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Tamil Nadu Coronavirus News July 3, 4 Highlights: CM to meet TN Governor today to discuss Sathankulam deaths and COVID-19 in state

Tamil Nadu Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown Latest News July 3, 4 Highlights: As of Friday, the number of active cases is 42,955.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: July 6, 2020 9:35:01 am
Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K Palanisamy, AIADMK, Tamil Nadu politics, NPR, CAA According to reports, CM Edappadi will be reaching the Raj Bhavan by 5 pm today. (File)

Tamil Nadu Coronavirus News July 3, 4 Highlights: The CB-CID on Thursday arrested constable Muthuraj, who had been on the run following the deaths of Jeyaraj and Bennicks last week late Friday night. Thoothukudi police traced the constable to a village near Vilathikulam where he had been hiding inside a house.

READ | Tamil Nadu custodial deaths: Three more cops arrested by CB-CID

Muthuraj was handed over to the CB-CID at their station in the district on Friday.

A woman head constable at the Sathankulam police station, who was one of the key witnesses during the custodial torture of the Jeyaraj and Bennicks gave her statement to the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Thoothukudi on Friday. S Revathy had been given a month-long paid leav, and four police personnel, including two women, had been deployed at Revathy’s residence for her family’s protection.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu recorded its highest spike till date with 4329 fresh cases reported on Friday, bringing the state tally to 1,02,721. Among these, Chennai reported 2082 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 64,689.

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16:35 (IST)04 Jul 2020
Petrol pumps won't function in all Sundays in July : Tamil Nadu Petroleum Dealers' Association

Tamil Nadu Petroleum Dealers' Association has decided to suspend all its operations in the state tomorrow. In a statement, they further announced that all the fuel stations in the state won't function in all Sundays in July.

16:21 (IST)04 Jul 2020
CM Edappadi today to meet Governor Banwarilal amid COVID-19 crisis

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami is set to meet Governor Banwarilal Purohit to discuss various issues including the preventive measures the government has taken to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus and also the Sathankulam custodial death case. According to reports, CM Edappadi will be reaching the Raj Bhavan by 5 pm today.

16:03 (IST)04 Jul 2020
Chennai’s Vijaya hospital closed after several employees test positive for COVID-19

Chennai’s Vijaya hospital in Vadapalani area suspended all it’s activities on Saturday after some of its employees tested positive for the novel coronavirus infection. In a letter to all the consultants and staff, B Bharathi Reddy, the Managing Trustee and CEO of the group said that the hospital will be disinfected and other measures will be taken as per the government guidelines. As per local reports, At least 40 staff members of the hospital have tested positive

13:02 (IST)04 Jul 2020
Another ‘TN police victim’ comes forward

Another complaint of alleged police torture has surfaced in Tamil Nadu, of a 32-year-old who has been hospitalised nearly a month after he claims he was beaten up with iron rods, leaving him with fractures.

A hotel manager from Tiruchendur in Thoothukudi, working in Guruvayur in Kerala, S Manikandan was picked up from there and brought to the Tiruchendur Police Station, 500 km away, in early June. In his complaint to court, he has said police acted against him for a video he had posted against DMK MLA Anitha R Radhakrishnan on Facebook back in January.

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12:24 (IST)04 Jul 2020
TN Minister's wife tested positive for COVID-19

Tamil Nadu Cooperation Minister Sellur K Raju's wife Jayanthi has been tested positive for COVID-19. She has been admitted to a private hospital in the city. The swab samples of the minister were sent for testing and they were found negative. 

11:28 (IST)04 Jul 2020
Cases on the rise in Madurai

Deserted streets with closed shops is the new look of Tamil Nadu’s Madurai as the town, which is referred to as ‘Thoonga Nagaram’ — the city that never sleeps, is under a complete lockdown to stem the spread of the COVID-19 cases. Madurai reported at least 287 cases on Friday. So far, 3,423 have been infected and there are 2,405 active cases in the city.

Since the beginning of June, there has been a surge of cases in the city. This is partially attributed to the number of cases in Chennai. As per sources, many people had entered the city from Chennai without a valid E-pass, although strict conditions on inter-district travel were put.

