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Chennai Hyderabad April 23 Highlights: TN reports 12,652 fresh cases, 3789 from Chennai alone

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News April 23 Highlights: As of Thursday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 89,428.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: April 26, 2021 9:06:46 am
Hyderabad, COVID-19Visitors walk on a street leading to the historic Charminar, closed in view of the recent surge in coronavirus cases, in Hyderabad. (PTI)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News April 23 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 12,652 positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 10,37,711. Among these, Chennai reported 3789 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,97,814. The state recorded 59 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 13,317. Fifty one of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 7526 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 9,34,966.

Telangana has been witnessing a sharp increase in the number of micro containment zones ever since the state health department began to share the data for the first time since the pandemic began. The number rose from 363 to 495 zones in the last couple of days. As of April 22, there are as many as 495 active micro containment zones across the state, a maximum of them in the state capital.

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18:10 (IST)23 Apr 2021
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai Saturday

Tangedco has announced a powercut in parts of Chennai Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm to carry out maintenance work.

Here are the affected areas:

  • Almathy: Veerapuram, Morai, Thirumalai Nagar, Velmurugan, Eswari Nagar, Nehru Nagar, Mettupalayam and nearby areas.
  • Adyar Sastri: IMPCOPS, Anand Flats, Bharani Hotel, ABS, Jeya Timber and Parts of L B Road.
  • Arumbakkam: MMDA Colony, Choolaimedu, Kodambakkam, Azhagiri Nagar and nearby areas.
  • Tidel Park: CSIR Road, Kalainar Street, Periyar Street, MGR Nagar and nearby areas.
17:40 (IST)23 Apr 2021
Locals oppose opening Vedanta’s oxygen plants in TN amid Covid surge

Sterlite Copper plant, owned by the Vedanta group of companies, has sought approvals of the Tamil Nadu government and the Centre to operate its oxygen plants to meet the rising demand for Covid-19 patients across the country. The company has also filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking its permission to open only the oxygen plant at the copper smelter unit to produce 1,050 tonnes of oxygen per day for hospitals.

However, tension prevailed at the Thoothukudi collector’s office Friday during a public hearing on the reopening of the copper plant. The Tamil Nadu government had asked the Thoothukudi district administration to conduct a public hearing and sent its report by April 23 (Friday) to submit an affidavit before the Supreme Court.

Close to 500 police personnel were deployed outside the district collector’s office. Locals staged a protest saying they don’t want the oxygen supplied by Vedanta company. “We don’t want it (oxygen supply) from them. When our people got shot in 2018, the government didn’t ask for any public opinion. This is a drama by the Vedanta Company to restart their plant. Covid-19 can only kill us but If we allow Vedanta to reopen their plant here, not just us but even our future generations will be affected. We will not let that happen, we will fight till our last breath,” an angry protester told the reporters.

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17:07 (IST)23 Apr 2021
Telangana: IAF planes airlift oxygen tanks from Hyderabad to Odisha

The Telangana government, with the help of Indian Air Force planes, airlifted nine empty oxygen tankers to Odisha plants on Friday to procure liquid oxygen for the state.

The plants at Angul and Rourkela are about 1200 km away from Hyderabad and the decision to airlift oxygen tankers would not only save time but also help resolve to a large extent the rising shortage of medical oxygen for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. The tankers will return by road and will bring the state 150 metric tonnes of liquid oxygen by April 27.

On Friday, Health minister Eatala Rajender along with the Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar and other officials oversaw the operation at the old airport at Begumpet in Hyderabad. According to a statement from the minister’s office, two C17 aircraft of the Indian Air Force were deployed for the purpose.

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16:47 (IST)23 Apr 2021
EPS writes to Modi, seeks 20 lakh doses of covid vaccine from Centre

The Tamil Nadu government on Friday urged the Centre to allocate an "assured supply" of 20 lakh doses of covid vaccines to ensure unhindered immunisation and batted against any restriction on supply of Remdesivir, used in COVID-19 treatment. Chief Minister K Palaniswami told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that an Integrated Vaccine complex near Chennai was ready and appealed that it be brought to working condition at the earliest to augment production of COVID vaccines.

In a letter to Modi, the chief minister said directions are being issued by National and "certain State regulators," prioritising supplies by individual manufacturers to certain states and restricting Remdesivir sales only within the state where the drug was being produced.
"This would be very damaging to the availability of such valuable life saving drugs in places of need. At this stage, any restrictive orders by individual States, should be strictly barred to ensure easy accessibility of Remdesivir. I urge Government of India to take up this issue with such states where the companies have their production facilities located," Palaniswami said.

