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Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus September 2, 3 Highlights: Death toll crosses 7500 with 98 deaths recorded in last 24 hours

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown Latest News September 2, 3 Highlights: Of the 7,72,721 passengers who entered Tamil Nadu through various modes of transport, 6,369 have tested positive.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: September 4, 2020 9:25:10 am
Delhi COVID cases, Delhi coronavirus cases, coronavirus cases Delhi, Delhi news, city news, Indian ExpressAccording to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 56,30,323 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 85,473 samples having been sent yesterday. (Representational)

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News September 2, 3 Highlights: Tamil Nadu on Wednesday reported 5,990 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the overall tally to 4,39,959. With 98 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, the death toll reached 7,516.

In Chennai, 1,025 cases were reported, which pushed the city’s overall tally to 1,37,732. Other neighboring districts of Thiruvallur (285), Chengalpattu (390) and Kancheepuram (133) reported 808 Covid-19 cases. Coimbatore, with 579 cases, recorded the second highest tally of cases in the state today. In Salem (403) and Cuddalore (405), cases continue to surge.

On Wednesday, as many as 5,891 persons were discharged, taking the number of recovered patients to 3,80,063. There are 52,380 active cases in the state.

A total of 75,829 samples tests were done by RT-PCR yesterday. So far, 49,64,141 samples have been tested in Tamil Nadu.

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18:04 (IST)03 Sep 2020
TN govt reaches out to over 50,000 TB patients at their doorsteps

To ensure that Tuberculosis patients remain safe within their homes during the COVID-19 lockdown, the Tamil Nadu government helped reach vital drugs to over 52,000 affected people at their doorsteps. In addition to providing them with drugs, the government was continuously monitoring their health condition, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said on Thursday.

Palaniswami, who took to Twitter to inform his government's initiative, said it provided the medicines throughout the treatment period for 52,489 TB patients. Health Minister C Vijayabaskar said on Twitter, "TN Health has done a commendable job in taking care of TB Pts across the state during Covid. ATT drugs were stocked & distributed promptly for 52,489 TB pts since March'20."

District level officers ensured nutritious food was supplied by various non-governmental organisations (NGOs), he said and appreciated the district level officers and field workers for their committed service.

In a statement, Vijayabaskar said as part of the government's special measures to contain the spread of coronavirus infection throughout Tamil Nadu, the government ensured regular supply of the medicines to the TB patients. "Our efforts on providing better treatment to the TB patients without any hassles during the lockdown received appreciation from various quarters," he said.

17:40 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Chennai metro releases guidelines for services from September 7

The Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has issued a set of guidelines for passengers ahead of resuming operations on September 7. The guidelines are in compliance with the Unlock 4 order issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

According to the guidelines, train services will be operational from 8 am to 8 pm. The Blue Line which connects Airport Metro and Washermanpet Metro Station will commence from September 7 while the Green Line, which connects St Thomas Mount and Puratchi Thalaivar Dr M G Ramachandran Central Metro, will start functioning from September 9.

The train stoppage at stations has been increased from 20 seconds to 50 seconds. The CMRL said all the trains and stations will be disinfected frequently for the safety and security of passengers. The platform management staff will be deployed at stations to ensure social distancing and safe de-boarding of passengers. The dwelling time will be reviewed and suitably revised depending upon the footfall at the stations.

Face masks are compulsory at all times in all CMRL premises. CMRL said face mask and shield, gloves, and medical PPE, etc, will be arranged for frontline passenger handling staff. The passengers will be subjected to thermal screening at the entry-level. Symptomatic passengers or those having high temperature will not be allowed to use metro train services. Social sticker markings to be placed at all passenger moving/waiting areas at station premises.

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15:51 (IST)03 Sep 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai has 12,537 active cases after the city recorded 1025 fresh cases on Wednesday.

Here are the active cases in the top 10 zones in Chennai:

  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 1461
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 1383
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 1099
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 994
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 965
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 918
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 914
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 865
  • Alandur (Zone 12) - 760
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 726
13:47 (IST)03 Sep 2020
India coronavirus numbers explained: Why over 1,000 daily deaths could be the new normal

Six times in the last ten days, the number of coronavirus related deaths in the country has exceeded 1,000, indicating that this would now be the new normal. Apart from Maharashtra, which continues to report the maximum number of deaths every day, large number of deaths are being reported from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and increasingly now from Punjab, which has relatively lesser number of infected people.

Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are consistently reporting more than 100 deaths every day.

The daily death count is likely to increase further in the coming week because of the sharp rise in the number of infections that we are witnessing right now. People whose deaths are being reported right now are from the batch which would have been found to be infected at least ten days ago. At that time, India was discovering between 60,000 and 70,000 new cases every day. In the last one week, this number has gone up substantially, being well over 75,000 on most days.

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13:09 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Trains, inter-district buses to ply within the state from Sept 7

Inter-district bus transport and passenger train services within Tamil Nadu will resume from September 7, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced on Wednesday. “Considering public welfare, inter-district government and private bus transport will be allowed across Tamil Nadu following the Standard Operating Procedure from September 7,” Palaniswami said in a statement.

Passenger train services within the state will also be permitted from September 7, he said. Inter-state train services are already operational on permitted routes. Suburban train services, which were stopped from March across the country, continue to be barred.

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13:05 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Kamal Haasan, Stalin condole demise of Dr. MAS Subramanian

Makkal Needhi Maiam state president and former legislator, Dr MAS Subramanian succumbed to COVID-19 in Puducherry, official sources said.

Condoling Subramanian's death, MNM chief Kamal Haasan said the former had years of political experience and worked from the front for the party in the union territory. "He was my dear friend and stood like a pillar for the party," he said in a statement in Chennai.

Stalin expressed grief over Subramanian's death and recalled his earlier association with the DMK and said "it is a great loss for the people of Puducherry that he died of coronavirus." In a statement, he expressed his sympathies with the family of the deceased and Haasan and appealed to those in public service to follow due precautions while catering to the people.

13:03 (IST)03 Sep 2020
MNM Pondy unit president succumbs to COVID-19

Makkal Needhi Maiam state president and former legislator, Dr MAS Subramanian succumbed to COVID-19 in Puducherry, official sources said. The 70-year old leader breathed his last at a private hospital in Puducherry. He is survived by a daughter.

DMK President M K Stalin and MNM founder Kamal Haasan condoled the former MLA's death.

In the past, Subramanian had represented both the AIADMK and the DMK in the territorial Assembly. Subramanian was AIADMK legislator for two terms from 1985. Later, he shifted his allegiance to the DMK and was elected to the House in 2001. In 2018, he quit the Dravidian party and joined MNM.

He was a medical graduate and concentrated on various social welfare activities.

10:46 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Mother from Theni becomes the first woman ambulance pilot in TN

Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami Monday flagged off 118 new ambulances to strengthen the state’s emergency services amid the coronavirus pandemic. Driving one of ambulances in the fleet was 30-year-old Veeralakshmi, who also became the first woman ambulance pilot in the state.

Veeralakshmi got the job after serving as a call taxi driver for three years in Chennai. Hailing from Bodinayakanur in Theni, Veeralakshmi had completed her diploma in automobile engineering. After marriage, she moved to Chennai with her husband who had been serving as a taxi-driver for more than 10 years.

A mother of two, Veeralakshmi said after watching the entire country battling the COVID-19 pandemic, she wanted to help. This prompted her to take up the job. “I had no fear. I was interested in taking up this job. I was serving as a call taxi driver for three years. I wanted to step out and help the people in this difficult period. I started training for the ambulance pilot position since the beginning of June. With the support of seniors and others, I completed my training and now I am completely focused on the job.”

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10:18 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Tamil Nadu among states accounting for 50 per cent of suicides in India: NCRB data

People living in the southern states have higher propensity to commit suicide than those living in the poorer and more heavily populated northern states, the latest data on suicides released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) show.

The data on “Accidental Deaths and Suicides” for 2019 released by the NCRB also show that the highest share of suicides is among daily wage labourers followed by housewives, self-employed and unemployed people. Farmers account for only 7.4% of all suicides.

According to the data, more than 1.39 lakh people committed suicide in the country with Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka accounting for almost 50% of all suicides.

Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana and Tamil Nadu are in the top 10 when it comes to rate of suicides. According to the data, while the all-India rate of suicides is 10.4, the rate of suicides in Kerala is 24.3, Telangana 20.6, Tamil Nadu 17.8 and Karnataka 17.1.

