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Chennai Hyderabad May 17, 18 Highlights: Tamil Nadu records 33,059 fresh Covid-19 cases and 364 deaths

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News May 17, 18 Highlights: According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 2,52,73,493 samples from the state have been tested till date.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: May 19, 2021 9:31:50 am
Ambulances parked outside Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH), in Chennai. (PTI Photo)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus May 17, 18 Highlights: Tamil Nadu on Tuesday reported 33,059 positive cases of Covid-19 taking the overall tally to 16,64,350. With 364 causalities in the past 24 hours, the death toll reached 18,369. As many as 21,362 people got discharged following treatment and there are still 2,42,929 active cases in Tamil Nadu. Among the 37 districts in the state, Chennai recorded 6,016 cases and 85 deaths. The city has 48455 active cases.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 2,31,596. Till date, 9,75,262 males, 6,55,991 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, 2,52,73,493 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 1,56,278 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 267 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 69 are government and 198 are private facilities.

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20:29 (IST)18 May 2021
Tamil Nadu records 33,059 fresh Covid-19 cases and 364 deaths

Tamil Nadu on Tuesday reported 33,059 positive cases of Covid-19 taking the overall tally to 16,64,350. With 364 causalities in the past 24 hours, the death toll reached 18,369. As many as 21,362 people got discharged following treatment and there are still 2,42,929 active cases in Tamil Nadu. Among the 37 districts in the state, Chennai recorded 6,016 cases and 85 deaths. The city has 48455 active cases.

19:11 (IST)18 May 2021
Tamil Nadu government to erect a statue for late writer Ki.Ra

Veteran Tamil writer and Sahitya Akademi winner Ki Rajanarayanan popularly known as Ki Ra, passed away at Puducherry on Monday due to age related illness. He was 98. Several politicians, literary enthusiasts offered their condolences to one of the icons of Tamil literature. Chief Minister MK Stalin offered rich tribute to the Tamil writer and said he will be laid to rest with full state honours. Further, the government is planning to construct a memorial and also planning to erect a statue of the writer at his hometown in Kovilapatti in his honour. 

17:04 (IST)18 May 2021
CM Public Relief Fund receives Rs 69 crore till Monday

CM's Public Relief Fund receives a sum of Rs 69 crore as donation till May 17. Of the collected amount, the govt is planning to distribute Rs 25 crore for the purchase of drugs including #Remedisivir and another Rs 25 crore to buy containers to bring liquid oxygen from other states.

15:00 (IST)18 May 2021
Now, E-registration mandatory for travelling within Chennai

In a bid to intensify lockdown measures, the Greater Chennai Police has made e-pass mandatory for movement between police station limits during the 6 am to 10 am window, when restrictions are eased for the public to buy essentials.

Based on the orders of the new City Commissioner Shankar Jiwal, the police have divided the city into 12 districts and 348 sectors. There will be 13 vehicle checkpoints at the district border area and an additional 153 checkpoints will cover all important junctions and police limits.

Those residing in the 181 containment zones in the city, however, will not be allowed to step out under any circumstances. As many as 309 four-wheelers, 205 two-wheelers will be deployed to monitor the new restrictions.

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14:31 (IST)18 May 2021
L Murugan's son tests positive for COVID-19

Tamil Nadu BJP President L Murugan's son tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday. Taking to Twitter, Murugan said that his son has been in the hospital for the past four days while Murugan, his wife and elder son who tested negative are all in home quarantine.

14:19 (IST)18 May 2021
Suriya’s Soorarai Pottru selected for Shanghai International Film Festival 2021

Tamil superstar Suriya-starrer Soorari Pottru has been selected for the 24th Shanghai International Film Festival under Panorama Section. Rajsekar Pandian, the co-producer at 2D Entertainments, recently took to his Twitter handle to announce the same.

Rajsekar Pandian tweeted, “Happy that #SooraraiPottru #PraiseTheBrave enters Panorama Section of Shanghai International Film Festival 2021.”

Recently, the movie also achieved a rare feat by becoming the third film in the ranking order with a 9.1 rating in the list of IMDb’s Top 1000 Movies. The first two films are Hollywood cult classics – The Shawshank Redemption and The Godfather.

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14:06 (IST)18 May 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai and Hyderabad today

After being steady for a day, prices of petrol and diesel were hiked again on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, touching fresh record highs across the country.

In Chennai, petrol is priced at Rs. 95.54 per litre and diesel at Rs. 88.34 per litre.

In Hyderabad, petrol costs Rs. 96.50 per litre while diesel costs Rs. 91.04 per litre.

