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Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown Latest News September 21, 22 Highlights: Till date, a total of 9,97,620 have entered Tamil Nadu through various modes of travel and 6,555 of them have tested positive.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: September 23, 2020 9:32:47 am
As of Tuesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 45,279. Express Photo: Gurmeet Singh

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News September 21, 22 Highlights: After a total of 5,344 fresh Covid-19 cases were reported on Monday in Tamil Nadu, the state’s overall tally reached 5,47,337. As many as 60 deaths were reported, taking the toll to 8,871.

The total number of recovered people reached 4,91,971, including yesterday’s tally of 5,492. There are 46,495 active cases in the state.

On Monday, after Chennai recorded 982 cases, the city’s overall cases reached 1,56,625. Of the fatalities, 16 persons died in Chennai.

Barring Chennai, other northern districts of the state logged 1356 cases. Western districts continued to bear the surge in the number of cases. A total of 1738 cases were reported, with Coimbatore (648) contributing to the maximum cases.

In the last 24 hours, 80,762 samples have been tested. This took the total number of tested samples in the state to 65,55,328. There are 174 testing facilities in the state.

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18:31 (IST)22 Sep 2020
Actor Ruben Jay succumbs to COVID-19

Tamil actor Ruben Jay of Ghilli and Dhool fame succumbed to COVID-19 on Tuesday. The actor had been undergoing treatment for lung cancer when he tested positive for the virus. The actor succumbed to the virus after developing difficulty in breathing.

Condolences began pouring in from the film fraternity as news of Jay's demise spread. 

He died at a private hospital in Trichy, just days after actor Florent Pereira succumbed to the virus in Chennai.

16:10 (IST)22 Sep 2020
Mekedatu dam proposal 'sub judice' don't accord sanction, DMK tells PM Modi

The Centre must not give its approval to Karnataka for building the Mekedatu reservoir as it is "detrimental" to Tamil Nadu and the matter is also sub judice, DMK president M K Stalin told Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday. Building a dam across river Cauvery at Mekedatu in Karnataka would hit water flow to Tamil Nadu and threaten existing water supply schemes in the lower riparian state, he said in a letter to Modi.

"Incidentally, the civil appeal by Tamil Nadu seeking restraint order on the proposal is also pending before the Supreme Court and hence the subject matter, involving the construction of Mekedatu reservoir itself is now sub judice." The proposed Mekedatu reservoir is in "violation" of the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal of 2007 as well as the Supreme Court verdict delivered in 2018, he said.

The proposed reservoir "under the guise of a drinking water project" would irreversibly affect water flow from river Cauvery to the lower riparian States, particularly Tamil Nadu. Also, it would threaten the very existence of many combined water supply schemes catering to the needs of lakhs of people in Tamil Nadu, the DMK chief said.

The plan to construct a dam, hence is "completely detrimental to the interests of the farmers and the drinking water needs of the common people" in Tamil Nadu, Stalin said. "I therefore request you to instruct the concerned Central Ministries neither to give approval for the detailed project report nor for the construction of Mekedatu reservoir as demanded by the Chief Minister of Karnataka which would be against the interests of both the farmers and the people of Tamilnadu," Stalin urged Modi.

13:13 (IST)22 Sep 2020
India coronavirus numbers explained, Sept 22: Steady rise in recoveries, now over 1.01 lakh Covid-19 patients cured

While the daily new detection of novel coronavirus cases has been hovering around the one lakh mark for the last two weeks, it is the number of recoveries that has actually crossed that figure now.

On Monday, more than 1.01 lakh Covid-19 patients were declared to have recovered from the disease, while the daily new detection fell sharply to 75,000. It is not unusual for the new cases to fall on a Monday. It is the result of the reduced number of tests that are carried out on a Sunday. This Sunday, the number of tests had gone down steeply. Only about 7.3 lakh samples were tested against the normal of about 11 to 12 lakh samples on other days.

The jump in the recoveries, and the drop in the new detection, has ensured that the active cases in the country have dropped below the one million mark. However, all this is likely to be a temporary phenomenon, and expected to change during the coming weekdays.

In fact, the positivity rate — or the number of persons who are detected positive out of those who are tested — has been showing a marginal upward trend in the last ten days.

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12:17 (IST)22 Sep 2020
TN Health Secy visits Covid Care Centre in Tiruvallur

Tamil Nadu Principal Health Secretary Dr J Radhakrishnan on Monday visited a Covid Care Centre at a private medical college and hospital in Thiruvallur, officials said.

