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Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus August 12, 13 Highlights: Public gatherings, meetings banned in Chennai for 15 days till August 27

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus (Covid-19), Lockdown Latest News August 12, 13 Highlights: As of Wednesday, there are 52,999 active cases in the state.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: August 14, 2020 9:19:18 am
india lockdown, coronavirus india lockdown, india coronavirus cases, coronavirus global pandemic, india virus cases, coronavirus news, latest newsThe order will be in effect for 15 days from August 12 to August 27. (PTI)

Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News August 12, 13 Highlights: In a bid to enforce isolation and social distancing among citizens to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Chennai, the Commissioner of Police Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal on Wednesday issued a circular banning public gatherings, demonstrations, human chains, meetings etc within the jurisdiction of the Greater Chennai Police for 15 days from August 12 to August 27.

The order exempts gatherings or processions which have been permitted by the CoP, religious processions and gatherings at places of worship, processions or gatherings for sports, weddings, funerals and religious ceremonies, meetings held under a statutory authority or under the State or Union Government and meetings or gatherings exempted by the State or through a Special Order.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu reported 5,871 Covid-19 cases Wednesday, taking its total number of cases in the state to 3,14,520. Chennai reported 993 cases, taking the city’s tally to 1,12,059. The city has been recording less than 1000 cases a day for the past one week.

With 119 deaths today, the death toll climbed up to 5,278. Among the deceased, 107 had comorbidities.

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22:03 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Ku Ka Selvam expelled from DMK

The DMK on Thursday expelled its MLA Ku Ka Selvam from the primary membership of the party after he virtually embraced the BJP. The legislator's reply to the show cause notice sent by the party, when he was suspended on August 5 for violating party discipline and bringing disrepute, was 'unacceptable,' the party said.

"The reply he gave was unacceptable and hence he is dismissed from the primary membership of the party and all his posts," DMK President M K Stalin said in a release adding the removal was a disciplinary action.

Recently, Selvam had praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and had met party chief J P Nadda in Delhi. Virtually embracing the BJP, the MLA who was formerly the DMK headquarters office secretary and executive committee member had asked people to join the saffron party. The MLA had also visited the BJP headquarters 'Kamalalayam' and alleged "family politics" in the DMK. He had said he was not considered for the west district
secretary position in the city despite working for the DMK for over two decades and demanded "intra party elections".

Selvam was with the Janaki faction of the AIADMK in the late 1980's following the death of AIADMK founder and then Chief Minister M G Ramachandran in 1987.

17:49 (IST)13 Aug 2020
COVID-19: Deaths in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai has recorded 2370 COVID-19 deaths till date. Here are the deaths in the top 10 zones in Chennai:

  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 351
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 248
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 263
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 254
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 252
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 246
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 144
  • Tiruvottiyur (Zone 1) - 118
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 113
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 113
16:17 (IST)13 Aug 2020
40 police personnel donate plasma

Around 40 Greater Chennai Police personnel who had recently recovered from COVID-19 donated their plasma to the plasma bank at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai today.

14:49 (IST)13 Aug 2020
COVID-19: Recoveries in top 10 zones in Chennai

Recoveries in Chennai have crossed 11,000 in three of the city's 15 zones. Kodambakkam (Zone 10) leads the tally with 11,432 recoveries followed by Anna Nagar (Zone 8) with 11,336 recoveries and Royapuram (Zone 5) with 11,018 recoveries.

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

  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 11,432
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 11,336
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 11,018
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 10,557
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 9361
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 7916
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 7100
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 5842
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 5549
  • Tiruvottiyur (Zone 1) - 3586
13:25 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Tamil Nadu govt says no public display of Ganesh Idols

The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday instructed people to celebrate the forthcoming Vinayagar Chathurthi festival at their houses and denied permission to display Vinayagar Idols in public to prevent the gathering of people in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. In a statement, the government said no activities such as erecting the Idols, setting up the pandals, carrying out the Ganesh procession will be permitted on August 22. People who intend to buy necessary items for pooja have been instructed to follow social distancing norms and other guidelines issued by the government. 

12:29 (IST)13 Aug 2020
BJP will head alliance in 2021 Assembly polls, fight is versus DMK, says Duraisamy

Tamil Nadu BJP vice-president and former DMK general secretary VP Duraisamy on Wednesday said next year’s assembly election is going to be a battle between DMK and BJP.

Speaking to reporters in Chennai, Duraisamy said being the ruling party at the Centre, the BJP has the right to lead the alliance in Tamil Nadu ahead of assembly elections.

“Till last week, the 2021 elections were projected as DMK vs AIADMK, but after the departure of Ku Ka Selvam (DMK MLA from Thousand Lights constituency), it has become BJP vs DMK. This is a sign of our growth, we are growing fast in Tamil Nadu. Like-minded parties would be part of the alliance, we will lead them because we are a national party,” he said.

