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Chennai Hyderabad June 7, 8, 9 Highlights: TN records 17,321 cases and 405 deaths

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News June 7, 8, 9 Highlights: As of Tuesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 2,04,258.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: June 10, 2021 9:26:39 am
Chennai, COVID-19, KasimeduA health worker takes a swab sample of a fisherman for COVID-19 testing, at Kasimedu Fishing Harbour, in Chennai. (PTI)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News June 7, 8, 9 Highlights: Tamil Nadu has registered 17,321 new COVID-19 infections, pushing the caseload to 22,92,025 while 405 deaths pushed the toll to 28,170. With 31,253 people getting discharged on Wednesday, the recoveries increased to 20,59,597. The number of active cases in the state stood at 2,04,258.

Three districts constituted the bulk of new cases with Coimbatore adding 2,319 new cases followed by Chennai (1,345) and Erode (1,405). The state capital, however, leads in the number of total infections among districts with 5,20,877 cases overall. The number of deaths also remains high in Chennai with 7,613 fatalities till date.

A total of 1,80,750 samples were tested today. The cumulative number of specimens examined so far has reached 2,92,43,359.

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19:20 (IST)09 Jun 2021
TN records 17,321 cases and 405 deaths

Tamil Nadu has registered 17,321 new COVID-19 infections, pushing the caseload to 22,92,025 while 405 deaths pushed the toll to 28,170. With 31,253 people getting discharged on Wednesday, the recoveries increased to 20,59,597. The number of active cases in the state stood at 2,04,258.

Three districts constituted the bulk of new cases with Coimbatore adding 2,319 new cases followed by Chennai (1,345) and Erode (1,405). The state capital, however, leads in the number of total infections among districts with 5,20,877 cases overall. The number of deaths also remains high in Chennai with 7,613 fatalities till date.

15:00 (IST)09 Jun 2021
Nurse accidentally cuts off portion of newborn baby’s thumb in Tamil Nadu

A nurse accidentally cut off a portion of a 14-day-old baby’s thumb while attempting to remove a cannula from the girl’s hand using a scissor at a Thanjavur hospital in Tamil Nadu on Monday.

The baby, born prematurely on May 25 to Priyadarshini (20) of Kattur village, had congenital anomalies and had been on intravenous (IV) support without breastfeeding at Government Raja Mirasudar Hospital (GRMH). She was about to be discharged when the mishap occurred in the afternoon.

A senior paediatric surgeon rushed to the ward and attached the severed part to the thumb using a suture.

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14:49 (IST)09 Jun 2021
Tamil Nadu: HR & CE department uploads temple documents on their website

Aiming at achieving transparency in the managing of the temples under its ambit across the state, the Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Charitable and Endowments Department (HR &CE) uploaded ownership documents pertaining to the lands belonging to temples on its website on Wednesday.

Particulars of the lands to the extent of 3,43,647 acres has been published in the first phase-out of a total of 4,78,272 acres of land identified to belong to the temples in Tamil Nadu. On Tuesday, HR & CE Minister minister PK Sekar Babu said 70 per cent of the total property containing the ownership documents will be uploaded on the website. He added that there are over 36,000 temples under the department’s control and the verification of title deeds was on.

“Title deeds of temple lands were corroborated with the software available with the state Revenue Department. These were classified into three categories viz. fully compatible, partly compatible, and new group. Steps will be taken to ensure that the title deeds of all the lands belonging to the temples are in the name of the temples concerned,” he said.

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14:06 (IST)09 Jun 2021
Over 21.38 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 21,38,586 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 11,127 people inoculated on Tuesday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

13:41 (IST)09 Jun 2021
Elephants in Coimbatore, Nilgiris get tested after lion succumbs to Covid in Chennai zoo

Two days after a nine-year-old lioness succumbed to Covid-19 and nine others tested positive at a zoo in Chennai, the Tamil Nadu Forest Department has carried out swab tests of captive elephants at two camps in Coimbatore and Nilgiris districts.

At the Kozhikmudi camp in Topslip, 28 elephants underwent the test. The elephants included Kumkis, safari elephants as well as aged ones. At the Theppakadu camp in Mudumalai, Nilgiris district, samples of 28 elephants were collected. As many as 52 mahouts and 27 kavadies were also vaccinated against Covid-19.  Temperature checks are regularly carried out by the officials before letting them go near the elephants.