Radhakrishnan visited the centre at DD Medical College and Hospital, accompanied by District Collector Maheswari Ravikumar, an official release said. Radhakrishnan and Ravikumar reviewed the treatment being provided to the Covid-19 patients there, it said.

The college has provided 3,000 beds to the state government for coronavirus treatment, besides another 1000 for Siddha care to treat those infected with the virus, officials said.

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11:12 (IST)22 Sep 2020
121 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 121 flights are scheduled to fly between Chennai and major cities, with 60 departures and 61 arrivals scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

11:11 (IST)22 Sep 2020
S P Velumani flags off 20 testing vehicles in Coimbatore

To bring more people under the state’s COVID-19 testing network, Tamil Nadu Minister for Municipal Administration, Rural Development and Implementation of Special Programme S P Velumani on Monday flagged off 20 mobile testing vehicles in Coimbatore.

The mobile units would have medical kits, qualified nurses and health workers, he said.

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10:37 (IST)22 Sep 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:

  • Adyar Indira Nagar: Abica Nagar, Appa Durai Apartment, Rajaji Nagar 1st Street, Vasudevan Nagar and Parts of Lilavathy ECR.
  • Melur: Minjur Town, Minjur Town TH Road, Theradi Street, Seemapuram, RR Palayam/Ariyanvoyal Pudhupedu, Nandhiambakkam, Melur, Pattamandhiri, Vallur, Athipattu, S R Palayam, G R Palayam, Kondakarai, Pallipuram, Vazhuthigadmedu, Athipattu Puthu Nagar, Cheppakkam, Mouthumedu, K R Palayam, Kattupalli, Thiruvellavoyal, NTECL Township, Neithavoyal, Kaatur, Oorananbedu, Kalpakkam, Kadapakkam, Vaayalur, Kokkumedu, Mayrattur, Ramanathapuram, Abiramapuram and Veelambakkam.
  • Alamathy: Bangarupet, Vino Nagar, Kanniyamman Nagar, Veerapuram and TSP Camp.
  • Selaiyur: Parts of IAF Road East Tambaram, Professors Colony, Bethelpuram, Bagavathy Nagar, Leela Nagar, Anandhapuram, Vinoabha Nagar and Aathi Nagar.
09:45 (IST)22 Sep 2020
Chennai, Coimbatore record highest cases among districts

After a total of 5,344 fresh Covid-19 cases were reported on Monday in Tamil Nadu, the state’s overall tally reached 5,47,337. As many as 60 deaths were reported, taking the toll to 8,871.

On Monday, after Chennai recorded 982 cases, the city’s overall cases reached 1,56,625. Of the fatalities, 16 persons died in Chennai.

Barring Chennai, other northern districts of the state logged 1356 cases. Western districts continued to bear the surge in the number of cases. A total of 1738 cases were reported, with Coimbatore (648) contributing to the maximum cases.

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09:44 (IST)22 Sep 2020
5,344 fresh cases reported in TN

After a total of 5,344 fresh Covid-19 cases were reported on Monday in Tamil Nadu, the state’s overall tally reached 5,47,337. As many as 60 deaths were reported, taking the toll to 8,871.

The total number of recovered people reached 4,91,971, including yesterday’s tally of 5,492. There are 46,495 active cases in the state.

In the last 24 hours, 80,762 samples have been tested. This took the total number of tested samples in the state to 65,55,328. There are 174 testing facilities in the state.

Till date, a total of 9,97,620 have entered Tamil Nadu through various modes of travel and 6,555 of them have tested positive.

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09:37 (IST)22 Sep 2020
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17:52 (IST)21 Sep 2020
TN rolls out 3501 Amma mobile fair price shops

The Tamil Nadu government on Monday expanded the Amma mobile fair price shop scheme across
the state, rolling out over 3000 such units to benefit more than 5.37 lakh ration card holders. The scheme had been launched by late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in 2014, an official release said.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami had announced in the state Assembly in March that the scheme would be expanded following requests from various quarters. Accordingly, the government expanded the scheme by adding another 3501 mobile fair price shops at a cost of Rs.9.66 crore to benefit a little over 5.37 lakh ration card holders in all 37 districts of the state, it said.

EPS flagged off seven mobile fair price shops on Monday to mark the symbolic rollout of the scheme, wherein a salesperson from the parent ration shop will visit designated areas once in a month to distribute the essential commodities at places convenient to the people, the release said.

