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Chennai Hyderabad May 28 Highlights: TN tally cross 4.93 lakh; Telangana reports 3614 fresh cases, 18 deaths

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News May 28 Highlights: As of Thursday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 3,13,048.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: May 31, 2021 9:18:54 am
Doctors treat a Black Fungus infected patient at Mucormycosis ward of government ENT hospital in Hyderabad. (PTI)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News May 28 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 33,361 positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 19,78,621. Among these, Chennai reported 2779 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 4,93,881. The state recorded 474 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 22,289. 349 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 30,063 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 16,43,284.

Telangana on Thursday reported 3,614 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to over 5.67 lakh, while the toll stood at 3207 with 18 more
casualties, a government bulletin said. The state has 38,267 active cases and over 90,000 samples were tested. The total number of cumulative cases in the state stood at 5,67,517 while with 3,961being cured, the total recoveries were at 5,26,043.

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14:58 (IST)28 May 2021
Over 1.4 lakh people from districts outside GHMC to be vaccinated over next three days

Telangana Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar Friday  informed that over the next three days, more than 1.4 lakh people from districts outside Greater Hyderabad area who are at high risk of spreading or contracting Covid-19 will be administered vaccine as part of the special drive that began today across the State. 

Similarly, 30,000 people will be vaccinated daily over the next seven days in 32 centres set up in GHMC area. 

The CS today visited Red Rose Function palace and inspected the 1st dose vaccination drive for high risk groups.

Vaccination centres will open at 8 am daily. High risk groups will be given coupons. No walk-ins are allowed. 

The CS expressed satisfaction at the arrangements made by the GHMC officials for the vaccination drive and interacted with people. They thanked the government for the initiative. Later, CS also visited the Press Club at Somajiguda where the journalists are being vaccinated.

13:52 (IST)28 May 2021
Over 19.48 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 19,48,747 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 35,760 people inoculated on Thursday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

13:04 (IST)28 May 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai and Hyderabad today

After hitting new record highs on Thursday, petrol and diesel prices were steady across the country on Friday, May 28, 2021. The auto fuel prices had touched record highs on May 27, when petrol rose by 24 paise per litre while diesel inched up 29 paise in the national capital.

In Chennai, petrol is priced at Rs. 95.28 per litre and diesel is priced at Rs. 89.39 per litre.

In Hyderabad, petrol costs Rs. 97.36 per litre while diesel costs Rs. 92.24 per litre.

12:20 (IST)28 May 2021
'Pure talent’: Teenagers recreate stunt from Pawan Kalyan movie Vakeel Saab, win praise online

A couple of teenagers from Nellore village in Andhra Pradesh recreated a stunt scene from the Telugu movie ‘Vakeel Saab’ and the video is now going viral. The 8-minute video, which was shared on the YouTube channel called ‘Nellore Kurrallu Entertainment’ (Nellore Boys Entertainment) on 23 May, is an impeccable replication of the stunts of the Pawan Kalyan-starrer.

The video, which has a rural backdrop, is complete with precise dialogue delivery, creative camera angles and editing techniques. It has so far garnered over 2.3 million views on YouTube.

Sharing a portion of the now-viral video on Facebook, popular Malayalam actor Unni Mukundan also lauded the boys for their performance and creativity.

Watch the video here

12:00 (IST)28 May 2021
TSBIE Inter Exams: Telangana postpones practical exams for second-year intermediate students

The Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) on Thursday announced that the practical exams for second-year intermediate students have been postponed. The decision has been taken due to the rise in the number of COVID cases.

The practical exams for second-year inter students were scheduled to be conducted from May 29-June 7. However, now the exams have been postponed.

“It is hereby informed to all the students, parents and principals of the junior colleges that, considering the present prevailing pandemic situation and lockdown in the state, the practical examinations of intermediate (IPE-2021) for second-year general courses, first and second-year vocational courses, which were scheduled from May 29-June 7, are postponed until further orders,” Sri Syed Omer Jaleel, secretary of TSBIE, said in a notice.