Forest minister K Ramachandran, who took stock of the situation at Kozhikmudi camp, also distributed PPE kits and other necessary medicines to the officers. He said that after the incident at Vandalur Zoo in Chennai, Chief Minister MK Stalin has instructed them to conduct tests in all the sanctuaries across the state.

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13:37 (IST)09 Jun 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai and Hyderabad today

After being steady for a day, prices of petrol and diesel were hiked again on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, touching fresh record highs across the country. In the national capital, the petrol price rose by 25 paise while that of diesel too inched up 25 paise.

In Chennai, petrol is priced at Rs. 96.94 per litre and diesel at Rs. 91.15 per litre.

In Hyderabad, petrol costs Rs. 99.31 per litre while diesel costs Rs. 94.26 per litre.

13:12 (IST)09 Jun 2021
DRDO invites EoI to transfer technology of 2-DG drug for bulk production

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), which developed 2-Deoxy-D-
Glucose (2-DG), a drug used for treatment of COVID-19 patients, has called for Expression of Interest (EoI) to transfer the technology to Indian pharmaceutical industries for production.

According to the EoI document, applications should be submitted before June 17 through email. "The EoI submitted by industries will be scrutinised by a Technical Assessment Committee (TAC). Only up to 15 industries will be given ToT on their capabilities, technical hand holding capability of DRDO and on First Come First Served Basis," it said.

The bidders should have a Drug license to manufacture Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) from Drug Licensing Authorities and WHO GMP (Good manufacturing Practices) certification among others. Laboratory synthesis process for 2-DG has been developed using D-Glucose as starting material. The synthesis process consists of conversion of D-Glucose to 2-DG through five chemical reaction steps followed by purification.

The process has been established at batch scale (100g) and pilot plant scale (500g) and necessary patents have been filed by DRDO in this regard, the Defence body said. (PTI)

12:51 (IST)09 Jun 2021
Mention ‘COVID-19 deaths’ in certificates, ensure govt aid reaches orphaned children: AIADMK

Leader of the opposition in the Tamil Nadu assembly Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday urged the state government to direct authorities to be factual in certifying COVID-19 deaths and charged that ascribing incorrect causes in certificates could lead to problems during this pandemic.

He pointed out that children orphaned due to the death of their parents because of the virus would forfeit the state and central government assistance if the death certificate issued mentions the cause of death to be some other reason other than COVID-19.

“I request the state government to ensure the death certificates mention the exact cause of death in the case of those who lose their lives to the infection, Palaniwami said in a statement in Chennai.

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12:20 (IST)09 Jun 2021
Royal Enfield donates Rs 2 cr for COVID relief work in Tamil Nadu

Mid-sized motorcycle maker Royal Enfield on Tuesday said it has presented a cheque of Rs 2 crore to the Tamil Nadu government for COVID-19 relief work. Royal Enfield CEO Vinod K Dasari handed over the cheque to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin.  

"Tamil Nadu is the home of Royal Enfield motorcycles and we are committed to support the State in all its efforts to combat the devastating second wave of the pandemic. Our commitment to extend support to the state government today is being accompanied by a host of initiatives that Royal Enfield is undertaking in the region to extend relief to the community," Dasari said in a statement.  

The company, part of Eicher Motors, continues to assess the situation closely and will undertake any further steps required to extend further support towards relief and rehabilitation efforts in the long run, he added. (PTI)

11:26 (IST)09 Jun 2021
Consignment of Sputnik V vaccine arrives at Chennai airport

A consignment of Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, said to be the first such one for Tamil Nadu, arrived in Chennai by a private airline from Hyderabad on Tuesday. The processing of the shipment at the Chennai airport was completed quickly and it was handed over to a transport agency, airport sources said.

It was taken to a private laboratory at Periyapanicheri in Chennai by vehicle. Later, one box of vaccines was disptached to Coimbatore, sources said.

Scheduled to be rolled out by mid-June, the Sputnik V vaccine was accorded emergency use authorisation by the Drugs Controller General of India and it joins Covishield and the indigenous Covaxin in the battle against COVID-19. The first dose of the imported vaccine was administered in Hyderabad last month.