On the vaccination front, he said the drive was gaining pace in the state and requested that "an assured supply of at least ten days consumption of vaccine, of about 20 lakh doses, may be supplied well in advance to ensure that the vaccination drive in the individual sites are not affected and persons coming for second dose are assured of vaccination on the date and on the site they report."

The CM's plea comes in the wake of reported shortage of vaccines in some parts of the state, especially with many waiting for their second dose of covid jab. Palaniswami further said that the "Integrated Vaccine complex located at Chengalpattu in Tamil Nadu, a Centrally executed project of national importance, with an aim to ensure vaccine security at a national level, is structurally and functionally ready and awaiting commissioning and validation."

"I am informed that this would be possible, if some pending works can be fast-tracked. I would appeal to you to bring this facility to working condition at the earliest, so as to augment the production of COVID vaccines," he told Modi. (PTI)

15:49 (IST)23 Apr 2021
Over 12.68 people vaccinated in Chennai till date

A total of 12,68,289 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 25,415 people having been inoculated on Thursday alone.

15:03 (IST)23 Apr 2021
Tamil Nadu village quarantined after 26 members tests positive

An entire village in Tamil Nadu has been declared a containment zone after 26 people in the village tested positive for Covid-19. There are as many as 79 houses and 383 families at Marakottai village in Karuvalli Gram Panchayat near Omalur.

The district administration said a majority of the residents in the village travel to other states like Karnataka for work.

Sadhu Bakatha Singh, the senior doctor at the Kadayampatti primary health care, said a couple of days ago, four people who had returned to the village from Bengaluru had complained of fever and other COVID-19 symptoms on Wednesday. They were tested at the primary health care centre and found to be positive. The doctors at the centre soon conducted swab tests for their contacts who had symptoms like difficulty in breathing, fever, and found 12 people positive on Thursday.

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14:24 (IST)23 Apr 2021
Telangana CM's son KTR tests positive

Telangana Minister and Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao's son KT Rama Rao in a tweet on Friday said he tested positive for the virus.

"Ive tested COVID positive with mild symptoms. Currently isolated at home Those of you who have met me last few days, kindly follow the covid protocol, get tested & take care," he tweeted.

On April 19, an official release said KCR tested positive for the virus and had mild symptoms. (PTI)

13:45 (IST)23 Apr 2021
Telangana reports 6,206 new COVID-19 cases, 29 deaths

Telangana reported 6,206 fresh COVID-19 cases Thursday, pushing the tally to over 3.79 lakh, while the toll rose to 1928 with 29 more fatalities, the highest ever in a single day, the state government said on Friday.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 1,005, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri (502) and Nizamabad (406), it said in a bulletin.

The total number of cumulative cases in the state stood at 3,79,494 while with 3,052 patients being cured, the total recoveries were at 3,24,840. The state has 52,726 active cases and over 1.05 lakh samples were tested on Thursday. Cumulatively, over 1.22 crore samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 3.29 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.50 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 85.59 per cent. The state has 304 active micro containment zones.    

According to a separate release, over 31.59 lakh people in the state have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine while over 4.42 lakh got their second shot also as of April 22. (PTI)

13:15 (IST)23 Apr 2021
TTD panel concludes Hanuman born in Jabali, Karnataka wants ASI survey to contest claim

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), based on a report submitted by its expert panel, has made an official announcement Wednesday claiming that Jabali near Akasha Ganga waterfall in Tirumala Hills of Andhra Pradesh was the birthplace of Hanuman. The TTD made the announcement on Rama Navami, even as its earlier claims were contested by Karnataka which has at least two contenders for the claims — one near Hampi and another in Gokarna.

The TTD, which manages shrines including the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple in Andhra Pradesh, had formed an expert panel comprising Vedic scholars, archaeologists and an ISRO scientist to study and submit a report pinpointing the actual birthplace of Hanuman.National Sanskrit University Vice-Chancellor V Muralidhara Sharma, one of the member committee, said they established the fact that Tirumala is the birthplace of Hanuman after four months of intensive research. “Based on puranic anthologies, literary scientific and epigraphic evidence, as well geographic details available, Hanuman was born on Anjanadri in Treta Yuga. Rock inscriptions at Srivari temple of 1491 and 1545 CE also mention Anjanadri as the birthplace of Anjaneya,” he said.

TTD executive officer KS Jawahar Reddy said that the TTD would also bring the matter to the notice of both the state and central governments and get ‘Jabali’ officially declared as the birthplace of Hanuman.

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12:20 (IST)23 Apr 2021
TN to provide COVID-19 vaccine free of cost for those above 18 years from May 1

The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday said it will provide free COVID-19 vaccination for all from May 1, when the next phase of inoculation drive covering all above 18 years would start. The announcement comes a day after major vaccine maker Serum Institute of India announced a price of Rs 400 per dose for its COVID-19 vaccine 'Covishield' for State governments and Rs 600 per dose for private hospitals.

