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Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus August 21, 22 Highlights: Tally in Chennai crosses 1.2 lakh as cases continue to surge in city

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown Latest News August 21, 22 Highlights: There are 53, 413 active cases in the state as of Friday.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: August 24, 2020 9:31:23 am
Sero survey, coronavirus samples, covid cases, Delhi news, Indian express newsIn the last 24 hours, 74,344 samples have been tested. (Representational)

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News August 21, 22 Highlights: A total of 5,995 fresh Covid-19 cases were reported on Friday in Tamil Nadu, including the 32 returnees from other countries and states, taking the the overall tally to 3,67,430 cases.

As many as 101 deaths were reported, taking the toll to 6,340. The total number of recovered people reached 3,07,677 including today’s tally of 5,764. There are 53, 413 active cases in the state.

Chennai saw a surge in the number of positive cases on Friday. With a total of 1,282 cases, the city’s overall cases reached 1,22,757. Of the 101 fatalities, 23 persons died in Chennai.

In the last 24 hours, 74,344 samples have been tested. This took the total number of samples tested in the state to 40,62,943. There are 139 testing facilities in the state.

Till date, a total of 6,42,972 have entered Tamil Nadu through various modes of travel and 6,068 of them have tested positive.

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16:23 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Suriya’s Soorarai Pottru to release on Amazon Prime Video

Actor Suriya’s next film with director Sudha Kongara, Soorarai Pottru will have a digital release on Amazon Prime Video. The actor made the announcement on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi on Twitter. Originally scheduled to hit the theaters during the summer of 2020, the film will now stream on Amazon Prime Video from October 30.

Talking about the film’s digital release, Suriya shared in a statement, “I am glad that audiences across the world will be able to watch Soorarai Pottru, on Amazon Prime Video from their homes in these unprecedented times. This film is our labour of love and I am happy that it will now entertain the global audience.”

Soorarai Pottru will release in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.

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16:03 (IST)22 Aug 2020
EPS celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi at home

Chief Minister K Palaniswami held prayers at his residence in his native Salem, strictly following COVID-19 protocols - social distancing and wearing a mask- with his family on Saturday.

13:57 (IST)22 Aug 2020
COVID-19: Deaths in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai has recorded 2557 COVID-19 deaths till date. 

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

  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 370
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 279
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 275
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 274
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 259
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 259
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 168
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 128
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 127
  • Tiruvottiyur (Zone 1) - 124
12:56 (IST)22 Aug 2020
India coronavirus numbers explained: Why crossing a million tests is important

The Indian Council of Medical Research reported more than one million diagnostic tests for novel Coronavirus on Friday, a major milestone in the country’s efforts to contain the spread of the disease. Simultaneously, India also overtook Russia in terms of total number of samples tested till now.

With 34.5 million tests having conducted till now, India ranks third in the world. Only China (90.4 million) and the United States (74.7 million) more, but they are far ahead of India.

For almost two months, Tamil Nadu had been leading the country, in number of samples tested. But this past week, Uttar Pradesh has overtaken Tamil Nadu. Both these states have conducted more than 4 million tests till now, while Maharashtra has done about 3.5 million tests.

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12:43 (IST)22 Aug 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai has 12,708 active cases, after the city recorded 1282 fresh cases on Friday.

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

  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 1539
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 1437
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 1380
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 1328
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 1185
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 874
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 774
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 750
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 688
  • Madhavaram (Zone 3) - 619
10:49 (IST)22 Aug 2020
79 flights ti fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 79 flights will fly between Chennai and major cities today, with 40 arrivals and 39 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

10:01 (IST)22 Aug 2020
SPB stable, on ventilator, says hospital

Singer-actor SP Balasubrahmanyam, who is currently receiving treatment for coronavirus, is stable, but continues to be on ventilator, Chennai’s MGM Healthcare said in a statement on Friday.