13:33 (IST)18 May 2021
Renowned Tamil writer Ki Rajanarayanan dies at 98

Veteran Tamil writer and Sahitya Akademi winner Ki Rajanarayanan popularly known as Ki Ra, passed away at Puducherry on Monday due to age related illness. He was 98.

Ki Ra was born in Idaiseval village near Kovilpatti in Tamil Nadu in 1923. He dropped out of school after the seventh standard. He moved to Puducherry after being appointed as a professor of folklore at Puducherry university in the 1980s.

His first short story ‘Maayaman’ was published in 1958 and was an instant hit among the readers. Since then, Ki Ra had an expansive literary career. He was widely recognised for the depiction of the people and culture of ‘Karisal bhoomi’– the hot and dry land of southern Tamil Nadu.

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13:14 (IST)18 May 2021
Over 17.18L people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 17,18,455 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 19,210 people vaccinated on Monday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

12:23 (IST)18 May 2021
Supreme Court orders medical examination of rebel YSRCP MP at Army Hospital in Secunderabad

The Supreme Court on Monday directed that rebel YSRCP MP Kanumuri Raghurama Krishnam Raju, who was arrested last week by Andhra Pradesh CID on sedition charges and allegedly assaulted in custody, be medically examined at the Army Hospital in Secunderabad, Telangana, and admitted there for medical care.

A vacation bench of Justices Vineet Saran and B R Gavai also directed that the medical examination be conducted by a “medical board of three doctors of the hospital to be constituted by the head of the Army Hospital… in the presence of a judicial officer, who may be nominated by the Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court”.

Proceedings of the medical examination, the bench said, shall be videographed and submitted to the Registrar General of the Telangana High Court in a sealed cover to be passed on to the Supreme Court.

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12:17 (IST)18 May 2021
On Twitter, @KTRTRS is on call… not just for Covid help

On May 13, sixty-one-year-old Jakkula Ravi Kumar, a former hospital administrator, sent out frantic tweets to save his son’s life. He tagged ministers and philanthropists and requested immediate assistance for Chaitanya Kiran, his 31-year-old son who was recovering from Covid-19 and shared a doctor’s prescription.

“@KTRTRS My son has recovered from COVID after 22 days of hospitalisation. We have spent up to Rs 10 lakh. The doctor has suggested we move him home if we have a concentrator. Please help,” he tweeted minister KT Rama Rao, along with photos of his bedridden son and an oxygen concentrator. On May 17 morning, he tweeted once again tagging the minister and thanked him for sending an oxygen concentrator.

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11:54 (IST)18 May 2021
AIADMK pledges Rs 1 crore to tackle COVID-19

Contributions to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund continued to pour in to help the government tackle the COVID-19 pandemic with the AIADMK on Monday saying it would give Rs one crore besides a month's salary of its MLAs and MPs.

The AIADMK, in a statement, said that it had given Rs one crore during the first wave of the pandemic last year and asked its cadres to alleviate the sufferings of the people hit by COVID-19 in their respective regions. In order to help create medical amenities and provide appropriate relief to the people, the principal opposition party said it would make a contribution of Rs one crore to the CMPRF and also give away a month's salary of its MLAs and MPs.

CPI general secretary D Raja said its two Lok Sabha MPs and two MLAs from Tamil Nadu would give their one month's salary to the Fund and CPI(M) State Secretary K Balakrishnan handed over a cheque of Rs 10 lakh, favouring the CMPRF, to Chief Minister M K Stalin at the Secretariat.

Sun TV Network Chairman Kalanidhi Maran gave away a cheque for Rs 10 crore to Stalin. Top executives of the Tamilnad Mercantile Bank Limited presented a cheque of Rs three crore to Stalin and Tamil Nadu Petroleum Dealers Association Rs 50 lakh.

Similarly, several others met Stalin at the Secretariat and gave cheques favouring the CM Fund to support the government to tackle the pandemic. (PTI)

11:35 (IST)18 May 2021
Asuran actor Nitish Veera dies of Covid-19

Actor Nitish Veera is the latest member of the Tamil film fraternity to lose the battle against the coronavirus. The 45-year-old actor succumbed to the virus on Monday at Chennai’s Omandurar Government Hospital.

