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Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus September 7, 8 Highlights: Two more special trains to resume operations from September 12

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown Latest News September 7, 8 Highlights: Till date, 2,83,073 males, 1,86,154 females and 29 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: September 9, 2020 9:32:51 am
Chennai to Kerala trains, flights cancelled due to rains: Here is the full listReservation of tickets for the two special trains will begin from September 10 at 8 am, said a release from Southern Railway. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News September 7, 8 Highlights: The Southern Railway on Monday announced that two more special trains, Chennai Central – New Delhi – Chennai Central Superfast Express Special (Daily) and Chennai Central – Chhapra – Chennai Central Superfast Express Special (Bi-weekly) will resume operations from September 12.

Reservation of tickets for the two special trains will begin from September 10 at 8 am, said a release from Southern Railway.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu recorded 5776 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 4,69,256. Among these, Chennai reported 949 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,42,603. Tamil Nadu recorded 89 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 7925. 82 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 51,215. Till date, 2,83,073 males, 1,86,154 females and 29 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, 53,79,011 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 80,503 samples having been sent yesterday.

The state discharged 5930 patients following treatment Monday, putting the total number of recoveries at 4,10,116.

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18:26 (IST)08 Sep 2020
CM inaugurates second data centre in Chennai

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday inaugurated a high-tech State Data Centre in Chennai, the second such facility in Tamil Nadu.

The facility, set up at an estimated cost of Rs 74.69 crore at the Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu premises in Perungudi was inaugurated through a video conference by Palaniswami from the Secretariat at Fort St George.

The SDC-2, under the Information Technology Department with 195 server racks will cater to safe storage of government data and also render online services between state departments, the people and the industry besides fulfilling other information technology based needs of the government, an official release said.

17:40 (IST)08 Sep 2020
COVID-19: Deaths in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai has recorded 2878 fatalities to COVID-19 across all 15 zones till date.

Here are the deaths in the top 10 zones in Chennai:

  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 390
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 326
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 306
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 295
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 292
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 276
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 197
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 161
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 147
  • Tiruvottiyur (Zone 1) - 132
16:24 (IST)08 Sep 2020
DMK to elect new general secy, treasurer on Tuesday

The DMK's general council will meet on September 9 to elect its new general secretary and treasurer, two key positions in the Dravidian party that have been lying vacant since March this year. Announcing the convening of the council last week, DMK president M K Stalin said the meeting will be held at 10 am through video conferencing and urged all the members to take part in it without fail.

Stalin's decision to finalise the important roles in the party assumes significance as it is vital for him to assign tasks and responsibilities to the leaders ahead of the 2021 Tamil Nadu assembly elections.

The meeting of the general council could not be held in March this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Stalin had directed party senior and former minister Duraimurugan to continue as party Treasurer. Duraimurugan had resigned as treasurer on March 16 to contest for the post of general secretary which fell vacant following the death of veteran K Anbazhagan on March 7. The late leader had held the post for a record 43 years.

Prior to the general council meeting, DMK district secretaries will meet on September 3, Stalin added.

12:36 (IST)08 Sep 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai has 11,145 active cases of COVID-19 across the 15 zones in the city, after 949 fresh cases were reported in Chennai on Monday.

Here are the active cases in the top 10 zones:

  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 1197
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 1183
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 889
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 847
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 847
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 814
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 797
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 758
  • Alandur (Zone 12) - 702
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 575
11:20 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Additional trains to ply from September 12

The Southern Railway on Monday announced that two more special trains, Chennai Central – New Delhi – Chennai Central Superfast Express Special (Daily) and Chennai Central – Chhapra – Chennai Central Superfast Express Special (Bi-weekly) will resume operations from September 12.

Reservation of tickets for the two special trains will begin from September 10 at 8 am, said a release from Southern Railway.

