Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News Live Updates: As of Tuesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 79,804.
Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News Live Updates: Tamil Nadu recorded 10,986 positive cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the state tally to 10,13,378. Among these, Chennai reported 3711 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,90,364. The state recorded 48 deaths on Tuesday, putting the state toll at 13,205. Forty one of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 6250 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 9,20,369.
Amidst the rapidly rising numbers of coronavirus cases in the state, the Telangana government Tuesday announced the immediate imposition of night curfew between 9 pm and 5 am, till 5 am on May 1. According to Tuesday’s government order, all offices, firms, shops, establishments, and restaurants, etc shall close at 8 pm. This is, however, not applicable to hospitals, diagnostic labs, pharmacies, and those dealing with the supply of essential services such as – print and electronic media, telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting, and cable services. Petrol pumps, LPG, CNG, Petroleum, and gas outlets are exempted from these restrictions.
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Amidst the rapidly rising numbers of coronavirus cases in the state, the Telangana government Tuesday announced the immediate imposition of night curfew between 9 pm and 5 am, till 5 am on May 1. The decision comes a day after the Telangana High Court pulled up the state government for not doing enough to contain the spread of disease and asked the administration to take a call in 48 hours. The court had said that it would be compelled to order enforcement of night curfew or weekend lockdown if the government did not do so.
The order states that movement of people is prohibited after 9 pm except for those who are exempted.
Hospitals, diagnostic labs, pharmacies, and those dealing with the supply of essential services such as – print and electronic media, telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting, and cable services, petrol pumps, LPG, CNG, Petroleum, and gas outlets are exempted from these restrictions. Those involved in the delivery of goods through e-commerce and those employed in IT and IT-enabled services are also exempted. Others who are exempted from the latest orders are people employed in power generation, transmission, and distribution, water supply and sanitation, cold storage and warehousing, private security services, and production units or services that require continuous process, according to the GO.
Here is what’s allowed:
All offices, firms, shops, establishments, and restaurants, etc shall close at 8 pm
No restriction on the commute for officers of the central and the state governments, including those of urban local bodies and Panchayati raj institutions on emergency duty on production of valid identification
All private medical personnel including doctors, nursing staff, paramedics, and providers of other hospital services, etc are allowed to commute on the production of valid ID
Pregnant women and patients seeking medical care are allowed to commute
Persons going to airports, railway stations, bus stands are allowed to commute on the production of valid tickets
Public transport services including autos and taxis are allowed to function within the stipulated time for the transportation of the above-mentioned categories of people during the period of night curfew
No separate permission or pass will be required for inter-state and intra-state movement or transportation of essential and non-essential goods
As Tamil Nadu government’s new set of Covid-19 restrictions came into force on Tuesday, the members of the Tamil Nadu Exhibitors Association met virtually to discuss the situation. “In the meeting, we have decided to run theatres as per the government norms,” said Tirupur Subramaniam, the president of the exhibitors’ association.
While there is no complete lockdown, the new restrictions will greatly affect the business prospects of movies. “There are no night shows on weekdays and full lockdown on Sundays. Fearing a big loss in revenue, many producers are withholding their films,” Subramaniam added.
With new restrictions in place, many filmmakers have already postponed the release of their films in April. Thalaivi, starring Kangana Ranaut and Arvind Swami, was due in cinemas on April 23. However, the filmmakers withheld its release citing rising Covid-19 cases. So did the makers of MGR Magan, starring Sasikumar and Sathyaraj. And the delay in releasing new films will cause a box office draught once again.
DMK President M K Stalin on Tuesday expressed concern over Congress leader Rahul Gandhi testing positive for coronavirus and wished him a speedy recovery. The Tamil Nadu Leader of Opposition also urged everyone to take all precautions and stay safe. (PTI)
Tangedco has announced a powercut in parts of Chennai today from 9 am to 2 pm to carry out maintenance work.
Here are the affected areas:
- Sothuperumbedu: Karanodai Bazzar, Sanmugam Nagar, Aathur, Devanary, Pasthapalayam and VGP Medu.
- Pattabiram: VGN Dynasty, Iyappa Nagar, Dhanalakshmi Nagar, Melpakkam, Arunachalam Nagar, CTH Road, Bharathiyar Nagar, MG Road, Nehru Nagar, Sanjeevi Nagar and nearby areas.
- Perambur: Sidco Nagar – 1st to 10th Blocks; CTH Road, Nehru Nagar, Sathya Nagar, Amman Kuttai, Rajaji Nagar, Baliamman Koil Street, New Avadi Road, Villivakkam and nearby areas.
- Alwarpet: Parts of TTK Road, 1st Cross Street, C V Raman Road, C P Ramasamy Road, Ananda Road, Ananthapuram, R A Puram, Seeman Srinivasa Street, Parthasarathy Garden Street, Alwarpet Main Road and nearby areas.
- Puzhal: Puzhal, Nagappa Estate, MGR Nagar, Ottravadai, Rettaimalai Srinivasan Street, Balaji Nagar and Macro Marvel Nagar.
- Avadi Senthil Nagar: Ravindhar Nagar, Srinagar Colony, Cholan Nagar, Srinivasa Nagar and nearby areas.
Tamil Nadu recorded 10,986 positive cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the state tally to 10,13,378. Among these, Chennai reported 3711 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,90,364. The state recorded 48 deaths on Tuesday, putting the state toll at 13,205. Forty one of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 6250 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 9,20,369.
As of Tuesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 79,804. Till date, 6,11,836 males, 4,01,506 females and 36 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, 2,14,00,549 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 1,01,329 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 263 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 69 are government and 194 are private facilities.
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The centres will be operational 24 x 7. (Twitter/@chennaicorp)
Months after it was suspended, the Greater Chennai Corporation’s (GCC) tele-counselling centre began functioning in Chennai Monday, to cater to queries from the public, COVID-19 patients and those under home isolation across the city. According to the GCC, the lines are operational 24 x 7 and are handled by six doctors from the corporation and 50 workers from the social department of Chennai’s Loyola college. The staff have been deputed to work in three shifts throughout the day.
READ | Chennai corporation reopens tele counselling centre for COVID-19-related queries and mental health counselling
The Telangana government on Tuesday issued a new directive to theatre owners as the night curfew to contain the spread of coronavirus comes into force in the state. As per the new restrictions, no night shows will be allowed in the state until April 30. Theatres will have to close at 8 pm every day for the next 10 days. And during the permitted business hours, cinema halls should follow strict Covid-19 safety protocols.
READ | Telangana theatres to shut down amid Covid-19 second wave
For assistance on COVID-19-related queries and mental health support in Chennai, citizens can contact the Greater Chennai Corporation’s (GCC) COVID-19 helpline 044 46122300 | Citizens can find the nearest GCC-facilitated COVID-19 fever clinic here | For lodging rain-related complaints and assistance during the monsoon, citizens can contact the GCC’s monsoon helplines 044 25384530 or 044 25384540 or the control room 1913 (available 24×7)
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