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Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus July 20, 21 Highlights: 4,965 fresh cases and 75 deaths reported in TN

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown Latest News July 20, 21 Highlights: As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 51,348.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: July 22, 2020 9:11:20 am
pune news, pune survey, pune coronavirus fear, pune coronavirus cases, indian express Chengalpattu, one of the worst-affected districts in the state has recorded 340 fresh Covid-19 cases taking its total to 10,367.

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News July 20, 21 Highlights: Four members of the family of Tamil Nadu Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan have tested positive for COVID-19.

While Radhakrishnan has tested negative, his wife, son, father-in-law and mother-in-law have all tested positive and are currently undergoing treatment at Kings Institute of Preventive Medicine and Research at Guindy, Chennai.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu recorded 4,985 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 1,75,678. Among these, Chennai reported 1,298 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 87,235.

Tamil Nadu recorded 70 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 2,551. As many as 63 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 51,348. Till date, 1,06,828 men, 68,827 women and 23 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

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18:25 (IST)21 Jul 2020
Venturing without a mask in Nilgiris? Face six months imprisonment

Nilgiris district collector J Innocent Divya has announced that those found to be venturing outside within the district sans mask will be imprisoned for six months, following a rise in cases in the district. The violators may also be fined Rs. 5000.

18:22 (IST)21 Jul 2020
4,965 fresh Covid-19 cases and 75 deaths reported in TN

As many as 4,965 fresh Covid-19 cases and 75 deaths were reported in Tamil Nadu today. The total number of cases has reached 1,80,643. A total of 4,894 persons got discharged today taking the number of recoveries to 1,26,670. There are 51,344 active cases in the state. Chennai recorded 1130 cases taking its tally to 14952. Apart from Chennai, Thiruvallur (366), Virudhunagar (360), Thoothukudi (269), Kancheepuram (262) and Chengalpet (256) reported maximum cases. So far, 9028 children under the age of 12 have been tested positive to Covid-19. 

15:54 (IST)21 Jul 2020
Parts of TN to receive heavy rainfall

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rainfall in parts of Tamil Nadu due to upper air convection in the atmosphere. Fishermen along the coast of Kerala and the Arabian Sea have been cautioned against venturing out into the sea.

15:21 (IST)21 Jul 2020
Health care workers protest in Puducherry against Lt Governor Kiran Bedi

Healthcare workers today protested against Lt Governor Kiran Bedi for allegedly demeaning and intimidating a senior doctor during an inspection on Saturday. Doctors, nurses in Puducherry government hospital wore black badges and demanded an apology from the governor.

14:48 (IST)21 Jul 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai on Monday recorded 1298 positive cases, taking the city's tally to 87,235. 

Here are the active cases in the top 10 zones:

  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 1977
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 1629
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 1250
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 1167
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 1114
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 1002
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 909
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 808
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 725
  • Alandur (Zone 12) - 571
13:17 (IST)21 Jul 2020
340 fresh cases reported in Chengalpattu, tally now at 10,367

Chengalpattu, one of the worst-affected districts in the state has recorded 340 fresh Covid-19 cases taking its total to 10,367. As of July 20, there were 2549 active cases and 201 deaths in the district. 

13:04 (IST)21 Jul 2020
DMK stage protest across the state alleging irregularities in meter reading

DMK president MK Stalin, MP Kanimozhi, senior DMK leaders, and other partymen staged black flag protests outside their residence across the state alleging irregularities in meter reading. Minister RB Udhayakumar said Electricity Minister P Thangamani had already given a detailed explanation over high power bills and DMK is protesting only to create panic amid the public.

12:08 (IST)21 Jul 2020
How is Chennai faring in its fight against Covid?

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.

“There used to be a time when Royapuram and Tondiarpet used to have 200 cases per day; now we are getting maximum 50-80 cases a day. The testing has been increased, the positivity has substantially reduced. Once if someone is found symptomatic, we quarantine them till their results come out. If they are negative, we will tear off the sticker, and if found positive due procedure will be followed. Also, it is not about that individual, people who were in contact with him are also quarantined till their test results come out,” a senior corporation official said.

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11:41 (IST)21 Jul 2020
50 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities today

A total of 50 flights will be flying between Chennai and major cities today, with 25 departures and 25 arrivals scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

10:21 (IST)21 Jul 2020
HC tells TN govt to give people enough time for last rites

The Madras High Court on Monday directed the Tamil Nadu government to provide adequate time to perform the religious rites of deceased COVID-19 patients but said the protocol to cremate or bury such bodies should not be violated.

The bench, comprising Justices M M Sundresh and R Hemalatha on its own passed the interim order after taking note of a plea initiated by it citing an incident of violence and denial of a decent burial of a doctor who died of COVID-19 in Chennai.

Senior counsel Ravi Kumar Paul submitted that the health and Corporation offices in the city were showing undue haste in cremating or burying the bodies of COVID-19 patients. "Adequate time is not given even to perform the last rites as per religious beliefs," he said.

Recording the submission, the court passed the order and directed the government to also ensure presence of police during such cremation or burial to avoid untoward incidents. 

09:29 (IST)21 Jul 2020
Chennai, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram record highest cases on Monday

Tamil Nadu recorded 4,985 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 1,75,678. Among these, Chennai reported 1,298 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 87,235.

