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Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus July 24, 25 Highlights: Two-day lockdown in Coimbatore from today

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown Latest News July 24, 25 Highlights: As of Friday, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 53,132. Till date, 1,21,389 males, 78,337 females and 23 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: July 27, 2020 9:17:55 am
Tamil Nadu: After surge,12-day lockdown in Chennai, 3 districts The Tamil Nadu government has imposed a complete lockdown in Coimbatore from 5 pm on July 25 to 6 am on July 27. (File)

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News July 24, 25 Highlights: In a bid to curb the rise of Covid-19 cases, Coimbatore district collector K Rajamani announced Friday that there will be a complete lockdown in the district from 5 pm on July 25 till 6 am on July 27.

“In this lockdown period, only essential services like health care, milk distribution, electricity will be allowed. Uzhavar sandhai (Farmer’s market), markets, trade or other firms, grocery stores, fish stall, flower market, meat shops, tasmac liquor outlets will remain closed,” the statement read.

Police officers, Health and Family Welfare department, Revenue and Disaster Management department and local municipal staff members involved in Covid-19 prevention activities will be allowed to function as usual.

Meawhile, Tamil Nadu recorded its highest single-day count for the second consecutive day with 6,785 fresh cases reported in the state on Friday. With this, the state Covid-19 tally has risen to 1,99,749. Among these, Chennai reported 1299 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 92,206.

Tamil Nadu recorded 88 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 3320. 82 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.

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18:15 (IST)25 Jul 2020
Chennai CoP welcomes back officers who have recovered from COVID-19

Chennai Commissioner of Police Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal welcomed 70 police personnel in Chennai who had recovered from COVID-19 and rejoined the force today.

17:24 (IST)25 Jul 2020
Puducherry CM requests ministers to self quarantine for a week

With N S J Jayabal, AINRC MLA having tested positive for the virus, Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy has requested the union territory's speaker Sivakozhundhu, ministers and MLAs to self quarantine for seven days.

N S J Jayabal had participated in the proceedings of Puducherry legislative assembly for the past three days.

16:29 (IST)25 Jul 2020
Raja Anbazhagan appointed organiser of DMK Chennai West Youth Wing

Raja Anbazhagan, the son of the late DMK MLA J Anbazhagan has been appointed as the organiser of DMK’s Chennai West Youth Wing.

J Anbazhagan, who was the DMK Secretary for Chennai West had succumbed to COVID-19 in May.

15:04 (IST)25 Jul 2020
Woman accuses ABVP president of harassment over parking slot in Chennai

A 62-year-old widow living alone in her apartment in Chennai city suburbs has filed a police complaint against ABVP national president Dr Subbiah Shanmugam, accusing him of harassment, including urinating and throwing used surgical masks at her doorstep.

The incident reportedly followed a disagreement over parking slots at the housing society. The woman, who does not want to be identified, demanded payment for his use of a parking slot owned by her. In her complaint, filed at the Adambakkam Police Station on July 11, the woman has attached CCTV footage and photos that purportedly show the ABVP leader urinating at her doorstep.

The issue came to light when the woman’s nephew, Balaji Vijayaraghavan, a stand-up comic and the founder of a platform that facilitates Carnatic music events, posted about the alleged incident and said the police were not helping his aunt.

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14:33 (IST)25 Jul 2020
IIT Madras startup generates Rs 22 cr funding for launching wrist band for detecting COVID symptoms

A wearable wrist tracker to detect COVID-19 symptoms at an early stage will be available in the market next month with its developer, a IIT Madras incubated start up, raising a funding of Rs 22 crore for the purpose.

"Muse wearbales", the start up incubated at IIT Madras by an alumni group along with an NIT Warangal alumnus, is planning to launch the trackers in 70 countries. The wrist-based tracker has sensors for skin temperature, heart rate and SpO2 (blood oxygen saturation) which can continuously track these body vitals remotely to help in early diagnosis of COVID-19 symptoms.

The tracker will be Bluetooth-enabled and can be connected to the mobile phone via an app called the Muse Health App. The user vitals and activity data are stored in the phone as well as a remote server. Administrative access can also be provided for centralized monitoring of people in containment areas for COVID-19 symptoms.

The tracker can get notifications from the Arogya Setu app and alert the user when she enters a COVID containment zone. Users can raise an Emergency Alert (SOS) in case of any difficulty and the alert is raised when body temperature is higher than the threshold. The app also alerts people when SpO2 levels are too low or when the user is entering into a COVID containment area. Priced at around Rs 3500, the new wearable product will be available in the market for consumers across 70 countries by August.

13:01 (IST)25 Jul 2020
State takes over Jayalalithaa's Poes Garden residence

Late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden house ‘Veda Nilayam’ has been taken over by the state.

The late Chief Minister’s residence has been acquired to turn it into a government memorial under the provisions of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act 2013 (Central Act 30/2013).