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12:28 (IST)13 Aug 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai has a total of 10,953 active cases as of Thursday. Here are the active cases in the top 10 zones in the city:

  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 1475
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 1303
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 1048
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 1151
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 875
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 769
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 701
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 677
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 592
  • Alandur (Zone 12) - 569
10:26 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

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

Here are the areas which will be affected:

  • Taramani: South Lock Street, West Canal Road, Angalamman Koil Street, Guruvappan Street, Pondy Street, Varathapuram, Naidu Street, Thulukkantha Amman Street, Karunanidhi - I, II Streets; New Street and Ponniyamman Koil Street.
  • Enjambakkam: 1st, 2nd Avenues; Brindavan Nagar, Enjambakkam Vetuvakeeni Link Road, Rajan Nagar - 1st, 2nd, 3rd Streets; Selva Nagar, Classic Avenue, Chinnadikuppam Road, Pallath Street, Mettu Street and Thomas Avenue.
  • Palavakkam: Sundeep Road - 1st, 2nd Streets; Singaravelar Salai - 1st, 2nd Main Roads; Chinna Neelankarai Kuppam, PDN Salai and Suganya Thirumana Mandapam.
  • Redhills: Palavoyal, Dharkas Road, Gomathy Amman Nagar, Kottur, Parts of Dharkas Road, Chakra Garden, Dharka, Singilimedu, Sirungavoor, Kannam Palayam and Chendram Pakkam.
  • Puzhal: Gandhi Street, Mariammal Nagar, VOC Street, Gurushanthi Nagar, Polytechnic Area, Meenakshi Nagar, Kavankarai, Thandalkazhani, Jeeva Street, Sakthivel Nagar, Thiruneelagandan Nagar, Mahaveer Garden, Ragavendhra Nagar, Thiru.Vi.Ka Street and Balaji Nagar.
  • Velachery East: Parts of 100 Feet Bypass Road, Baby Nagar, Seshathripuram, Sachithanantha Nagar, Park Avenue and Ramagiri Nagar.
  • Adyar: Cancer Hospital 1st Main Road and Adyar.
09:43 (IST)13 Aug 2020
74 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 74 flights will fly between Chennai and major cities today, with 37 arrivals and 37 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:35 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Chennai Police bans public gatherings, demonstrations for 15 days from August 12

In a bid to enforce isolation and social distancing among citizens to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Chennai, the Commissioner of Police Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal on Wednesday issued a circular banning public gatherings, demonstrations, human chains, meetings etc within the jurisdiction of the Greater Chennai Police for 15 days from August 12 to August 27.

The order exempts gatherings or processions which have been permitted by the CoP, religious processions and gatherings at places of worship, processions or gatherings for sports, weddings, funerals and religious ceremonies, meetings held under a statutory authority or under the State or Union Government and meetings or gatherings exempted by the State or through a Special Order.

09:34 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Chennai, Chengalpattu report highest cases among districts

Tamil Nadu reported 5,871 Covid-19 cases Wednesday, taking its total number of cases in the state to 3,14,520. Chennai reported 993 cases, taking the city’s tally to 1,12,059.

Besides Chennai, Chengalpattu reported 421 and Thiruvallur registered 407 cases, Kancheepuram recorded 371 cases while Cuddalore reported 339 cases. Other districts such as Coimbatore (294), Virudhunagar (292), Theni (282), Ranipet (254) and Salem (217) recorded more than 200 cases. Thiruvarur (7), Krishnagiri (7) were the only districts to report new cases in single digits.

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09:33 (IST)13 Aug 2020
State tally touches 3,14,520 with 5871 fresh cases

Tamil Nadu reported 5,871 Covid-19 cases Wednesday, taking its total number of cases in the state to 3,14,520. The total number of cases on Wednesday, included 27 returnees from other countries and states. Chennai reported 993 cases, taking the city’s tally to 1,12,059.

As of yesterday, there are 52,999 active cases in the state.

With 119 deaths, the death toll climbed up to 5,278. Among the deceased, 107 had comorbidities. Chennai had the highest death toll among the districts with 20 deaths, while Thiruvallur reported nine deaths.

Meanwhile, as many as 5,633 persons were discharged yesterday, taking the number of recoveries to 2,56,313. A total of 34,32,025 RT-PCR samples have been tested till date in Tamil Nadu.

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09:30 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Welcome to today's live blog

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18:32 (IST)12 Aug 2020
BJP will head the alliance in 2021 TN assembly elections, says Duraisamy; shocks AIADMK

Tamil Nadu BJP vice-president and former DMK general secretary VP Duraisamy said the 2021 assembly elections is going to be a battle between DMK and BJP. Speaking to reporters in Chennai, Duraisamy said being the ruling party at the centre, BJP has the right to lead the alliance in Tamil Nadu ahead of assembly elections.

