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Chennai Hyderabad May 19, 20 Highlights: TN records 35,579 Covid-19 cases and 397 deaths

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News May 19, 20 Highlights: Till date, 10,13,822 males, 6,85,365 females and 38 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in Tamil Nadu.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: May 21, 2021 9:31:45 am
Chennai, COVID-19Beneficiaries get a blood pressure check before being administered the COVID-19 vaccine at the Government Omandurar Medical College Hospital, in Chennai. (PTI)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News May 19, 20 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 35,579 positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 17,34,804. Among these, Chennai reported 6,073 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 4,62,448. The state recorded 397 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 19,131. 300 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 25,368 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 14,52,283.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Government will commence vaccinating people of 18-44 age group from May 20, said Health and Family Welfare Minister Ma Subramanian. “Initially, the government will vaccinate those people aged between 18 years and 44 years from whom the coronavirus can spread much faster like auto-rickshaw drivers and factory workers,” the minister said.

Chief Minister MK Stalin will launch the initiative.

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19:38 (IST)20 May 2021
TN records 35,579 Covid-19 cases and 397 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 35,579 positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 17,34,804. Among these, Chennai reported 6,073 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 4,62,448. The state recorded 397 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 19,131. 300 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 25,368 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 14,52,283.

17:59 (IST)20 May 2021
TN rolls out free of cost COVID-19 vaccination for 18-44 age group

The free of cost COVID-19 inoculation drive in Tamil Nadu for beneficiaries in the 18 to 44 age bracket was inaugurated in Tiruppur on Thursday by Chief Minister M K Stalin. The vaccination exercise began at the Netaji Apparel Park which has a 12,000 strong workforce and all eligibile employees would be administered the jabs, an official release said adding Stalin gave away certificates to beneficiaries.

17:28 (IST)20 May 2021
Dark clouds hover over Tambaram

Thunderstorm accompained by rain is likely to continue in Chennai and other areas in Tamil Nadu for the next two hours according to the Chennai Regional Metrological Centre. "Thunderstorm with moderate rain is likely to occur over Chennai, Kanchipuram Thiruvallur, Dindigul, Vellore, Ranipettai, Thirupattur, Thiruvannamalai, Krishnagiri, Thiruchirapalli, and Sivagangai districts of Tamilnadu for the next three hours, a release said.

14:46 (IST)20 May 2021
‘I thought ‘Kali’ was my name’: Chennai model on being bullied for skin colour

As a child, digital marketer and model Latha Ravichandran from Chennai was so used to being addressed as ‘kali‘ (dark), she did not initially realise she was being bullied for her skin colour. “I thought ‘Kali’ was my name because all my relatives called me that,” she was quoted as saying in a Humans of Bombay post on Instagram.

Such prejudice against dark skin is not uncommon in Indian households, often ingrained in us in such a way that we fail to identify it as a problem. The best one can do is to defend, as did Ravichandran’s mother. “I didn’t realise I was being bullied for my colour. I’d hear nani say, ‘You’ll have to give a lot of dowry to get her married.’ And amma would quietly listen and then make excuses for my skin, ‘Oh, she’s learning to swim.'”

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14:45 (IST)20 May 2021
'More power to you’: Telangana cop wins praise as he shares his food with homeless children

A traffic police officer from Telengana is wining plaudits online after a video of him feeding the homeless went viral on the internet. The picture was initially tweeted out from the official account of Telangana State Police.

According to the Twitter post, the children were asking people for food when Constable Mahesh, who was on patrolling duty, spotted them. Mahesh then offered them food from his own lunchbox. The now-viral video shows the constable giving paper plates to the children and serving food from his tiffinbox.

“Panjagutta Traffic Police Constable Mr Mahesh while performing patrolling duty @Somajiguda noticed two children requesting others for food at the roadside, immediately he took out his lunch box & served food to the hungry children.” The department wrote, sharing the video.

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14:30 (IST)20 May 2021
Kancheepuram Temples among UNESCO world heritage sites tentative list

Six Indian sites, namely Satpura Tiger Reserve, Iconic riverfront of the historic city of Varanasi, Megalithic site of Hire Benkal, Maratha Military Architecture in Maharashtra, Bhedaghat-Lametaghat in Narmada Valley- Jabalpur, and temples of Kanchipuram have been added to the tentative list of UNESCO’s world heritage sites, the Ministry of Culture, recently announced.

