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Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus August 31, September 1 Highlights: Public transport resumes from today; 5956 fresh cases reported

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown Latest News August 31, September 1 Highlights: Malls, showrooms and big stores will be reopened with 100 per cent capacity from today. All stores will be allowed to operate till 8 pm.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: September 2, 2020 9:37:59 am
Covid-19 guidelines, Inter-state bus service, Chandigarh news, Punjab news, Indian express newsStandard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of allowing only those passengers wearing masks, disinfecting the buses after every trip besides the bus drivers and conductors using protective gear including masks, gloves and face shields were strictly adhered to, the release added. Express Photo: Srinivas K

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News Live Updates: Tamil Nadu on Sunday extended the ongoing lockdown in the state for the sixth month till September 30, with further relaxations announced across the state. Public transportation, which had been suspended till August will be allowed to resume from today, while Metro services will resume from September 7 in Chennai.

Places of worship will also be reopened to the public from today. The government will take a decision on intra-state rail services after September 15. Malls, showrooms and big stores will be reopened with 100 per cent capacity from today. All stores will be allowed to operate till 8 pm. Restaurants and tea stalls will operate from 6 am to 8 pm, with takeaway services available till 9 pm. Further, all banks, factories, government offices and IT companies can resume operations with 100 per cent workforce, while film shooting will be resumed with 75 per cent workforce from September 1.

As per the latest guidelines, the mandatory lockdown on Sundays has been lifted and the e-pass system for inter-district travel has been scrapped. E-pass will now be required only while travelling to hill stations.

Playgrounds and parks will also be reopened to the public and stadiums can be reopened without spectators. Educational institutions and theatres will continue to remain closed and all gatherings have been banned. The ongoing social distancing and mask guidelines will continue to remain in place across Tamil Nadu.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu recorded 5956 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 4,28,041. Among these, Chennai reported 1150 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,35,597. Tamil Nadu recorded 91 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 7322. 81 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.

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Tamil Nadu Coronavirus (COVID-19) Live Updates: Catch the latest news and updates in Chennai and other cities as we bring you live updates on COVID-19, lockdown in lockdown in Tamil Nadu and more through the day. Also read Karnataka Bengaluru news

18:17 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Traffic congestion at Paranur toll plaza

Traffic was congested at Paranur toll plaza in Chengalpattu district, as people who had left the city during the lockdown flocked to Chennai on Tuesday after restrictions were eased. With the e-pass system scrapped, citizens made their way to the city in private vehicles, both four wheelers and two wheelers. 

This led to traffic jam on the Chennai-Trichy National Highway, as vehicles queued up in the rush to reach the capital city.

17:08 (IST)01 Sep 2020
IN PICS | Temples reopen for public and buses resume services in Chennai
16:58 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Tamil Nadu Assembly' monsoon session to take place on September 14 at Kalaivanar Arangam

For the first time in 10 years, Tamil Nadu’s Legislative assembly session is likely to take place outside the historic Fort St. George in Chennai, which is often described as the seat of power, due to the Covid19 pandemic. Kalaivanar Arangam, a three-storeyed fully air-conditioned building situated at Walajah Road in Chennai, has been chosen as the alternative venue for the session.  

READ| Next TN Assembly session may take place outside Fort St. George: A brief history of secretariat venues

13:22 (IST)01 Sep 2020
India Covid-19 numbers explained: Chennai among top 5 cities with maximum case load

Chennai is among the top five cities in India with the maximum number of infected people account for almost one third of all coronavirus related deaths in the country. The other four cities are Pune, Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. Pune overtook Delhi on Monday to become the city with the largest number of people infected with the novel Coronavirus.

After five days of more than 75,000 detections of new infections, Monday saw a significant drop in the daily numbers. Less than 70,000 new cases were discovered in the country, and once again this looks like a result of the usual dip in testing numbers on Sunday. Almost every state that was reporting very high numbers in the last five days, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi, saw their numbers going down.