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11:42 (IST)28 May 2021
Parvathy slams ONV literary award jury for honouring MeToo accused Vairamuthu

Actor Parvathy on Thursday slammed the jury of the ONV literary award for ignoring the MeToo accusations against Tamil songwriter and poet Vairamuthu and choosing to honour him with a prestigious award constituted in the memory of legendary poet ONV Kurup.

She said that conferring this award on Vairamuthu disrespected ONV’s memory. “ONV Sir is our pride. His contribution as a poet and lyricist is incomparable. How it has nourished our culture. Our hearts and minds have benefited through his body of work. This is exactly why it is immense disrespect to give such an honour in his name to the accused of sexual assault crimes (sic),” she said in her tweet.

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11:28 (IST)28 May 2021
TS EAMCET 2021: Last date for application submission extended

The Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) on Thursday announced an extension for the submission of online application forms without late fee for the state-level EAMCET examinations. The application form may now be submitted by June 3. Candidates may apply for the examination on the official website- tsamcet.nic.in. Previously the last date to register for the examination without paying the late fee was May 18.

The Telangana State Engineering, Agriculture and Medical (pharmacy, veterinary, etc) Common Entrance Test (TS EAMCET) 2021 will commence on July 5 and continue till July 9. The agriculture and medical exam will be held on July 5 and July 6 from 9 am to 12 noon. The engineering exam will be held from July 7 to July 9 from 3 pm till 6 pm.

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11:05 (IST)28 May 2021
AP has 579 Black fungus cases

Black Fungus (also known as Mucormycosis) cases are rising steadily in Andhra Pradesh with the state reporting 579 as of Thursday. From 32 on May 21, the number of Black Fungus cases increased to 252 on May 25. But no related fatalities were reported in the state so far, according to Principal Secretary (Health) Anil Kumar Singhal.

"We are monitoring the cases and have also asked the private hospitals to give us data on Black Fungus cases. Accordingly, so far 579 cases of mucormycosis have been reported," the official told a press conference.

He said the Centre so far sent 3,000 doses of Liposomal Amphotericin-B injections for treating the Black Fungus-infected patients and another 1,800 doses were received on Thursday. Also, Posaconazole tablets and injections were received from the Centre. The stocks were proportionately dispatched to the districts, he added. (PTI)

10:45 (IST)28 May 2021
‘Rein in pandemic in your regions for state-wide success,’ CM Stalin tells collectors of six districts

Containing the second wave of COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu hinged on success in initiatives to tackle the virus spread in six districts including Coimbatore that has relatively more cases, Chief Minister M K Stalin advised the collectors on Thursday.

Directing them to take swift action in their respective regions, Stalin, chairing a virtual meet, said the virus spread has been contained to an extent in the state and in Chennai and its nearby districts due to measures including a lockdown from May 10.

However, Coimbatore, Tirupur, Madurai, Tiruchirappalli, Salem and Erode are the districts that have not reined in the pandemic to the required extent, he said, addressing them from the Secretariat.

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10:29 (IST)28 May 2021
TN CM Stalin, Vaiko demand recall of Lakshadweep administrator Praful Patel

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to recall Lakshadweep administrator Praful Khoda Patel for imposing 'anti-people' laws in the union territory.

The action of administrator Patel in forcibly bringing in "anti-people" regulations to "alienate Muslims" living there is causing anguish, Stalin tweeted. The Prime Minister's Office should intervene in the matter and ease him out of the office of administrator, he said adding "our country's strength is pluralism."