10:23 (IST)08 Sep 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 are the affected areas:

  • Thervoykandigai: Theryvoykandigai, Karadipputhur, GR Kandigai, Kannakottai, Polunur and Periyapuliyur.
  • Thirumullaivoyal: Vallivelan Nagar, Jayalakshmi Nagar, Pothur Village, Kannadapalayam and Upparapalayam.
  • Saidapet: Velachery Road and Venkatapuram.
  • Adyar: Sasthiri Nagar - 1st Avenue, 1st Main Road, 2nd Lane, 3rd Street, 1st Cross Street; Parameshwari Nagar, Jeevarathnam Nagar, Main Road and LB Road. 
09:44 (IST)08 Sep 2020
109 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 109 flights will fly between Chennai and major cities today, with 55 arrivals and 54 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:41 (IST)08 Sep 2020
SPB tests negative for COVID-19

Filmmaker SP Charan on Monday took to Instagram to share the latest update about his father and celebrated artiste SP Balasubrahmanyam’s health. SP Charan said that SPB has tested negative for coronavirus and is on the path to recovery.

However, the filmmaker added that it will be a while before SPB gets discharged from the hospital as his lungs are still taking time to heal. In the video shared on Instagram, SP Charan can be heard saying, “We were expecting dad’s lungs to improve in order to remove the ventilator. Unfortunately, we are still not at that point. But the good news is that dad is covid negative.”

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09:27 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Chennai, Coimbatore, Cuddalore record highest cases among districts

Tamil Nadu recorded 5776 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 4,69,256. Among these, Chennai reported 949 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,42,603.

Besides Chennai, 330 cases were reported in Chengalpattu, 190 in Kancheepuram, 248 in Thiruvallur, 29 in Ariyalur, 524 in Coimbatore, 398 in Cuddalore, 56 in Dharmapuri, 136 in Dindigul, 117 in Erode, 189 in Kallakurichi, 96 in Kanyakumari, 54 in Karur, 71 in Krishnagiri, 106 in Madurai, 64 in Nagapattinam, 97 in Namakkal, 36 in Nilgiris, 13 in Perambalur, 89 in Pudukottai, 33 in Ramanathapuram, 126 in Ranipet, 185 in Salem, 41 in Sivagangai, 65 in Tenkasi, 122 in Thanjavur, 88 in Theni, 57 in Thirupathur, 262 in Thiruvannamalai, 142 in Thiruvarur, 91 in Thoothukudi, 81 in Tirunelveli, 194 in Tiruppur, 112 in Trichy, 147 in Vellore, 139 in Villupuram and 97 in Virudhunagar districts.

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09:26 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Cases on the decline in Chennai, city reports 949 fresh cases

Tamil Nadu recorded 5776 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 4,69,256. Among these, Chennai reported 949 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,42,603.

Tamil Nadu recorded 89 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 7925. 82 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 5930 patients following treatment yesterday, putting the total number of recoveries at 4,10,116.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 51,215. Till date, 2,83,073 males, 1,86,154 females and 29 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, 53,79,011 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 80,503 samples having been sent Monday.

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09:25 (IST)08 Sep 2020
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18:03 (IST)07 Sep 2020
IN PICS | Madras HC resumes physical hearing of cases
14:08 (IST)07 Sep 2020
India coronavirus numbers explained: A scary runaway phase starts

The coronavirus epidemic in India seems to have entered a runaway phase with every day bringing in higher and higher number of new infections. After touching a new high on Saturday, breaching the 90,000 mark for the first time, more than 90,800 cases were detected on Sunday. In the last one week, almost six lakh cases have been added to India’s confirmed infections, which now is the second highest in the world, after the United States.

Scientists concede that the epidemic in India is now at a stage where government interventions are unlikely to make any substantial difference in the speed with which new cases are being detected. They point out that one of the big reasons we are finding more cases is that we have been testing many more samples. People were getting infected earlier as well, but we were not able to detect as many as we are able to do now. This is also evident from the fact that the positivity rate is still showing a decline. In such a scenario, the higher number of cases can directly be attributed to higher number of tests being carried out.

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13:58 (IST)07 Sep 2020
Madras HC resumes physical hearing of cases from today

The Madras High Court has resumed physical hearing of cases from September 7 “in order to meet the growing demand” for physical court hearings. “In order to meet the growing demand of physical court hearing and also keeping view the precautions that are required to be observed for avoiding any untoward happening, Hon’ble Administrative Commitee on serious consideration has decided to open physical court hearing partially,” a notification from the Madras High Court Registrar General said last week.

The Committee has decided to open physical hearing partially with six division benches at the Principal seat in Chennai and two at Madurai, “with a combination of physical court hearing and virtual court hearing with effect from September 7, 2020,” it said.

