours. (PTI)

15:07 (IST)27 Apr 2021
Telangana govt to promote students of Classes 1 to 9 students without exams

In light of the huge spike in the Covid-19 second wave, the Telangana state Education Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy Monday announced the promotion of 53,79,388 students of Classes 1 to 9 to the next class without examination. A decision on reopening the schools, and junior colleges will be taken on June 1 reviewing the pandemic situation, the minister said.

The state has also announced the summer vacation in schools from April 27 to May 31 amid a sudden surge in coronavirus cases in the state.

“The Telangana government has announced that there is no detention system for classes 1-9 in the state and there is no need to conduct examinations. All students are promoted to the next higher classes to prevent the spread of coronavirus,” the official notification read.

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14:22 (IST)27 Apr 2021
Fish markets and meat stalls to be shut on Saturdays in Tamil Nadu

Fish markets, chicken and other meat stalls will be shut on Saturdays in Tamil Nadu, according to a government order issued on Monday. The state has been witnessing a heavy rush at meat stalls and markets on Saturdays on account of the weekly Sunday lockdown.

“Considering the increasing trend of positive cases and in order to control the spread, Fish Markets, Fish Stalls, Chicken Stalls and other meat Stalls shall remain closed on Saturdays and action would be initiated against the violators,” a government order read.

District collectors and officials of the Greater Chennai Corporation have been instructed to strictly enforce the guidelines.

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13:43 (IST)27 Apr 2021
Telangana reports record 10,122 Covid-19 cases on Monday

The number of new coronavirus infections in Telangana crossed the 10,000-figure on Monday for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. Taking the active caseload to 69,221 patients, as many as 10,122 new infections were reported across the state till 8 pm Monday, according to a medical bulletin released this morning. At least 52 people succumbed to the virus on the same day, another grim record for the state.

As the test positivity rate rose to 10.75 per cent on Tuesday, Greater Hyderabad recorded maximum new infections with 1,440 cases. The caseload has been on a steady rise since mid-March and the Telangana Health Department has warned of a surge in cases till the end of May.

Telangana conducted 99,638 tests on Monday, of which results of about 5,474 are awaited.

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13:09 (IST)27 Apr 2021
Andhra caps CT scan price, forms 3-tier structure to manage Covid crisis

Amid reports of a few private hospitals charging Covid patients heavy amounts for CT scans, the Andhra Pradesh government Monday capped the price for the service at Rs 3,000, including PPE kits and disposables, and warned of action over any violation. It also formed a three-tier structure for effective implementation of Covid management in the state.

“The Chief Minister ( Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy) reviewed the steps being taken for containment and management of Covid cases in the districts. In view of various reports regarding overcharging and fleecing of Covid patients by some unscrupulous hospitals, the government decided to follow the three-tier structure for effective implementation of Covid management in the state,” Health Minister A K Krishna Srinivas said.

All diagnostic facilities and hospitals offering CT scan services for suspected Covid cases will have to register themselves on a government website with all details of the patient and the uploaded CT scan image will serve as a basis for hospital admissions.

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12:42 (IST)27 Apr 2021
Man in Hyderabad gets 20-years RI for sexually assaulting 4-yr-old girl

A 48-year-old lorry driver was on Monday sentenced to 20 years Rigorous Imprisonment by a local court for sexually assaulting a four-year-old girl in December 2020. The court also slapped a fine of Rs 25,000 on the man.

The First Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge, Suneetha Kunchala,found the man guilty under relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and IPC and sentenced him to 20 years RI.

The prosecution case was that the man, who was the girl's neighbour, took the child to his residence on December 11 2020 when her parents had gone out for work and sexually assaulted her.

The girl's parents later filed a complaint with police after she narrated the incident to her mother. A case was registered and the man was subsequently arrested. (PTI)

12:18 (IST)27 Apr 2021
Telugu director Sai Balaji dies due to Covid-19 complications

Telugu director Sai Balaji died of Covid-19 related complications in Hyderabad on Monday morning. He was 57.

Sai Balaji, a protege of director Ravi Raja Pinisetty, helmed action entertainers Sivaji and Orey Thammudu with Srihari in the lead roles. He also directed late actor Uday Kiran’s last film Jai Sriram.

Apart from movies, Sai Balaji also helmed soap operas Siri, Aparanji and Halahalam.

