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Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus September 30 October 1 Highlights: Cases on the rise in Chennai as city tally crosses 1.67 lakh

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown Latest News September 30 October 1 Highlights: As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 46,263.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: October 2, 2020 9:18:26 am
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Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News September 30 October 1 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 5659 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 5,97,602. Among these, Chennai reported 1295 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,67,376.

Tamil Nadu recorded 67 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 9520. 62 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.

As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 46,263. Till date, 3,60,729 males, 2,36,842 females and 31 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, 73,64,050 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 86,938 samples having been sent yesterday.

The state discharged 5610 patients following treatment Wednesday, putting the total number of recoveries at 5,41,819.

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16:03 (IST)01 Oct 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

There are 11,320 active cases across all 15 zones in Chennai. With 1263 active cases, Kodambakkam (Zone 10) leads the tally while Manali (Zone 2) with 237 cases has the least active cases.

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

  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 1263
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 1206
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 1103
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 991
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 886
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 860
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 848
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 784
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 762
  • Alandur (Zone 12) - 595
15:59 (IST)01 Oct 2020
CM, Deputy CM and Stalin extend birthday wishes to President Ram Nath Kovind

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and DMK chief M K Stalin extended birthday greetings to President Ram Nath Kovind on his birthday today.

Palaniswami sent a bouquet to Kovind and tweeted, "I have great pleasure in conveying my warm felicitations and best wishes to you on the joyous occasion of your birthday. I pray the Almighty to grant you many more years of good health to serve the nation and the people." (sic)

Extending his wishes, O Panneerselvam tweeted, "I pray the Almighty to bless him with good health, peace and happiness to continue his valuable selfless service to the nation and its people." (sic)

Stalin praised Kovind as among the most distinguished leaders of the nation and wished him good health and a long life. "Wishing our first citizen good health and a long life @rashtrapatibhvn", (sic), he tweeted.

15:13 (IST)01 Oct 2020
Unlock 5.0 Guidelines: Cinema halls can open, states to decide on schools from October 15

States and Union Territories can take a decision on whether to open schools from October 15; cinemas and multiplexes will be allowed to open with 50 per cent capacity from the same date; limits on outdoor gatherings have been removed while indoors gatherings will be allowed with 50 per cent capacity — there are among the new unlockdown guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday evening.

The guidelines, which are to come into effect from October 15, also say PhD and post-graduate students of science and technology streams — those that may require laboratory work — can open, while a decision to open all colleges “may be taken” by the Department of Higher Education in consultation with the Home Ministry.

The new unlockdown norms mean that the only thing that remains completely barred (outside containment zones) are international flights, except “when permitted by the MHA”. India already has air bubble arrangements with 13 countries.

Business to business exhibitions are allowed, too, and swimming pools “being used for sportspersons” are also permitted to open, as are entertainment parks. All of these will have SOPs issued by their governing ministries and will be permitted to open from October 15.

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14:03 (IST)01 Oct 2020
Southern Railway to operate more special trains

Southern Railway on Wednesday announced running more special trains, including inter-state service between Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

The railways would operate trains between Karaikal in neighbouring Puducherry and Ernakulam in Kerala, an official press release here said.

The Southern Railway announced fully reserved special trains from Chennai-Egmore to Tirunelveli, Madurai (Tejas), Sengottai and Rameswaram and the various services would start between October 2-5.

Further, it would run the Chennai Egmore-Kollam and Dr. MGR Chennai Central - Alappuzha Superfast Special Trains, the release added.

12:47 (IST)01 Oct 2020
Gautham Menon, Sudha Kongara, Vetri Maaran and Vignesh Shivan join forces for Netflix’s Paava Kadhaigal

Netflix on Thursday announced its first Tamil film titled Paava Kadhaigal. Directed by Gautham Menon, Sudha Kongara, Vetri Maaran and Vignesh Shivan, the anthology film comprises four stories which explore how love, pride and honour influence complex relationships.

Produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP Movies and Ashi Dua Sara’s Flying Unicorn Entertainment, Paava Kadhaigal stars Kalki Koechlin, Padam Kumar, Prakash Raj, Sai Pallavi, Anjali, Bhavani Sre, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Hari, Kalidas Jayaram, Shanthnu Bhagyaraj and Simran among others.

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12:41 (IST)01 Oct 2020
COVID-19 rate in Tamil Nadu sees less than 40% rise in September

More than 26 lakh people in India were infected with the novel coronavirus in the month of September, which comprises a 71 per cent rise over the number at the end of last month.

Not surprisingly, almost six lakh of these cases in September were reported from Maharashtra, while Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka contributed about 2.6 lakh each. Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Kerala and Odisha were the other states that saw their total numbers rise by at least one lakh in September.

The states that had the smallest rise during September were Tamil Nadu and Bihar. These two states have been slowing down throughout the month, and their current growth rate has dropped below one per cent a day. Tamil Nadu’s numbers grew by a little under 40 per cent in September, from 4.28 lakh to 5.97 lakh.

