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Chennai Hyderabad June 4 Highlights: TN records 22,651 fresh cases and 463 deaths

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News June 4 Highlights: As of Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 21,95,402

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: June 7, 2021 9:15:26 am
Chennai, COVID-19Ambulances carrying COVID-19 patients waiting for admission at the Rajiv Gandhi General Hospital, in Chennai. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News June 4 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 22,651 positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 21,95,402. Among these Coimbatore reported 2,810 cases while Chennai accounted for 1,971 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,13,229. The state recorded 463 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 26,128. A total of 33,646 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 19,00,306.

In a bid to help Covid-19 patients from the lower-income group and those under home quarantine, the Greater Chennai Corporation has decided to loan pulse oximeters to keep a tab on their oxygen saturation levels. An NGO donated 480 pulse oximeters to the civic body to carry out the initiative. The devices are to be returned by the patients after their quarantine period is over.

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19:58 (IST)04 Jun 2021
22,651 persons test positive for Covid-19 in TN

Tamil Nadu recorded 22,651 positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 21,95,402. Among these Coimbatore reported 2,810 cases while Chennai accounted for 1,971 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,13,229. The state recorded 463 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 26,128.  A total of 33,646 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 19,00,306.

19:49 (IST)04 Jun 2021
Covid-19: Chennai Corporation to loan pulse oximeters to patients from low-income group

In a bid to help Covid-19 patients from the lower-income group and those under home quarantine, the Greater Chennai Corporation has decided to loan pulse oximeters to keep a tab on their oxygen saturation levels. An NGO donated 480 pulse oximeters to the civic body to carry out the initiative. The devices are to be returned by the patients after their quarantine period is over.

The corporation has put this into practice for better monitoring of the patients under home quarantine and also to help people who cannot afford to buy the device which costs anywhere between Rs 500 and Rs 2,000.

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14:59 (IST)04 Jun 2021
TS EAMCET application deadline extended

The Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) has extended the laste date of of the online application form submission without late fee for the state-level EAMCET 2021 examinations to June 10. To apply for the examination, candidates may visit the official website- tseamcet.nic.in, and fill the online application. Previously, the last date to apply for the examination was June 3. 

Any applications submitted till June 15 will incur a late fee of Rs. 250. Applications submitted after June 15 will only be accepted till June 21 and will incur a late fee of Rs. 500. The window for correction of details in the online application will be open from June 11 till June 16. Admit cards will be available for candidates to download from the official website from June 22, and the last date for such downloads is July 2 2021.

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14:34 (IST)04 Jun 2021
Over 20.53 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 20,53,187 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 19,270 people inoculated on Thursday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

14:15 (IST)04 Jun 2021
Kamal Haasan mourns the death of Tamil filmmaker GN Rangarajan: I have lost a brother

Veteran Tamil filmmaker GN Rangarajan passed away on Thursday in Chennai due to age related ailments. He was 90. His son GNR Kumaravelan, who is also a filmmaker, took to Twitter to share the news. “My Father, my mentor , my love … passed away today morning around 8.45 am. Need all your prayers to keep my family in strength,” he wrote.

Rangarajan began his career in the film industry in the 1950s by assisting iconic filmmaker A. Bhimsingh. He later assisted director S. P. Muthurama before venturing on his own in the late 1970s. He made his directorial debut with a supernatural comedy Kalyanaraman (1979), which had Kamal Haasan in the lead role. It was the beginning of Rangarajan’s long and successful partnership with Kamal. The director-actor duo delivered a slew of hit movies in the 1980s, including Kalyanaraman, Meendum Kokila, Kadal Meengal, Ellam Inbamayam and Maharasan.

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14:02 (IST)04 Jun 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai and Hyderabad today

After being steady for two days, prices of petrol and diesel were hiked again on Friday, June 4, 2021, touching fresh record highs across the country. In the national capital, the petrol price rose by 27 paise while that of diesel too inched up 28 paise.

In Chennai, petrol is priced at Rs. 96.23 per litre and diesel at Rs. 90.38 per litre.

In Hyderabad, petrol costs Rs. 98.48 per litre while diesel costs Rs. 93.38 per litre.