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11:52 (IST)27 Apr 2021
Kamal Haasan condemns decision to allow reopening of Sterlite plant

Actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam leader Kamal Haasan has condemned the Tamil Nadu government for its decision to reopen Vedanta’s Sterlite copper plant in Thoothukudi, to manufacture oxygen for a period of four months.

In a statement, Haasan said he has no second thought about manufacturing life-saving oxygen in large quantities, but doesn’t agree about the reopening of the Sterlite plant. “Are there no other industries in Tamil Nadu that can manufacture oxygen? Why reopen Sterlite? he asked.

He said in Tamil Nadu, liquid manufacturing capacity is around 400 metric tonnes and the daily medical consumption of oxygen is around 24 tonnes. Further, the state has a storage capacity of around 1,200 tonnes.

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11:22 (IST)27 Apr 2021
Rising COVID-19 cases: AP orders closure of gyms, swimming pools, sports complexes

In view of surging COVID-19 cases, the Andhra Pradesh government on Monday ordered temporary closure of sports complexes, gyms, swimming pools and spas in the state.

Addressing a press conference, Anil Kumar Singhal, principal secretary (medical and health) said all public transport vehicles and movie theatres should operate with only 50 per cent capacity and any gathering should not exceed 50 people. Even those 50 people should adhere to COVID-19 norms like wearing masks and maintaining physical distance, the official said.

All offices including government ones should ensure that there is five feet distance between any two employees.

Singhal said the government will conduct an audit on medical oxygen consumption in the state so that wastage is contained. He said there will be a state level task force for overseeing hospitals treating COPVID-19 patients. (PTI)

11:05 (IST)27 Apr 2021
Irresponsible… must perhaps face murder charge: Madras HC on Election Commission

Coming down heavily on the Election Commission for “not stopping political parties” from violating Covid protocols during their campaign rallies for Assembly polls in four states and an Union Territory over the last month, the Madras High Court said Monday that murder charges should probably be imposed on the panel for being “the only institution responsible for the situation that we are in today”.

The scathing observations came four days after the Calcutta High Court had censured the EC for not doing enough to ensure that political parties were following appropriate Covid protocols amid the surging second wave.

“You have been singularly lacking any kind of exercise of authority. You have not taken measures against political parties holding rallies despite every order of this court saying ‘maintain Covid protocol, maintain Covid protocol’,” the Madras High Court observed.

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10:53 (IST)27 Apr 2021
Three years after shutdown, Tamil Nadu to reopen Sterlite plant for oxygen

Moving to ease the oxygen shortage that has hit efforts to tackle the Covid crisis, an all-party meeting convened by Chief Minister E K Palaniswami in Tamil Nadu Monday reached a consensus to reopen the controversial Sterlite copper smelting plant in Thoothukudi on a “temporary basis” for four months.

The agreement comes nearly three years after the state government shut down the plant, which is owned by Vedanta Ltd, following the deaths in police firing of 13 people who were part of heated protests over environmental concerns related to its operations.

The all-party meeting was held in Chennai after a public hearing called by the Thoothukudi district administration Friday failed to convince local residents about the “emergency requirement” to reopen the plant to produce medical oxygen.

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10:38 (IST)27 Apr 2021
All hospitals have adequate beds, facilities to treat COVID- 19 stricken patients: Pondy LT Guv

Hospitals in the Union Territory of Puducherry are fully equipped to treat pandemic stricken patients and government was bearing the expenditure for their treatment in private hospitals, Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan said on Monday. Talking to reporters after receiving a paracycling team rpt team from Chennai which had arrived in the union territory to spread Covid vaccination awareness, the Lt Governor said hospitals, including government institutions, are fully equipped with beds, oxygen beds, medicines and other requirements.

There are however statements from a section of people alleging there was shortage of beds and other amenities in the government hospitals, she said. "I appeal to these people to refrain from making such incorrect statements as the government is keen to tackle
the pandemic situation through coordinated efforts," the Lt Governor said. 

Health Secretary T Arun had already held talks with managements of private medical colleges and hospitals and assured them that expenses would be borne by the government. She also said voluntary organisations were also playing a proactive role in implementing measures to combat coronavirus in Puducherry. A private enterprise had also donated 10,000 masks for distribution to the people. 