11:52 (IST)25 Jul 2020
Puducherry AINRC MLA tests positive for coronavirus

N S J Jayabal, Puducherry MLA belonging to AINRC, has tested positive for Covid-19, becoming the first MLA in the union territory to contract the virus.

Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar told PTI on Saturday that Jayabal was admitted to a private hospital after he tested positive for the infection last night.

Jayabal, elected to the territorial Assembly from Kadirkamam constituency, was attending the ongoing budget session of the Assembly since the sitting began on July 20, except on Friday.

As a result, Pudhucherry Speaker Sivakozhundhu has announced that legislative assembly will be held In the open today. A spokesman of the Assembly secretariat said all the legislators of the territorial Assembly would be screened as a precautionary measure today.

10:58 (IST)25 Jul 2020
58 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 58 flights will fly between Chennai and major cities today, with 29 arrivals and 29 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:29 (IST)25 Jul 2020
Chennai, Virudhunagar, Chengalpet and Thiruvallur districts record highest cases

Tamil Nadu recorded its highest single-day count for the second consecutive day with 6,785 fresh cases reported in the state on Friday. With this, the state Covid-19 tally has risen to 1,99,749. Among these, Chennai reported 1299 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 92,206.

Besides Chennai, 419 cases were reported in Chengalpattu, 349 in Kancheepuram, 378 in Thiruvallur, 37 in Ariyalur, 189 in Coimbatore, 92 in Cuddalore, 36 in Dharmapuri, 80 in Dindigul, 25 in Erode, 179 in Kallakurichi, 266 in Kanyakumari, five in Karur, 82 in Krishnagiri, 326 in Madurai, 46 in Nagapattinam, 38 in Namakkal, 34 in Nilgiris, 16 in Perambalur, 95 in Pudukottai, 72 in Ramanathapuram, 222 in Ranipet, 122 in Salem, 82 in Sivagangai, 93 in Tenkasi, 186 in Thanjavur, 234 in Theni, 56 in Thirupathur, 134 in Thiruvannamalai, 96 in Thiruvarur, 313 in Thoothukudi, 171 in Tirunelveli, 18 in Tiruppur, 217 in Trichy, 174 in Vellore, 164 in Villupuram and 424 in Virudhunagar districts.

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09:27 (IST)25 Jul 2020
TN records over 6,000 cases on second consecutive day

Tamil Nadu recorded its highest single-day count for the second consecutive day with 6,785 fresh cases reported in the state on Friday. With this, the state Covid-19 tally has risen to 1,99,749. Among these, Chennai reported 1299 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 92,206.

Tamil Nadu recorded 88 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 3320. 82 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 6,504 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 1,43,297.

As of Friday, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 53,132. Till date, 1,21,389 males, 78,337 females and 23 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, 22,23,019 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 65,150 samples having been sent today.

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09:26 (IST)25 Jul 2020
Lockdown in Coimbatore from today

In a bid to curb the rise of Covid-19 cases, Coimbatore district collector K Rajamani announced Friday that there will be a complete lockdown in the district from 5 pm on July 25 till 6 am on July 27.

The announcement comes after the district saw a surge in the number of cases over the past few days. In a statement, the collector said that strict action will be initiated against persons who are found wandering around unnecessarily in the lockdown period.

“In this lockdown period, only essential services like health care, milk distribution, electricity will be allowed. Uzhavar sandhai (Farmer’s market), markets, trade or other firms, grocery stores, fish stall, flower market, meat shops, tasmac liquor outlets will remain closed,” the statement read.

Police officers, Health and Family Welfare department, Revenue and Disaster Management department and local municipal staff members involved in Covid-19 prevention activities will be allowed to function as usual.

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09:25 (IST)25 Jul 2020
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18:25 (IST)24 Jul 2020
Lockdown in Coimbatore from July 25 to July 27

The Tamil Nadu government has imposed a complete lockdown in Coimbatore from 5 pm on July 25 to 6 am on July 27. Barring essential services and pharmacies, all other services will be suspended.

17:26 (IST)24 Jul 2020
PMK leader urges TN govt to impose fine against non mask-wearers

Pattali Makkal Katchi leader Dr.S Ramadoss Friday urged Chief Minister Edappadi to take strict action against people who refuse to wear a mask. Taking to Twitter, he wrote Tamil Nadu should follow the Jharkhand model which had announced Rs 1 lakh fine for violators of COVID rules.

16:49 (IST)24 Jul 2020
Tamil actors fined for entering restricted area in Kodaikanal

Tamil actors Vimal and Soori have been fined Rs 2,000 each for entering a restricted forest area in Tamil Nadu’s Kodaikanal at a time when the entry of visitors to the tourist destination has been suspended for over three months now due to the coronavirus lockdown.

According to reports, the actors had landed at the popular tourist spot on July 17. They had visited the Berjiam lake without prior permission from forest officials. The incident came to light when photographs of them fishing surfaced on social media. Soon activists and residents of the town informed the forest officials and demanded action against them.