The submissions were made by Archaeological Survey of India, which is responsible for the conservation and preservation of Indian monuments.

Synonymous with spirituality, serenity, and silk, the temple town of Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu, is dotted with ancient temples that are architectural marvels and a visual treat, states incredibleindia.org. Situated on the banks of River Vegavathi, this historical city once had 1,000 temples, of which only 126 (108 Shaiva and 18 Vaishnava) now remain. Its rich legacy has been the endowment of the Pallava dynasty, which made the region its capital between the 6th and 7th centuries and lavished upon its architectural gems that are a fine example of Dravidian styles.

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14:24 (IST)20 May 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai and Hyderabad

Prices of petrol and diesel remained unchanged across the country for the second consecutive day on Thursday, May 20, 2021. The key fuel prices had touched record highs on May 18, when petrol rose by 27 paise per litre while diesel inched up 29 paise in the national capital.

In Chennai, petrol costs Rs. 94.54 per litre and diesel costs Rs. 88.34 per litre.

In Hyderabad, petrol is priced at Rs. 96.50 per litre and diesel is priced at Rs. 91.04 per litre.

14:10 (IST)20 May 2021
Over 17.57 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 17,57,307 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 20,758 people inoculated on Wednesday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

14:03 (IST)20 May 2021
Bigg Boss Malayalam fined Rs 1 lakh, set sealed for flouting govt norms as 6 members contract Covid-19

The EVP Film City was sealed on Wednesday where the shooting of Bigg Boss Malayalam season 3 was going on despite the Tamil Nadu Government’s ban on film and television shootings during the Covid-19 lockdown. A team of officials, led by Thiruvallur Revenue Divisional Officer Preethi Parkavi, reached the Bigg Boss Malayalam set at Chembarambakkam and sealed it around 8 pm.

“We have sealed the premises. A case was filed under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 for violation of government guidelines. FEFSI Union President RK Selvamani had already issued a statement saying that no film and small screen shootings should happen. Despite this, the production house continued to shoot as it was a continuous episode. We entered the set and saw people inside the glass doors, and food was delivered to them inside the set. There were seven contestants and other crew members like cameraman, technicians, and other production staff. They said 95 days of the show have been completed and they needed five more days to complete the 100-day episode but we refused the permission. All of them were provided with a PPE Kit and immediately told to leave the set. The set was sealed and we have imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh,” she said.

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13:39 (IST)20 May 2021
Puducherry Lt Guv launches vaccination for 18+

Puducherry Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan launched vaccination for those above 18 years at the ESI hospital in the union territory on Thursday. She congratulated those in the age group of 18 to 44 years who turned up for vaccination.

Later, she told reporters she was glad to see that there was enthusiastic response from people above 18 years. 

"They are the warriors and should act as ambassadors of the programme. While the elders were virtually hesitant in getting the vaccination the youth were showing keen interest and they should motivate others to get vaccinated particularly when there was the possibility of the third, fourth and fifth waves occurring in course of time," the Lt Governor added. (PTI)

13:18 (IST)20 May 2021
Puducherry adds 1,957 new COVID-19 cases; 28 deaths push toll to 1,269

The union territory of Puducherry added 1,957 fresh coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours, taking the overall tally to 91,465, a senior Health Department official said on Thursday. The number of active cases stood at 18,277 with 2,107 in hospitals and 16,170 were in home isolation, Director of Health Department S Mohan Kumar said in Puducherry.

The total recoveries were 71,919 and the death toll rose to 1,269 with 28 deaths being reported in the last 24 hours. The 1,957 new cases were identified at the end of the examination of 9,347 samples projecting a test positivity rate at 20.93 per cent which was 1.41 per cent higher than Wednesday's mark.

He said the Puducherry region recorded 1,560 out of the 1,957 new cases, followed by Karaikal (234), Yanam (125) and Mahe (38). The Health department Director further said 1,304 patients were discharged from healthcare facilities during the last 24 hours.