13:36 (IST)04 Jun 2021
Etala Rajender resigns from TRS; says ready to relinquish MLA post

Senior TRS leader and former Telangana Health Minister Etala Rajender on Friday said he is resigning from the party's membership and will give up the MLA post also in future. Rajender was recently shunted out of the cabinet following complaints that firms owned by his family members grabbed assigned lands.

"After 19 years of association with the party I am resigning to the party and membership. In addition to the party's membership, as I said earlier you (Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao) don't have to remove me. I will give up my MLA post. I will announce my plan of action after discussing with my followers," he told reporters.

Rajender was in touch with the top brass of BJP and reportedly met top leaders of the saffron party recently in the national capital.

Rajender was one of the few senior leaders associated with the TRS party ever since its inception two decades ago. He alleged that no minister in KCR's cabinet can take independent decisions as everything is controlled by the chief minister. Rajender said several leaders are ready to leave the ruling party and sail along with him. (PTI)

12:40 (IST)04 Jun 2021
'States vs Union’ situation, says Jagan; asks CMs to ‘speak in single voice’ on vaccines

Having received no bids for its global tender for vaccine procurement, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy Thursday wrote to Chief Ministers of several states, including Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, that the situation has transformed into a “States vs Union” issue and it was time for all states to “speak in a single voice”.

With the vaccination drive slowing down in states, Reddy’s tone has changed quite a bit from a month ago when he “urged” his Jharkhand counterpart Hemant Soren not to indulge in politics by pointing fingers at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

On May 6, Soren had tweeted that Prime Minister Modi called and only spoke his mind, and did not bother to listen. Responding to this, Reddy tweeted, “In this war against Covid-19, these are the times not to point fingers but to come together and strengthen the hands of our Prime Minister to effectively combat the pandemic.”

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12:12 (IST)04 Jun 2021
Creators of Telugu meme page pitch in for Covid-relief

As the pandemic robs people of their livelihoods pushing them to the brink, two youngsters from Hyderabad are using their popular meme page to help those struggling to make ends meet.

Twenty-four-year-old Nayani Anurag Reddy and Sachin Vikas (29), the owners of popular Telugu memes page name ‘DPVEU’, have over the last month been able to connect the needy to generous donors through their meme page.

Short for ‘Dis Page Vll Entertain U’, the page has 99.6K followers on Instagram and 57.1K followers on Twitter. The two content creators, who are also digital promotion and marketing professionals for several Tollywood films, have so far helped 44 families from economically weaker sections with groceries and medical essentials for a month. To maintain transparency and win the confidence of the donors, they share details of every family that has received the assistance on their Twitter handle.

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11:34 (IST)04 Jun 2021
Ethics officer points to Rupa Gurunath’s conflict of interest

The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) ethics officer Justice (Retd) DK Jain has adjudged Tamil Nadu Cricket Association president Rupa Gurunath to be in conflict of interest. This is the first time the ethics officer has found a state association president to be in a position of conflict.

Rupa, who is the daughter of former BCCI president N Srinivasan, became the TNCA president in 2019. Following a plea by Sanjeev Gupta in November last year, Justice Jain held that Rupa was perceived to be in conflict for holding two posts – TNCA president and one of the directors of India Cements Limited (ICL), which in turn runs Chennai Super Kings Cricket Limited (CSKCL), the owner of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK). CSKCL is one of the subsidiary companies of India Cements.

The BCCI’s ethics officer, however, hasn’t directed Rupa to step down from one of the posts with immediate effect, sending the matter to the cricket board instead to decide the future course action as per Rule 38(2) of the BCCI constitution.

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11:07 (IST)04 Jun 2021
Ramp up supply of drug to treat black fungus: Stalin tells Centre

The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday urged the Centre to allocate adequate number of Amphotericin B drug, used for treating black fungus disease, as the state detected 673 cases so far and the demand for the medication has 'increased manifold'.

In a letter to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Chief Minister M K Stalin said, ".. the emergence of mucormycosis among the patients and sufficient supply of liposomal Amphotericin B, which is being allotted by the Government of India, are increasingly becoming critical issues which need urgent intervention." With the state government declaring 'mucormycosis' as a 'notified disease', Stalin said Tamil Nadu has initiated large scale prevention efforts by creating greater awareness about its likely causes.

