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Tamil Nadu Coronavirus News July 6, 7 Highlights: Shoppers throng Chennai’s T Nagar as lockdown is lifted

Tamil Nadu Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown Latest News July 6, 7 Highlights: As many as 66,571 persons have been discharged from hospitals while the number of active cases in the state has reached 46,833 as on Monday.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: July 8, 2020 9:00:13 am
T Nagar, Chennai, COVID-19, Chennai Traffic Social distancing norms were forgotten as crods thronged shops. Express Photo: Srinivas K

Tamil Nadu Coronavirus July 6, 7 Highlights: With the lockdown having been eased on Monday, customers thronged Chennai’s shopping hub T Nagar as shops reopened in the city.

Roads in the city were choked with traffic and social distancing norms were forgotten as some semblance of normalcy was retored in the city following the 17-day intense lockdown.

Meanwhile, with 3,827 fresh COVID-19 cases reported Monday, the tally in Tamil Nadu is now 1,14,978. Of the total cases, Chennai recorded 1,747. So far, the city has reported 70,107 cases — close to 61 per cent of the total cases.

The death toll in the state is 1,571, after 61 deaths were reported since Sunday. Among the deceased in the last 24 hours, eight people had no comorbidities.

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18:07 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Class 12 results will not be announced today: Education department

The Tamil Nadu Education Department has announced that Class 12 results will not be declared today. 

The Directorate of Government Exams (DGE), Tamil Nadu was scheduled to declare the results of class 12 or Higher Secondary Examination (HSE) today. “The result of class 12 exam will be announced on Tuesday at 5 pm. The students can check the results through the website- dge.tn.gov.in, dge1.tn.nic.in, tnresults.nic.in,” the office of the director M Palanisamy had told indianexpress.com.

Around 9 lakh students appeared in the Higher Secondary exams with few papers left. Though the government cancelled the SSLC and plus one exams, but had decided to conduct the pending HSE, VHSE exams later.

No new date has been announced for the results currently.

15:47 (IST)07 Jul 2020
CoP pays tribute to constable who died of COVID-19

Mahesh Kumar Aggawal, Commissioner of Police for Chennai paid tribute to M Nagarajan, a constable attached to Vepery police station in Chennai who died of COVID-19 on Monday.

14:45 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Tamil Nadu Class 12 results to be announced today

The Directorate of Government Exams (DGE), Tamil Nadu will declare the result of class 12 or Higher Secondary Examination (HSE) today.

“The result of class 12 exam will be announced on Tuesday at 5 pm. The students can check the results through the website- dge.tn.gov.in, dge1.tn.nic.in, tnresults.nic.in,” the office of the director M Palanisamy told indianexpress.com.

Around 9 lakh students appeared in the Higher Secondary exams with few papers left. Though the government cancelled the SSLC and plus one exams, but had decided to conduct the pending HSE, VHSE exams later.

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11:25 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Mylapore Jannal Kadai owner succumbs to COVID-19

K Sivaramakrishnan aka Ramesh, the owner of the popular snacks joint 'Jannal Bajji Kadai' has succumbed to COVID-19. He was 58. With no name or signboards, Ramesh had been operating through a single-window selling hot Bajjis, Bondas, and other Tiffin items over 25 years in the Ponnambala Vadhyar street near the Kapaleeswarar temple in Mylapore. Many on social media have been sharing their experiences with the iconic shop.

10:44 (IST)07 Jul 2020
29 more people succumb to COVID-19 in Chennai

Over the last 24 hours, 29 individuals have succumbed to COVID-19 in Chennai.

10 deaths were recorded in Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, seven in Government Stanley Hospital and Medical College, seven in Government Super Specialty Hospital in Omandurar Estate, four in Government Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital and one in a private hospital in Sethupatti.

09:55 (IST)07 Jul 2020
All family rice card holders to be supplied free rice till November

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced Monday that all family rice card holders will be provided with rice free of cost until November. The quantity of this rice will be the same as that supplied for the months of April, May, June and July amid the lockdown.

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09:34 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Death of police constable of COVID-19 in Chennai is the third death among police in Tamil Nadu

M Nagarajan, a constable posted at the Vepery police station in Chennai, succumbed to COVID-19 on Monday. The constable had been undergoing treatment before his death.

He is the third police personnel to succumb to the virus in Tamil Nadu, after S Balamurali, inspector at Mambalam police station, and R Manimaran, a special sub-inspector at Pattinampakkam police station, died of COVID-19.

