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Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus July 31, August 1 Highlights: Less than 6000 positive cases recorded on third consecutive day

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown Latest News July 31, August 1 Highlights: With 97 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, the death toll surged to 3,935.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: August 3, 2020 9:29:45 am
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Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News July 31, August 1 Highlights: Tamil Nadu on Friday recorded at least 5,881 Covid-19 cases, taking the overall tally to 2,45,859. With 97 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, the death toll surged to 3,935.

As many as 5,778 persons were discharged following treatment, taking the number of recoveries to 1,83,956. The number of active cases stood at 57,968.

On Friday, a total of 60,276 samples were tested, taking the overall number to 26,58,138 till date.

Chennai recorded 1,013 Covid-19 cases and 22 deaths on Friday. The city’s overall tally reached 99,794. Apart from Chennai, other districts like Kancheepuram (485), Thiruvallur (373), Ranipet (359), Virudhunagar (357) and Chengalpattu (334) reported maximum number of cases.

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17:03 (IST)01 Aug 2020
Parts of TN to receive heavy rainfall

The Regional Meterological Centre (RMC) in Chennai has forecast heavy rainfall in parts of Tamil Nadu today. Coimbatore, Niligiris, Salem, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Theni and Dindigul are expected to receive heavy rainfall over the next 24 hours.

15:22 (IST)01 Aug 2020
Low-key Bakrid celebrations in TN amid COVID-19 pandemic

Low-key celebrations marked Bakrid (Eid-al-Adha) in Tamil Nadu on Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic, confining the festivities to homes. Also, the four months of COVID-19 lockdown, resulting in job loss or decreased income among the people has imposed economic hardship among many Muslims in celebrating the "festival of sacrifice" with great enthusiasm.

Several Muslims symbolically sacrifice a goat or a sheep as an act of qurbani. Ahead of Bakrid, the Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath (TNTJ), which has over 800 mosques under its control across the state, appealed to the members of the community to avoid congregation, as advised by the state government and support the administration in the fight against COVID-19 and offer prayers at home.

"We asked our members to be safe and follow healthy practices during the celebrations. We don't want the infection to spread. We even asked them to clean the places where the goats are sacrificed properly and strictly advised against public sacrifice," M Ibrahim, state secretary of TNTJ, said. "The coronavirus has affected the overall economy. Realising that many among us are unable to buy during this festival, we made arrangements to help reach food to the deserving," he said and added "no one should go hungry during this festival."

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister K Palaniswami and DMK President M K Stalin among other leaders greeted people on the occasion.

14:45 (IST)01 Aug 2020
COVID-19 in Chennai: Deaths in top 10 zones

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

  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 321
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 258
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 242
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 228
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 227
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 218
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 121
  • Tiruvottiyur (Zone 1) - 109
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 95
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 87
13:38 (IST)01 Aug 2020
COVID-19 in Chennai: Recoveries in top 10 zones

With 10,167 recoveries, Royapuram (Zone 5) has the highest recoveries among the 15 zones in Chennai. Here are the recoveries in the top 10 zones:

  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 10,067
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 9766
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 9831
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 9434
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 8694
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 6801
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 5892
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 4494
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 4467
  • Tiruvottiyur (Zone 1) - 3156
13:19 (IST)01 Aug 2020
Health department to take action against private hospital in Chennai

The Tamil Nadu Health Department will be taking action against a private hospital in Kilpauk, Chennai for charging a fee of 12,20,000 from a patient for COVID-19 treatment for 19 days.

The Government has warned that severe for charging excess fee than the prescribed fee.

12:19 (IST)01 Aug 2020
COVID-19 in Chennai: Active cases in top 10 zones

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

  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 1606
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 1385
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 1307
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 13) - 1149
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 1062
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 1050
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 926
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 812
  • Madhavaram (Zone 3) - 631
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 587
09:43 (IST)01 Aug 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.

08:56 (IST)01 Aug 2020
Flight operations to Kolkata suspended till August 15

With the Tamil Nadu government having extended the lockdown in the state till August 31, officials at the Chennai International Airport have announced that the restriction on flight operations to Kolkata have been extended till August 15.

Arrivals from Kolkata will continue as scheduled during the period.

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08:54 (IST)01 Aug 2020
Suspension on special trains extended till August 15

The Southern Railway announced on Friday that the suspension on seven special trains running within Tamil Nadu has been extended till August 15, after the state government extended the lockdown in Tamil Nadu till August 31.

The following trains are cancelled:

  • Tiruchirapalli-Chengalpattu-Tiruchirapalli SF Intercity (via Virudhachalam)
  • Madurai-Villupuram-Madurai
  • Coimbatore-Katpadi-Coimbatore SF Intercity Special
  • Tiruchirapalli-Chengalpattu-Tiruchirapalli (via Mayiladuthurai)
  • Arakkonam-Coimbatore-Arakkonam SF Intercity
  • Coimbatore-Mayiladuthurai-Coimbatore Janshatabdi
  • Tiruchirapalli-Nagercoil-Tiruchirapalli-SF
08:52 (IST)01 Aug 2020
Chennai, Kancheepuram, Thiruvallur record highest cases

Tamil Nadu on Friday recorded at least 5,881 Covid-19 cases, taking the overall tally to 2,45,859. With 97 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, the death toll surged to 3,935.

Chennai recorded 1,013 Covid-19 cases and 22 deaths on Friday. The city’s overall tally reached 99,794. Apart from Chennai, other districts like Kancheepuram (485), Thiruvallur (373), Ranipet (359), Virudhunagar (357) and Chengalpattu (334) reported maximum number of cases.