The state government has also set up mucormycosis clinics and dedicated wards in government hospitals. So far, 673 cases of mucormycosis or black fungus have been detected in the state and hence the demand for "liposomal Amphotericin B has increased manifold", he said in the letter.

Noting that his government already placed orders for 35,000 vials of the anti-fungal drug, he said the supply was according to the allocation made by the Centre. ".. the state has received only 1,790 vials, which is woefully inadequate to treat the growing numbers of mucormycosis patients. I would request you to kindly instruct the concerned officials to immediately allocate at least 30,000 vials to Tamil Nadu," the CM added. (PTI)

10:50 (IST)04 Jun 2021
Chennai Port Trust moves Madras HC, wants bank to repay Rs 100-cr FD lost to fraud

The Chennai Port Trust (ChPT) on Thursday moved a petition in the Madras High Court demanding that the Indian Bank pay it an amount of Rs 100.67 crore — the fixed deposit made by the port which an impersonator had managed to loot from the nationalised bank’s custody last year.

A CBI probe into the matter is in progress but the ChPT said it was “in no way hampering the payment of amounts” and “a fraud said to have been committed at the bank level is no defence to the liability”.

The ChPT had deposited the amount in five instalments last year to the bank’s Koyambedu branch through online transfers.

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10:29 (IST)04 Jun 2021
Administer vaccine to correctional home inmates: HC tells TN govt

The Madras High Court on Thursday requested the Tamil Nadu government to ensure that the inmates and staffers of correctional homes are considered as frontline personnel and administered vaccine on a priority basis. The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy made the request while passing further interim orders on a writ petition taken up suo-motu and a batch of other petitions.

Senior advocate R Vaigai, who has been nominated as amicus curie earlier to assist the court, pointed out that a large number of the staff were infected and vaccination for both the inmates and the staff at the correctional homes should be taken up on a priority basis.

The bench noted that in view of the measures taken by the State Legal Services Authorities with the High Powered Committees, the occupation at the correctional homes stands at 58.72 per cent with 13,854 inmates out of the total capacity of 23,592.

The bench, after making the request, observed that the other measures pertaining to Covid protocol, hygiene appear to have been taken. The distancing norms are also being maintained, particularly in the light of occupancy rate having fallen to below 60 per cent of the capacity, in the homes. 

The bench hoped that in the event of any further surge, the High Powered Committee, under the aegis of the Legal Services Authorities, would immediately take urgent steps without waiting for further directions from the Court so that the matter is dealt with at the earliest. The court posted the matter to July 1 for further hearing. (PTI)

10:12 (IST)04 Jun 2021
In Kovalam village near Chennai, a lucky draw with gifts for taking Covid vaccine

A few welfare organisations have come together to hold a lucky draw for people who get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus in Kovalam, a fishing hamlet located on the East Coast Road, just outside Chennai in Tamil Nadu. Aiming to make the village a “Covid-19 free zone”, the organisers are offering winners a range of items, including free biryani, daily recharge coupons, a gold chain, two-wheeler, refrigerator, washing machine or a mobile phone.

The drive has been organised by local NGO STS Foundation and funded by CN Ramadas Champions Development Trust and Chiraj.

After receiving permission from the Chengalpattu district administration, the vaccination drive was launched on May 29 at Bruno Palace Marriage Hall, and the first beneficiaries were Susila (88) and Subramani (91), the oldest couple in the village who are called paati (grandmother) and thatha (grandfather) by locals.

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10:05 (IST)04 Jun 2021
Karunanidhi’s anniversary: 500-bed hospital in Chennai, free bus travel for trans women, differently abled

On the 98th birth anniversary of former Tamil Nadu chief minister and DMK patriarch late M Karunanidhi on Thursday, the state government made six major announcements including construction of a 500-bed multispecialty hospital at a cost of Rs 250 crores in South Chennai and extending the free bus travel scheme for trans women and differently abled.

The multispecialty hospital will be set up at the premises of King Institute of Preventive Medicine and Research in Guindy.