A complaint was filed by one Mahendran, a resident of Pethuparai, with the deputy superintendent of police Aathmanaban, asking how the actors were allowed to enter the hill station in the lockdown period.

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16:02 (IST)24 Jul 2020
37-year old man in Tiruppur live streams suicide on facebook

A 37-year old man ended his life by hanging in his house, live-streaming the shocking act on social media in neighbouring Tirupur district, police said on Thursday. Some people who watched the man's suicide on Wednesday on his Facebook page alerted his wife and police, but he was declared brought dead at a hospital, they said.

K Ramkumar, a driver by profession and said to be an alcoholic, bolted the house door from inside and hung himself from a ceiling fan using a rope after switching on the live video option in Facebook around 1 pm on Wednesday.

He was rushed to the Tirupur Medical College Hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead, police said. In a suicide note, purportedly written by him, Ramkumar had said no one was responsible for his death and he was not interested to live. Police said a case had been registered and further investigation was on.

15:15 (IST)24 Jul 2020
Parts of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry to receive heavy rainfall

The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Chennai has forecast heavy rainfall in parts of Tamil Nadu over the next 24 hours owing to rain caused by upper air convection. Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Karur, Tiruppur, Erode, Theni and Dindigul are expected to receive heavy rainfall.

The RMC has forecast moderate rainfall in Trichy, Perambalur, Ariyalur and neighbouring Puducherry and Karaikal. The RMC has also forecast light showers in Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Salem, Namakkal, Madurai, Virudhunagar, Sivagangai, Tenkasi, Thiruvannamalai and Kanyakumari over the next 24 hours.

14:14 (IST)24 Jul 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

With 1136 fresh cases reported on Thursday, the COVID-19 tally in Chennai has risen to 90,900. 

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

  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 2108
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 1689
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 1213
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 1155
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 1146
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 938
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 885
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 748
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 700
  • Alandur (Zone 12) - 542
13:02 (IST)24 Jul 2020
Ministers boycott Kiran Bedi's address in Puducherry Assembly

Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Kiran Bedi’s address in the Legislative Assembly was boycotted by Health Minister Malladi Krishna Rao, MLA T Jayamurthy, K Lakshminarayanan (Parliamentary secretary to Chief Minster Narayanasamy) and Government Whip RKR Aanantharaman on Friday.

Speaker V P Sivakozhunthu and Chief Minister V Narayanasamy had invited the Bedi to address the Legislative Assembly.

Later, the Health Minister Malladi Krishna Rao returned dressed in a black towel and a black face mask. The other three MLAs T Jayamurthy, K Lakshminarayanan and RKR Aanantharaman were dressed in black shirts.

All four of them had reportedly boycotted the Lieutenant General’s speech and worn black to protest the her comments on their mental health and her alleged demeaning of a senior doctor.

12:46 (IST)24 Jul 2020
Govt approves inter-state movement of industrial workers from TN to Andhra Pradesh

The Tamil Nadu government has approved inter-state movement of the industrial workforce from the state to Andhra Pradesh (districts near Tamil Nadu). Monthly e-passes will be granted to the workers of multiple firms for commuting regularly from Tamil Nadu to Andhra Pradesh. The e-passes can be extended further based on necessity.

District collectors of Nellore and Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh have approved the inter-state movement.

The Tamil Nadu government has ordered the the companies to arrange for transportation for employees and has also ordered that social distancing norms as per the Standard Operating Procedure must be followed in the vehicles of transportation.

Only companies can apply for e-passes and not individuals. The requirement for e-passes for certain workers to commute using personal vehicles is to be kept minimal. Industries that requested the inter-state movement of workers include Apollo Tyres and several Japanese companies.

Tamil Nadu lockdown, Tamil nadu news, Tamil actors fined, Tamil actors violate lockdown, Indian express The officials are conducting an inquiry on whether actors Vimal and Soori had acquired E-pass to travel from Chennai and reach Kodaikanal in Dindigul district.

Tamil actors Vimal and Soori have been fined Rs 2,000 each for entering a restricted forest area in Tamil Nadu’s Kodaikanal at a time when the entry of visitors to the tourist destination has been suspended for over three months now due to the coronavirus lockdown.

READ | Tamil actors fined for entering restricted area in Kodaikanal

According to reports, the actors had landed at the popular tourist spot on July 17. They had visited the Berjiam lake without prior permission from forest officials. The incident came to light when photographs of them fishing surfaced on social media.

Also Read | TN records over 6,000 cases on second consecutive day

As many as 84 personnel working at Raj Bhavan in Chennai have tested positive for novel coronavirus, a statement on Thursday said. Tests were carried out on a total of 147 people after a few persons showed symptoms for the virus, the statement added.

READ | 84 personnel test positive for Covid-19 at Tamil Nadu Raj Bhavan

“All three persons were further investigated and now have been quarantined by the Health Department. All three persons were working outside of Raj Bhavan, like main gate and not in main building. None of these persons came in contact with the Hon’ble Governor or Senior officials of Raj Bhavan,” the statement read.

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