Besides Chennai, 354 cases were reported in Chengalpattu, 329 in Kancheepuram, 454 in Thiruvallur, 14 in Ariyalur, 139 in Coimbatore, 87 in Cuddalore, 36 in Dharmapuri, 78 in Dindigul, 31 in Erode, 89 in Kallakurichi, 90 in Kanyakumari, 10 in Karur, 26 in Krishnagiri, 106 in Madurai, three in Nagapattinam, 25 in Namakkal, 27 in Nilgiris, seven in Perambalur, 71 in Pudukottai, 82 in Ramanathapuram, 98 in Ranipet, 79 in Salem, 80 in Sivagangai, 103 in Tenkasi, 83 in Thanjavur, 107 in Theni, two in Thirupathur, 151 in Thiruvannamalai, 46 in Thiruvarur, 200 in Thoothukudi, 180 in Tirunelveli, 38 in Tiruppur, 77 in Trichy, 114 in Vellore, 87 in Villupuram and 169 in Virudhunagar districts.

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09:28 (IST)21 Jul 2020
Close to 5000 fresh cases recorded in state on Monday

Tamil Nadu recorded 4,985 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 1,75,678. Among these, Chennai reported 1,298 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 87,235.

Tamil Nadu recorded 70 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 2,551. As many as 63 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 51,348. Till date, 1,06,828 men, 68,827 women and 23 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state. The state discharged 3,861 patients following treatment Monday, putting the total number of recoveries at 1,21,776.

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09:26 (IST)21 Jul 2020
TN Health Secretary's family tests positive

Four members of the family of Tamil Nadu Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan have tested positive for COVID-19. While Radhakrishnan has tested negative, his wife, son, father-in-law and mother-in-law have all tested positive and are currently undergoing treatment at Kings Institute of Preventive Medicine and Research at Guindy, Chennai.

09:26 (IST)21 Jul 2020
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Welcome to the live blog from Chennai where we bring to you the latest updates on COVID-19, unlock phase 1 in Tamil Nadu and more in the state throughout the day. Follow the blog to stay up to date with the state in real time.

18:08 (IST)20 Jul 2020
Chennai Commissioner of Police distributes face masks

Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal, the Commissioner of Police, Chennai distributed face masks and sanitisers to police personnel in the city today.

16:22 (IST)20 Jul 2020
COVID-19: Recoveries in top 10 zones in Chennai

While Kodambakkam (Zone 10) in Chennai has the highest active cases, Royapuram (Zone 5) has the highest recoveries with 9031 patients having recovered till date.

Here are the recoveries in the top 10 zones:

  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 9031
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 8011
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 7896
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 7751
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 7456
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 5691
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 4442
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 3515
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 3346
  • Tiruvottiyur (Zone 1) - 2627
14:01 (IST)20 Jul 2020
COVID-19: Sole breadwinner dead at 22, TN family says has got no aid

“Ganesh was terrified from the moment he developed fever and body pain. He was worried for his parents,” recalls Gunasekaran, president of Tirupur’s 108 Ambulance Drivers’ Association. On June 24, the 22-year-old Emergency Medical Technician died soon after testing positive for Covid-19 — one of the few known deaths of an ambulance worker to the disease in the country.

On June 9, Ganesh visited his parents in Dindigul, returning to the one-room accommodation he shared with other ambulance staffers on June 12. They say he began to show Covid-19 symptoms almost immediately, but got tested on June 16 and got his results two days later. He was admitted to ESI Hospital in Coimbatore on June 18 and passed away six days later, just one day after developing shortness of breath, according to his colleagues.

“The government had announced that if a health worker died due to Covid, his family would get Rs 50 lakh. Ganesh’s family has got nothing, says Gunasekaran, adding that they got together to collect over Rs 60,000 for his parents.

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12:40 (IST)20 Jul 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

With the COVID-19 tally in Chennai having touched 85,859 on Sunday, there are 15,042 active cases in the city. 

Here are the top 10 zones:

  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 2119
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 1586
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 1316
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 1085
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 1033
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 1009
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 905
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 807
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 723
  • Thiruvottiyur (Zone 1) - 545
12:06 (IST)20 Jul 2020
Flights from Middle East land empty in Chennai

With several Indians remaining stranded abroad, a few flights which were operated between the Middle East and Chennai landed empty into the city over the last two days. The flights from Dubai and Abu Dhabi have landed empty, despite requests from several passengers to travel to Chennai owing to lack of quarantine facilities.

10:50 (IST)20 Jul 2020
56 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 56 flights will fly between Chennai and major cities today, with 28 arrivals and 28 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

Tirupur coronavirus cases, Tamil Nadu coronavirus cases, Tamil Nadu covid cases, India news, Indian Express From a family that rears goats, Ganesh worked as Emergency Medical Technician

Three more DMK MLAs in Tamil Nadu tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, taking the number of DMK legislators who have caught the infection to eight.

READ | 3 more DMK MLAs test positive

P Karthikeyan, Vellore MLA, R Gandhi, MLA of Ranipet and Krishnagiri MLA Senguttuvan have tested positive for the virus. The three legislators had been involved in COVID-19 relief work in their respective constituencies.

“Ganesh was terrified from the moment he developed fever and body pain. He was worried for his parents,” recalls Gunasekaran, president of Tirupur’s 108 Ambulance Drivers’ Association. On June 24, the 22-year-old Emergency Medical Technician died soon after testing positive for Covid-19 — one of the few known deaths of an ambulance worker to the disease in the country.

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One of the 120 contract employees with the Tirupur district’s 108 ambulance service at Avinashipalayam, Ganesh earned Rs 12,000 per month.

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

With the source of his infection still untraced, colleagues underlined the risks of their profession at a time when Tamil Nadu accounts for the second-highest Covid-19 caseload in the country, with little security in return.

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