Nitish Veera had appeared in supporting roles in several successful movies. He caught his first break as a supporting actor with director Selvaraghavan’s cult hit Pudhupettai. In the 2006 film, he played the role of Mani, the close confidant and friend of notorious gangster Kokki Kumar (played by Dhanush). Like the protagonist, Nitish’s role also had a strong character arc and was appreciated by the audience. From being the mentor of Kokki Kumar to becoming Kumar’s sidekick and then joining forces with Kumar’s enemies, Mani’s character goes through a solid transformation. “REST IN PEACE MY “MANI” (sic),” tweeted Selvaraghavan, mourning the demise of Nitish.

He also appeared in films like Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu, Sindhanai Sei, Peranbu, Raatchasi, Kaala and others. His last memorable performance was in Asuran. Written and directed by Vetrimaara, the 2019 film saw Nitish Veera play the role of an upper-class bigot. Vetrimaara used the character to demonstrate how caste pride takes precedence over loyalty and gratitude.

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11:26 (IST)18 May 2021
RPF constable, engineer killed as iron gate collapses at ICF

A Railway Protection Force constable and a senior section engineer were killed in Chennai on Monday when an iron gate fell on them during repair work at the Integral Coach Factory.

While the work was being done on the 'vehicle main gate' of ICF furnishing unit, the big iron gate got stuck and fell on a 51-year old engineer (works) and a constable, (aged 41), ICF sources told PTI.

Both of them were rushed to the ICF hospital and while the engineeer was declared brought dead, the constable succumbed to injuries soon after, sources added. (PTI)

10:45 (IST)18 May 2021
Don’t consider steam inhalation to be a medical treatment for Covid, says Tamil Nadu Health Minister

A day after people raised safety concerns over mobile steam inhalation vehicles and stations, Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian on Monday said the state government has laid down a treatment protocol for Covid-19 as per the guidelines of the World Health Organisation and people should not resort to self-medication as it could pose a great risk to life.

“The practice of inhaling steam is spreading among the public. It has been shared on social media that such practices will prevent Covid-19. The hot pressurised air could affect the lungs and when people inhale with their mouths open, the chances of the virus spreading to the next person is very high.  Also, steam inhalation cannot be considered to be medical treatment. Infected persons should reach the hospital and get medical help rather than indulging in self-medication,” he said.

Further, Subramanian said to include other systems of medicine, the government has set up Siddha Covid care centres to provide special treatment based on the guidance provided by the committee formed by the state government.

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10:22 (IST)18 May 2021
60 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities today

A total of 60 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 30 arrivals and 30 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

10:02 (IST)18 May 2021
Puducherry CM back home after treatment for Covid-19

Chief Minister of Puducherry and AINRC party founder N Rangasamy returned home on Monday after getting discharged from a hospital in Chennai where he was under treatment for Covid-19, the party sources said.

Rangasamy was admitted to the private hospital on May 9 after he tested positive for the virus. (PTI)

09:44 (IST)18 May 2021
Rajinikanth requests people to stay safe, contributes Rs 50 lakh to the Tamil Nadu CM Relief Fund

Superstar Rajinikanth on Monday met Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin in Chennai to extend his support to the state’s effort to battle the second wave of coronavirus. The superstar also contributed a sum of Rs 50 lakh to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Last week, the newly-elected chief minister had appealed to the public and the private organisations to generously contribute towards relief work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I request people to follow all the safety guidelines laid down by the government. Only then we will be able to defeat the coronavirus pandemic,” Rajinikanth told reporters after meeting with the chief minister.

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09:36 (IST)18 May 2021
TN reports 33,075 fresh cases, 335 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 33,075 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 16,31,291. Among these, Chennai reported 6150 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 4,44,371. The state recorded 335 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 18,005. 257 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 20,486 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 13,81,690.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 2,31,596. Till date, 9,75,262 males, 6,55,991 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, 2,52,73,493 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 1,56,278 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 267 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 69 are government and 198 are private facilities.

09:35 (IST)18 May 2021
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Superstar Rajinikanth on Monday met Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin in Chennai to extend his support to the state’s effort to battle the second wave of coronavirus. The superstar also contributed a sum of Rs 50 lakh to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Last week, the newly-elected chief minister had appealed to the public and the private organisations to generously contribute towards relief work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

READ | Rajinikanth requests people to stay safe, contributes Rs 50 lakh to the Tamil Nadu CM Relief Fund

In another incident of caste discrimination, three elderly Dalit men were forced to fall at the feet of upper-caste Hindus over a discord at a temple festival at Ottanandal village which falls within the Tiruvennainallur block in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu. The village holds a population of close to 40 Dalit families and more than 200 families belonging to other castes.

READ | Tamil Nadu: Dalit men forced to prostrate in Villupuram; 2 arrested under SC/ST act, 54 Dalits booked for issuing death threat

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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