“The virtual court hearings will be alternatively conducted for the rest of the day. Thus, the Benches would be functioning for half a day through physical court hearing and for the next half a day through virtual court hearing so as to facilitate lawyers who opt for both types,” the notification added.

This will be adopted on a trial basis to assess the feasibility of running physical courts.

13:57 (IST)07 Sep 2020
CM pledges to donate his eyes

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday pledged to donate his eyes and launched a dedicated portal of the state Health and Family Welfare Department to help eye donors.

"Chief minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami pledged to donate his eyes and was presented with the certificate (for this purpose) by Principal Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan," an official release said.

He also launched the website www.hmis.tn.gov.in/eye-donor, which would be helpful to people interested in eye donation. Since many prospective donors were not aware how to go about vis-a-vis eye donation, this website will help create a registry of such persons and also spread awareness on the subject, the release said.

They can register in the portal by sharing their personal details including mobile phone number and e-mail and pledge to donate their eyes following which an e-certificate would be sent to them. This initiative will be helpful in using a donor's eyes at the right time as they will be handed over to the eye bank, the release added.

11:55 (IST)07 Sep 2020
IN PICS | Operators carry out temperature checks as inter-state bus services resume today
11:47 (IST)07 Sep 2020
IN PICS | Masks, social distancing norms adhered to as inter-state train services resume
11:01 (IST)07 Sep 2020
State tally crosses 4.6 lakh with 5783 fresh cases

Tamil Nadu recorded 5783 positive cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the state tally to 4,63,480. Among these, Chennai reported 955 positive cases, bringing the city's total to 1,41,654.

Tamil Nadu recorded 88 deaths on Sunday, putting the state toll at 7836. 82 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 5820 patients following treatment today, putting the total number of recoveries at 4,04,186.

As of Sunday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 51,458. Till date, 2,79,704 males, 1,83,747 females and 29 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, 52,98,508 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 85,974 samples having been sent yesterday.

10:41 (IST)07 Sep 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 are the affected areas:

  • Adyar Sasthiri Nagar: Seaward Road - 2nd, 3rd, 4th; Balakrishnan Road, Raja Rangasamy Avenue and Subrayalu Avenue.
  • Besant Nagar: RBI Quarters, 2nd Main Road, 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 15th Cross Streets and 3rd Avenue.
10:36 (IST)07 Sep 2020
97 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 97 flights will fly between Chennai and major cities today, with 48 arrivals and 49 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

Tamil Nadu, Tamil Nadu Lockdown, Chennai, Railway Station Passengers purchase tickets at a railway station in Chennai as train services are set to resume from September 7. Express Photo: Srinivas K

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit Friday promulgated an ordinance making violation of Covid-19 lockdown guidelines and preventive measures, like wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing, compoundable offences. Based on the proposal sent by the state government, Governor Banwarilal Purohit promulgated the Tamil Nadu Public Health Act, 1939 (Second Amendment) Ordinance 2020 to carry out amendments to the Tamil Nadu Public Health Act, 1939 (Tamil Nadu Act III of 1939).

Also Read | Governor promulgates ordinance to make lockdown violations compoundable offences

The government on Friday also released details about the fine to be levied on the lockdown violators. Those who violate quarantine measures will have to pay a fine of Rs 500. For not wearing masks, one has to pay Rs 200, and if found spitting in public places, a fine of Rs 500 will be imposed. If anyone is found violating the SOPs in salons and spas, gymnasium, commercial establishments or any other such places, they will need to pay Rs 5,000 as a fine amount.

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The CMRL officials said the air conditioning in trains and stations shall be run following protocols prescribed by CPWD/ISHARE (Indian society for refrigeration and air-conditioning). Passengers are advised to stand on alternate steps on escalators.

READ | Chennai Metro services to restart from September 7: Here are the guidelines

According to CMRL, seats and station platforms have been marked X to indicate where passengers can sit/stand to ensure physical distancing. Two entrances of the Metro stations will be opened initially. And based on demand, the opening of other entrances of the stations will be explored. Lifts shall be shared only with 2 to 3 persons at a time and usage of lifts shall be encouraged for aged and persons with disabilities only.

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