Incidentally, Chief Minister K Palaniswami had last year announced that the government will provide the vaccine free of cost once it was ready and beneficiaries in the earlier phases--senior citizens and those above 45 with comorbidities and all over 45 years of age-- have been inoculated at government hospitals at no cost.

Announcing the vaccination camp for those aged 18-45 years from next month as part of the third phase of the inoculation drive, the state government said districts which were the most affected by the pandemic will be prioritised in conducting the free camps. Calling upon people to utilise the opportunity, an official release from the government said the vaccination would help build immunity in the population.

All sections of people in the 18-45 years age group, including those working at markets, traders, vendors, hotel and restaurant employees, auto and taxi drivers, government employees, school and college teachers, migrant workers and transport workers, would be covered during this massive drive.

Vaccination will continue as before in the government vaccination centres free of cost to the eligible population above 45 years, the statement said. (PTI)

11:47 (IST)23 Apr 2021
TN sets up control room to help migrant workers

The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday announced the establishment of a control room and helpline facilities for migrant workers and said all efforts are oriented towards safeguarding their livelihood opportunities in the state.

Those having any grievances or wish to seek relief from the government could contact the control room on phone numbers: 044-24321438 / 24321408 between 8 am and 8 pm.

"The second Coronavirus wave caused panic among a section of migrant workers who headed for the railway station and bus stations to return to their native states. The government is involved in creating a conducive atmosphere for the migrant workers to remain in Tamil Nadu and continue to work," an official release said on Thursday.

The government announced helplines for Chennai (7904802429), Tiruvallur (9442832516), Kancheepuram (9840090101), Chengalpet (9940856855), Salem (9489214157), Coimbatore (9941121001), Tiruppur (9789723235), Krishnagiri (9842908287) and Tirunelveli (9965711725). (PTI)

11:26 (IST)23 Apr 2021
Settle issue amicably: Madras HC to 'Indian 2' crew

The Madras High Court on Thursday asked the contending parties in the matter relating to the production of 'Indian 2', starring Kamal Haasan in the lead role, to sit together and settle the issue amicably.

The appeal from producers Lyca Productions sought to restrain the film's director S Shankar from taking up any other project, before completing Indian 2, a sequel to the Shankar-Haasan duo's 1996 blockbuster, 'Indian.'

The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy gave a direction to this effect when the appeal from Lyca Productions came up Thursday.

Senior counsel for Shankar told the bench that his client would take up the new assignment of directing a Telugu film only in May, 2022 and in the meantime, complete Indian 2 in five months from June this year. Since Vivekh, an actor in the film, had just died, the portion already filmed, is to be  redone, he pointed out.

Observing that any order from the court would not solve the issue fully, the bench advised the parties to forget the past, sit together, hold discussions and arrive at an amicable solution. (PTI)

11:05 (IST)23 Apr 2021
Number of people in Andhra availing free Covid treatment under state scheme crosses 1 lakh

The number of people who received free Covid-19 treatment in private hospitals in Andhra Pradesh under Arogyasri scheme crossed one lakh Thursday. The state was the first to include Covid-19 treatment in the list of illnesses covered under the state’s flagship healthcare scheme just as the pandemic started last year.

“These people were able to receive the best Covid-19 treatment for free at private hospitals under Arogyasri. In most cases the hospital bills paid by the government were more than the annual income of the affected person and his or her family,” said Health Minister A K Krishna Srinivas. Till Thursday, 1,00,033 Covid-19 patients had received free treatment in various private hospitals across the state, under this scheme. The government has spent over Rs 309 crores to pay off the bills pertaining to these individuals. Under Arogyasri, economically and socially backward families receive free health care at listed hospitals, if the medical expense exceeds Rs 1,000.

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10:39 (IST)23 Apr 2021
SC terms Covid-19 situation ‘national emergency’, agrees to hear Vedanta plea of free oxygen supply

The Supreme Court Thursday termed the Covid-19 situation as almost a “national emergency” while agreeing to hear Vedanta’s plea for opening of its Sterlite copper unit at Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu on the ground that it would produce thousand tonnes of oxygen and give it free of cost to treat patients.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde was unimpressed with the objection of Tamil Nadu government which initially sought hearing of Vedanta’s plea on Monday and opposed its opening on various grounds including that it has been rejected by the apex court earlier.

“We understand all this. We will ensure compliance of all environmental norms by the plant and its oxygen producing facility would be allowed to operate. We are on the oxygen plant,” the bench, also comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat, said when senior advocate C S Vaidyanathan for Tamil Nadu objected to the plea of the company.