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09:30 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Welcome to today's live blog

Good morning!
Welcome to the live blog from Chennai where we bring to you the latest updates on COVID-19, lockdown in Tamil Nadu and more across Chennai and Tamil Nadu. Follow the blog to stay up to date with the state in real time.

18:23 (IST)06 Jul 2020
TN reports 3,827 fresh COVID-19 cases and 61 deaths

With 3,827 fresh Covid-19 cases today, the total number of cases in Tamil Nadu has now surged to 1,14,978. The death toll in the state also increased to 1,571 after 61 deaths were reported since Sunday. Of the total cases, Chennai recorded 1,747. As many as 66,571 have been discharged from the hospitals, active cases in the state have reached 46,833. Apart from Chennai, Madurai (245), Chengalpattu (213), Kancheepuram (182), Thiruvallur (175) recorded maximum cases. 

18:15 (IST)06 Jul 2020
Chennai constable dies of COVID-19

A Chennai police constable who was posted at the Vepery police station succumbed to COVID-19 today. M Nagarajan, who had been admitted to a hospital for treatment died after failing to respond to the treatment. 

He is the third police personnel to succumb to the virus, after S Balamurali, inspector at Mambalam police station and R Manimaran, a special sub-inspector at Pattinampakkam police station.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami condoled the death of the constable and offered his condolences to the bereaved family.

14:25 (IST)06 Jul 2020
IN PICS | Vehicles, crowds throng roads as Chennai lifts lockdown
14:03 (IST)06 Jul 2020
10 MLAs test positive for COVID-19

Former AIADMK minister B Valarmathi has tested positive for COVID-19. With this, the number of MLAs in Tamil Nadu who have tested positive for COVID-19 has risen to ten. Here is the full list:

AIADMK - Six MLAs

    • K Palani
    • K P Anbalagan
    • R Kumaraguru
    • N Sathan Prabhakar
    • Amman K Arjunan
    • B Valarmathi

DMK - Four MLAs

    • J Anbazhagan (Deceased)
    • Vasantham K Karthikeyan
    • R T Arasu
    • K S Masthan
13:35 (IST)06 Jul 2020
Tamil Nadu cancles move to introduce three subjects in higher secondary

The Tamil Nadu School Education Department on Monday announced the cancellation of the government order introducing three subject courses in higher secondary citing limited job opportunities. As per the previous order, the students can opt for three subject or four subject courses as per their preference, however, Parents, teachers, and several educationists raised objections over this saying that students will opt for three subject courses as it has one subject lesser and this will have an impact on their career option. DMK leader MK Stalin took to Twitter and said he welcomes the decision by the government which he had requested before. He also slammed the government for making decisions in a hurry and later cancelling them.

11:05 (IST)06 Jul 2020
Role of Friends of Police under scanner in Sathankulam custodial deaths

The investigation into the custodial deaths last month of a father and son in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi has brought under the scanner a 27-year-old community policing initiative in the state, Friends of Police (FOP), with demands to dismantle the system that is “widely misused”, especially in small towns and rural areas.

The probe by the state’s Crime Branch-CID into the deaths of shopkeeper P Jeyaraj and his son J Bennix in Sathankulam police station on the night of June 19 has zeroed in on the alleged role of six FOP members who had been “helping the Inspector and Sub-Inspectors in routine affairs”.

“We suspect that all six of them had a role in the custodial torture that happened on June 19 night and similar incidents in the past. We have identified them, and all six will be arrested,” an officer linked to the probe told The Sunday Express.

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10:39 (IST)06 Jul 2020
Anna University staff to resume work from today

The staff of Anna University will resume work as usual from today, according to a circular issued by the University in Guindy, Chennai. Both teachers and non-teaching staff have been instructed to report to work, with bus services of the university having resumed as well.

Currently, a few buildings of the university have been converted into isolation wards for COVID-19 patients.

