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Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus August 28, 29 Highlights: TN has highest recovery rate of 85.45 per cent, says CM

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown Latest News August 28, 29 Highlights: As of Friday, the number of active cases in Tamil Nadu is 52,506. Till date, 2,47,132 males, 1,62,077 females and 29 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

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Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News August 28, 29 Highlights: Tamil Nadu Congress leader and Kanyakumari MP Harikrishnan Vasanthakumar passed away Friday due to Covid-19. He was 70. Kumar was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Chennai since August 10. He was on ECMO and ventilator support and was being monitored by a multidisciplinary team of doctors.

He is the second legislator in the state to succumb to Covid-19. Earlier, DMK MLA J Anbazhagan had succumbed to Covid-19 after undergoing treatment for weeks in a private hospital in Chennai in June this year.

As news of his death broke out, several political leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi offered their condolences.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu recorded 5,996 positive cases of Covid-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 4,09,238. Among these, Chennai reported 1,296 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,31,869.

Tamil Nadu recorded 102 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 7050. 97 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.

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18:17 (IST)29 Aug 2020
CM directs district collectors to ensure COVID-19 guidelines are being adhered to

Also, zinc and vitamin tablets are being given free of cost to frontline workers. "Kabasura Kudineer (a herbal concoction) is being distributed to improve immunity. Due to these measures the recovery rate in Tamil Nadu stands at 85.45 per cent and death rate is at 1.7 per cent," Palaniswami said.

On the free distribution of reusable masks, he said the government had distributed 46 lakh masks in Chennai, besides 72.56 lakh masks in the rest of Tamil Nadu. The Chief Minister called upon the District Collectors to ensure that Coronavirus guidelines are strictly adhered to.

Apart from listing out the various measures launched to mitigate the conditions of the people, Palaniswami said his government set apart Rs 200 crore under the COVID-19 Relief and Upliftment Scheme (CORUS) to mitigate hardship of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME). In addition, the state obtained sanctions for about Rs 7,518 crore under the Central governments loan scheme for industrial units due to his efforts in holding State-level bankers committee meetings and plea for immediate disbursal of loans to the industry. As a result, Tamil Nadu has emerged as the top state in the country in this regard, he asserted.

"Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, the government signed 42 Memoranda of Understanding (MOU), involving an investment of Rs 31,464 crore with a potential to generate 69,712 jobs," Palaniswami said.

18:16 (IST)29 Aug 2020
TN has highest recovery rate of 85.45 per cent: CM

Tamil Nadu has achieved a recovery rate of 85.45 per cent with 3,49,682 people having been cured of coronavirus, the "highest" in the country, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said on Saturday. The state's mortality rate was a "very low" 1.7 per cent, he said.

In his video-conference meeting with District Collectors on Saturday to review the lockdown being enforced to contain the spread of coronavirus, Palaniswami said his government had so far spent Rs 7,162 crore towards controlling the pandemic, treatment and relief measures. "I wish to point out that Tamil Nadu has the highest recovery rate of 85.45 per cent (3,49,682 cured) in the country and the death rate is a very low 1.7 per cent," he said.

As of Friday, Tamil Nadu's overall tally of coronavirus cases stood at 4.09 lakh. So far 7,050 related deaths have been recorded. Currently, there are 58,840 beds in COVID hospitals, 77,223 beds in COVID-19 special centres, and 26,801 beds with oxygen facilities. Apart from these, there are 4,782 beds in Intensive Care Units and 5,718 ventilators have also been kept ready.

With 146 testing facilities for COVID-19, including 83 private units, the government has so far tested 45.73 lakh people in the state, he said.

17:16 (IST)29 Aug 2020
Puducherry reports 550 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths

Puducherry on Saturday reported 550 new COVID-19 cases, taking the overall tally to 13,556 while 12 deaths pushed the toll past the 200 mark. The 550 new cases were identified after examination of 1,602 samples, Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said in a press release.

Of the total 13,556 cases in the union territory (after transfer of 18 cases to Tamil Nadu account), the active cases were 4,834. As many as 8,511 patients have recovered and have been discharged so far while the 12 fatalities in the last 24 hours ending 10 am today took the toll to 211.

The Health Department Director said that 431 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours. Fatality rate was 1.56 per cent while the recovery rate was 62.78 per cent.