The statement reads, “Thiru S P Balasubrahmanyam who had been admitted at MGM Healthcare due to COVID-19 continues to be on Ventilator and ECMO support in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). His condition currently is stable. Our multi-disciplinary team of medical experts is keeping a very close watch on the vital parameters and has been constantly updating Thiru S P Balasubrahmanyam’s family regarding his clinical status and progress.”

SPB’s son SP Charan also shared a video about his father’s health. In the video, Charan said, “The hospital has mentioned the word ‘stable’ today. He was listed by the doctor and the medical team as critical until yesterday. Today’s press release from the hospital says he is stable. They did not use the word ‘critical’. But that doesn’t mean he is completely recovered. What it means is there are no complications, all his vitals are working just fine.”

09:31 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Restrictions amid Covid, Chennai’s idol makers stare at losses this Ganesh Chathurthi

With the state government prohibiting the celebration of Ganesh Chathurthi in public places this year, idol makers in Tamil Nadu, whose businesses relied on the festival, are staring at a bleak future.

Citing the increase in number of coronavirus cases, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami did not grant permission for installation of idols in public places or their immersion in water bodies. Though the decision by the state government seems widely accepted by the general public, idol makers are looking at huge losses. The craftsman, who depend on these festivals for their livelihood say that close to 70 per cent of their products are lying unsold because of travel restrictions which were imposed by the government and due to the ban on the installation of idols in public places.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Jayanthi, whose family had been involved in the business for over four decades, says she has never seen a dull season like this before. “Because of the lockdown, all shops were closed and we were not able to get the materials like sand, twig, etc to make Ganesha Idols. Our livelihood depends on this, we don’t have any other job. In place of 1,000 Idols, we have produced only 200 or 300 this time and there is no profit from it. Already many of our friends have left this business and migrated to other parts of the city in search of a better income. If the situation continues like this in the upcoming years and if there is no support from the government, this profession will soon perish,” she said.

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09:29 (IST)22 Aug 2020
Cases surge in Chennai with 1282 fresh cases and 23 deaths

A total of 5,995 fresh Covid-19 cases were reported on Friday in Tamil Nadu, including the 32 returnees from other countries and states, taking the the overall tally to 3,67,430 cases.

Chennai saw a surge in the number of positive cases on Friday. With a total of 1,282 cases, the city’s overall cases reached 1,22,757. Of the 101 fatalities, 23 persons died in Chennai.

Neighboring districts of Chennai including Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur reported 1,019 cases while northern districts of the state logged 960 cases. Among the western districts which contributed 1172 cases, Coimbatore (395) reported maximum cases.

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09:28 (IST)22 Aug 2020
State tally crosses 3.6 lakh with 5995 fresh cases

A total of 5,995 fresh Covid-19 cases were reported on Friday in Tamil Nadu, including the 32 returnees from other countries and states, taking the the overall tally to 3,67,430 cases.

As many as 101 deaths were reported, taking the toll to 6,340. The total number of recovered people reached 3,07,677 including today’s tally of 5,764. There are 53, 413 active cases in the state.

In the last 24 hours, 74,344 samples have been tested. This took the total number of samples tested in the state to 40,62,943. There are 139 testing facilities in the state.

Till date, a total of 6,42,972 have entered Tamil Nadu through various modes of travel and 6,068 of them have tested positive.

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09:26 (IST)22 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.

18:12 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Paralympics Gold medalist Mariappan Thangavelu to get Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award

Tamil Nadu's Mariappan Thangavelu, who won the high jump Gold at the 2016 Rio Paralympics will receive the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. He becomes the second sportsman after Vishwanathan Anand to be conferred the award. 

16:36 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Tiruppur Exporters welcome ESIC's decision on wages

Tiruppur Exporters Association (TEA) on Friday thanked the Centre for the ESIC (Employees State Insurance Corporation) decision to pay 50 per cent of the average wages of the employees for a maximum of 90 days of unemployment due to the pandemic.

The decision would be helpful to the workers as it can also help in overcoming their difficulties during the period of unemployment, TEA president Raja M Shanmugham said in a press release here.