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13:16 (IST)01 Sep 2020
CM rejects Centre's "states should borrow" pitch

The Centre has a moral and legal obligation to pay compensation for the shortfall in GST collections and asking States to borrow from the market is administratively difficult to implement and more expensive, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami asserted on Monday. "The Union Finance Ministry should agree to a mechanism in which the government of India (GoI) raises the required funds as a loan and lends it to the GST Compensation Fund (GSTCF) against future cess receipts, so that the GST compensation can be paid in full to the States in 2020-2021", EPS urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a letter.

In the 41st GST Council meet on August 27, Tamil Nadu suggested GoI could mobilise resources and lend the funds required to the GSTCF and that loan could be serviced through an extension of the GST Cess for a few years beyond 2021-22. "Hence, I reiterate Government of Tamil Nadu's stance that the Government of India should advance funds to the GST Compensation Cess fund, if need be, by borrowing in the market and service the debt by an extension of the compensation cess."

Expressing concern over the two options offered to States, he said in both the options suggested by the Centre, the States are being required to borrow from the market to make good the shortfall in compensation due. "This is administratively difficult to implement and more expensive."

Seeking Modi's intervention, Palaniswami wanted him to ensure that the States get their full dues of the compensation in the current year itself. Neither the compensation payable nor the already committed additional borrowing permissible to States - of two per cent of GSDP under the Atma Nirbhar Bharat stimulus package - must be reduced under any circumstances, he said.

12:08 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Shopping malls to allow only asymptomatic visitors; Gaming arcades, play areas, theatres inside malls to remain closed

The Tamil Nadu government has released SOP for shopping malls in the state which will be reopened in Tamil Nadu from today after five months of lockdown.

Here are the guidelines to be followed:

  • Social distancing should be enforced and wearing masks is mandatory inside the mall at all times
  • Hand sanitisers and thermal screening provisions should be placed at the entrance to the mall. Only asymptomatic visitors will be allowed inside the premises. Staggering of visitors is advised
  • Separate entry and exit points should be made available for staff, visitors and supplies
  • Posters on COVID-19 preventive measures should be displayed inside the mall and audio and video clips on preventive measures should be played
  • Employees at high risk should take precautions and should not be exposed to work requiring direct contact with the public
  • Crowd managing techniques with adequate social distancing should be enforced in the parking lots, lifts and mall premises
  • Proper disinfection of vehicles should be ensured in case of valet parking
  • Markers indicating social distancing in queues should be made inside the shops
  • Number of visitors to the mall and inside the stores and lifts should be restricted
  • Air conditioners should be set at a range between 24 to 30 degrees Celsius, with more than 50 per cent circulation of fresh air
  • The mall premises, lavatories, parking lots and frequently touched surfaces should be disinfected frequently
  • Social distancing should be followed in the kitches at all mall food outlets, with utensils washed and sterlised after each use. The chefs and workers should wear masks and gloves at all times
  • Gaming arcades, play area and theatres inside the malls will remain closed
11:14 (IST)01 Sep 2020
SPB actively participating in physiotherapy, says hospital

Veteran singer S P Balasubrahmanyam is fully awake, responsive and actively participates in physiotherapy, a statement from MGM Hospital in Chennai where the singer is undergoing treatment said on Monday.

The 74-year-old playback singer continues to be on ventilator and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support in the Intensive Care Unit, it said.

"SPB's current clinical condition is stable. He is fully awake, responsive and actively participates in physiotherapy. He continues to be closely monitored by our multidisciplinary clinical team," MGM Healthcare's Assistant Director of Medical services, Dr Anuradha Baskaran said in a statement.

11:00 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Parts of Tamil Nadu to receive rainfall in next 24 hours

The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Chennai has forecast rainfall in parts of southern Tamil Nadu over the next 24 hours due to an Upper Air Circulation over the Bay of Bengal.

Parts of Chennai received rainfall early Tuesday morning. Areas in and around Guindy, Vadapalani, Pattinapakkam, T Nagar, Saidapet and Mambalam received heavy rainfall, while areas in and around Alandur, Adambakkam, Meenambakkam, St. Thomas Mount, Madipakkam and Pallikaranai received light showers in the morning. 

10:45 (IST)01 Sep 2020
87 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 87 flights will fly between Chennai and major cities today, with 44 arrivals and 43 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

10:43 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Chennai-Kolkata flights resume operations

With th government easing restrictions as part of Unlock 4, flights between Chennai and Kolkata, which had been suspended following rise in cases have resumed operations from today. Kolkata has suspended operations to six cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai and Ahmedabad - in July to curtail the caseload.