The Puducherry region recorded 25 fresh fatalities while Yanam reported two deaths and Karaikal (1). Nineteen of the deceased had no comorbidities. He said that 9.53 lakh samples have been tested so far and 8.37 lakh of them turned out to be negative. The fatality and recovery rates were 1.39 per cent and 78.63 per cent respectively.

Mohan Kumar said 33,995 healthcare workers and 20,666 frontline workers have been inoculated so far. He also said 1,29,349 people coming under the category of either senior citizens (60 years and above) or those coming under the category of 45 years and above with comorbidities were vaccinated since March 1. (PTI)

13:01 (IST)20 May 2021
Bigg Boss Malayalam Season 3 shooting suspended, set sealed

Amid the extension of lockdown and the rise in Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu, Bigg Boss Malayalam Season 3 shooting has been temporarily suspended, the makers of the show said in a statement. While sources said the house where the Mohanlal-hosted show was being shot has been sealed, the makers didn’t comment on it.

The official press note from the channel airing Bigg Boss Malayalam reads, “Bigg Boss Malayalam 3 is temporarily suspended due to the rising COVID-19 cases and lockdown in Tamil Nadu. The show will be restarted soon the crisis is over”.

The set was reportedly sealed on Wednesday as the shooting of Bigg Boss Malayalam continued despite a ban on TV and cinema shootings in the state due to the coronavirus pandemic. The contestants were shifted to a hotel.

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12:28 (IST)20 May 2021
Telangana declares Black Fungus as notifiable disease under Epidemic Act

The Telangana government has declared Black Fungus (mucormycosis) a disease that is primarily affecting COVID-19 recovered patients as notifiable disease under Epidemic Diseases Act 1897, an official notification said on Thursday.

All government and private health facilities shall follow guidelines for screening, diagnosis and management of Black Fungus by the union health ministry and Indian Council of Medical Research, it said. "It is also made mandatory for all government and private health facilities to report all suspected and confirmed cases to Health Department," the notification said.

Medical Superintendents of all government and private hospitals shall ensure strict compliance and send reports on a daily basis attached in the form of annexure to the health Department, it added.

A senior official of the Health department on Tuesday said the state has about 80 cases of Black Fungus under treatment in both government and private hospitals. The government has designated the Gandhi General Hospital and state-run ENT Hospital as nodal centers for the treatment of Black Fungus. (PTI)

11:59 (IST)20 May 2021
In 153 conversations with Telangana helpline: Anxiety about doctor daughter to changes in spouse behaviour

These were among 153 calls received by the ‘Psycho Social Counselling Service’ launched by the Rachakonda Police on May 10 to provide counselling to people facing mental health issues due to the pandemic. The conversations point to mental issues triggered by the pandemic and restrictions imposed in the wake of it, with the data revealing how vulnerable the elderly and those living alone are.

Among the 153 calls received in a week since the helpline was launched, 42 were about stress about fear of a Covid infections, 15 were related to depression over lockdown, 11 callers had several psychological problems, six had suicidal tendencies, six pertained to marital issues while working from home while 30 were Covid-related issues.

Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh M Bhagwat had launched the service with a team of 14 counsellors and clinical psychologists who volunteered for the helpline (040-48214800). “In all the cases, the counsellors guided the callers, assuaged their fears, gave pep talks, and gave them hope,” Bhagwat said.

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11:26 (IST)20 May 2021
Coimbatore temple consecrates ‘Corona Devi’ idol to protect people from pandemic

In the wake of the deadly Covid outbreak, the authorities of Kamatchipuri Adhinam, a temple in Coimbatore, have consecrated ‘Corona Devi’, a black stone idol of 1.5 feet tall, to protect people from the virus. The temple management is planning to organize Maha Yagam soon with special poojas to the deity for 48 days.

This comes at a time when when the second wave of the pandemic has caused untold suffering, with healthcare workers battling physical exhaustion and mental fatigue. The government is also battling hard to keep liquid oxygen, vaccines and other drugs in stock.

However, the local authorities said that the people in the surrounding areas have been informed not to visit the temple as lockdown restrictions are enforced.