Tamil Nadu and Bihar both are among the states doing very well on testing, though Bihar has been relying more on rapid antigen tests. But it is not clear as yet whether the slowdown could directly be attributed to greater number of tests being carried out.

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10:58 (IST)01 Oct 2020
Indian Bank offers new loan scheme for TN fishermen

Public sector Indian Bank on Wednesday unveiled a new Kisan Credit Card loan scheme for fishermen in Tamil Nadu, offering a revolving credit of upto Rs. 2 lakh.

The loan would be provided at seven per cent interest rate with an interest subvention of three per cent to those who repay the loan within a period of one year, the bank said in a statement.

A RUPAY Kisan Credit Card would be issued to customers for the loan provided under the Centre's MUDRA scheme. To avail the bank's services, fishermen need to submit their applications through the department of fisheries, along with details of the mechanised boat, it said.

10:57 (IST)01 Oct 2020
Hindu Munnani founder Ramagopalan succumbs to COVID-19

Ramagopalan, veteran RSS pracharak and founder organiser of Hindu Munnani and the force behind popularising public celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Tamil Nadu, died in Chennai on Wednesday after testing positive for COVID-19.

The 94 year-old leader was not keeping well for some time and had been admitted to a private hospital in the city on September 26 with complaints of pneumonia and later tested positive for coronavirus, the Munnani said. "The first test revealed he had no corona infection, but he tested positive in the second test. And since the last two days, the doctors attending on him tried their best to save him," Kadeswara C Subramaniam, state president of Hindu Munnani, said.

Born on September 19, 1927 in Sirkazhi in then Tanjore district, Ramagopalan, an AMIE diploma holder, quit his job in the Electricity department and became a full-time RSS volunteer in 1945. He was responsible for the gradual growth of RSS throughout Tamil Nadu and rose to the stature of Regional Campaigner (States) of the saffron movement.

Following the infamous Mandaikadu communal riots in the early 1980's in Kanyakumari district, he founded the Hindu Munnani along with former MP, P Thanulinga Nadar (the first state president of the outfit) which over the years evolved as a key front of the RSS in the state.

10:18 (IST)01 Oct 2020
‘Chandamama’ Shankar, illustrator of Vikram-Betal, passes away

Karatholuvu Chandrasekaran Shivashankaran, a prominent Indian artist, passed away at his residence in Chennai on September 29, 2020, at the age of 96.

Sivasankaran was popularly known as ‘Chandamama’ Shankar for his invaluable contributions to the Indian magazine Chandamama. He was the artist behind the signature painting of Vikram and Betal series that featured in the magazine, among many others that he created. At the time of his demise, he was the last of the original Chandamama team.

Born in a village near Erode, Tamil Nadu, Shankar’s passion for art developed right from his childhood. For his history exams, he would draw sketches of famous historical characters. After completing his grade 12 qualifying exam, he joined the Government College of Fine Arts, Chennai. His first job was with a then-prominent magazine Kalaimagal, before Chandamama made him a household name. He worked with the magazine for nearly 60 years, until it shut down in 2012.

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10:04 (IST)01 Oct 2020
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

Tangedco has announced a powercut in parts of Chennai from 9 am to 2 pm to carry out maintenance work.

Here are the affected areas:

  • Melur: Minjur Town, TH Road, Theradi Street, Seemapuram, RR Palayam/Ariyanvoyal, Pudhupedu, Nandhiambakkam, Melur, Pattamandhiri, Vallur, Athipattu, S R Palayam, G R Palayam, Kondakarai, Pallipuram, Vazhuthigamedu, Athipattu Puthu Nagar, Cheppakkam, Mouthumedu, KR Palayam, Kattupalli, Thiruvellavoyal, NTECL Township, Neithavoyal, Kaatur, Oorananbedu, Kalpakkam, Kadapakkam, Vaayalur, Kokkumedu, Mayrattur, Ramanathapuram, Abiramapuram and Veelambakkam.
  • Avadi Alamathy: Anaikattu, Poochiathipedu, Karanipettai, Vaniyan Chathram, Guruvoyal, Magaral Kandigai, Metro Water, Agaramm Kandigai, Sethupakkam, Singilikuppam and Lakshminadhapuram.
09:45 (IST)01 Oct 2020
124 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 124 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities, with 62 arrivals and 62 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport today.

09:38 (IST)01 Oct 2020
Tn records 5659 fresh cases, 67 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 5659 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 5,97,602. Among these, Chennai reported 1295 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,67,376.

Tamil Nadu recorded 67 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 9520. 62 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 5610 patients following treatment Wednesday, putting the total number of recoveries at 5,41,819.

As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 46,263. Till date, 3,60,729 males, 2,36,842 females and 31 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, 73,64,050 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 86,938 samples having been sent yesterday.