Further, the chief minister launched a pilot project of providing fortified rice for ration card holders in Tiruchirappalli district. The fortified rice will contain iron, folic acid and Vitamin B12, the release said, adding, it will benefit women, children and the elderly.

16:58 (IST)21 Sep 2020
COVID-19: Recoveries in top 10 zones in Chennai

A total of 1,42,875 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Chennai till date. Recoveries have crossed 16,000 in two of the 15 zones in Chennai, with Kodambakkam (Zone 10) leading the tally with 16,064 recoveries followed by Anna Nagar (Zone 8) with 16,054 recoveries.

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

  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 16,064
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 16,054
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 13,904
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 13,609
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 11,900
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 10,971
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 10,747
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 10,036
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 9197
  • Alandur (Zone 12) - 5416
16:48 (IST)21 Sep 2020
DMK, allies demand withdrawal of farm bills, to stage protests across TN on September 28

DMK and its allies on Monday decided to stage protests across Tamil Nadu on September 28 to urge the Centre to take back the farm bills passed in Parliament. At a meeting at Anna Arivalayam in Chennai which was chaired by DMK president M K Stalin, he said the protest is to condemn the ruling AIADMK government as well which is lending a helping hand to the Centre on the matter.

The passage of bills has once again put a question mark on "federalism" besides pushing poor farmers to a state of suffering, a resolution adopted at the meeting of DMK and its allies said. The bills pave the way for the "anti-social activity of hoarding farm produce," and its passage in the Rajya Sabha through a voice vote without division was autocratic and trampled Parliamentary conventions, the resolution alleged.

The protest planned for next week is aimed at urging the Union government to withdraw the bills that have been adopted in Parliament, it said. "This meeting places on record its strong opposition to the farm bills passed by the Centre which is against the farmers, farm labourers, consumers and the general public and which would cause a setback to progress of agriculture," the resolution said. Also, it condemned the Centre for passage of bills in the Rajya Sabha in "violation" of rules and the AIADMK for its support to the bills.

The meet lent its support for farmers call for a 'Bharath Bandh' on September 25 and endorsed views that the Centre's initaitves pushed the farmers towards big private players. It imposed a "model" that has already "failed" in Bihar which had abolished Agricultural Produce Market Committees, the DMK and its allies said. The parties urged all sections of people, farmers bodies and traders to take part in the protest.

15:49 (IST)21 Sep 2020
COVID-19: Deaths in top 10 zones in Chennai

A total of 3058 people have succumbed to COVID-19 in Chennai till date. Among the 15 zones in the city, Teynampet (Zone 9) has recorded the most deaths with 405 deaths while Manali (Zone 2) has recorded the least deaths with 32 fatalities.

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

  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 405
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 344
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 331
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 314
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 309
  • Tondiarpte (Zone 4) - 285
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 213
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 179
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 157
  • Tiruvottiyur (Zone 1) - 135
15:40 (IST)21 Sep 2020
S P Velumani flags off 20 mobile COVID-19 test vehicles

To bring more people under the state's COVID-19 testing network, Tamil Nadu Minister for Municipal Administration, Rural Development and Implementation of Special Programme S P Velumani on Monday flagged off 20 mobile testing vehicles in Coimbatore.

The vehicles were necessary considering the increasing number of coronavirus cases in Coimbatore district of late and would help identify those affected so that treatment can be given at the earliest, Velumani told reporters on the sidelines of the flagging-off function at Sundakkaputhur.

The mobile units would have medical kits, qualified nurses and health workers, he said.

The number of ambulances for the purpose of COVID-19 has increased to 53, with life-saving kits and drugs with two big oxygen cylinders, with the addition of 12 ambulances flagged off today, Velumani said.

12:26 (IST)21 Sep 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai has 97056 active cases across all 15 zones as of Monday. Cases in the city have seen a decline over the last two weeks, with less than 1000 cases recorded a day.

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

  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 1171
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 1002
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 861
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 849
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 759
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 751
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 737
  • Alandur (ZOne 12) - 640
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 627
  • Tondiarpte (Zone 4) - 618
10:55 (IST)21 Sep 2020
Chennai and Coimbatore report highest cases among districts

Tamil Nadu recorded 5516 positive cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the state tally to 5,41,993. Among these, Chennai reported 996 positive cases, bringing the city's total to 1,55,639.