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08:50 (IST)01 Aug 2020
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18:15 (IST)31 Jul 2020
TN records 5881 cases, 97 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 5881 cases on Friday, taking the state tally to 2,45,859. Less than 6000 cases have been recorded for the second consecutive day in the state. Among these, Chennai reported 1013 positive cases, bringing the city's total to 99,794.

Tamil Nadu recorded 97 deaths today, putting the state toll at 3935. 89 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.

18:11 (IST)31 Jul 2020
Ilaiyarajaa files complaint against Prasad studio owner

Veteran music director Ilaiyarajaa has lodged a police complaint, alleging Prasad studio owner Sai Prasad and his associates of having damaged his music notes and other belongings kept in a room which was used by the director for more than 40 years.

15:52 (IST)31 Jul 2020
Film maker Velu Prabhakaran arrested for ‘provocative’ speech

The Cyber Crime Wing of Central Crime Branch on Friday arrested film maker, cinematographer and actor Velu Prabhakaran for his allegedly “provocative” speech on a web portal against Kanda Shasti Kavacham.

The complainant alleged that Velu Prabhakaran had made a defamatory speech against popular Kanda Shasti Kavacham, Hindu religion and Hindus on a web portal. He was arrested from his residence in Chennai on Friday.

15:44 (IST)31 Jul 2020
Tamil Nadu lockdown till August 31: What is not allowed
  • Section 144, which restricts more than five persons to gather at a place, will continue.
  • Public transport will remain suspended
  • Inter-district travel will not be allowed
  • International airlines remain cancelled
  • Railways and MRTS will remain suspended
  • Parks, beaches, gyms, malls, theatres, schools and colleges will remain closed
  • No activities will be permitted on Sundays as the state will observe a complete lockdown
  • No vehicle movement after 9 pm

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15:38 (IST)31 Jul 2020
Tamil Nadu lockdown till August 31: What is allowed
  • All commercial establishments, private companies, and other business entities can now operate with 75 per cent workforce, up from 50 per cent earlier.
  • Hotels and tea shops will be allowed to accommodate up to 50 per cent of their seating capacity between 6 am and 7 pm.
  • Restaurants will be allowed to offer takeaway services from 6 am till 9 pm.
  • Places of worships – small temples, mosques, and churches, which fall under panchayat limits and have an annual income of less than Rs 10,000, will be allowed to function with prior permission from the respective district collectors.
  • Grocery and other provisional stores, which were earlier allowed to function between 6 am and 6 pm, can now operate till 7 pm. Other shops that were allowed to operate between 10 am and 6 pm can now function till 7 pm.
  • E-commerce companies are now allowed to ship both essential and non-essential items.
  • The current e-pass system for intra-district travel will remain in place.
  • For Independence day celebrations, the state would adhere to the guidelines provided by the Centre.

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14:15 (IST)31 Jul 2020
Documentary filmmaker and writer Sa Kandasamy passes away

Tamil writer and documentary filmmaker Sa Kandasamy died on Friday morning due to age-related ailments. He was 81.

Kandasamy's novel Vicharanai Commission won the Sahitya Akademy award in 1998. His documentary 'Kaval Deivangal' earned accolades across the globe and it won the first prize at Angino Film Festival in Cyprus.

Deputy CM O Pannerselvam, DMK leader MK Stalin, Poet Vairamuthu expressed their condolences.

Kandasamy is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.

13:48 (IST)31 Jul 2020
Anna University releases results of previous year's examinations

For the convenience of students participating in Engineering Counselling, Anna University has released the exam results of last year students.

Based on the results released on https://www.annauniv.edu/, 80% of students studying in seven engineering colleges and 75% students in 20 engineering colleges have cleared the exams.

Zero per cent pass rate has been recorded in Ariyalur’s K K C College of Engineering and Technology and Kancheepuram’s Lord Venkateshwara Engineering College. In 16 engineering colleges, the number of students who have passed the exams varies from one to nine.

The student pass rates of Anna University’s Madras Institute of Technology and Guindy Engineering College are 75.85% and 70.74% respectively. Alagappa Institute of Technology has recorded 69.49 % student pass rate.

12:30 (IST)31 Jul 2020
Students can write Class 11 arrears exams while in Class 12: Education minister

Tamil Nadu Minister for School Education K A Sengottaiyan has announced that students can now sit for their Class 11 arrears exams while studying in Class 12.

11:04 (IST)31 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 28 departures and 28 arrivals scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

chennai lockdown guidelines, chennai lockdown latest guidelines, tamil nadu lockdown guidelines, chennai coronavirus, tamil nadu coronavirus, chennai city news An aerial view of Kamarajar Salai and Marina beach during the lockdown in Chennai.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami extended the lockdown in the state till August 31 but with more relaxations, including allowing private establishments to scale up workforce and permitting dine-in services in hotels and restaurants.

READ | Tamil Nadu govt extends lockdown with relaxations, complete shutdown on Sundays

Fresh relaxations have been announced in the areas under the limit of Greater Chennai police and in other districts as well. All commercial establishments, private companies, and other business entities can now operate with 75 per cent workforce, up from 50 per cent earlier.

Tamil Nadu, with 2,34,114 cases and 3,741 deaths as of Thursday, is the fourth-most affected state in the country after Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The largest chunk of the cases have been reported from capital city Chennai, followed by Thiruvallur and Madurai.

The state is still seeing a rise in daily cases. For six consecutive days, till Wednesday, the state recorded over 6,000 infections daily. While the 7,000 mark is yet to be breached, numbers have hovered very close to it for several days.

READ | Tamil Nadu fourth most affected state

In more worrying sighs, the disease has also started percolating to rural areas from urban centres. Further, frontline workers have been increasingly contracting the disease. From health to corporation officials, several people have tested positive for the disease in recent weeks.

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