09:46 (IST)06 Jul 2020
Activities that are permitted in Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpet areas (except containment zones)

With the lockdown being lifted in Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpet, here is a list of activities that are permitted in the three districts:

  • Only small temples, mosques, dargahs and churches in rural areas with an annual income of less than Rs 10,000 will be open to public. These places should strictly adhere to social distancing and other standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the government.
  • All Industries and export-oriented units are permitted to operate with 100 per cent employees. IT/ITES are permitted to operate with 100 per cent strength with work from home for at least 20 per cent of the force.
  • All private offices are allowed to function with 100 per cent strength, however, work from home shall also be encouraged.
  • Showrooms and large format shops (jewellery, textile shops), except in shopping malls, are permitted to operate with 50 per cent strength without air conditioning. Not more than five customers will be allowed inside at the same time to ensure social distancing.
  • Tea shops, restaurants, vegetable shops and provision shops are permitted to function from 6 am to 8 pm. Restaurants shall be permitted to run with dine-in facilities with 50 per cent of seating facility. Tea shops will also be allowed to run in a similar fashion.
  • Other shops, including retail vending (TASMAC) shops, are allowed to operate from 10 am to 8 pm. Delivery of all goods, including non-essential items through e-commerce, is permitted.
  • Rental vehicles and taxis, including private cab aggregators, are permitted to run with not more than three passengers, excluding the driver
  • Fish stalls and meat shops will be allowed to resume activity

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09:44 (IST)06 Jul 2020
Activities permitted in areas falling under the limit of Greater Chennai Police

With the lockdown being lifted in Chennai, here is a list of activities that are permitted in areas falling under the Greater Chennai Police jurisdiction:

  • IT/ITEs are permitted to operate provided the company is offering transport facilities at 50 per cent strength to a maximum of 80 people
  • All private offices, industrial establishments, and export-oriented units will be allowed to function at 50 per cent strength though work from home will be encouraged.
  • Auto-rickshaws are permitted with two passengers, excluding the driver
  • Showrooms and large format shops (jewellery, textile shops), except in shopping malls, are permitted to operate from 10 am to 6 pm with 50 per cent strength and without air conditioning. Not more than five customers will be allowed inside a shop at the same time.
  • Vegetable and grocery shops will run between 6 am and 6 pm
  • Take away (delivery) services will be permitted in hotels/restaurants from 6 am to 9 pm. The delivery employees should obtain identity cards from their respective organisation.
  • Tea shops (only parcel ) are allowed to operate between 6 am and 6 pm
  • Barber shops, saloons, spa and beauty parlors are allowed to function as per SOP and without air conditioning
  • Fish stalls, meat shops to be allowed to function
  • However, there are certain activities that are prohibited throughout the state till July 31 midnight
  • Major religious places will be closed and congregations prohibited in urban areas
  • Tourists spots like Nilgris districts, Kodaikanal and Yercaud to remain shut
  • Hotels and other hospitality services are not allowed to operate, except those meant for housing health, police, government officials, health care workers and stranded persons, including tourists, for quarantine facilities, etc.
  • Shopping malls to remain closed
  • Schools, Colleges, educational training/coaching institutions etc will also remain closed. Online/distant learning is encouraged
  • International air travel of passengers will not be allowed, except for purposes permitted by the Home Ministry
  • Metro and suburban train services will not be available
  • Sports complexes and Stadia will be permitted without spectators
  • Inter-state public transport will not be allowed till July 31; inter-district transport is suspended till July 15

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09:35 (IST)06 Jul 2020
Welcome to today's live blog

Good morning!
Welcome to the live blog from Chennai where we bring to you the latest updates on COVID-19, lockdown in Tamil Nadu and more across Chennai and Tamil Nadu. Follow the blog to stay up to date with the state in real time.

Vijaya hospital Chennai, Chennai Vijaya hospital, Chennai Vijaya hospital closed, Chennai news, City news, Indian Express At least 40 staff members of the hospital have tested positive. (Source: vijayahospital.org)

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced Monday that all family rice card holders will be provided with rice free of cost until November. The quantity of this rice will be the same as that supplied for the months of April, May, June and July amid the lockdown.

READ | All family rice card holders to be supplied free rice till November

Chennai’s Vijaya hospital in Vadapalani area suspended all it’s activities on Saturday after some of its employees tested positive for the novel coronavirus infection.

In a letter to all the consultants and staff, B Bharathi Reddy, the Managing Trustee and CEO of the group said that the hospital will be disinfected and other measures will be taken as per the government guidelines.

READ | Chennai’s Vijaya hospital closed after several employees test positive for Covid-19

As per local reports, At least 40 staff members of the hospital have tested positive. All the patients admitted to the hospital are set to be transferred to relevant areas in the Vijaya Health Centre (VHC), which is located closer to the hospital premises.

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