Between June 22 to July 1, the number of cases in Madurai saw an upswing — 153, 137, 97, 203, 190, 217, 284, 290, 246, 297. Until June 23, there were only eight causalities but now the number has gone up to 51.

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10:44 (IST)04 Jul 2020
Family ration card holders to get free rations for July

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami Friday announced that free ration for family cardholders will be continued for July and that tokens for obtaining the essential commodities will be distributed at the doorsteps of the beneficiaries from July 6 to 9.

09:27 (IST)04 Jul 2020
Four more arrested by CB-CID over Sathankulam custodial deaths

The CB-CID team probing the custodial killings of a father-son duo in Tamil Nadu arrested four more police personnel from the Sathankulam police station in Thoothukudi district early Thursday morning. Sub-Inspector Raghu Ganesh of the same police station had been arrested on Wednesday evening.

Sathankulam station Inspector Sridhar, the senior-most officer of the unit, Sub-Inspector Balakrishnan, Head Constable Murugan and Constable Muthuraja were among the four arrested on Thursday. All of them have been remanded in judicial custody.

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09:25 (IST)04 Jul 2020
State tally crosses 1 lakh on Friday

Tamil Nadu recorded its highest spike till date with 4329 fresh cases reported on Friday, bringing the state tally to 1,02,721. Among these, Chennai reported 2082 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 64,689.

Besides Chennai, 330 cases were reported in Chengalpattu, 121 in Kancheepuram, 172 in Thiruvallur, 37 in Coimbatore, 20 in Cuddalore, 14 each in Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri, 17 each in Dindigul, Nagapattinam and Thiruvarur, 14 in Erode, 85 in Kallakurichi, 54 in Kanyakumari, four each in Karur, Namakkal and Tenkasi, 287 in Madurai, 18 in Pudukottai, 73 in Ramanathapuram, 90 in Ranipet, 99 in Salem, 53 in Sivagangai, 13 in Thanjavur, 126 in Theni, 33 in Thirupathur, 151 in Thiruvallur, 27 in Thoothukudi, 41 in Tirunelveli, five in Tiruppur, 47 in Trichy, 145 in Vellore, 33 in Villupuram, 65 in Virudhunagar and one in Nilgiris districts.

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09:24 (IST)04 Jul 2020
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18:32 (IST)03 Jul 2020
State tally crosses 1 lakh with 4329 cases

Tamil Nadu recorded its highest spike till date with 4329 fresh cases reported on Friday, bringing the state tally to 1,02,721. Among these, Chennai reported 2082 positive cases, bringing the city's total to 64,689.

Tamil Nadu recorded 64 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 1385. The state discharged 2357 patients following treatment today, putting the total number of discharged patients at 58,378.

As of Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 42,955.

17:23 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Parts of Chennai receive light showers

Parts of Chennai received light showers for the fourth consecutive day, with light to moderate showers witnessed in various localities in the city.

11:22 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Former DMK general seceratary appointed as Tamil Nadu BJP Vice-President

VP Duraisamy, the former deputy general secretary of DMK has been appointed as the Vice-President of Tamil Nadu BJP. A former Rajya Sabha MP, Duraisamy joined BJP on May 22, a day after he was stripped of his party post by DMK leader MK Stalin. Vanathi Srinivasan, who previously held the general secretary position has also been appointed as the Vice-President of the party in the state.

11:15 (IST)03 Jul 2020
24 people succumb to COVID-19 in Chennai

A total of 24 people have succumbed to COVID-19 in Chennai over the last 24 hours.

Eight deaths were recorded in Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, six in Government Stanley Medical College and Hospital, four in Government Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital, three in Government Super Specialty Hospital in Omandurar Estate and three in a private hospital in Chennai.

10:51 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Two held for shooting an elephant to death

Forest department officials have taken two men for questioning after an elephant was found dead with gunshot wounds near Kandiyur on Thursday. They were arrested for shooting the mammal at their farm in Mettupalayam. Post-mortem reports revealed that a sharp-edged metal piece was found pierced through its brain.