Even as airlines are yet to announce their schedules from these six cities to Kolkata, the government has permitted airlines to operate flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays for the first two weeks of September. For the third and fourth week of the month, flights will be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Almost all major airlines, including IndiGo, SpiceJet, Vistara, Air India and GoAir, connected Kolkata to these six airports prior to the ban.

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09:54 (IST)01 Sep 2020
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

Tangedco has announced a power cut in parts of Chennai today from 9 am to 2 pm to carry out maintenance work.

Here are the affected areas: 

  • Kottivakkam: Journalist Colony, Lakshmana Perumal Nagar, Karpagambal Nagar, Kalyani Street, Raja Street, Raja Garden, ECR East Side - RTO Office to Palkalai Nagar, Vallalar Nagar, Srinivasapuram, Najima Avenue, Bharathi Avenue, Kaveri Nagar - 1st to 6th Streets; Jaganathan Street and Baywatch Boulevard.
  • Sothuerumbedu: Pallasaruppedu, Ganapathy Avenue, Karanodai, Athur, Basthapalayam and Devaneri.
09:45 (IST)01 Sep 2020
State tally now at 4,28,041

Tamil Nadu recorded 5956 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 4,28,041. Among these, Chennai reported 1150 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,35,597.

Tamil Nadu recorded 91 deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 7322. 81 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 6008 patients following treatment yesterday, putting the total number of recoveries at 3,68,141.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 52,578. Till date, 2,58,370 males, 1,69,642 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, 48,13,147 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 75,100 samples having been sent yesterday.

09:43 (IST)01 Sep 2020
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15:48 (IST)31 Aug 2020
CM hails SC quota ruling, says will encourage doctors in rural areas

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday welcomed the Supreme court ruling that states have power to provide quota in PG admissions to government doctors serving in remote areas, saying it will further encourage such persons in rural parts. "...the Supreme Court's judgement gives great joy. This will further encourage doctors in rural areas," he added.

The top court said that the Medical Council of India (MCI) regulation that barred such reservation is arbitrary and unconstitutional.

The judgement was pronounced on a plea by Tamil Nadu Medical Officers Association and others contending that giving reservation benefits would encourage those working in government hospitals and in rural areas.

13:53 (IST)31 Aug 2020
India coronavirus numbers explained, August 31: Positivity rate up in states, more deaths now than Mexico

Since the positivity rate has continued to show a declining trend, the recent surge in novel coronavirus cases in India is being attributed to an increase in the number of tests being carried out. For the last five days, India has been reporting more than 75,000 new cases every day, more than any other country has ever done. The past few weeks have also seen a big rise in the number of tests, which have been crossing the one-million mark on a few days.

Four of the five states with maximum caseloads in the country, which are also powering the recent surge, are witnessing an increasing trend in their positivity rates.

The death toll in India now is the third largest in the world, as is the total number of cases. On both these metrics, the United States and Brazil are the only countries ahead of India. With 971 deaths reported on Sunday, India’s death count is now 64,469, which is now more than Mexico.

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13:48 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Madras HC to resume physical hearing of cases from September 7

The Madras High Court Saturday decided to resume physical hearing of cases from September 7 “in order to meet the growing demand” for physical court hearings. “In order to meet the growing demand of physical court hearing and also keeping view the precautions that are required to be observed for avoiding any untoward happening, Hon’ble Administrative Commitee on serious consideration has decided to open physical court hearing partially,” a notification from the Madras High Court Registrar General said.

The Committee has decided to open physical hearing partially with six division benches at the Principal seat in Chennai and two at Madurai, “with a combination of physical court hearing and virtual court hearing with effect from September 7, 2020,” it said. 

“The virtual court hearings will be alternatively conducted for the rest of the day. Thus, the Benches would be functioning for half a day through physical court hearing and for the next half a day through virtual court hearing so as to facilitate lawyers who opt for both types,” the notification added.

This will be adopted on a trial basis to assess the feasibility of running physical courts.

