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Chennai Hyderabad May 5, 6 Highlights: TN records 24,898 cases and 195 deaths

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News May 5, 6 Highlights: As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 1,28,311.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: May 7, 2021 8:56:41 am
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Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News May 5, 6 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 24,898 positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 12,97,500. Among these, Chennai reported 6678 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 3,70,596. The state recorded 195 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 14,974. 150 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 21,546 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 11,51,058.

Meanwhile, the deaths of 13 critically ill patients at Chengalpattu Government Medical College Hospital, south of Chennai, within a span of 24 hours on Tuesday triggered panic following some reports that it was due to oxygen shortage, even as the government said there was no shortage as of 6 pm Tuesday, when reports last came in. Tamil Nadu Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan told The Indian Express that there was adequate quantity of oxygen according to records at 6 pm Tuesday.

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20:31 (IST)06 May 2021
Stalin swearing in as Tamil Nadu CM tomorrow; this is what his cabinet will look like

DMK president M K Stalin, who will be sworn in as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister on Friday, will have 34 ministers in his cabinet and he will hold key portfolios of Police and Home, among others. The list promises to be a balanced cabinet featuring both the youth and the experienced. Many former ministers have been inducted into the Stalin-led cabinet with some of them being given different portfolios this time around.

Former Chennai Mayor Ma Subramanian will be the Minister for Medical and Family Welfare while Palanivel Thiagarajan (PTR) will be the Minister for Finance. Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi, one of the youngest MLAs, will be the Minister for School Education

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19:18 (IST)06 May 2021
TN records 24,898 cases and 195 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 24,898 positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 12,97,500. Among these, Chennai reported 6678 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 3,70,596. The state recorded 195 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 14,974. 150 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 21,546 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 11,51,058.

15:00 (IST)06 May 2021
Stalin, EPS and OPS condole comedian Pandu's demise

Tamil comedian Pandu, noted for his unique facial expressions and body language, died in Chennai on Thursday due to COVID-19, his family said.

The DMK and AIADMK condoled his death. DMK chief M K Stalin said Pandu, besides being an excellent comedian was also an artist who held a doctorate in the subject and he had developed a unique style of comedy. Pandu's death was a huge loss to the film industry and to the world of drawings, paintings, Stalin said in a statement.

AIADMK top leaders O Panneerselvam and Edappadi K Palaniswami hailed Pandu for his acting skills and said he was well known to party founder and late Chief Minister M G Ramachandran. Expressing grief, they prayed for the comedian's soul to rest in peace. (PTI)

14:51 (IST)06 May 2021
Tamil Nadu: Three youths held for attacking wild elephants in Tiruppur

The Tiruppur forest officials have booked three youths for attacking and teasing wild elephants in a forest near the Thirumoorthy dam settlement area.

In videos that surfaced on various social media, the three youths could be seen teasing and hurting the elephants with stones and sticks.

“The incident had taken place on Wednesday morning. Three youths Kalimuthu (25), Selvam (32) and Arun Kumar (30) have been identified. They belong to the tribal community residing inside the forest limits. They usually take their cattle for grazing inside the forest and yesterday they came in contact with the two elephants and a calf. They started to tease the elephants and later attacked them with stones and sticks. They committed this act without realising its seriousness. When the elephant charged towards them, they managed to escape,” he said.

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14:27 (IST)06 May 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai and Hyderabad today

Petrol and diesel prices climbed for the third straight day across the country on Thursday, May 6, 2021. In the national capital, the petrol price rose by 25 paise while that of diesel inched up 30 paise. This is the third consecutive revision in fuel prices this month. Prior to this, petrol and diesel prices were unchanged for 18 days with the previous revision taking place on April 15, 2021.

In Chennai, petrol is priced at Rs. 92.90 per litre and diesel is priced at Rs. 86.35 per litre.

In Hyderabad, petrol costs Rs. 94.57 while diesel costs Rs. 88.77 per litre.

13:56 (IST)06 May 2021
Tamil comedy actor Pandu dies of Covid-19 at 74

Popular comedy actor Pandu passed away on Thursday due to Covid-19 related complications. He and his wife Kumudha had tested positive for the virus recently and were admitted to a private hospital. His condition deteriorated on Thursday morning and he breathed his last at the hospital. He was 74.

Pandu is a household name among Tamil movie fans. He joined the film industry following in the footsteps of his brother, Idichapuli Selvaraj, who was also a well-known comedian in the industry. Before joining show business, he was pursuing his interest in painting. It is noteworthy that he played a vital role in designing the flag of the AIADMK party, which was founded by matinee icon MG Ramachandran.