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11:03 (IST)20 May 2021
AP to purchase 15K Liposomal Amphotericin-B vials to treat 'Black Fungus' cases

The Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday placed orders for purchasing 15,000 vials of Liposomal Amphotericin-B injection to treat persons infected with Mucormycosis, also known as Black Fungus, that has been classified as an epidemic disease.

The Centre allotted only 1,650 vials of the injection but since it would not be sufficient, the state has decided to purchase a large quantity on its own as cases of Black Fungus were being reported, Principal Secretary (Health) Anil Kumar Singhal said. Each infected patient would require 60 vials of the injection and each would cost about Rs 5,000-6,000.

"The treatment is very costly and hence we have brought it under the Aarogya Sri Health Insurance scheme so that affected people could avail of free treatment," the official said. 

He said detailed reports were being obtained from the districts on the exact number of Black Fungus cases reported in the state. (PTI)

10:56 (IST)20 May 2021
Temple control row: Tamil Nadu to digitise, make public all assets

The Tamil Nadu government has decided to digitise papers regarding properties and assets owned by temples across the state — estimated to number over 44,000 — and make them available in the public domain, in line with a poll promise made by Chief Minister M K Stalin.

This, according to sources in the government, will dilute a campaign by the BJP and RSS, as well as spiritual guru Jaggi Vasudev, to get temples in Tamil Nadu “freed from the clutches of the government”, alleging misappropriation and neglect. A senior official said affairs surrounding the running of temples in the state will now be transparent, “leaving no room for certain groups to appropriate assets in the name of religion”.

As next step, the official said, “all temple assets and land records would be registered in the name of deities… to prevent individuals and other entities from attempts to usurp assets”. The digitisation decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department Sekar Babu.

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10:38 (IST)20 May 2021
No patient will be refused services on any count, says Telangana Public Health Director

In an official note, Telangana Public Health Director G Srinivasa Rao said COVID-19 positive result is not necessary for patients to get admission in coronavirus-specific hospitals.

"No patient will be refused services on any count.This includes medications such as oxygen or essential drugs even if the patient belongs to a different city," it said.

It should be ensured that beds are not occupied by persons who do not need hospitalisation and discharge of the patients should be strictly in accordance with the revised policy of the union health ministry, it added. (PTI)

10:11 (IST)20 May 2021
Another senior MNM functionary quits party, blames lack of democracy

Actor Kamal Haasan-led Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) suffered yet another desertion at the senior level on Wednesday when party general secretary M Muruganandam announced quitting the party, blaming lack of democracy and honesty.

He is the fourth senior level functionary to resign and the second after former Vice President Dr R Mahendran to allege lack of democracy in the three year-old party.

In a tweet, Muruganandam said he had joined the party to do public work in “honest and independent manner.” “But with no conducive situation for that today, I am quitting from all party positions as well as the primary membership,” he added.

In his resignation letter uploaded on his Twitter handle, Muruganandam alleged that in the past few days there was “no democracy” in the organisation.

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10:10 (IST)20 May 2021
3 docs among 6 booked for black-marketing black fungus drug

Five people, including two doctors, were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly trying to sell drugs used to treat black fungus (mucormycosis) at an exorbitant price, police said.

Another doctor, allegedly involved in the case, is absconding, a press release from the police said. 

Five vials of Amphotericin B have been seized from the accused, the release said.

The accused were trying to sell the injection which costs around Rs 315 each at a cost of Rs 50,000 to the needy customers, it added. (PTI)

In the wake of the deadly Covid outbreak, the authorities of Kamatchipuri Adhinam, a temple in Coimbatore, have consecrated ‘Corona Devi’, a black stone idol of 1.5 feet tall, to protect people from the virus. The temple management is planning to organize Maha Yagam soon with special poojas to the deity for 48 days.

READ | Coimbatore temple consecrates ‘Corona Devi’ idol to protect people from pandemic

A private hospital in Tindivanam lost its license to treat Covid-19 patients after the death of a doctor who was administered a fake remdesivir injection at the hospital. The Tamil Nadu government also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh for violating Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) under the Tamil Nadu Public Health Act.

READ | Tamil Nadu hospital loses license after being held responsible for doctor’s death

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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