12:21 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Tamil Nadu among states directed to bring down positivity rate

During the Centre's meeting with 10 states last week, Tamil Nadu is among the four Indian states that have reported surges and have been directed to urgently bring down the high positivity rate among healthcare workers. The states have also been asked to “seriously” consider making containment zones in areas where healthcare workers live, in order to bring the high positivity rate under control.

While all states have been asked to bring the mortality rate below 1 per cent, the Centre, the sources said, has specifically flagged to states instances of containment zones reporting active cases even after the 14-day incubation period, resulting in the surge. The other three states are Maharashtra, West Bengal, and Karnataka.

On Sunday, the country also reported 64,935 recovered cases in the past 24 hours; the recovery rate now stands at 76.61 per cent.

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10:54 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Chennai, Coimbatore, Chengalpet report highest cases among districts

Tamil Nadu recorded 6495 positive cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the state tally to 4,22,085. Among these, Chennai reported 1249 positive cases, bringing the city's total to 1,34,436.

Besides Chennai, 419 cases were reported in Chengalpattu, 193 in Kancheepuram, 293 in Thiruvallur, 89 in Ariyalur, 498 in Coimbatore, 383 in Cuddalore, 14 in Dharmapuri, 88 in Dindigul, 158 in Erode, 228 in Kallakurichi, 122 in Kanyakumari, 49 in Karur, 69 in Krishnagiri, 134 in Madurai, 135 in Nagapattinam, 70 in Namakkal, 36 in Nilgiris, 23 in Perambalur, 108 in Pudukottai, 23 in Ramanathapuram, 196 in Ranipet, 329 in Salem, 33 in Sivagangai, 84 in Tenkasi, 117 in Thanjavur, 176 in Theni, 34 in Thirupathur, 168 in Thiruvannamalai, 95 in Thiruvarur, 91 in Thoothukudi, 139 in Tirunelveli, 93 in Tiruppur, 138 in Trichy, 167 in Vellore, 183 in Villupuram and 63 in Virudhunagar districts.

10:29 (IST)31 Aug 2020
TN records close to 6500 fresh cases

Tamil Nadu recorded 6495 positive cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the state tally to 4,22,085. Among these, Chennai reported 1249 positive cases, bringing the city's total to 1,34,436.

Tamil Nadu recorded 94 deaths on Sunday, putting the state toll at 7231. 87 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 6406 patients following treatment yesterday, putting the total number of recoveries at 3,62,133.

As of Sunday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 52,721. Till date, 2,54,837 males, 1,67,219 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, 47,38,047 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 83,250 samples having been sent yesterday.

09:37 (IST)31 Aug 2020
76 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 76 flights will fly between Chennai and major cities, with 38 arrivals and 38 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

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Karan Acharya, a graphic artist from Bengaluru, has become an internet sensation after several of his digital artworks went viral on social media. The 32-year-old’s muse is the common people. He has the ability to recreate any ordinary picture into a stunning visual art, depicting people as mythological figures or whatever they want to be. His recent work, wherein he turned a family picture of daily-wage labourers into Lord Krishna’s family, has caught the attention of netizens. So far, the picture has received 24,000 re-tweets and 159.7K likes on Twitter.

READ | Meet Karan Acharya, the Bengaluru artist whose mythological images of common people are going viral

The artist says he receives 2,000 requests on a daily basis across his Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages. He charges for some of the artworks while others are made free of cost.

The graphic artist came in the spotlight in 2017, when his vector image of Lord Hanuman became widely popular. So much so that even Prime Minister Narendra Modi had mentioned it during an election rally in Karnataka.

Also Read | Next TN Assembly session may take place outside Fort St. George: A brief history of secretariat venues

Tamil Nadu Congress leader and Kanyakumari MP Harikrishnan Vasanthakumar passed away Friday due to Covid-19. He was 70. Kumar was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Chennai since August 10. He was on ECMO and Ventilator support and monitored by a multidisciplinary team of doctors.

READ | Tamil Nadu: Congress MP Harikrishnan Vasanthakumar passes away due to Covid-19

Kumar was a multifaceted personality. He was a philanthropist, cultural promoter, and writer. His book Vetripadikattu (Ladder of success) was released in three parts.

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