The vaccine, developed by Russia's Gamaleya National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, is said to be 91.6 per cent efficacious - the highest among COVID vaccines available in India. (PTI)

11:13 (IST)09 Jun 2021
Covid canvas: Chennai artist uses self-portraits to describe illness, isolation

When Bala Govind Kumar, a 25-year-old visual artist, contracted Covid-19 and had to be quarantined, he decided to use his skills for self-portraits, conveying what he was going through.

Bala, who works as an assistant art director to a production designer, tested positive for Covid-19 in April and was in home isolation. This was when he began recording himself, and used the videos for his portraits. One image, he says, took a minimum of two hours to complete.

Bala hails from Tirunelveli. After finishing his architecture course in Ooty, he moved to Chennai for work. “From childhood, I was interested in art. I started painting from Class II. I have always believed there should be something in the work that is more than just colours and figures. Through my brother, I started to learn about other contemporary artists and tried to incorporate them into my works,” he says.

Bala says he wanted to unburden himself of his pain and hence channeled his negative emotions into art. The pictures he produced during this period — Rooted Termite; Persistence of Memory; Exigency; Out for the Count; The life of Riley is Imminent; and The Abandoned Story — describe his experience of isolation and illness.

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10:51 (IST)09 Jun 2021
Don't use saliva while packing materials: Madras HC

The Madras HIgh Court on Tuesday directed business houses, hotels, bakeries and other establishments directly involved in supplying food material to customers, not to blow the covers or touch the saliva to separate the covers and packing materials.

The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy gave a direction to this effect while admitting a PIL petition from Tiruchendur-based advocate, B Ramkumar Adityan. 

The petitioner submitted that an awareness has to be created with regard to packing materials to the business houses. The packers used saliva to separate the covers or blew them up. This would result in the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, he contended. 

"These are some things we do not realise while doing it," the bench admitted. Appreciating the petitioner for making the good suggestion, the bench directed the state to create awareness or issue instructions to all business houses involved in packing food items, where such practice is in vogue. The matter stands adjourned by four weeks. (PTI)

10:32 (IST)09 Jun 2021
88 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities today

A total of 88 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 44 arrivals and 44 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

10:07 (IST)09 Jun 2021
154 Covid orphans in Andhra, 143 in Telangana: many with little resources

There are at least 40 children in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana who have lost a parent to Covid after the death of another due to illness or accident a few years ago, according to official data. There are 143 children who lost both their parents to Covid in Telangana while this number stands at 154 in Andhra Pradesh. And then, there are those who have lost one parent to Covid — more than 1,000 such children in each of the two states.

Officials said that many of these orphans are living with their grandparents who, apart from having very little income in the form of pensions, are in no position to take care of the children due to their advanced age. Officials said that protecting the mental health of the children is essential and they are given regular counselling.

Juvenile Welfare Department Director Kritika Shukla said the Andhra Pradesh government is putting fixed deposits of Rs 10 lakh in the name of each orphan and this can be withdrawn after they attain the age of 25. The children can withdraw the monthly interest till then.

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10:06 (IST)09 Jun 2021
Temple land documents in TN to go online today

Ownership documents pertaining to the lands belonging to temples under the ambit of the Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Charitable and Endowments (HR & CE) Department, across the state, will be uploaded on its website today. Particulars of the lands to the extent of 3,43,647 acres will be published in the first phase out of a total of 4,78,272 acres of land identified to belong to the temples in the state.

"Nearly 70 per cent of the total property containing the ownership documents will be uploaded," HR & CE Minister P K Sekar Babu said in a statement on Tuesday. There are over 36,000 temples under the department's control and the verification of title deeds was on, he said.

"Title deeds of temple lands were corroborated with the software available with the state Revenue department. These were classified into three categories viz. fully compatible, partly compatible and new group," he added.

About 3,43,647 acres currently identified as compatible and the 'A' Register / Urban Land Survey Record and Cita of those lands will be published on the department's website on Wednesday for public viewing, the minister said. Steps will be taken to ensure that the title deeds of all the lands belonging to the temples are in the name of the temples concerned, Sekar Babu said. (PTI)

09:48 (IST)09 Jun 2021
TN govt warns of police action against those who attack doctors, nurses

Tamil Nadu Health Minister M Subramanian on Tuesday warned of ‘strict police action’ against individuals who attacked doctors, nurses if a COVID-19 patient succumbed to the virus at a hospital.