Besides Chennai, 283 cases were reported in Chengalpattu, 156 in Kancheepuram, 207 in Thiruvallur, 36 in Ariyalur, 568 in Coimbatore, 297 in Cuddalore, 136 in Dharmapuri, 82 in Dindigul, 148 in Erode, 55 in Kallakurichi, 133 in Kanyakumari, 60 in Karur, 112 in Krishnagiri, 86 in Madurai, 103 in Nagapattinam, 131 in Namakkal, 130 in Nilgiris, 11 in Perambalur, 101 in Pudukottai, 15 in Ramanathapuram, 42 in Ranipet, 291 in Salem, 61 in Sivagangai, 87 in Tenkasi, 162 in Thanjavur, 53 in Theni, 68 in Thirupathur, 104 in Thiruvannamalai, 96 in Thiruvarur, 82 in Thoothukudi, 92 in Tirunelveli, 169 in Tiruppur, 92 in Trichy, 95 in Vellore, 127 in Villupuram and 47 in Virudhunagar districts.

10:39 (IST)21 Sep 2020
TN records 5516 positive cases, 60 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 5516 positive cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the state tally to 5,41,993. Among these, Chennai reported 996 positive cases, bringing the city's total to 1,55,639.

Tamil Nadu recorded 60 deaths on Sunday, putting the state toll at 8811. 51 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 5206 patients following treatment yesterday, putting the total number of recoveries at 4,86,479.

As of Sunday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 46,703. Till date, 3,26,699 males, 2,15,264 females and 30 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, 64,74,656 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 86,073 samples having been sent yesterday.

10:34 (IST)21 Sep 2020
No shift-based classes when schools reopen: Tamil Nadu Education Minister

The Tamil Nadu government ruled out shift-based classes when schools reopen across the state and said all the classes would start functioning simultaneously. Hinting that there will not be any phased reopening, state education minister K A Sengottaiyan said schools across Tamil Nadu will open simultaneously once the pandemic situation is brought under control.

“All classes will start functioning simultaneously when schools reopen in the state. There will not be classes in shift, as all the schools have adequate infrastructure,” he told reporters here on Saturday.

Taking into account the practical difficulties in conducting classes during the pandemic times and also to reduce the burden of children, the government had reduced the school syllabus for the academic year 2020-2021 by about 40 percent, as per the recommendation of the expert committee, the minister had said on Friday.

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10:08 (IST)21 Sep 2020
DMK, allies to meet today to shape strategy against Centre's farm bills

The DMK on Saturday announced a meeting of its allies in Chennai on September 21 to deliberate on the next course of action over farm bills that were adopted by the Lok Sabha, alleging these would lead to hoarding of agricultural produce by corporates. The bills would "lead to hoarding of farm produce by the corporates and adversely affect the support price," DMK chief M K Stalin alleged adding, farmers were protesting across the country since the move by the Centre was "against" them.

Stalin hit out at the AIADMK for supporting the Centre on the issue and mocked Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami for claiming to be a farmer and yet backing the bills. The AIADMK regime's support "proved" that it was "subservient" to the Centre, Stalin alleged in a letter to party cadres.

The meeting of allies, scheduled to be held at "Anna Arivalayam" today will be chaired by party president Stalin. The Congress, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, the Indian Union Muslim League and the Left parties are among the allies of the DMK.

Stalin, accusing the AIADMK of "talking lies in a high pitch", said the ruling party's "drama" would end in about six months with the Assembly elections scheduled for next year (April-May), and exuded confidence of his party capturing power. Stalin had on Friday said the new bills would sound a "death knell" to farmers.

Atal Tinkering Labs, Tamil Nadu schools, Tamil Nadu Education Minister K A Sangottaiaan School Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan.

The Tamil Nadu government ruled out shift-based classes when schools reopen across the state and said all the classes would start functioning simultaneously. Hinting that there will not be any phased reopening, state education minister K A Sengottaiyan said schools across Tamil Nadu will open simultaneously once the pandemic situation is brought under control.

READ | No shift-based classes when schools reopen: Tamil Nadu Education Minister

“All classes will start functioning simultaneously when schools reopen in the state. There will not be classes in shift, as all the schools have adequate infrastructure,” he told reporters here on Saturday.

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The schools are equipped with sufficient numbers of classrooms to ensure the social distancing norms, he said. Schools and colleges in Tamil Nadu have been closed since March when lockdown was announced to contain the spread of Coronavirus.

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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.

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus September 18, 19 Highlights