09:37 (IST)01 Oct 2020
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18:13 (IST)30 Sep 2020
‘Chandamama’ Shankar, illustrator of Vikram-Betal, passes away

Karatholuvu Chandrasekaran Shivashankaran, a prominent Indian artist, passed away at his residence in Chennai on September 29, 2020, at the age of 96.

Sivasankaran was popularly known as ‘Chandamama’ Shankar for his invaluable contributions to the Indian magazine Chandamama. He was the artist behind the signature painting of Vikram and Betal series that featured in the magazine, among many others that he created. At the time of his demise, he was the last of the original Chandamama team.

Born in a village near Erode, Tamil Nadu, Shankar’s passion for art developed right from his childhood. For his history exams, he would draw sketches of famous historical characters. After completing his grade 12 qualifying exam, he joined the Government College of Fine Arts, Chennai. His first job was with a then-prominent magazine Kalaimagal, before Chandamama made him a household name. He worked with the magazine for nearly 60 years, until it shut down in 2012.

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17:05 (IST)30 Sep 2020
COVID-19: Deaths in top 10 zones in Chennai

A total of 3195 people have succumbed to COVID-19 in Chennai till date across the city's 15 zones.

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

  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 414
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 360
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 347
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 332
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 316
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 291
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 225
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 191
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 163
  • Tiruvottiyur (Zone 1) - 142
16:10 (IST)30 Sep 2020
India coronavirus numbers explained, Sept 30: Significant decline in growth rates of Andhra, Bihar and Tamil Nadu

While the last couple of weeks have been a period of welcome slowdown in the spread of novel coronavirus epidemic across the country, the most prolonged, consistent and significant decline in growth rates have been seen in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Tamil Nadu.

These three states have been showing a reduction in their growth rates for two months now. The coronavirus cases in Tamil Nadu and Bihar have now been growing at less than one per cent per day, while Andhra Pradesh is just about to reach there.

Tamil Nadu has had the most remarkable flat-line progression of day-to-day discovery of new cases. Barring two occasions, the state has reported between 5,000 and 6,000 new cases every day since the start of August (see chart). On Tuesday, Tamil Nadu’s total confirmed cases was overtaken by Karnataka which has been in the midst of a minor surge in cases in the last two weeks.

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15:54 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Parts of Chennai receive light showers

Parts of Chennai received light showers in the afternoon, providing a brief respite from the heat in the city. The city is expected to receive rainfall in the evening as well.

15:44 (IST)30 Sep 2020
6 districts to receive heavy rainfall

The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Chennai has forecast heavy rainfall in six districts of the state today. According to the RMC, parts of Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Vellore, Thiruvannamalai, Villupuram and Kanyakumari will receive heavy rainfall.

Owing to strong winds at sea, the RMC has urged fishermen to exercise caution while venturing out into sea.

14:48 (IST)30 Sep 2020
South India’s prolific film directors unite for Putham Pudhu Kaalai

Amazon Prime Video on Wednesday announced its original upcoming Tamil movie titled Putham Pudhu Kaalai. “It is an anthology of five short films featuring the first of its kind stories of love, new beginnings, second chances, and a glimmer of hope,” read a statement released by the streaming platform.

The five stories are set in the backdrop of the COVID-19 lockdown. And Amazon Prime Video has mentioned that the movie was shot in compliance with COVID-19 rules and regulations set by the Film Employees’ Federation of South India (FEFSI).

Putham Pudhu Kaalai comprises of five short films, helmed by the likes of Sudha Kongara, Gautham Menon, Suhasini Mani Ratman, Rajiv Menon and Karthik Subbaraj.

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13:55 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Vadivel Balaji passes away

Tamil actor Vadivel Balaji passed away at a Chennai hospital on Thursday. He was 42.

According to reports, Vadivel Balaji was under treatment for the past 15 days after suffering a heart attack. He died on Thursday morning. The actor is survived by his wife and two children.

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District collectors should step up efforts to further decrease the COVID-19 mortality rate in Tamil Nadu, the CM said on Tuesday. Addressing a review meeting of district collectors on COVID-19 through a virtual link from the Secretariat, Palaniswami flagged the need for more awareness.

READ | Intensify measures to further cut COVID-19 mortality rate, CM tells collectors

District collectors should increase awareness among people on the need to visit hospitals within 24 hours of getting symptoms like fever, breathlessness, fatigue and a loss of taste, he said. “Priority must be given to samples of senior citizens and those with co-morbidities while conducting RT-PCR tests to detect COVID. Test results should be declared expeditiously,” he added.

In a sign that the leadership tussle in All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) is to continue, the party failed to nominate a CM candidate for the upcoming 2021 Assembly elections in its executive meeting on Monday.

READ | AIADMK meet: CM name for 2021 state polls on October 7

Addressing reporters after the meet, AIADMK deputy coordinator KP Munusamy said party coordinator Panneerselvam and joint coordinator Palaniswami would together announce the CM candidate on October 7.

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However, there was no information on the 11-member steering committee, which has been the primary demand of the OPS faction ever since its merger with the party in 2017.

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