Meanwhile the body of another elephant was found dead at Sirumugai in Coimbatore district. Officials suspect that the elephant must have succumbed due to poor health. 

The carcass of a third elephant, a tusker, was found around Masinaguri in Nilgiris with its tusks intact. Officials suspect that the tusker might have been electrocuted.

09:38 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Two more AIADMK MLAs test positive for COVID-19

Two more AIADMK MLAs have tested positive COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu, after N Sathan Prabhakar representing Paramakudi and R Kumaraguru representing Ulundurpet tested positive on Thursday. Both of them are currently undergoing treatment in a private hospital.

With this, the number of AIADMK MLAs who have tested positive has risen to four, while four DMK MLAs have also tested positive, taking the total number of legislators in Tamil Nadu who have tested positive to eight.

Among the eight MLAs, J Anbazhagan from the DMK succumbed to the virus in May.

09:34 (IST)03 Jul 2020
Four youth die of asphyxiation while cleaning septic tank

Four youths cleaning a septic tank in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi district died of asphyxiation on Thursday.

Pandi (24), Isakiraja (20), Bala (23), and Dinesh (20) hailed from the neighbouring Tirunelveli district. They had been engaged in the work since morning. At noon, one of them fainted inside the septic tank. “After that, the others too entered the tank one by one and managed to take him outside. While people rushed him to a hospital, the three others also fainted,” said a police officer.

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09:33 (IST)03 Jul 2020
TN records 4,343 COVID-19 cases; total goes past 98,000 on Thursday

Tamil Nadu recorded 4,343 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, taking the state’s overall tally to 98,392. Of the fresh cases, 2,027 were in Chennai; the city has reported 64,598 cases till date. As many as 3,095 patients were discharged following treatment and 57 deaths were reported, taking the state's toll to 1321. Among the deceased, 12 had no comorbidities. 

The infection continued to surge in other districts in the state. Madurai reported 273 cases, Chengalpattu recorded 171 fresh cases followed by Thiruvannamalai with 167. Tiruvallur reported 164 cases and Vellore 137.

A total of 33,488 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 12,35,692. As many as 4,836 children under the age of twelve, 81,74,522 people between the age group of 13 to 60 years and 11,811 persons above 60 years have tested positive in the state.

So far, 2,94,067 people have entered Tamil Nadu through various modes of transport and 3,620 have tested positive.

09:28 (IST)03 Jul 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, unlock phase 1 and more across Chennai and Tamil Nadu. Follow the blog to stay up to date with the state in real time.

Tamil Nadu custodial deaths, Tamil Nadu custody deaths, Jeyaraj Bennix deaths, Jeyaraj Bennicks deaths, Tamil Nadu police torture deaths Bennix and his father Jeyaraj (right) died on June 22. (Illustration by Vishnu PP)

Four youths cleaning a septic tank in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi district died of asphyxiation on Thursday. The police said the incident happened at a house in Chekkarakudi, a village about 40 km west of Thoothukudi town.

READ | Tamil Nadu: Four die of asphyxiation while cleaning septic tank

Pandi (24), Isakiraja (20), Bala (23), and Dinesh (20) hailed from the neighbouring Tirunelveli district. They had been engaged in the work since morning. At noon, one of them fainted inside the septic tank. “After that, the others too entered the tank one by one and managed to take him outside. While people rushed him to a hospital, the three others also fainted,” said a police officer.

Friends of Police (FoP), a community policing initiative aimed to bring police and public closer, has denied any involvement in the custodial deaths of a father and son at Sathankulam police station as alleged.

READ | Tamil Nadu custodial deaths: Friends of Police deny role of their volunteers

Deceased Jeyaraj’s wife Selvarani, in her complaint, has stated that alongside the Sathankulam police officers, there were volunteers of FOP who took turns to torture her husband and son Bennicks. Refuting Selvarani’s claims, FoP Thursday issued a statement claiming that the volunteers in the question are neither registered as FoP members nor have attended any training sessions.

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