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10:14 (IST)03 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:

  • Ponneri: Arasur, Periyavakkam, Vellodai, Devadanam, Annuppambattu, Alinjivakkam, Athipattu, Irulipattu, Janapachatram, PP Road, Jaganathapuram Road, Saikiruba Nagar, Vrindavan Nagar, Panjeety, Thatchoor, Keelmeni, Chennivakkam, Chathiram, Andarkuppam, Krishnapuram, Madhavaram, Jaganathapuram and Amoor.
  • Besant Nagar: Kakkan Colony, Besant Nagar - 4th Cross, 1st, 3rd Main Roads, 6th, 7th, 16th, 29th Cross Streets, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th Avenues; Lotus Colony, Aadhi Andhra, CPWD New and Tiger Varathchari Road Extension.
  • Adyar Indira Nagar: Srinivasa Moorthy Avenue, Krishnamachari Avenue, KB Nagar 1st Street, Parts of LB Road, Thiruvenkadam Street, Anna Avenue and Sardar Patel Road.
  • Palavakkam: Sundeep Road - 1st, 2nd Streets; Singaravelar Salai - 1st, 2nd Main Roads; Chinna Neelankarai Kuppam, PDN Salai and Suganya Thirumana Mandapam.
10:02 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Metro trains to run every 10 minutes during peak hour, as per draft SOP

Chennai metro services are also set to be back on track from September 7, with only three passengers to be allowed to sit in a seven-seater bench inside a coach and only one passenger in other seats, as per draft SOP.

Moreover, only four people will be allowed to use the escalator in one go. Passengers will be screened through thermal guns and hand sanitisers will be provided.

Trains will run every 10 minutes during peak hours and 15 minutes during non-peak hours.

The Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) has also installed foot-operated lifts to avoid contact with the elevator buttons.

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09:41 (IST)03 Sep 2020
90 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

With the Centre having relaxed lockdown guidelines as a part of Unlock 4, airline operations have been increased to cater to the needs of the citizens. A total of 90 flights will fly between Chennai and major cities today, with 45 arrivals and 45 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:33 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Chennai, Cuddalore and Salem report highest cases among districts

Tamil Nadu on Wednesday reported 5,990 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the overall tally to 4,39,959. With 98 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, the death toll reached 7,516.

In Chennai, 1,025 cases were reported, which pushed the city’s overall tally to 1,37,732. Other neighboring districts of Thiruvallur (285), Chengalpattu (390) and Kancheepuram (133) reported 808 Covid-19 cases.

Coimbatore, with 579 cases, recorded the second highest tally of cases in the state today. In Salem (403) and Cuddalore (405), cases continue to surge.

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09:32 (IST)03 Sep 2020
5,990 fresh cases, 98 deaths reported

Tamil Nadu on Wednesday reported 5,990 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the overall tally to 4,39,959. With 98 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, the death toll reached 7,516.

A total of 75,829 samples tests were done by RT-PCR yesterday. So far, 49,64,141 samples have been tested in Tamil Nadu.

On Wednesday, as many as 5,891 persons were discharged, taking the number of recovered patients to 3,80,063. There are 52,380 active cases in the state.

Of the 7,72,721 passengers who entered Tamil Nadu through various modes of transport, 6,369 have tested positive.

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09:30 (IST)03 Sep 2020
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18:21 (IST)02 Sep 2020
'I wanted to step out, help people’: Meet Veeralakshmi, first woman ambulance pilot in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami Monday flagged off 118 new ambulances to strengthen the state’s emergency services amid the coronavirus pandemic. Driving one of ambulances in the fleet was 30-year-old Veeralakshmi, who also became the first woman ambulance pilot in the state.

Veeralakshmi got the job after serving as a call taxi driver for three years in Chennai. Hailing from Bodinayakanur in Theni, Veeralakshmi had completed her diploma in automobile engineering. After marriage, she moved to Chennai with her husband who had been serving as a taxi-driver for more than 10 years.

A mother of two, Veeralakshmi said after watching the entire country battling against the COVID-19 pandemic, she wanted to help the people. This prompted her to take up the job. “I had no fear. I was interested in taking up this job. I was serving as a call taxi driver for three years. I wanted to step out and help the people in this difficult period. I started training for the ambulance pilot position since the beginning of June. With the support of seniors and others, I completed my training and now I am completely focused on the job."

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18:13 (IST)02 Sep 2020
Forest research institute inks MoA with TNPL

In order to promote pulpwood based agroforestry research and development and address the problems faced by the paper industry, particularly in Tamil Nadu, the Forest College and Research Institute has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Tamil Nadu Paper Ltd.

