Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News June 18 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 8663 positive cases of Covid-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 24,06,497. Among these, Coimbatore reported 1,089 while Chennai accounted for 492 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,28,322. The state recorded 287 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 30,835. A total of 19,860 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 22,86,653.
The Tamil Nadu government announced more relaxations in 27 districts where the spread of Covid-19 is declining and public transportation is likely to resume from next week. The decision was taken after a meeting between Chief Minister MK Stalin and Transport Minister RS Rajakanappan at the Secretariat on Wednesday. According to sources, the government is planning to operate 50 per cent of the town buses.
Speaking to indianexpress.com, a senior official from the Villupuram State Transport Corporation said: “We are hoping that from June 21 (Monday), buses will be allowed to ply within districts initially and after assessing the situation, it will be open for inter-districts as well,” he said.