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Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus August 14, 15 Highlights: Amma COVID-19 Home Care Kits unveiled

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown Latest News August 14, 15 Highlights: So far, 35,69,453 samples have been tested in Tamil Nadu.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: August 17, 2020 9:32:45 am
Amma COVID-19 Home Care Kit, Edappadi K Palaniswami, Tamil Nadu, COVID-19Marking the launch of the kit at a concessional price, Palaniswami handed over a pack to a health official at the Secretariat in Chennai. (Twitter/@CMOTamilNadu)

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News August 14, 15 Highlights: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami Friday unveiled the ‘Amma COVID-19 Home Care Kit’ for people who have tested positive for the virus and been advised home isolation.

Costing Rs 2,500, the kit comprises of a pulse oximeter, a digital thermometer, packs of herbal immunity boosters like ‘Athimathuram’ and ‘Kabasura Kudineer’, the state government said.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu on Friday reported 5,890 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the overall tally to 3,26,245. With 117 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, the death toll reached 5,514.

In Chennai, there has been a surge in the number of cases. The city, which had been maintaining less than 1,000 cases for the past one week reported 1,187 fresh cases on Friday, taking its total number of cases to 1,14,260.

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18:16 (IST)15 Aug 2020
COVID-19: Recoveries in top 10 zones in Chennai

Recoveries have crossed 10,000 in four of the 15 zones in Chennai, with the city having recorded 1,00,643 recoveries till date.

Here are the recoveries in the top 10 zones:

  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 11,686
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 11,560
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 11,108
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 10,748
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 9470
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 7291
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 8064
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 6059
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 5731
  • Tiruvottiyur (Zone 1) - 3622
16:35 (IST)15 Aug 2020
SPB stable, on life support

Playback singer S P Balasubrahmanyam, whose health was critical on Friday continues to remain on life support. A statement released from MGM Healthcare, where he is undergoing treatment said that he is stable and doctors are monitoring the singer's clinical parameters.

Also Read | Singer S P Balasubrahmanyam critical, on life support

15:18 (IST)15 Aug 2020
CM hoists flag at Fort St. George amid low-key celebrations

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami hoisted the tricolour at the Secretariat in Chennai's Fort St. George today. Celebrations were low-key amid the pandemic in the state.

13:13 (IST)15 Aug 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai recorded 1,187 fresh cases on Friday, taking its total number of cases to 1,14,260. Currently, there are 11,209 active cases in the city.

Here are the active cases in the top 10 zones:

  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 1492
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 1279
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 1160
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 1079
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 10) - 895
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 801
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 659
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 623
  • Alandur (Zone 12) - 619
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 586
10:04 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Greater Chennai Traffic Police issue modifications in traffic movement during Independence Day celebrations

The Greater Chennai Traffic Police (GCTP) have issued modifications in the movement of traffic in Chennai during the Independence Day celebrations today. Owing to the pandemic, the state will have a low-key ceremony with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami hoisting the flag at the Secretariat, while the ceremony will be broadcast live over television.

Here are the changes in traffic movement which will be in place from 6 am until the end of the function:

  • Kamarajar Salai from Labour Statue to RBI Subway North on Rajaji Salai and Flag Staff Road will be closed for all vehicles except for those with passes.
  • Vehicles moving along Kamarajar Salai towards Parry's Corner via Rajaji Salai will be diverted along Swami Sivananda Salai, Muthusamy Bridge, Muthusamy Road, R A Mandram and NFS Road.
  • Vehicles heading towards Kamarajar Salai via Rajaji Salai will be diverted along NFS Road, R A Mandram, Muthusamy Road, Muthusamy Bridge, Anna Salai and Wallajah Road.
  • Vehicles heading towards Kamarajar Salai from Anna Salai or Muthusamy Bridge via Flag Staff Road can travel via Anna Salai and Wallajah Road.
  • Vehicles to the Secretariat bearing Red and Purple passes and arriving before 8.30 am can travel via Rajaji Salai and passengers can alight at the 'In' gate. These vehicles can be parked inside the Secretariat.
  • Vehicles bearing Red and Purple passes which will arrive after 8.30 am can travel along Flag Staff Road and enter Fort St. George through the Wallajah Gate.These vehicles will be parked at the PWD parking lot.
  • Vehicles bearing Blue and Pink passes can reach the Secretariat via Flag Staff Road or Wallajah Gate or Muthusamy Bridge - Muthusamy Road - North Fort Parrys Corner - RBI Subway and passengers can alight at the 'Out' gate. These vehicles will be parked at the PWD parking lot.
  • Passengers arriving in vehicles without passes can alight near the War Memorial and can enter Island Ground via Gate 6 or Gate 9 to park their vehicles.
09:58 (IST)15 Aug 2020
70 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 70 flights will fly between Chennai and major cities today, with 35 departures and 35 arrivals scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:54 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Chennai's Egmore station lights up facade on Independence Day
09:41 (IST)15 Aug 2020
CM eases restrictions on e-pass

CM Palaniswami Friday announced that from August 17 anyone who applies for e-an pass for inter-district travel during the lockdown will receive it instantly without any delay. E-passes were earlier issued only for marriage, medical emergency, and funeral.