Mohan Kumar said 71,723 samples were tested so far and of them 56,819 were found to be negative.

15:46 (IST)29 Aug 2020
Congress leaders, public pay homage to deceased LS MP Vasanthakumar

Congress leaders and the general public on Saturday paid homage to deceased Lok Sabha MP from Kanyakumari, H Vasanthakumar, who succumbed to COVID-19 on Friday. The 70-year old first time MP and working president of the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee, who was admitted to Apollo Hospital on August 10 after he tested positive for coronavirus, succumbed to the illness on Friday.

His mortal remains were placed at his T Nagar residence, where scores of people, including TNCC President K S Alagiri paid tributes. Later, Congress General Secretary Mukul Wasnik and Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy paid tributes to Vasanthakumar at the Kamarajar Arangam premises.

Though there were plans to keep the mortal remains at TNCC headquarters Sathyamurthy Bhavan, the plan was changed as the family insisted that they had to leave for Agastheeswaram in Kanyakumari for the final rites, Alagiri said.

13:18 (IST)29 Aug 2020
CM condoles death of Vasanthakumar

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami condoled the death of Kanyakumari MP Vasanthakumar, who succumbed to COVID-19 on Sunday. Taking to Twitter, EPS wrote, "Someone who contributed to the educational and economic development of the poor, the demise of Kanyakumari MP H Vasanthakumar is a disaster for the Congress and for the people of the constituency. I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Vasanthakumar and his party." (sic)

13:03 (IST)29 Aug 2020
SPB on passive physiotherapy: Hospital

Veteran singer S P Balasubrahmanyam is stable and undergoing passive physiotherapy, a statement from MGM Healthcare in Chennai where the singer is undergoing treatment for COVID-19 infection said on Friday.

The 74-year-old playback singer continues to be on ventilator and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support in the Intensive Care Unit, the statement said.

“His current clinical condition is stable. He is conscious, responsive and participating in passive physiotherapy. He continues to be closely monitored by our multidisciplinary clinical team,” Assistant Director, Medical Services of MGM Healthcare, Dr Anuradha Baskaran said in a statement.

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12:39 (IST)29 Aug 2020
Poverty, not early marriage, cause of ill-health of mothers: Experts

With the government considering to increase the minimum age of marriage of girls from 18 to 21 at par with that for boys, experts in the field of child rights, law and women’s development have said the issue requires more thought.

Drawing links between early dropouts of girl students from schools, shortcomings in the current education system, scarcity in employment opportunities, and poverty, experts feel the major issues behind the same are yet to be addressed.

Ratna was also instrumental in collating data and presenting the ‘Young Voices National Report’ to the task force earlier in July. The collective behind the report had consulted around 2500 young people from 15 states – Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, Punjab and Haryana – in a bid to help their voices reach the corridors of power. 96 civil society organisations (CSOs) from across the country were also part of the same.

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11:38 (IST)29 Aug 2020
‘Singham’ Annamalai booked for ‘violating’ lockdown rules

Former IPS officer and new BJP entrant Kuppusamy Annamalai and four party leaders were booked on Friday by police for allegedly violating lockdown restrictions and unlawful assembly, a day after his maiden visit to the party office in Coimbatore.

Annamalai had visited the party office in Siddhapudur area on Thursday, during which more than 50 people, including party workers, accorded him a grand welcome to the accompaniment of a band, police said.

BJP state vice-president Kanagasabhapathy, General secretary G K Selvakumar, Treasurer S R Sekhar and district president Nandakumar, among others, were present. Police said they had violated lockdown restrictions and traffic had also been held up for a while.

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10:23 (IST)29 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 affected areas:

  • Mylapore Whites Road: Parts of Peters Road, Indra Garden and Opposite New College Road.
  • Adyar Sasthiri Nagar: Mada Street - East, South; Lalitha Garden, West Tank Street, Sannathi Street, Chithirai Kulam Street, Anna Street, Bharatidasan Street, 1st Seaward Road, Valmiki Nagar, Kuppam Beach Road and Mettu Street.
  • Poonamallee: Abirami Nagar, VGN Nagar, Kaduvetti, Bypass Road, Poonamallee, Senneerkuppam, Kumanachavadi, Gorimedu, Kanthasamy Nagar, Bathirimedu, Ragunathapuram, Thirumal Nagar, Maran Nagar, Karayanchavadi, Ambal City and Malayambakkam.
  • Ennore: Kathivakkam, Ennore Bazaar, Kaatukuppam, Nehru Nagar, Sasthiri Nagar, Anna Nagar, Sivanpadaiveethi, Valluvar Nagar, Kamaraj Nagar, SVM Nagar, VOC Nagar, Ulaganathapuram, Mugathuavarakuppam, Ennore Kuppam, Thaazhanguppam, Nettukuppam, Chinnakuppam, Periyakuppam, Eranavoor Kuppam, ETPS Quarters, Eranavoor and HT Consumers.
  • Thirumudivakkam: Sirukalathur, Kaavanur, Nandhambakkam, Shanthi Nagar, Periyar Nagar, Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, Kalatipettai, Azhagesan Nagar and PTC Nagar.
  • Avadi: Green Field, Kamalam Nagar, Venkateshwara Nagar, Velammal Nagar Town, Venkadachalam Nagar, RC Apartment, Mullai Nagar, Jeyaram Nagar and Oragadam Society.
  • Guindy: Labour Colony, Guindy Industrial Estate, T S Mini, Balaji Nagar, Nagireddy Thottam, Ekkaduthangal Gandhi Nagar Main Road, Sardar Colony, J N Salai, Parts of Poonamallee Salai, Palaikaran Street, Arulayampettai, Parts of Southphase, Parts of Muthuraman Street, Ganapathy Colony and North Phase.
10:05 (IST)29 Aug 2020
78 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 78 flights will fly between Chennai and major cities today, with 39 arrivals and 39 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:51 (IST)29 Aug 2020
His commitment to the congress ideology of serving the people will remain in our hearts forever: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi condoled the death of Vasanthakumar and said the “news of Kanyakumari MP Shri H Vasanthakumar’s untimely demise due to Covid-19 has come as a shock.”

09:49 (IST)29 Aug 2020
Chennai, Coimbatore, Salem record highest cases among districts

Tamil Nadu recorded 5,996 positive cases of Covid-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 4,09,238. Among these, Chennai reported 1,296 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,31,869.

Besides Chennai, 296 cases were reported in Chengalpattu, 194 in Kancheepuram, 298 in Thiruvallur, 67 in Ariyalur, 496 in Coimbatore, 256 in Cuddalore, 16 in Dharmapuri, 96 in Dindigul, 126 in Erode, 77 in Kallakurichi, 81 in Kanyakumari, 35 in Karur, 29 in Krishnagiri, 103 in Madurai, 56 in Nagapattinam, 89 in Namakkal, 38 in Nilgiris, nine in Perambalur, 97 in Pudukottai, 29 in Ramanathapuram, 137 in Ranipet, 437 in Salem, 55 in Sivagangai, 61 in Tenkasi, 132 in Thanjavur, 114 in Theni, 48 in Thirupathur, 205 in Thiruvannamalai, 120 in Thiruvarur, 103 in Thoothukudi, 128 in Tirunelveli, 120 in Tiruppur, 85 in Trichy, 157 in Vellore and 152 each in Villupuram and Virudhunagar districts.

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09:46 (IST)29 Aug 2020
Close to 6,000 fresh cases recorded

Tamil Nadu recorded 5,996 positive cases of Covid-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 4,09,238. Among these, Chennai reported 1,296 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,31,869.

Tamil Nadu recorded 102 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 7050. 97 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 5752 patients following treatment yesterday, putting the total number of recoveries at 3,49,682.

As of Friday, the number of active cases in Tamil Nadu is 52,506. Till date, 2,47,132 males, 1,62,077 females and 29 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, 45,73,809 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 75,103 samples having been sent Friday.

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09:40 (IST)29 Aug 2020
PM Modi condoles death of M P Vasanthakumar

Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday offered his condolences. “Saddened by the demise of Lok Sabha MP Shri H. Vasanthakumar Ji. His strides in business and social service efforts were noteworthy. During my interactions with him, I always saw his passion towards Tamil Nadu’s progress. Condolences to his family and supporters,” he said.

09:39 (IST)29 Aug 2020
Congress MP Harikrishnan Vasanthakumar passes away due to Covid-19

Tamil Nadu Congress leader and Kanyakumari MP Harikrishnan Vasanthakumar passed away Friday due to Covid-19. He was 70.

