Tamil Nadu Telangana Assembly Elections COVID-19 February 5 Highlights: The Telangana government Friday granted permission to increase the seating capacity in all theatres, cinemas and multiplexes to 100 per cent across the state. Earlier, the government had restricted it to 50 per cent. In an order, the government stated that the decision had been taken following orders issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India and SOPs issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
The government added that managers and owners have to ensure that the COVID-19 SOP is adhered to by everyone.
Tamil Nadu recorded 494 positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 8,40,360. Among these, Chennai reported 149 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,31,855. The state recorded four deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 12,375. Three of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 517 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,23,518.
At a time when supporters of ousted AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala are preparing for a grand welcome on Monday, when she is to arrive in Chennai, senior AIADMK leaders and Tamil Nadu ministers C Ve Shanmugam and D Vijayakumar met DGP J K Tripathy on Thursday and sought steps to prevent her from using the party flag. The AIADMK leaders’ move comes against the backdrop of party functionaries facing action in several districts for putting up posters welcoming Sasikala.