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Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus July 22, 23 Highlights: 84 Raj Bhavan employees test positive for COVID-19

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown Latest News July 22, 23 Highlights: As many as 4,13,857 people have entered Tamil Nadu through various modes of travel and 4,995 of them have tested positive.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: July 24, 2020 9:28:50 am
gujarat coronavirus news update, gujarta covid cases, gujarat new covid cases, gujarat covid cases tool, gujafrta covid death toll, indian expess news A total of 84 people have tested positive for COVID-19 at Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the Governor of Tamil Nadu. 84 out of 147 people working in Raj Bhavan, including four police officers and firefighters have been affected by the virus. (Representational)

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News July 22, 23 Highlights: Tamil Nadu on Wednesday reported 5,849 fresh Covid-19 cases – the highest in a single day, taking its tally to 1,86,492. The total number of cases on Wednesday included 74 returnees from other countries and states.

With 522 deaths in the past 24 hours, including 444 deaths notified after report of Death Reconciliation Committee in Greater Chennai Corporation, the toll reached 3144.

A bulletin by the Tamil Nadu Health Department added that the committee has recommended that an additional 444 deaths would fall under the category of Covid death as per the ICMR guidelines though such cases were medically considered dead due to co-morbidity or other terminal illness.

Among all the districts, Chennai continued to top the list with 1171 cases. Apart from Chennai, Thiruvallur (430), Ranipet (414), Virudhunagar (363), Thoothukudi (327) and Kancheepuram (325) recorded most number of Covid-19 cases.

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20:17 (IST)23 Jul 2020
6472 fresh cases recorded today

Tamil Nadu recorded its highest ever single-day count till date, with 6472 fresh cases reported in the state on Thursday. With this, the state COVID-19 tally has risen to 1,92,964. Among these, Chennai reported 1336 positive cases, bringing the city's total to 90,900.

Tamil Nadu recorded 88 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 3232. 77 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. As of Thursday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 52,939. Till date, 1,17,252 males, 75,689 females and 23 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, 21,57,869 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 62,112 samples having been sent today.

The state discharged 5210 patients following treatment today, putting the total number of recoveries at 1,36,793.

18:30 (IST)23 Jul 2020
Lessons for school students to be televised from August 1

The lessons for school students in Tamil Nadu are to be televised from August 1 through 14 channels, said state Education Minister K A Sengottiyan on Thursday.

A decision on the syllabus and re-opening of schools would be decided by an 18-member expert committee, the Minister said at Nambiyur village in Erode district, where he inaugurated developmental works worth Rs 2 crore. A total of 52 lakh students have been given laptops free of cost, he said, adding that the Chief Minister K Palaniswami has already inaugurated the televised classes.

The Minister's announcement on online classes during COVID-19 times triggered a debate since the students of government schools hail from poorer sections of society and might not have the wherewithal such as smart mobile phones. Considering this, a decision was taken to televise the classes.

18:17 (IST)23 Jul 2020
19 legislators in state test positive

A total of 19 legislators have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state, including four state cabinet ministers. Among the 19, one minister has recovered and rejoined duty, while one MLA had succumbed to the virus in May.

Here is the full list:

AIADMK - Nine legislators

  • K Palani
  • K P Anbalagan (Recovered)
  • R Kumaraguru
  • N Sathan Prabhakar
  • Amman K Arjunan
  • B Valarmathi
  • P Thangamani
  • Sellur K Raja
  • Dr. Nilofer Kafeel

DMK - 10 legislators

  • J Anbazhagan (Deceased)
  • Vasantham K Karthikeyan
  • R T Arasu
  • K S Masthan
  • V Ganesan
  • Senguttavan
  • P Karthikeyan
  • R Gandhi
  • Thangapandian
  • Jeeva Geetha Jeevan
18:01 (IST)23 Jul 2020
One more DMK MLA tests positive

Thoothukudi DMK MLA Jeeva Geetha Jeevan has tested positive for COVID-19. With this, the number of legislators in the state who have tested positive has risen to 19.

16:49 (IST)23 Jul 2020
Puducherry CM announces relief package to families of COVID-19 victims

Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanaswamy has announced a relief package of one lakh rupees to the families of each person who has succumbed to the virus in the union territory.

15:39 (IST)23 Jul 2020
Inspector imprisoned for Sathankulam custodial deaths taken to hospital for treatment

Sathankulam police inspector Sridhar, who was imprisoned in Madurai Central Jail for his alleged involvement in the custodial deaths of P Jeyaraj and has been taken to Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) in Madurai for treatment. He was taken to hospital after he complained of neck pain. 