MDMK chief Vaiko, pointing to Development Authority Regulations and those on anti-social activity and animal preservation besides others said these were strongly condemnable as it infringed on the "basic rights" of the Lakshadweep people. The MDMK top leader, who is also a Rajya Sabha MP, fully backed the demand for the recall of administrator Patel. (PTI)

10:18 (IST)28 May 2021
Tamil Nadu: CM Stalin writes to PM, offers to take over vaccine unit of HLL Biotech

Chief Minister M K Stalin has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hand over the unutilised Integrated Vaccine Complex (IVC) established by HLL BioTech Limited in Chengalpet to Tamil Nadu on lease without any past liabilities and with full operational freedom.

Stalin’s letter comes after he visited the plant on Tuesday. He said that the state government has plans to manufacture vaccines in Tamil Nadu.
He said the facility has been non-operational and the state government would continue to urge the centre to allocate funds to get the unit working for producing vaccines.

The CM also said that the spread of the coronavirus is declining in Chennai and other cities and the situation would improve.

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10:08 (IST)28 May 2021
Female giraffe dies of suspected pneumonia at Nehru Zoological Park

A 4-years and three months old female Giraffe named Bubli died on Thursday after a brief illness at Hyderabad's Nehru Zoological Park.

According to zoo authorities, Bubli joined the zoo in 2019, as part of an animal exchange programme. 

As per preliminary post-mortem reports, Bubli was suspected to have been suffering from Pneumonia and accordingly treatment was being provided in the last week. 

The post-mortem report suggests the cause of death as Pneumonia. All the samples have been collected and sent to VBRI for further detailed examination, informed a statement from the Zoo Curator. 

09:47 (IST)28 May 2021
Madras HC directs TN govt to allot funds to feed stray animals

The Madras High Court on Thursday directed the Tamil Nadu government to allot funds for feeding stray animals, including abandoned horses and elephants, during the COVID-induced lockdown in the state. While hearing a petition by Shiva, the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy said that in particular, several horses have been left to feed for themselves by the owners, who otherwise exploit them to earn a living.

A committee constituted pursuant to a previous order has met and the suggestions made by it will take care of the situation, but funds seemed to be a problem. Though CSR funds have been opened for the project, no money was forthcoming, the bench observed.

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09:40 (IST)28 May 2021
TN receives another train with around 90 MT oxygen

Tamil Nadu on Thursday received an Oxygen Express train with six tankers carrying 89.28 metric tonnes of medical oxygen. The train arrived at Madukkarai near Coimbatore yesterday, an official release from Railway said.

So far 1550 MT of the life-saving gas has been delivered to the state through oxygen express trains, it said. (PTI)

09:30 (IST)28 May 2021
Madurai to include crematorium data in daily Covid report: Tamil Nadu minister PTR

Palanivel Thiagarajan, finance minister of Tamil Nadu and Madurai (Central) MLA, Thursday said Madurai district would now include data from crematoriums in its daily Covid-19 report, also counting deaths of people who had come from outside.

Emphasising the importance of transparent reporting of death data, Thiagarajan said this would “inform overall COVID-19 spread analysis & control”.

Addressing reporters on Thursday after constituting a task force to review the Covid situation and take necessary steps to control the spread of the pandemic, Thiagarajan said: “Our Chief Minister is very clear from the first day [he took oath as the Chief Minister]. He said we must include public, give them the space to voice their opinion in our decisions. As [late US President] Abraham Lincoln said, democracy is a government of the people, by the people, for the people.

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09:29 (IST)28 May 2021
62 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities today

A total of 62 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 31 arrivals and 31 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:17 (IST)28 May 2021
COVID-19: Show-cause notices issued to 64 private hospitals in Telangana for excess billing

The Telangana Health Department has issued 88 show-cause notices to 64 private hospitals following complaints of excess billing during Covid-19 treatment.

Dr G Sreenivasa Rao, the Director of Public Health, told reporters that a deadline of 48 hours is given for their response, failing which they lose the license to treat COVID patients.

Complaints were received primarily over department's dedicated WhatsApp number 9154170960 and also those noticed on Twitter. 