In the first four months of this financial year, knitwear exports from Tirupur clocked Rs 4,325 crore and TEA was hopeful of an improvement in the exports in the coming months, the release quoted Shanmugham. Once the situation improves, units would resume providing jobs to the workers from other districts of Tamil Nadu and also migrant workers from northern states, he said.

The TEA president has sent a letter of thanks to Prime Minister, Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment, ESIC chairman, Labour Secretary, Union Textile Minister, and textile secretary, the release said.

16:34 (IST)21 Aug 2020
DMK opposes decision to privatise airports

DMK has opposed the Centre's decision to "privatise" airports, saying the move "usurps the rights and autonomy from the State."

In an apparent reference to the Centre deciding to lease out three airports, including the one at Thiruvananthapuram, DMK president M K Stalin described the decision as "unilateral" and demanded its revocation.

"The Center's unilateral decision to privatise airports usurps the rights and autonomy from the State," he said in a tweet. "It violates the pledge made in 2003 that any proposal concerning airport privatisation would be made only in consultation with the state government and must be revoked,"
Stalin added.

13:28 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Covid-19 doubling time down to 30 days

With the daily growth rate continuing to slow down, the doubling time of novel Coronavirus cases in India has now dropped to 30 days. As on Thursday, there were 29.05 lakh confirmed cases in the country. The halfway stage was crossed on July 27, which means the present doubling has happened in 24 days. But the next doubling, at the current rate of growth, would happen only after 30 days, signalling a slowdown.

Doubling time is a function of the growth rate. Lower the growth, higher is the doubling time. It is one of the several metrics used to assess the pace at which the epidemic has been spreading in the population. At the start of the outbreak, in April and May, when the cases were rising rapidly, a doubling period of ten days was considered healthy for the stage of epidemic India was in at that time.

The ten-day doubling period was crossed in the first week of May, and after that there has been a steady elongation of this time.

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11:21 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Restrictions amid Covid, Chennai’s idol makers stare at losses this Ganesh Chathurthi

With the state government prohibiting the celebration of Ganesh Chathurthi in public places this year, idol makers in Tamil Nadu, whose businesses relied on the festival, are staring at a bleak future.

Citing the increase in number of coronavirus cases, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami did not grant permission for installation of idols in public places or their immersion in water bodies. Though the decision by the state government seems widely accepted by the general public, idol makers are looking at huge losses. The craftsman, who depend on these festivals for their livelihood say that close to 70 per cent of their products are lying unsold because of travel restrictions which were imposed by the government and due to the ban on the installation of idols in public places.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Jayanthi, whose family had been involved in the business for over four decades, says she has never seen a dull season like this before. “Because of the lockdown, all shops were closed and we were not able to get the materials like sand, twig, etc to make Ganesha Idols. Our livelihood depends on this, we don’t have any other job. In place of 1,000 Idols, we have produced only 200 or 300 this time and there is no profit from it. Already many of our friends have left this business and migrated to other parts of the city in search of a better income. If the situation continues like this in the upcoming years and if there is no support from the government, this profession will soon perish,” she said.

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10:51 (IST)21 Aug 2020
AIADMK ministers seek second state capital in Tamil Nadu

A fresh sign of discord is showing among AIADMK ministers over the demand for a second capital for Tamil Nadu to ensure administrative efficiency. Political observers believe the state government has taken a leaf out of neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, which has approved a three-capital plan.

On Wednesday, state Tourism Minister Vellamandi N Natarajan, who represents the Tiruchirappalli East constituency, said the city should be made the second capital as it was the dream of former Chief Minister and AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran. “If the demand rises for a second capital, on behalf of Trichy district, we will urge CM Edappadi K Palanisami and Deputy CM O Pannerselvam to accept our request. Trichy has all the qualities to become the second capital of Tamil Nadu, including an international airport. It is the only district in the delta region with no water scarcity,” he said.

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10:30 (IST)21 Aug 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 today to carry out maintenance work.