Including Sridhar, ten police officers have been arrested and imprisoned in the same central jail for their alleged involvement in the custodial deaths of P Jeyaraj and J Bennix.

14:24 (IST)23 Jul 2020
Human trials for Covaxin begin in Chennai

The first phase of human trials of Covaxin, an indigenous Covid-19 vaccine, began in SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre in Chennai at 9 AM on Thursday. SRM is one of the 12 institutions that have been chosen for conducting human trials.

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14:20 (IST)23 Jul 2020
CM cancels even semester exams for all colleges students apart from those in final year

Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Edappadi K Palaniswami has cancelled even semester exams for first and second year undergraduate students and first year postgraduate students of arts and science colleges, first, second and third year undergraduate students and first year postgraduate students of engineering colleges and first year MCA students.

The students for whom exams have been cancelled have been promoted to the next academic year. The announcement specifically does not include final year students. The details regarding exams for final year students is expected.

13:36 (IST)23 Jul 2020
ECI defers by-elections in two assembly constituencies in TN

The Election Commission of India has, in public interest deferred the by-polls which were due for election up to September 7, 2020, till the situation becomes conducive for holding elections. In Tamil Nadu, bypolls to Gudiyatham and Thiruvotriyur constituencies deferred.

13:26 (IST)23 Jul 2020
84 people test positive at Raj Bhavan

A total of 84 people have tested positive for COVID-19 at Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the Governor of Tamil Nadu. 84 out of 147 people working in Raj Bhavan, including four police officers and firefighters have been affected by the virus. They have been quarantined by the health department, while Raj Bhavan has been disinfected by employees from the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

A release from Raj Bhavan stated that none of the affected individuals had come in contact with the Governor or other senior officials. 

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12:36 (IST)23 Jul 2020
Head constable Murugan denied bail in Sathankulam custodial deaths case

Head constable Murugan who was involved in the custodial deaths of father and son, P Jeyaraj and J Bennix respectively, has been denied bail by the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court.

P Jeyaraj, 62 , and J Bennix, 32 had been taken into police custody by Sathankumalm police officers in the evening of June 19. The police took P Jeyaraj into police custody for alleged violation of prohibitory orders by keeping his mobile shop open in the evening. J Bennix who went to the police station appealing for the release of his father was also taken into custody.

It is alleged that the father son duo were tortured by beating in the police station. A total of 10 policemen have been arrested so far in the case.

12:29 (IST)23 Jul 2020
TN has recorded third highest COVID-19 deaths in the country

The number of new infections from across the country jumped to almost 46,000 on Wednesday. That means more than 12.38 lakh people have so far been found to be infected with the virus in India, out of which 7,82 lakh have already recovered. Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday reported more than 6,000 new cases to take its total caseload to over 64,000 now. Even Tamil Nadu or Karnataka, two states with large caseloads and a recent history of big surges, have never crossed that number.

Tamil Nadu did come close on Wednesday, though, with over 5,800 new cases, a big jump from the numbers it had been reporting in recent days. For close to a month, Tamil Nadu had been detecting between 3,500 and 4,800 new cases every day. As a result, its growth rate (seven-day compounded daily growth rate) had fallen below three per cent.

Wednesday’s jump could be a result of data reconciliation exercise happening in the state. At least, that is what led to the addition of 518 deaths to the state tally on Wednesday. The state said 400 of these were unreported deaths from previous days that have been discovered due to an ongoing exercise to match and clean up data.

Tamil Nadu has recorded the third highest number of Coronvirus-related deaths in the country, after Maharashtra and Delhi. Maharashtra has registered over 12,500 deaths till now, while Delhi has had more than 3,700. The overall death toll in the country is close to 30,000 now.

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11:58 (IST)23 Jul 2020
Govt receives Rs 394.14 cr as contribution in fight against Covid-19

The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday said that it has received Rs 394.14 crore as contribution in its fight against Covid-19 from members of the public, philanthropists, corporates and various associations.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami thanked the institutions, public and various organisations, besides all the kind-hearted persons who contributed generously to the Chief Ministers Public Relief Fund, an official release said.

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11:35 (IST)23 Jul 2020
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

Tangedco has announced a powercut in parts of Chennai today from 9 am to 2 pm to carry out maintenance work.