“Till last week, the 2021 elections were projected as DMK vs AIADMK, but after the departure of Ku Ka Selvam (Thousand Lights MLA from DMK), it has become BJP vs DMK. This is a sign of our growth, we are growing fast in Tamil Nadu. Like-minded parties would be part of the alliance, we will lead them because we are a national party,” Duraisamy said.

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16:34 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Nine IPS officer transferred in Tamil Nadu

As many nine IPS officers have been transferred in Tamil Nadu. Arun Balagopan, the former Thoothukudi SP who was brought to compulsory wait following the custodial death case in Sathankulam, has now been posted as SP, Chennai Crimes Division. SP Om Prakash Meena has been posted as AIGP whereas AIGP Sibi Chakravarthy is transferred to Cyber cell, CB-CID.  Jayalakshmi, SP, Cyber-cell, CB-CID is posted at Tamil Nadu police academy in Vandalur in place of Vandalur.K.P.S Jeyachandran who is posted to Tamil Nadu Commando Force.

14:26 (IST)12 Aug 2020
COVID-19: Active cases in top 10 zones in Chennai

Chennai has 11,130 active cases, after the city recorded 986 fresh cases on Tuesday.

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

  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 1717
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) -1353
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 1174
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 950
  • Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) - 817
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 752
  • Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) - 718
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 684
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 636
  • Alandur (Zone 12) - 550
12:50 (IST)12 Aug 2020
OPS congratulates Kamala Harris on her nomination

Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam took to Twitter to wish Kamala Harris on her nomination as Joe Biden's running mate on Tuesday. 

"It is a moment of pride for Indians and TamilNadu especially, as Kamala Harris, the first Indian senator, whose mother hails from TamilNadu has been nominated as the Vice Presidential candidate by the US Democratic party. My hearty wishes to her." (sic), he tweeted.

In choosing Harris, Biden is embracing a former rival from the Democratic primary who is familiar with the unique rigor of a national campaign. Harris, a 55-year-old first-term senator, is also one of the party’s most prominent figures and quickly became a top contender for the No. 2 spot after her own White House campaign ended.

11:58 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

Tangedco has announced a powercut in parts of Chennai today till 2 pm to carry out maintenance work.

Here are the areas which will be affected:

  • Avadi Kovilthagai: Kalaignar Nagar, Kovilpathgai Main Road, Parts of Poompozhil Nagar, Kannadapalayam, Mettu Street, Bharathi Nagar, Sundararaja Perumal Koil and Swami Nagar.
  • Redhills and Sholavaram: Sirunaiyam, Parthasarathi Nagar, Nallur, Sholavaram, Sembulivaram and Kottaimedu.
  • Neelankarai: Mahatma Gandhi Nagar, Karpagavinayagar Nagar, Ganesh Nagar, Thiruvalluvar Nagar, Ramalinga Nagar, Bharathi Street, Anna Street, Narayana Nagar and Gopinath Avenue.
  • Ayapakkam: TNHB - 608, 336 Flats, Ayapakkam Main Road, TNHB Phase III Kalaivanar Nagar Road, TG Anna Nagar, KK Road, Ambattur Vanagaram Road, Athipetkuppam, Vanniar Street and Ragavendra Street.
  • Avadi Kamaraj Nagar: Kamaraj Nagar  4th Street, Ashok Niranjan Nagar, Avadi TNHB, Vasantham Nagar, PH Road, Ram Nagar, Kalaignar Nagar, TNHB Fire Station Road, Avadi Market, Kumaran Nagar, MGR Road and NM Road.
  • Adyar Indira Nagar: LB Road Appasamy Flat, 2nd Avenue Indira Nagar, Kasthuribai Nagar 5th West Street, Ranganathapuram South, Kamaraj Nagar 13 West and Kamaraj Nagar 5th Main Road.
  • Velachery East and Central: Parts of Velachery Tambaram Main Road, Parts of 100 Feet Bye Pass Road, Dhandeeswaram Colony, Trowpathy Amman Koil Street, Lakshmipuram, Janakpuri Street, Gandhi Salai, East Mada Street, Seethapathy Nagar, Jayanthi Street, Ravi Street and Santhi Street.
  • Besant Nagar: Rukmani Street, 29th Cross Street, Tiger Varathacheri Road, Tiger Varathacheri Street Extension, MGR Road, Beach Road, Arundale Beach Road, Gangai Street, Pari Street, Ashtalakshmi Garden and Upper Street Kambar Street.
  • Adyar Sastri Nagar: Kamarajar Salai, Kumaraguru - 1st to 4th Streets; Jeevanantham Street, Sriram Nagar, Valmiki Street, Balu Street, Cholapuram and Parts of Kalachetra Road.
  • Sembium: TH Road, Teachers Colony, Muthumariamman Koil Street, Kauveri Salai, MH Road, Chinna Kuzhandhai Street - 1st to 4th Streets; Raja Street, SSV Koil Street, Kamaraj Salai, GNT Road, Gandhi Nagar - 1st to 4th Streets; Jambuli Street, Kattabomman Main Road, Kattabomman Street - 1st to 9th Streets; RV Nagar, Seetharaman Nagar, Kamaraj Salai, St Mary's Road, KKR Avenue, Pallavan Salai, TVK Nagar, Gowthamapuram Housing Board, Jawahar Street, Rani Ammayar Street, MPC Street, EB Road, Singara Mudali Street, Indira Nagar West, Chinnathamburan Street, KKR Nagar, Ambakkar Nagar, Mictic Colony, Kannabiran Kovil Street, Talco Leather Estate, Jambuli Colony, KKR Town, KKR Garden, Palaniyappa Nagar, Thapal Petti, Veerapandian Street, Kamarajar Nagar - 1st to 9th; Gandhiji Street - 1st to 7th; Renukkamman Koil Street - 1st to 5th; MPM Street, BB Road, Nelvayal Road, Perambur High Road, Pandiyan Street, Francis Colony, Sathyraj Nagar, KKR Nagar, Maduma Nagar, Ramana Nagar, Kakanji Colony, Kakanji Nagar, Simpson Group of Company, SSV Koil Street, Erunchancherry, Paper Mills Road and Periyar Nagar (Vyasarpadi).
  • Thiruvanmiyur: 4th Main Road Kamaraj Nagar, PTC Depot, Thiruvalluvar Salai, Kamaraj Nagar - 10th to 21st East Streets; South Avenue and Mangaleri.
10:22 (IST)12 Aug 2020
29 legislators test positive till date