The demand for pulp and paper is increasing at an alarming rate and in Tamil Nadu alone it is estimated that over 12 lakh tons of pulpwood is needed annually to meet raw material requirement. This demand may reach 17 lakh tons per annum due to mill expansion programme and subsequent increase in paper production from next year, a release from the Mettupalayayam- based Institute of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University said here on Wednesday.

TNPL is one of the largest paper industries in India which is actively involved in various developments that have taken place in the sector and restricted wood supply from forests coupled with increasing raw material demand for paper industries have necessitated intensive promotion of pulpwood based Agroforestry in the state. Against this background, this MoA will help address various problems through systematic research aimed at identifying new genetic resources with precision silvicultural techniques to augment productivity of land and profitability of farmers, the institute said.

The MoA was signed by TNAU Registrar Dr.A.S.Krishnamoorthy and TNPL General Manager Dr. R Seenivasan in the presence of TNAU Vice Chancellor, Dr N Kumar and other university officers.

17:08 (IST)02 Sep 2020
Passenger trains, inter-district bus services will commence on Sept 7

Inter-district bus transport and passenger train services within Tamil Nadu will be permitted from September 7, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced on Wednesday. While bus transport is allowed only within districts as of now, there were representations from the public to the government seeking facilitation of services to go from one district to another, he said.

"Considering public welfare, following the Standard Operating Procedure, from September 7, inter-district government and private bus transport will be allowed across Tamil Nadu," Palaniswami said in a statement. Similarly, from the same date, passenger train services within Tamil Nadu shall be permitted, he said.

15:28 (IST)02 Sep 2020
‘Modi Idli’ to take on ‘Amma Idli’ in Tamil Nadu’s Salem

A BJP functionary has come up with ‘Modi Idli’ in Tamil Nadu’s Salem, in direct competition to the highly popular ‘Amma Idli’, which is served at Re 1. Mahesh, who is vice-president of the party’s propaganda cell, also rolled out an ad blitzkrieg with posters of the Modi Idli coming up in several areas in Salem and some of them even plastered behind local autos. The idlis are priced at Rs 10 for four, according to the posters, which carry pictures of a beaming Prime Minister Modi and Mahesh.

“Every day close to 100 people would be coming to our office in need of a job, food, etc. So we thought the need of the hour was to give subsidized food with good quality. We decided to give Idli, the staple food of Tamil Nadu at Rs 10 for breakfast and dinner. We purchased a state of the art equipment, and for cooking, we only use the mineral water. We wanted to give the best quality food at a subsidized price. We are doing this to help people, with best quality rice and daal,” Mahesh told indianexpress.com.

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14:29 (IST)02 Sep 2020
Inter-district bus services from September 7

The Tamil Nadu government has announced that inter-district bus services between districts in Tamil Nadu wil resume from September 7. Both public and private operators will resume services.

Veeralakshmi said while her family was a bit hesitant about her profession initially, later they understood that this was what she wanted to do.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami Monday flagged off 118 new ambulances to strengthen the state’s emergency services amid the coronavirus pandemic. Driving one of ambulances in the fleet was 30-year-old Veeralakshmi, who also became the first woman ambulance pilot in the state.

READ | ‘I wanted to step out, help people’: Meet Veeralakshmi, first woman ambulance pilot in Tamil Nadu

Veeralakshmi got the job after serving as a call taxi driver for three years in Chennai. Hailing from Bodinayakanur in Theni, Veeralakshmi had completed her diploma in automobile engineering. After marriage, she moved to Chennai with her husband who had been serving as a taxi-driver for more than 10 years.

Also Read | No more quarantine for those entering Chennai from other Tamil Nadu districts

A mother of two, Veeralakshmi said after watching the entire country battling against the COVID-19 pandemic, she wanted to help the people. This prompted her to take up the job.

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Inter-district bus transport and passenger train services within Tamil Nadu will resume from September 7, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced on Wednesday. “Considering public welfare, inter-district government and private bus transport will be allowed across Tamil Nadu following the Standard Operating Procedure from September 7,” Palaniswami said in a statement.

READ | Tamil Nadu COVID-19 wrap: Trains, inter-district buses to ply within the state from Sept 7

Passenger train services within the state will also be permitted from September 7, he said. Inter-state train services are already operational on permitted routes. Suburban train services, which were stopped from March across the country, continue to be barred.

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