Here is the list of the affected areas:

  • West Pallavaram: Chavadi Street, Durga Road, Thiru.Vi.Ka Street, Railway Station Road, GST Road and IHFD Colony.
  • East Pallavaram: Malliga Nagar, Padmanabhan Street, Kattabomman Nagar, Arul Murugan Nagar, Thiru Murugan Nagar, Vignesh Nagar Extension and Susil Street.
  • Madambakkam: Anna Nagar, Sudharson Nagar, North Mada Veedhi, Ramana Nagar, Kozhipannai, Santhi Niketan Colony, Parvathi Nagar - North, Balaji Nagar, APN Nagar, Karpagam Nagar, IAF Road, Madha Nagar, Ricky Garden, Mahadevan Nagar, Kamachi and Sumar City.
  • Kadapperi: TNHB Colony Phase - 1, 2, 3; Durga Nagar, Umayalapuram, Chelliamman Nagar, Meenachi Nagar, Chandran Nagar, Annai Indira Nagar, Shankar Nagar, New Colony - 1st to 7th Main Roads, 1st to 18th Cross Streets; Mummoorthy Nagar, Kakilanchavadi, GST Road - East, West; Fire Station, Chromepet GH, TB Hospital, Nagappa Nagar, Lakshmipuram, Kamatchi Nagar, CLC Works Road, Hasthinapuram Main Road, Shankarlal Jain Street, Santhana Krishnan Street, Mahadevan Street, Ramakrishna Street, Rajaji Street, Ramakrishna Road, Century Garden, Jyothi Nagar 4th Street, Ramachandraiyer Street, Chitlapakkam 1st Main Road, Subramani Street, Jyothi Nagar, Sangam Road, Anna Salai Main Road, Maduvappa Street, Velappar Street, Ponnappar Street, Padasalai Street, Ramasamy Street, Nalladuraipillai Street, Thiruneermalai Main Road, Reddamalai Srinivasan Street, Ambedkar Street, M C Raja Street, Sabapathy Street, Gothandam Nagar, T S Lakshman Nagar, Kalyanipuram, Bruke Estate, Moovendhar Street, Jeevandam Street, Arkeeswarar Colony, Lakshmipuram Kulakkarai Street, Kumarasamy Achari Street, Sounderammal Street, Sripuram, Saraswathypuram, Engayiram Street, Kannayiram Street, Abdul Kalam Road, Samundeeswari Nagar, Delhi Street, Muthupalaniyappan Nagar, Swamy Street and Sivasankaran Street.
  • Pattabiram: Bharathiyar Nagar, Kakkanji Nagar, IAF Road, Sasthiri Nagar, Babu Nagar, Ambedkar Nagar, PTMS, Uzhaipalar Nagar, Lakshmi Nagar, Gengu Reddy Kuppam and Vignaraja Nagar.
10:14 (IST)23 Jul 2020
58 more Vande Bharat Mission flights scheduled to land in TN, Centre tells HC

The Centre on Wednesday informed the Madras high court that 58 more Vande Bharat Mission flights are scheduled to land in Tamil Nadu returning stranded residents of the state from across the globe due to the COVID-19 induced lockdown. "Of them, 41 will land in Chennai, 11 in Trichy, 4 in Coimbatore, and 2 in Madurai," additional solicitor general of India R Sankaranarayanan said.

Recording it, a division bench of Justice M M Sundresh and Justice R Hemalatha cited a report published in an English daily. According to the article, three flights from Dubai and Abu Dhabi were reported to have landed in Chennai empty as there were no passengers to take the flights.

To this, senior advocate P Wilson representing DMK said that travel agents are booking the whole flight and later selling the tickets at high rates. Wilson further submitted that only because of court intervention more Vande Bharat Mission flights were provided which helped all the stranded passengers to reach their destinations till today. He submitted that even going by the Union governments reports filed of 149 flights required to bring 25,939 stranded passengers, only 58 flights have been provided. More flights are required to bring back all stranded residents of the state, he added.

As Sankaranarayanan submitted a complete schedule of such flights that can be provided on July 30, the bench adjourned the hearing.

09:32 (IST)23 Jul 2020
First plasma bank in state launched in Chennai

The first plasma bank in Tamil Nadu was launched at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH) in Chennai on Wednesday, with AIADMK legislator N Sathan Prabhakar, who had recovered from Covid-19, becoming the first donor at the facility.

The plasma bank, which was established at a cost of Rs 2.34 crore, was inaugurated by Health Minister Dr C Vijayabaskar. The infrastructure supports plasma retrieval of 500 ml each from seven people simultaneously in 30 minutes.

“With the continuous support of Chief Minister K Palaniswami, we have established the first plasma bank. Those who recovered from Covid-19 are encouraged to donate plasma after 14 days,” said Vijayabaskar.

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09:30 (IST)23 Jul 2020
5849 cases reported on Wednesday

Tamil Nadu on Wednesday reported 5,849 fresh Covid-19 cases – the highest in a single day, taking its tally to 1,86,492. The total number of cases on Wednesday included 74 returnees from other countries and states.