He noted that doctors, nurses and the government were working on a ‘war-footing’ to save the lives of people amid the COVID-19 pandemic and said even doctors tried their best to save a life even at critical moments.

Briefing reporters after identifying land for setting up a multi-specialty hospital at the King Institute of Preventive Medicine and Research campus in Chennai, he said it has come to the notice of the government that relatives and some individuals of a patient who died due to COVID-19 attacked doctors, nurses and the staff of a hospital.

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09:34 (IST)09 Jun 2021
TN launches WhatsApp number to enable people make complaints, share info during natural disasters

The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday launched an exclusive WhatsApp number to enable the public to make complaints to officials or share information during natural disasters. People can provide information relating to disasters round the clock and could even send photos through this number (9445869848) to the disaster management department, state Revenue Minister K K S S R Ramachandran said.

This new feature is in addition to the seamless flow of information on disasters like heavy rains, flood, cyclone, earthquake, tsunami, etc. available through the TNSMART mobile app, Twitter, Facebook, print and television channels, he said in a statement in Chennai.

The new platform launched by the Revenue department will help the government to initiate appropriate action, he said. Also, the public can convey information through the "Citizen Corner" on the Tamil Nadu Disaster Management Authoritys website besides the toll free number: 1070. 

Damini app could be downloaded to get warnings on lightning and thunder within 40 km radius and 45 minutes in advance. "This will help convey information on lightning or thunder strikes and avoid loss of lives," the minister said. (PTI)

09:24 (IST)09 Jun 2021
Two from Tamil Nadu nabbed in Bengaluru for allegedly trying to smuggle liquor to TN

The Bengaluru City Police, in a routine night check, found liquor boxes hidden under vegetables bags being transported to Tamil Nadu. 

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Sanjeev M Patil, two accused were detained after a total of 59 liquor boxes with  509 litres of alcohol was found from a pick-up vehicle.  

The accused have been identified as Ramakrishnan (24) and Rajkumar (27), both residents of Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu.

09:22 (IST)09 Jun 2021
DMK MLA converts office into hospital for Covid care

Vilathikulam constituency MLA GV Markandayan is earning all praise for his noble gesture of converting his office into a government hospital providing vaccination and other treatments needed to prevent people from getting infected with Covid-19.

The hospital is named after DMK patriarch and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister late M Karunanidhi and was inaugurated by Thoothukudi MP Kanimozhi on Sunday. The hospital functions from 9 am to 6 pm. A total of five healthcare personnel including doctors and nurses are currently deployed here.

Speaking to indianexpress.com, MLA Markandayan said that considering the situation in his consistency where people were suffering from lack of healthcare facilities, he decided to dedicate his MLA office for this purpose. He added that till his term of five years end, the hospital will continue to function.

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09:21 (IST)09 Jun 2021
Telangana logs 1,897 new cases, 15 deaths

Telangana on Tuesday recorded 1,897 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the tally to 5,95,000, while the toll rose to 3,409 with 15 more deaths, as 2,982 people recovered from the disease.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 182 followed by Khammam (163) and Nalgonda (151) districts, a state government bulletin said.

The number of recovered cases continued to outnumber fresh infections with 2,982 people recovering from the infectious disease on Tuesday, taking the cumulative number of recoveries to 5,67,285. The number of active cases now stood at 24,306, the bulletin said. It said 1,33,134 samples were tested Tuesday and the total number of samples tested till date was 1,61,27,372. The samples tested per million population were 4,33,298.

The case fatality and recovery rates in the state were 0.57 per cent and 95.34 per cent, respectively. (PTI)

There are at least 40 children in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana who have lost a parent to Covid after the death of another due to illness or accident a few years ago, according to official data. There are 143 children who lost both their parents to Covid in Telangana while this number stands at 154 in Andhra Pradesh. And then, there are those who have lost one parent to Covid — more than 1,000 such children in each of the two states.

READ | 154 Covid orphans in Andhra, 143 in Telangana: many with little resources

Vilathikulam constituency MLA GV Markandayan is earning all praise for his noble gesture of converting his office into a government hospital providing vaccination and other treatments needed to prevent people from getting infected with Covid-19. The hospital functions from 9 am to 6 pm. A total of five healthcare personnel including doctors and nurses are currently deployed here.

READ | DMK MLA converts office into hospital for Covid care

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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