In a statement, CM Palaniswami said the decision to ease restriction on e-pass was taken in public interest. ”I request people to utilize this E-pass only for important work. To prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, co-operate with the government by following all the guidelines,” he said. Those who wish to apply for e-pass need to provide a copy of their Aadhar card or ration card alongside their mobile/telephone number.

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09:40 (IST)15 Aug 2020
CM launches Amma COVID-19 Home Care Kits

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami Friday unveiled the ‘Amma COVID-19 Home Care Kit’ for people who have tested positive for the virus and been advised home isolation.

Costing Rs 2,500, the kit comprises of a pulse oximeter, a digital thermometer, packs of herbal immunity boosters like ‘Athimathuram’ and ‘Kabasura Kudineer’, the state government said.

The kit also has 60 tablets of ‘Amookra Chooranam’ having beneficial effects for the virus-infected, 14 tablets each of multi-vitamins and zinc, 14 face masks and a soap, an official press release said, adding that these would be sufficient for 14 days.

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09:32 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Cases surge in Chennai

Tamil Nadu on Friday reported 5,890 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the overall tally to 3,26,245. With 117 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, the death toll reached 5,514.

In Chennai, there has been a surge in the number of cases. The city, which had been maintaining less than 1,000 cases for the past one week reported 1,187 fresh cases on Friday, taking its total number of cases to 1,14,260. Other neighboring districts Thiruvallur (495), Chengalpattu (437), Kancheepuram (315) reported 1,247 Covid-19 cases.

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09:31 (IST)15 Aug 2020
5,890 fresh cases, 117 deaths reported

Tamil Nadu on Friday reported 5,890 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the overall tally to 3,26,245. With 117 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, the death toll reached 5,514.

A total of 70,153 samples tests were done by RT-PCR yesterday. So far, 35,69,453 samples have been tested in Tamil Nadu.

On Friday, as many as 5,556 persons were discharged, taking the number of recoveries to 2,67,015. There are 53,716 active cases in the state.

Of the 5,75,823 passengers who entered Tamil Nadu through various modes of transport, 5,914 passengers have tested positive.

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09:29 (IST)15 Aug 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 in the state throughout the day. Follow the blog to stay up to date with the state in real time.

17:53 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Governor tests negative for COVID-19

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has tested negative for COVID-19. A statement released by Dr. Aravindan Selvaraj, Executive Director at Kaveri Hospital, whose doctors were involved in monitoring the governor's health said that he tested negative for the virus today. The statement added that he continues to remain active.

17:41 (IST)14 Aug 2020
SPB's health deteriorates, on life support

The health of singer S P Balasubrahmanyam has deteriorated, said a statement from MGM Healthcare where the singer is undergoing treatment for COVID-19. A statement issued by the hospital said that his condition is critical.

Also Read | SPB tests positive for COVID-19

Earlier on Thursday, the hospital had stated that the singer, who had tested positive on August 5 was recovering well. However, his health took a turn for the worse overnight and he has been placed on life support.

16:54 (IST)14 Aug 2020
E-pass restrictions eased in public interest: EPS

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami Friday announced that from August 17 anyone who applies for E-Pass for inter-district travel during the lockdown will receive it instantly without any delay.

E-passes were earlier issued only for marriage, medical emergency, and funeral. Issuing a statement, CM Edappadi said the decision to ease restriction on e-pass was taken considering the public interest. "I request people to utilize this e-pass only for important work. To prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, co-operate with the government by following all the guidelines", he said.

Those who wish to apply for e-pass need to provide a copy of their Aadhar or Ration card alongside their Mobile/Telephone number.

16:53 (IST)14 Aug 2020
CM announces inter-district e-pass will be available without delays

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami Friday announced that from August 17 anyone who applies for E-Pass for inter-district travel during the lockdown will receive it instantly without any delay.

The statement comes from the Chief Minister a few days after the government informed the Madras High Court that a committee will be set up to streamline the issuance of e-passes for movement between the districts. The court had directed the state government to have a serious look into the issue as there had been allegations of fake e-passes.