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13:19 (IST)06 May 2021
Over 15.24 lakh people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 15,24,538 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 10,910 people inoculated on Wednesday alone, according to the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

12:49 (IST)06 May 2021
Madras HC calls for reports on Corona issues

The Madras High Court on Wednesday directed the Tamil Nadu government to file reports on the availability of oxygen, Sterlite's role in making available the same and on the issue relating to alleged blocking of foreign aid to combat Covid-19 at the airport. The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy also wondered as to whether any action has been taken to prevent sale of anti-viral drug Remdesvir in the black market. 

The bench gave the directions when the issue relating to shortage of vaccines, beds and ventilators and diversion of oxygen to other neighbouring states, taken up by the court on its own, came up Wednesday. The judges also opined that due to the change in the government, the efforts to contain Covid-19 should not be slackened.

During the course of hearing, senior advocate P Wilson told the judges that the increased allocation of oxygen to Tamil Nadu to the tune of 500 MT per day was agreed upon between all the five Southern States and was also submitted to the empowered group of secretaries. But the secretaries have sat over this recommendation from Sunday, citing some proceedings before other High Courts, even though it has no bearing on the supply of oxygen to the Southern States, he said.

Wilson prayed for a direction to the Additional Solicitor General to file a report on why the Centre was 'sitting' over this recommendation of allocation of oxygen. The judges also reiterated their plea to the political parties to desist from holding victory meetings and rallies and bursting crackers on account of formation of the new government, led by the DMK, on Friday. (PTI)

12:35 (IST)06 May 2021
Telangana reports 6,026 new COVID-19 cases, 52 deaths

Telangana reported 6,026 fresh COVID-19 cases Wednesday, taking the tally to over 4.75 lakh while the toll stood at 2,579 with 52 more casualties, the state government said on Thursday. The silver lining is that the recoveries outnumbered fresh infections for the fourth consecutive day thus reducing overall positive cases in the state.

From May 1, the total number of fresh positive cases stood at 32,394 while the recoveries were at 33,884, according to the figures given by the State health Department. 

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 1115, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri (418) and Rangareddy (403), a government bulletin said.

The state has 77,127 active cases and over 79 thousand samples were tested on Wednesday. The total number of cumulative cases in the state stood at 4,75,748 while with 6,551 patients being cured, the total recoveries were at 3,96,042. Cumulatively, over 1.33 crore samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 3.58 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 83.24 per cent. (PTI)

12:22 (IST)06 May 2021
Remembering activist Traffic Ramaswamy, who waged war against illegal posters and hoardings in Chennai

KR Ramaswamy, better known as Traffic Ramaswamy, who took upon himself to clear Chennai of illegal posters and hoardings of the high and mighty, died at a city hospital Tuesday night, days after he suffered a massive cardiac arrest. He was 86. He is survived by his wife and a daughter.

Ramaswamy was known across Tamil Nadu as a feisty anti-corruption activist who won’t hesitate in approaching the court – or violating the law himself – for his cause. He wouldn’t even let his progressing age come in his way.

In 2015, Ramaswamy was kept in police custody for four days for blocking traffic and allegedly threatening a businessman while removing yet another hoarding of AIADMK supremo late J Jayalalithaa.

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11:35 (IST)06 May 2021
Gold worth Rs 28 lakh seized at Chennai airport

Gold worth Rs 28 lakh was seized from an air passenger who had arrived at the airport in Chennai from Dubai, Customs said on Wednesday.

The passenger, belonging to Puducherry, has been arrested, a press release from the Customs said. Three bundles of gold paste had been concealed by the arrested person in his rectum, the release said.

"On personal search, three bundles of gold paste, weighing 668 grams, were recovered from (his) rectum. On extraction, 578 gm of gold valued at Rs 28 lakh was recovered and seized under the Customs Act. He was arrested," it said.

Further investigations have begun, it added. (PTI)

11:25 (IST)06 May 2021
MK Stalin orders Chief Secretary to set up ‘war room’ to combat Covid-19

Amid rising Covid-19 cases across the state, Chief Minister MK Stalin on Wednesday said Tamil Nadu is facing a medical emergency. The announcement from the DMK president comes in the backdrop of several rounds of meetings with health experts and other officials over the past three days.

In a statement on Wednesday, Stalin said he has instructed the chief secretary to set up a ‘war room’ which will act as a central unit to monitor the medical oxygen stocks and vaccine, the requirement of beds, etc. He said the contribution of frontline workers during the pandemic is a great service to the people.

” The pandemic scenario has now changed into a ‘medical emergency’ and I appeal to private hospitals to fully commit themselves to save people who fear for their lives,” the DMK chief said in a statement. As part of Covid-19 containment measures, he asked the hospitals, which are now allotting 50 per cent of the total beds to Covid-19 patients, to provide additional beds. He urged them to also provide consession in billing to the maximum possible extent for services availed by coronavirus infected people. “This is a difficult period, but it is not something we cannot overcome,” he added.

