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Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown Latest News September 18, 19 Highlights: As of Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 46,506.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | September 18, 2020 9:32:21 am
CMRL, Chennai Metro, E BikeThe bikes will be available for passengers at Thirumangalam, Vadapalani and Alandur stations. Passengers can use the 'Howdy Hire Bikes' app to reserve a scooter and select their pick-up and drop hubs. (Twitter/@cmrlofficial)

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News September 18, 19 Highlights: Officials at the Chennai International Airport announced on Friday that the e-pass system, which was available at the airport for passengers, has been withdrawn.

Earlier, passengers travelling to Chennai could either obtain an e-pass on the Tamil Nadu E-pass Portal or at a counter at the airport. From Friday, passengers travelling to Chennai will have to obtain the e-pass from the state portal.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu recorded 5,488 positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 5,30,908. Among these, Chennai reported 989 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,53,616.

Tamil Nadu recorded 67 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 8685. 60 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.

As of Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 46,506 Till date, 3,19,939 males, 2,10,939 females and 30 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

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Having started his career as early as 1985 at the VGP Universal Kingdom Theme Park in Chennai, Aziz is now thinking of quitting and looking for other sources of income.

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