Several political leaders also urged the TN government to do away with the e-pass system claiming it causes much inconvenience to the general public. DMK Leader MK Stalin issued a statement a week ago asking the state government why it is still holding on with the e-pass system when the Centre itself had already done away with it. He said even when people apply for emergency purposes, their e-passes are getting rejected multiple times causing them much agony. He also alleged there are several irregularities on the distribution of e-passes.

Tamil Nadu BJP President L Murugan too urged the government to do away with the e-pass system.

15:42 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Greater Chennai Traffic Police issue modifications in traffic movement during Independence Day celebrations

The Greater Chennai Traffic Police (GCTP) have issued modifications in the movement of traffic in Chennai during the Independence Day celebrations on Saturday. Owing to the pandemic, the state will have a low-key ceremony with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami hoisting the flag at the Secretariat, while the ceremony will be broadcast live over television.

Here are the changes in traffic movement which will be in place from 6 aam until the end of the function:

  • Kamarajar Salai from Labour Statue to RBI Subway North on Rajaji Salai and Flag Staff Road will be closed for all vehicles except for those with passes.
  • Vehicles moving along Kamarajar Salai towards Parry's Corner via Rajaji Salai will be diverted along Swami Sivananda Salai, Muthusamy Bridge, Muthusamy Road, R A Mandram and NFS Road.
  • Vehicles heading towards Kamarajar Salai via Rajaji Salai will be diverted along NFS Road, R A Mandram, Muthusamy Road, Muthusamy Bridge, Anna Salai and Wallajah Road.
  • Vehicles heading towards Kamarajar Salai from Anna Salai or Muthusamy Bridge via Flag Staff Road can travel via Anna Salai and Wallajah Road.
  • Vehicles to the Secretariat bearing Red and Purple passes and arriving before 8.30 am can travel via Rajaji Salai and passengers can alight at the 'In' gate. These vehicles can be parked inside the Secretariat.
  • Vehicles bearing Red and Purple passes which will arrive after 8.30 am can travel along Flag Staff Road and enter Fort St. George through the Wallajah Gate.These vehicles will be parked at the PWD parking lot.
  • Vehicles bearing Blue and Pink passes can reach the Secretariat via Flag Staff Road or Wallajah Gate or Muthusamy Bridge - Muthusamy Road - North Fort Parrys Corner - RBI Subway and passengers can alight at the 'Out' gate. These vehicles will be parked at the PWD parking lot.
  • Passengers arriving in vehicles without passes can alight near the War Memorial and can enter Island Ground via Gate 6 or Gate 9 to park their vehicles.
12:56 (IST)14 Aug 2020
15 police officers to be awarded Chief Minister's police medal on Independence Day

As a token of recognition to their public service, 15 police officers are been selected to receive Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's police medal on the occasion of Independence Day. S.Davidson Devasirvatham, ADGP Technical services, Chennai, K.Shankar, IG, Crime Branch, CID, S.Saravanan, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Tirunelveli, S Deepa Ganiger, SP, Salem, P.Jagannath, Head Constable, Job Racket Team, CCB, Chennai are chosen. Similarly, in recognition of outstanding work done in criminal investigation, G.Nagajothi, DCP, CCB, Chennai, R.Kumaresan, DSP, Q Branch CID, Chennai, T.Saravanan, ACP, Salem, S.K.Durai Pandian, DSP, Vellore, Elangovan Jennings, Inspector, Crime Branch, Trichy, PS Chitra, Crime Record Bureau, Trichy, K, Neeladevi, Crime Record Bureau, Sivagangai, S.Patchaimmal, Arakonam Railway Police station, P.Ulaga Rani, Crime Branch CID, Tirunelveli, P Vijayalakshmi, Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement cell, Tirunelveli are the officers who have been selected tor receive the Chief Minister's police medal.

12:13 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Special trains cancelled in Tamil Nadu till August 31

The Southern Railway on Friday announced that special train services within Tamil Nadu shall remain suspended till August 31. The seven special train services were earlier canceled till August 15 based on the request of the state government. However, the special superfast train operated between New Delhi and Dr. MGR Central Railway Station Chennai would continue its operation. According to the press released by the Southern Railway, the canceled trains include the Tiruchi-Chengalpattu-Tiruchi, Madurai-Villupuram-Madurai, Coimbatore-Katpadi-Coimbatore, Tiruchi-Chengalpattu-Tiruchi, Arakkonam-Coimbatore-Arakkonam, Coimbatore-Mayiladuthurai-Coimbatore and Tiruchi-Nagercoil-Tiruchi services. A full refund would be given to the passengers and those who have booked online will be refunded automatically. Also, counter tickets can be refunded anytime up to six months from the date of the journey.