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10:37 (IST)23 Apr 2021
8 fishermen stranded off TN coast rescued by Coast Guard

Eight Tamil Nadu fishermen who were stranded off the coast of Karaikal after their boat suffered a 'machinery breakdown', have been rescued by the Coast Guard, officials said on Thursday.

According to an official release, Indian Coast Guard ship (ICGS) 'Ameya' patrolling the Bay of Bengal received information about a fishing boat stranded 15 nautical miles from the coast of Karaikal due to engine breakdown and drifting away due to bad weather on Wednesday.

The boat and the distressed crew were located by the vessel following which it was towed to safety and later handed over to government authorities in Nagapattinam, it said. During the search and rescue mission, the Coast Guard staff at Karaikal station were in constant touch with the boat owner and the authorities from the fisheries department.

The Coast Guard said the incident highlights one of the disadvantages of fishing boats venturing out alone mid-sea. The Coast Guard asked the fishermen to go fishing in groups by adhering to safe practices at sea and carry adequate life saving appliances and communication equipment. (PTI)

10:19 (IST)23 Apr 2021
Chiranjeevi announces free Covid-19 vaccination for Telugu artistes, film journalists

Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi recently announced a free vaccination drive for all artistes and journalists associated with the Telugu film industry. Starting Thursday, people who are above 45 will be eligible to get free vaccination through an initiative backed by Corona Crisis Charity (CCC). Under this scheme, the eligible candidates can also get their spouses vaccinated if they are aged 45 and above.

“The eligible cine artistes and journalists can register for free vaccination through their unions or associations. If your spouse is 45, they can also get a free vaccination under this drive. We will prepare a schedule and vaccinate beneficiaries accordingly at Apollo Hospitals starting Thursday. Also, you will get free consultation for three months through Apollo 24/7,” said Chiranjeevi in a video message.

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10:05 (IST)23 Apr 2021
Dubai-bound AI flight returns to Chennai due to technical reasons

A Dubai-bound Air India flight with over 170 passengers returned to Chennai on Thursday due to technical reasons, officials said.

The flight carrying 172 passengers and seven crew members, departed from here in the evening and was air bound for sometime, before it returned to the city.

An Air India spokesperson said the flight came back due to technical reasons but left for its destination later.

"Air India accords top priority to safety. The moment some technical issue was suspected, the pilot asked for a priority landing. The same aircraft took off after necessary checks at 21.11 hrs," the spokesperson added. (PTI)

09:38 (IST)23 Apr 2021
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

Tangedco has announced a powercut in parts of Chennai from 9 am to 5 pm today to carry out maintenance work.

Here are the affected areas:

  • Parivakkam: Parivakkam and nearby areas.
09:33 (IST)23 Apr 2021
207 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities today

A total of 207 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 102 arrivals and 105 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:30 (IST)23 Apr 2021
Tamil Nadu govt assures high court on the availability of oxygen, ventilators

The Tamil Nadu government Thursday informed the Madras High court that it has enough supply of oxygen and ventilators. The state government’s reply comes after the Madras High Court took suo motu notice of newspaper reports on the shortage of Remdesivir and ventilators in the state and diversion of oxygen from a city plant to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

The bench headed by Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy directed Vijay Narayanan, the advocate general for Tamil Nadu, to get clear instructions from the government to ensure that the state his handling the issue properly.

In the second half of the day, AG Vijay Narayanan informed the court that Tamil Nadu is one of the very few states with no shortage of ventilators at a time of dire need and the manufacturing is far ahead of requirement. He further added that there are about 9,600 ventilators of which 5,887 are earmarked for Covid-19 treatment and in private there about 6000 ventilators and 3,000 of them have been earmarked for the treatment of the deadly viral.

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The number of people who received free Covid-19 treatment in private hospitals in Andhra Pradesh under Arogyasri scheme crossed one lakh Thursday. The state was the first to include Covid-19 treatment in the list of illnesses covered under the state’s flagship healthcare scheme just as the pandemic started last year. The scheme permitted some critically ill persons to receive treatment even at expensive hospitals such as Apollo Hospitals.

READ | Number of people in Andhra availing free Covid treatment under state scheme crosses 1 lakh

The Tamil Nadu Forest Department has arrested two people for allegedly poisoning a tigress in Singara forest range of Mudumalai Tiger Reserve in Nilgris in November 2020. The arrests were made on Tuesday. The carcass of the seven-year-old tigress was found at Seemankuli Odai near Achakarai. Forest officials rescued two male cubs from the area and sent them to Arignar Anna Zoological Park in Perungalathur to be raised under special care.

READ | Tamil Nadu: Two arrested for poisoning tigress in Mudumalai last November

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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