Here are the affected areas:

  • Velachery West and Central: Parts of 100 Feet Bypass Road, Devi Karumariamman Nagar, Bhel Sakthi Nagar, Officer Colony, Selliamman Nagar and Maheswari Nagar.
  • Velachery East: Parts of 100 Feet Taramani Link Road, Mahatma Gandhi Nagar, Thamirabharani Street, Anna Nagar and New Colony.
  • Neelankarai: Pandian Salai, Surya Garden, Kumaraguru Avenue, Sivan Koil Street, Ellai Amman Koil Street, Sengeni Amman Koil Street, ECR - Liberty Company to Police Station, Anna Nagar - 1st to 4th Streets and Saraswathi Nagar - South and North.
  • Enjambakkam: Prarthana Theatre and Road, Anna Enclave, Royal Enclave, Swastik Avenue, Parts of ECR and Saibaba Koil Road.
  • Thiruvanmiyur: Indira Nagar - 21st to 25th Cross Streets, 3rd, 4th Main Roads, 3rd, 4th Avenues, 3rd, 17th, 18th, 28th, 29th Cross Streets, 15th Lane and CPW Quarters.
10:00 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Former Tamil Nadu minister and DMK leader A Rahman Khan passes away

Former Tamil Nadu cabinet minister and senior DMK leader A Rahman Khan passed away on Thursday. Rahman, 77, was undergoing treatment in a private hospital in Chennai.

Rahman was a five-time MLA and secured a hattrick victory from the Chepauk constituency, in 1977, 1980, and 1984. He successfully contested from Poonga Nagar in 1989 and from Ramanathapuram in 1996.

During the DMK regime in 1996, when M Karunanidhi was the chief minister, Rahman was appointed as the Minister for Labour Welfare. He also served as a party’s spokesperson. Rahman was a member of DMK’s high-level working committee. In a statement, DMK president MK Stalin condoled Rahman’s death and called it a great personal loss.

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09:37 (IST)21 Aug 2020
State tally crosses 3.6 lakh with 5986 fresh cases

Tamil Nadu recorded 5986 positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 3,61,435. Among these, Chennai reported 1175 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,21,450.

Tamil Nadu recorded 116 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 6239. The state discharged 5742 patients following treatment yesterday, putting the total number of recoveries at 3,01,913.

As of Thursday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 52,283. Till date, 2,18,123 males, 1,43,283 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, 39,88,599 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 75,076 samples having been sent yesterday.

This year, due to the pandemic, artisans aren’t able to create more idols, and haven’t found any takers for their already produced works.

With the state government prohibiting the celebration of Ganesh Chathurthi in public places this year, idol makers in Tamil Nadu, whose businesses relied on the festival, are staring at a bleak future. Citing the increase in number of coronavirus cases, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami did not grant permission for installation of idols in public places or their immersion in water bodies.

In a statement on Thursday, the state government reiterated its stand on the Vinayagar Chathurthi celebrations, further requesting people to cooperate and celebrate the festival in their homes.

READ | Restrictions amid Covid, Chennai’s idol makers stare at losses this Ganesh Chathurthi

Though the decision by the state government seems widely accepted by the general public, idol makers are looking at huge losses. The craftsman, who depend on these festivals for their livelihood say that close to 70 per cent of their products are lying unsold because of travel restrictions which were imposed by the government and due to the ban on the installation of idols in public places.

Also Read | Former Tamil Nadu minister and DMK leader A Rahman Khan passes away

A fresh sign of discord is showing among AIADMK ministers over the demand for a second capital for Tamil Nadu to ensure administrative efficiency. Political observers believe the state government has taken a leaf out of neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, which has approved a three-capital plan.

On Wednesday, state Tourism Minister Vellamandi N Natarajan, who represents the Tiruchirappalli East constituency, said the city should be made the second capital as it was the dream of former Chief Minister and AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran.

READ | AIADMK ministers seek second state capital in Tamil Nadu

Natarajan’s plea came a couple of days after Revenue Minister R B Udhayakumar, who is in charge of Madurai West district for the AIADMK, urged Palaniswami to make Madurai, referred to as the temple city of Tamil Nadu, the second capital. His views were echoed by Minister for Co-operation Sellur Raju.

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