10:29 (IST)14 Aug 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 areas which will be affected:

  • Velachery West: Parts of 100 Feet Bypass Road, Sakthi Vijayalakshmi Nagar, Ashtalakshmi Nagar, Gangai Nagar, Nethaji Colony, Brinthavan Nagar Extension, Parts of Andal Nagar and Krishnaraja Nagar.
  • Besant Nagar: Rukmani Road, MGR Road, Arundale Beach Road, Muthulakshmi Salai, Beach Road, Neduchelian Street and Lakshmipuram.
  • Velachery Central: Parts of Velachery Main Road, 100 Feet Bypass Road, Orandiamman Koil Street, Mettu Street, Telugu Brahmin Street, Pillaiyar Koil Street, Natar Street, Rajalakshmi Nagar, Nehru Nagar, Katabomman Street, Check Post, Madhavaran Street, Neduchelian Street, Anbu Dharmalingam Street, Kannaki Street and Periyar Street.
  • Neelankarai: Kokinoor Complex, Rajendran Complex, Rajendran Garden, Pandian Nagar, Bismillah Nagar, Ibrahim Street, Padasalai, Sankar Street, Vettuvankeni, ECR, Raja Nagar, Pombukar Street, Teachers Colony and Workers Estate.
  • Enjambakkam: Samuthira Salai, Rajaji Salai, Nainarkuppam, Nainarkuppam Colony, Meenakshi Farm, Kannagi Street, Nilla Street and Sea Shore - 12th, 13th Avenues.
  • Indira Nagar: Canal Bank Road, K B Nagar - 1st to 3rd Main Roads, 2nd to 3rd Cross Streets; B V Nagar - 1st, 2nd Streets and Anna Avenue.
  • Kottivakkam: Thiruvalluvar Nagar - 1st to 58th Streets; 1st to 8th Main Roads; Kottivakkam Kuppam Beach Road, Kottivakkam Kuppam, AGS Colony - 1st to 3rd Streets; New Colony - 1st to 4th Streets; Thiruveethiamman Koil Street, Palkalai Nagar, Jaganathan Street, Venkateshwara Nagar - 1st to 21st Streets; L P Nagar, Karpagambal Nagar, Raja Garden, Kaveri Nagar, ECR Main Road, Journalist Colony, Srinivasapuram, Seaward Road - 1st to 4th; Balakrishna Road, New Beach Road, Baywatch Boulevard, Bayview Drive, Mada Street - East, West, North, South; Rajarangasamy Avenue, Pillayar Koil Street, Bharathidasan Street, Sangam Colony, Kamarajar Salai, Palavakkam Kuppam, Kandhasamy Nagar - 1st to 7th Streets; MG Road, Kareem Nagar, Anbalagan Street, Kambar Street, Bharathi Theru, Bharathidasan Nagar, VGP Avenue, Anna Salai, Jaishankar Nagar, Boss Avenue, Panchayath Salai, Poonga Theru, Ambedkar Street and Muthumariamman Koil Street.
  • Thiruvanmiyur: Parts of L B Road, Kamaraj Nagar West, Canal Road, Ranganathapuram, Judges Avenue, Pathway, Rathinam Nagar, Parts of Mangaleri, ECR, Appasamy Apartment, Rajaji Nagar 1st Street and Ganesh Nagar.

Chennai Lockdown, Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coronavirus, Chennai Police The Chief Minister’s statement comes a few days after the government informed the Madras High Court that a committee will be set up to streamline the issuance of e-passes for movement between the districts. Express Photo

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami Friday announced that from August 17 anyone who applies for e-an pass for inter-district travel during the lockdown will receive it instantly without any delay. E-passes were earlier issued only for marriage, medical emergency, and funeral.

READ | TN eases restrictions on e-pass, CM Palaniswami requests people to use it only for important work

In a statement, CM Palaniswami said the decision to ease restriction on e-pass was taken in public interest. ”I request people to utilize this E-pass only for important work. To prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, co-operate with the government by following all the guidelines,” he said. Those who wish to apply for e-pass need to provide a copy of their Aadhar card or ration card alongside their mobile/telephone number.

Tamil Nadu BJP vice-president and former DMK general secretary VP Duraisamy on Wednesday said next year’s assembly election is going to be a battle between DMK and BJP.

Speaking to reporters in Chennai, Duraisamy said being the ruling party at the Centre, the BJP has the right to lead the alliance in Tamil Nadu ahead of assembly elections.

READ | Tamil Nadu: BJP will head alliance in 2021 Assembly polls, fight is versus DMK, says Duraisamy

“Till last week, the 2021 elections were projected as DMK vs AIADMK, but after the departure of Ku Ka Selvam (DMK MLA from Thousand Lights constituency), it has become BJP vs DMK. This is a sign of our growth, we are growing fast in Tamil Nadu. Like-minded parties would be part of the alliance, we will lead them because we are a national party,” he said.

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