The government has also decided to set up ‘Kalaignar Memorial Library’ — a state of the art library — at Madurai in memory of the DMK veteran at a cost of Rs 70 crores.

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10:00 (IST)04 Jun 2021
Tamil Nadu: Implement 10.5% Vanniyar reservation without delay, says Ramadoss

Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder S Ramadoss has urged the Tamil Nadu government to implement the 10.5 per cent reservation for the Vanniyar community within the Most Backward Class (MBC) quota. The reservation bill was passed in the state assembly in February during the AIADMK regime, and the Governor had assented to it.

In a statement, Ramadoss questioned the Minister for Backward Classes and Most Backward Classes and Minority Welfare SS Sivashankar for saying that the reservation to Vanniyars under the MBC quota could not be implemented due to pending cases in the Madras High Court.

A government order (GO) was published by the Higher Education Department in April, other departments should have passed similar orders and the 10.5 per cent reservation for Vanniyar youths would have been implemented in education and employment, the PMK leader said. “Tamil Nadu doesn’t have a separate Social Justice Department, but it is the duty and the responsibility of the Backward Class Minister to ensure social justice,” he added.

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09:39 (IST)04 Jun 2021
Respite for Ex-AIADMK minister, HC tells police not to arrest him till June 9

The Madras High Court on Thursday directed the police not to arrest till June 9, former minister in the previous AIADMK government, M Manikandan who apprehended arrest over a sexual harassment case against him following a complaint by a Malaysia-based woman.

Justice R Subramanian granted the interim respite, when the advance bail application from Manikandan came up for hearing. 

The woman complainant filed a petition in court to permit her to implead herself in the case. She denied all the allegations raised by Manikandan and strongly opposed grant of any relief to him. She alleged that Manikandan is attempting to hamper the investigation and tamper with the evidence.

Providing interim relief, the judge adjourned the matter till June 9 with a direction to the registry to post her intervening petition on that day. Till then, Manikandan should not be arrested, the judge directed. (PTI)

09:26 (IST)04 Jun 2021
Telangana clocks 2,261 COVID-19 cases, 18 deaths

Telangana's total coronavirus case count surged past 5.85 lakh on Thursday as the state reported 2,261 new cases while the toll stood at 3,331 with 18 more casualties.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) saw 279 cases followed by Nalgonda 160, a health bulletin said.

The state has 32,579 active cases and over 1.10 lakh samples were tested. The total number of cumulative cases in the state stood
at 5,85,489. With 3043 people being cured, the total recoveries were at 5,49,579. Cumulatively, over 1.54 crore samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population were over 4.16 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.56 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 93.86 per cent.

Meanwhile, a senior official said the state has about 1,100 black fungus (mucormycosis) cases and the patients are being treated in both Government and private hospitals. (PTI)

09:24 (IST)04 Jun 2021
TN reports 24,405 fresh cases, 460 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 24,405 positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 21,72,751. Among these, Chennai reported 2062 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,11,258. The state recorded 460 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 25,665. 353 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 32,221 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 18,66,660.

As of Thursday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 2,80,426. Till date, 12,78,486 males, 8,94,227 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, 2,81,96,279 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 1,79,438 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 269 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 69 are government and 200 are private facilities.

09:23 (IST)04 Jun 2021
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On the 98th birth anniversary of former Tamil Nadu chief minister and DMK patriarch late M Karunanidhi on Thursday, the state government made six major announcements including construction of a 500-bed multispecialty hospital at a cost of Rs 250 crores in South Chennai and extending the free bus travel scheme for trans women and differently abled.

READ | Karunanidhi’s anniversary: 500-bed hospital in Chennai, free bus travel for trans women, differently abled

As the pandemic robs people of their livelihoods pushing them to the brink, two youngsters from Hyderabad are using their popular meme page to help those struggling to make ends meet. Twenty-four-year-old Nayani Anurag Reddy and Sachin Vikas (29), the owners of popular Telugu memes page name ‘DPVEU’, have over the last month been able to connect the needy to generous donors through their meme page.

READ | Creators of Telugu meme page pitch in for Covid-relief

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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