The LT Governor said the government had tightened restrictions in the context of the lockdown solely to ensure that COVID-19 was driven away from the soil of Puducherry. She said there was no shortage of oxygen, beds and medicines and sustained efforts have resulted in confidence among the people. (PTI)

10:29 (IST)27 Apr 2021
Consider imposing total lockdown in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry for two days from May 1: Madras HC

The Madras High Court on Monday directed the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry governments to consider declaring complete lockdown for two days on May 1 and May 2, when counting of votes polled in the April 6 Assembly elections will be taken up.

The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy gave the suggestion while passing further interim orders on an issue relating to the alleged shortage of Remdesivir, ventilators and beds, and diversion of oxygen cylinders to other states.

On these two days, movement of vehicles used in connection with votes counting and emergency services alone shall be allowed.

An announcement to this effect might be made in advance, preferably on April 28, so that the people of Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory would be put on alert, the judges said, adding, they might also publish certain basic guidelines to be followed on those days by the Covid-affected people.

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10:04 (IST)27 Apr 2021
Coronavirus patient jumps to death from hospital building in Telangana

A 45-year old coronavirus patient allegedly ended his life by jumping from the building of a state-run hospital in Nizamabad district in the early hours of Monday, police said.

The man, who had tested positive for COVID-19 and was undergoing treatment at the hospital jumped from the fifth floor of the hospital building at around 3 am reportedly due to fear and died on the spot, a police official said, based on preliminary investigation.

A case was registered. (PTI)

09:43 (IST)27 Apr 2021
Telangana’s ‘ramped-up’ Covid facilities fall short of demand amid surge

As Telangana faces a surge in the number of new coronavirus cases, the health and medical infrastructure continues to scramble to deal with the rising demand for oxygen beds and ICUs. As of Monday, Gandhi hospital in Hyderabad, which is Telangana’s premier government hospital for treatment of COVID-19 patients, has run out of ICU beds. The same is the case at Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences (TIMS), a 1261-bedded hospital that was set up last year exclusively for COVID-19 treatment. All the 619 and 137 ICU beds in Gandhi hospital and TIMS, respectively, remain occupied.

While, according to the official data, the state has ramped up the number of total available beds by 26,992 beds (from 18,352 as of September 29, 2020, to 45,344 as of noon on April 26, 2021), a closer look at the data reveals that a majority of these additions are regular beds which are mostly lying vacant as of date. A comparison of hospital bed availability on these two dates shows that in seven months, the state has managed to add only 4,405 ICU beds and 7,264 oxygen beds. While it managed to add 15,323 regular beds in government and private hospitals together, as many as 15,233 of a total 19,489 regular beds available in the state are lying vacant as of April 26.

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09:34 (IST)27 Apr 2021
Vaccine pricing inherently unfair: Tamil Nadu govt

Terming the  differential price mechanism in the vaccine procurement “inherently unfair,” Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding measures from the Centre to “procure and supply the entire required quantity of vaccine for administering all groups including those in the age group of 18 to 45.”

The letter written by Palaniswami criticised the system asking states to procure vaccines at predetermined prices.

“Such a differential price mechanism is inherently unfair since it places a higher financial burden on the states. It is also iniquitous since the state governments have considerably less fiscal resources at their command than the central government..,” it added.

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Moving to ease the oxygen shortage that has hit efforts to tackle the Covid crisis, an all-party meeting convened by Chief Minister E K Palaniswami in Tamil Nadu Monday reached a consensus to reopen the controversial Sterlite copper smelting plant in Thoothukudi on a “temporary basis” for four months. The agreement comes nearly three years after the state government shut down the plant, which is owned by Vedanta Ltd, following the deaths in police firing of 13 people who were part of heated protests over environmental concerns related to its operations.

READ | Three years after shutdown, Tamil Nadu to reopen Sterlite plant for oxygen

As Telangana faces a surge in the number of new coronavirus cases, the health and medical infrastructure continues to scramble to deal with the rising demand for oxygen beds and ICUs. As of Monday, Gandhi hospital in Hyderabad, which is Telangana’s premier government hospital for treatment of COVID-19 patients, has run out of ICU beds. The same is the case at Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences (TIMS), a 1261-bedded hospital that was set up last year exclusively for COVID-19 treatment. All the 619 and 137 ICU beds in Gandhi hospital and TIMS, respectively, remain occupied.

READ | Telangana’s ‘ramped-up’ Covid facilities fall short of demand amid surge

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Chennai Hyderabad Coronavirus April 23 Highlights

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