With 522 deaths in the past 24 hours, including 444 deaths notified after report of Death Reconciliation Committee in Greater Chennai Corporation, the toll reached 3144.

“As per the ICMR guidelines that all death of COVID positive cases are declared as COVID death irrespective of underlying or antecedent cause of death, a committee of constituted to reconcile the COVID deaths by comparing death details from institutions and death details obtained from the burial ground,” the Tamil Nadu Health and Family Welfare Department’s daily bulletin read.

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09:29 (IST)23 Jul 2020
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18:01 (IST)22 Jul 2020
Governor cannot sit on govt recommendation for so long on release of Rajiv case convicts: Madras HC

The Madras High Court on Wednesday made it clear that the Governor of Tamil Nadu cannot sit on the state's recommendation on release of all seven life convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case for so long and directed the Registry to inform counsel for the Governor's office to get instructions on the matter.

"No time limit is prescribed for such authorities to decide on such issues only because of the faith and trust attached to the constitutional post. If such authority fails to take a decision within a reasonable time, then the court will be constrained to interfere," a division bench, comprising Justices N Kirubakaran and V M Velumani said.

The bench made the observations while hearing a Habeas Corpus Petition moved by T Arputham, mother of life convict A G Perarivalan. She requested the court to grant 90 days parole to her son, who needs immediate medical attention in view of various ailments. She submitted that Perarivalan is vulnerable to COVID-19 infection in the prison as he suffers chronic illness.

Recording the submissions, the bench directed the prosecutor to get instructions from the state government on the parole request. It directed the registry to inform the counsel for the governors office to get appropriate instruction as to the disposal of the recommendation to release the life convicts. The court then adjourned the hearing to July 29.

16:18 (IST)22 Jul 2020
10 districts worst affected by Covid-19 in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu has reported 1,80,643 Covid-19 cases till July 21. With 75 deaths on Tuesday, the toll has reached 2,626. As many as 1,26,670 persons have been discharged and there are 51,344 active cases in the state.  Among the 37 districts in the state, Chennai has the most number of cases and deaths. So far, the capital city of Tamil Nadu has recorded 88377 cases and 1475 deaths. It is followed by Chengalpattu with 10289 and 207 deaths and Thiruvallur with 9774 cases and 175 deaths.

Here are the cases and deaths in the top 10 districts in Tamil Nadu:

    • Chennai - 88377 cases, 1475 deaths
    • Chengalpattu - 10289 cases, 207 deaths
    • Thiruvallur - 9774 cases, 175 deaths
    • Madurai - 8517 cases, 167 deaths
    • Kancheepuram - 5362 cases, 71 deaths
    • Thiruvannamalai - 4233 cases, 35 deaths
    • Vellore - 4226 cases,31 deaths
    • Virudhunagar - 3924 cases,28 deaths
    • Thoothukudi - 3914 cases, 26 deaths
    • Tirunelveli – 2851 cases,12 deaths

In districts like Ramanathapuram (52 deaths), Trichy (44 deaths), Theni (36 deaths) though there has been cases less than 3,000, more deaths have been reported. 

chennai lockdown guidelines, chennai lockdown latest guidelines, tamil nadu lockdown guidelines, chennai coronavirus, tamil nadu coronavirus, chennai city news Among Chennai’s 15 zones, Royapuram (Zone 5), Anna Nagar (Zone 8), Teynampet (Zone 9), Tondiarpet (Zone 4), and Kodambakkam (Zone 10) are the most affected areas.

Aggressive and focused testing has helped Chennai control the spread of Covid-19, the city’s corporation officials said. Positive cases are identified at an early stage, they say, with the help of door to door surveillance and fever camps. The corporation has introduced mobile testing centers in densely populated areas to identify potential cases and avoid unnecessary movement of asymptomatic patients.

READ | How is Chennai faring in its fight against Covid?

According to the data released by the GCC, a total of 20,071 fever camps have been conducted from May 8 till July 20. As many as 12,22,931 have attended and 65,159 symptomatic cases were Identified and tested for Covid-19. Swab tests were taken from 60,170 people. Tondiarpet, which has reported 8,750 Covid-19 cases, has the highest recovery rate of 89 per cent among all 15 zones. There are still 807 active cases in the zone.

Also Read | COVID-19: Sole breadwinner dead at 22, TN family says has got no aid

Covid-19 cases in Chennai have crossed 10,000 in three of the city’s 15 zones. According to data released by the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC), Royapuram (Zone 5) leads the tally with 10,374 cases, followed by Anna Nagar (Zone 8) with 10,073 cases and Kodambakkam (Zone 8) with 10,085 cases.

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