Complaints were received against 39 hospitals in Hyderabad,  22 in Medchal-Malkajgiri,  and 15 in Rangareddy districts,  apart from seven in Warangal Urban, two in Sangareddy, and one hospital each in Mahabubnagar, Nizamabad, and Yadadri districts.

The DPH said instances of multiple complaints against a single hospital have been noticed. Complaints pertained to inflated billing, denial of health insurance, insistence on cash deposits while clearing bills, lack of quality in services, etc.

09:15 (IST)28 May 2021
Telangana: Doctors call off strike on Day 2

The Junior Doctors and senior residents working across government hospitals in Telangana called of their strike Thursday night. As the doctors boycotted elective duties on Wednesday and patient services were affected in major hospitals, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had soon announced the government’s decision to increase the honorarium paid to the Senior Residents by 15 per cent. It was also announced that the Senior Residents’ honorarium will be extended to the medical students who are engaged in the COVID duties after their three years of medical course. 

Acknowledging one of the key demands, the CM also instructed better medical facilities be provided to Junior Doctors and their family members at the Nizams Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS). Officials concerned were also instructed by the CM to handover ex-gratia amounts to the families of healthcare workers as per the guidelines, according to a release from the CMO.

In the evening, the government issued orders hiking the stipend from Rs 70,000 to Rs 80,500 for Senior Residents with effect from 1.1.2021. Thanking the government, the Telangana-Junior Doctors Association (TJUDA) said in a statement that the issue that was not completely addressed was about the ex - gratia for deceased healthcare workers. 

"Health officials gave us verbal assurance that alternative for ex - gratia will be discussed with the CM. We hope this issue will be addressed as early as possible honoring martyred HCWs and support to their dependents in view of patient's health as our first priority and also our responsibility to serve them in present pandemic crisis," said the T-JUDA statement announcing the calling off the strike. They said they would report to duties from 9pm Thursday.

09:13 (IST)28 May 2021
Telangana logs 3,614 fresh COVID-19 cases, 18 deaths

Telangana on Thursday reported 3,614 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to over 5.67 lakh, while the toll stood at 3207 with 18 more casualties, a government bulletin said.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 504, followed by Nalgonda (229) and Khammam (228), the bulletin said.

The state has 38,267 active cases and over 90,000 samples were tested. The total number of cumulative cases in the state stood at 5,67,517 while with 3,961 being cured, the total recoveries were at 5,26,043. Cumulatively, over 1.48 crore samples have been
tested. The samples tested per million population was over 3.98 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality and recovery rates in the state were 0.56 per cent and 92.69 per cent, respectively. (PTI)

09:12 (IST)28 May 2021
Chennai sees dip in cases as city reports 2779 new cases

Tamil Nadu recorded 33,361 positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 19,78,621. Among these, Chennai reported 2779 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 4,93,881. The state recorded 474 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 22,289. 349 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 30,063 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 16,43,284.

As of Thursday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 3,13,048. Till date, 11,69,810 males, 8,08,773 females and 38 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, 2,69,88,201 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 1,74,145 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 268 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 69 are government and 199 are private facilities.

Palanivel Thiagarajan, finance minister of Tamil Nadu and Madurai (Central) MLA, Thursday said Madurai district would now include data from crematoriums in its daily Covid-19 report, also counting deaths of people who had come from outside. Emphasising the importance of transparent reporting of death data, Thiagarajan said this would “inform overall COVID-19 spread analysis & control”.

READ | Madurai to include crematorium data in daily Covid report: Tamil Nadu minister PTR

For the first time since the pandemic broke out in Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore district surpassed Chennai’s tally of positive cases on Wednesday. Coimbatore recorded 4,268 cases while Chennai reported 3,561 cases and 98 deaths. As per officials, the increase in the number of samples being tested has led to a surge in cases.

READ | Tamil Nadu: For first time since Covid outbreak, Coimbatore surpasses Chennai in positive cases

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