A total of 29 legislators have tested positive for COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu till date.

Here is the full list:

AIADMK - 11 legislators

  • K Palani
  • K P Anbalagan (Recovered)
  • R Kumaraguru
  • N Sathan Prabhakar
  • Amman K Arjunan
  • B Valarmathi
  • P Thangamani
  • Sellur K Raja (Recovered)
  • Dr. Nilofer Kafeel
  • Govindarasu
  • S Pounraj

DMK - 14 legislators

  • J Anbazhagan (Deceased)
  • Vasantham K Karthikeyan
  • R T Arasu
  • K S Masthan
  • V Ganesan
  • Senguttavan
  • P Karthikeyan
  • R Gandhi
  • S Thangapandian
  • Jeeva Geetha Jeevan
  • M Ramachandran
  • N Suresh Rajan
  • T K G Neelamegam
  • Senthil Kumar

AICC - Two legislators

  • Karti P Chidambaram
  • Vasanthakumar

CPI - One legislator

  • M Selvaraj Nagapatinnam MP

Mukkulathor Pulipadai - One legislator

  • Karunas
09:54 (IST)12 Aug 2020
70 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 70 flights will fly between Chennai and major cities today, with 35 arrivals and depatures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

V P Duraisamy, TN BJP, DMK, BJP Vice President 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.

Tamil Nadu BJP vice-president and former DMK general secretary VP Duraisamy on Wednesday said next year’s assembly election is going to be a battle between DMK and BJP.

Speaking to reporters in Chennai, Duraisamy said being the ruling party at the Centre, the BJP has the right to lead the alliance in Tamil Nadu ahead of assembly elections.

READ | Tamil Nadu: BJP will head alliance in 2021 Assembly polls, fight is versus DMK, says Duraisamy

“Till last week, the 2021 elections were projected as DMK vs AIADMK, but after the departure of Ku Ka Selvam (DMK MLA from Thousand Lights constituency), it has become BJP vs DMK. This is a sign of our growth, we are growing fast in Tamil Nadu. Like-minded parties would be part of the alliance, we will lead them because we are a national party,” he said.

The reaction from Duraisamy comes days after Tamil Nadu BJP leader L Murugan said the AIADMK-BJP alliance will continue in the 2021 elections.

Four students from Tamil Nadu pursuing medical education in Russia drowned in a river in that country and directions have been issued to bring back their remains back home at the earliest, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said on Monday.

READ | TN CM directs officials to bring back bodies of students from Russia

He said he has directed senior government officials to immediately get in touch with the External Affairs Ministry and the Indian embassy in Russia, and arrange for bringing back the bodies of the four who drowned in the Volga river.

Tamil Nadu Chennai August 10, 11 Highlights