Kumar was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Chennai since August 10. He was on ECMO and Ventilator support and monitored by a multidisciplinary team of doctors.

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09:38 (IST)29 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 across Chennai and Tamil Nadu. Follow the blog to stay up to date with the state in real time.

17:56 (IST)28 Aug 2020
COVID-19: Deaths in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai has recorded 2666 COVID-19 deaths till date. Here are the deaths in the top 10 zones in Chennai:

  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 379
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 291
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 287
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 280
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 269
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 266
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 177
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 139
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 134
  • Tiruvottiyur (Zone 1) - 128
13:56 (IST)28 Aug 2020
COVID-19: Recoveries in top 10 zones in Chennai

COVID-19 recoveries have crossed 13,000 in two of the 15 zones in Chennai. Kodambakkam (Zone 10) leads the recoveries in the city with 13,120 people having recovered from the virus while Anna Nagar (Zone 8) comes second with 13,090 recoveries.

Here are the recoveries in the top 10 zones in Chennai:

  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 13,120
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 13,090
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 11,995
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 11,603
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 10,118
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 8766
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 8559
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 7791
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 6997
  • Madhavaram (Zone 3) - 4014
12:39 (IST)28 Aug 2020
India coronavirus numbers explained: Why spike in deaths, along with jump in cases, is worrying

For three consecutive days now, the number of Coronavirus-related deaths in the country have exceeded 1,000. Never before have more than 1,000 deaths been reported on two consecutive days. And in the last three days, there has been no unusual addition of deaths from previous days.

The increase in the number of deaths have coincided with a big jump in the number of new infections being detected. More than 75,000 new cases have been discovered in the last two days. Before this, the numbers had remained well below 70,000 for more than three weeks. So, it can be tempting to correlate the rise in cases and increase in deaths as part of the same trend. But that is not the case.

The people who die are not from the same lot who are found infected on that day. They are usually from groups that are been detected positive two to three weeks earlier. In most cases, deaths happen after several days of the person getting infected. But there is no fixed time lag, and therefore, it is difficult to correlate any particular episode of spurt in death count to any corresponding rise in the number of cases.

But the real assessment of how fatal the disease has been can be known only when the full spread of the disease is known. Since most infected people are never detected, the actual number of infected people is believed to be much larger than the detected numbers show. Scientists believe that by the time the current epidemic comes to an end, the real fatality rate would not be more than one per cent.

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12:14 (IST)28 Aug 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai has 13,450 active cases, after the city reported 1286 fresh cases on Thursday.

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

  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 1566
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 1512
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 1287
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 1185
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 1041
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 1003
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 993
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 894
  • Royapuram (zone 5) - 881
  • Sholinganallur (Zone 15) - 573

Tamil Nadu assembly passes resolution against Centre's Mekedatu nod The previous budget session of the Tamil Nadu government was adjourned on March 24, ahead of the scheduled closure on April 9, due to the pandemic.

For the first time in 10 years, Tamil Nadu’s Legislative assembly session is likely to take place outside the historic Fort St. George in Chennai, which is often described as the seat of power, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The decision has been taken as physical distancing cannot be achieved in the available space at Fort St. George. However, this isn’t the first time the venue of the Tamil Nadu Assembly has been changed.

READ | Next TN Assembly session may take place outside Fort St. George: A brief history of secretariat venues

Kalaivanar Arangam, a three-storeyed fully air-conditioned building situated at Walajah Road in Chennai, has been chosen as the alternative venue for the session. The session is likely to take place on the third floor of the building. The space is closer to the MLAs’ hostel and has a huge space for parking. The auditorium was primarily used for conducting dramas and other musical events.

Also Read | Tamil Nadu Covid-19 Wrap: ‘Singham’ Annamalai booked for ‘violating’ lockdown rules; SPB on passive physiotherapy

After months of speculation over his entry into politics, former Karnataka IPS officer Annamalai Kuppusamy, popularly referred to as ‘Singham Annamalai’, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of party national general secretary P Muralidhar Rao and Tamil Nadu state president L Murugan in New Delhi on Tuesday.

READ | Former Karnataka IPS officer ‘Singham Annamalai’ joins BJP

Speaking to IndianExpress.com, Kuppusamy said his decision to join the BJP was taken a week ago. He said he was entering politics as the country needed better governance, and there was a need to put the common man at the centre of the narrative.

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