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11:02 (IST)06 May 2021
Situation in state under control, says Telangana Chief Secretary

Telangana Chief Secretary told reporters that the pandemic situation in the State was under control and cases were expected to decline in the coming days. He further said the situation was not alarming and the government would examine the direction given by the court and take appropriate decisions on weekend lockdown.

The government knows that the situation is under control and we also know that there is not much use with lockdown, he said.

He said there was a need to follow treatment protocols and rules to contain the spread of the disease. (PTI)

10:33 (IST)06 May 2021
Telangana HC tells Telangana to mull weekend curfew, among other steps

The Telangana High Court on Wednesday directed the State government to review the COVID-19 situation and consider imposing additional measures such as implementing weekend lockdown and extending the present curfew hours to flatten the virus curve.

A Bench of Chief Justice Hima Kohli and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy, while hearing a batch of PILs (public interest litigations) on COVID-19 issues, directed the government that the review should be done before May 8. Currently, night curfew from 9 PM to 5 AM the next day is in force until May 8 (5 AM).

Also, the court directed the Centre to ensure proper supply of oxygen to the State after the Telangana Public Health Director informed the court that the gas tankers meant for the State were being stopped in Tamil Nadu. (PTI)

10:21 (IST)06 May 2021
13 deaths within hours trigger panic in Tamil Nadu over oxygen shortage

The death of 13 critically ill patients at Chengalpattu Government Medical College Hospital, south of Chennai, within a span of 24 hours on Tuesday triggered panic following some reports that it was due to oxygen shortage, even as the government said there was no shortage as of 6 pm Tuesday, when reports last came in. The deceased were between 40 and 85 years, doctors at the hospital said.

Sources in the hospital said there was a shortage of oxygen for a brief while due to the delay in oxygen delivery even as the state government ordered a probe to find out whether oxygen shortage led to the death of all 13 patients.

Tamil Nadu Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan told The Indian Express that there was adequate quantity of oxygen according to records at 6 pm Tuesday.

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10:00 (IST)06 May 2021
100 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities today

A total of 100 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 52 arrivals and 48 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:42 (IST)06 May 2021
Madras HC censure on Covid polls: Dissenting EC was keen to put views in affidavit, denied

So sharp was the difference in opinion between the two Election Commissioners over the response to the censure by the Madras High Court that the dissenting EC wanted to put his views on record in a separate affidavit, The Indian Express has learned.

However, the Election Commission rejected his suggestion and didn’t file his affidavit with the Madras High Court. The dissenting EC’s subsequent request to attach his separate affidavit to the Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed in the Supreme Court against the Madras High Court’s “murder-charges” remark was also ignored.

The Indian Express had first reported Wednesday that the poll panel’s plea in the Madras High Court to gag the media from reporting oral observations of judges and its SLP in the top court were not unanimously approved by the Commission.

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09:21 (IST)06 May 2021
TN reports 23,310 fresh cases, 6291 from Chennai alone

Tamil Nadu recorded 23,310 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 12,72,602. Among these, Chennai reported 6291 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 3,64,081. The state recorded 167 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 14,779. 133 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 20,062 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 11,29,512.

As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 1,28,311. Till date, 7,67,616 males, 4,04,948 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, 2,33,93,857 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 1,55,382 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 266 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 69 are government and 197 are private facilities.

09:21 (IST)06 May 2021
TN reports 23,310 fresh cases, 6291 from Chennai alone

Tamil Nadu recorded 23,310 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 12,72,602. Among these, Chennai reported 6291 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 3,64,081. The state recorded 167 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 14,779. 133 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 20,062 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 11,29,512.

As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 1,28,311. Till date, 7,67,616 males, 4,04,948 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, 2,33,93,857 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 1,55,382 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 266 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 69 are government and 197 are private facilities.

09:19 (IST)06 May 2021
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Welcome to the live blog from Chennai and Hyderabad where we bring to you the latest updates on COVID-19 vaccination, COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, politics, civic issues and more across Chennai and Hyderabad throughout the day. Follow the blog to stay up to date with the states in real time.

DMK president M K Stalin staked claim to form the government in Tamil Nadu Wednesday after his party-led coalition secured a landslide victory in the Assembly elections. Stalin called on Governor Banwarilal Purohit at Raj Bhavan in Chennai Wednesday morning and submitted a letter signed by the 133 MLAs confirming his election.

READ | MK Stalin stakes claim to form government in Tamil Nadu

KR Ramaswamy, better known as Traffic Ramaswamy, who took upon himself to clear Chennai of illegal posters and hoardings of the high and mighty, died at a city hospital Tuesday night, days after he suffered a massive cardiac arrest. Ramaswamy was known across Tamil Nadu as a feisty anti-corruption activist who won’t hesitate in approaching the court – or violating the law himself – for his cause. He wouldn’t even let his progressing age come in his way.

READ | Remembering activist Traffic Ramaswamy, who waged war against illegal posters and hoardings in Chennai

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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