Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News Live Updates: As of Thursday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 1,12,556.
Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News Live Updates: Tamil Nadu recorded 17,897 positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 11,48,064. Among these, Chennai reported 5445 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 3,28,520. The state recorded 107 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 13,933. Eighty eight of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 15,542 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 10,21,575.
Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Rajeev Ranjan Thursday chaired a meeting with the district collectors, health secretary, City Commissioner, DGP, Chennai Corporation Commissioner, senior healthcare personnel and other officials to discuss further course of action to curb the spread of COVID-19 cases in districts that have a higher percentage of positive cases. According to sources, districts like Chennai, Chengalpet, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Ranipet, etc., which had been reporting more positive cases are likely to face further restrictions to break the chain.
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Former AIADMK Minister C Aranganayagam, who had the unique distinction of serving in the cabinets of former chief ministers M G Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa, died following age-related illness at a city hospital in Chennau on Thursday. He was 90.
Aranganayagam was elected to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly on four occasions – twice from Thondamuthur constituency and two times from Coimbatore West constituency. He had held the education portfolio.
“He was among those (leaders) who directly interacted with late chief ministers M G Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa. He had held several key positions in the party including headquarters secretary,” said AIADMK coordinator and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam and co-coordinator and chief minister K Palaniswami in a joint statement in Chennai.
Expressing grief over his death due to age-related illness at a hospital here, the two leaders conveyed their condolences to the bereaved family. (PTI)
Tamil director-cinematographer KV Anand passed away on Friday in Chennai following a heart attack. He was 54.
KV Anand began his film career as a cinematographer with Malayalam movie Thenmavin Kombath in 1994. After a career as a cinematographer for over a decade, Anand made his directorial debut with the 2005 movie Kana Kandaen. He went on to helm films like Ayan, Ko, Maattrraan, Anegan, Kavan and Kaappaan.
Starting his career as a photo journalist, Anand began assisting noted cinematographer PC Sreeram in films such as Gopura Vasalile, Meera, Devar Magan, Amaran and Thiruda Thiruda. Sreeram recommended his name for the Malayalam movie Thenmavin Kombath in 1994, for which Anand also won a National Film Award.
The Madras High Court on Thursday pulled up the Centre over its alleged lapse in taking prompt action in containing the Covid-19 pandemic, wondering what it was doing for 14 months.
Chief Justice Sanjeeb Banerjee said there was a need to act on expert advice and not adhocism.
“Why are we acting only now in April, though we had one full year?” the CJ asked, when Additional Solicitor General R Sankaranarayanan told the court that the resurgence of the second wave of the virus was ‘unexpected’.
A total of 40 passengers who had returned to Tamil Nadu from UK and 20 of their primary contacts have tested positive for COVID-19 till date.
Among the 40 primary cases, nine cases were reported in Chennai, three each in Thanjavur and Nilgiris, five each in Madurai and Chengalpattu, eight in Trichy, two in Karur and one each in Theni, Nagapattinam, Coimbatore, Virudhunagar and Sivagangai. Among the 20 contact cases, six were reported in Chennai, three in Thanjavur, two each in Nilgiris and Theni, four in Chengalpattu and three in Nagapattinam.
A total of 2300 passengers had travelled to Tamil Nadu from UK between November 25 and December 23, of which 2146 were tested. Among these, 24 had tested positive, 2122 tested negative and 3977 close contacts of the 2122 passengers who had tested negative were also tested for COVID-19 and were found to be negative.
A total of 4476 passengers had travelled to Tamil Nadu from UK between January 8 and April 29, of which 3969 have been tested. Among these, 16 have tested positive, 3945 have tested negative and the results of eight passengers are awaited. Tracing of further passengers is underway.
Of the 40 primary cases, 39 of them who tested negative in their follow up RT-PCR test have been discharged. Similarly, all 20 contact cases who tested negative in their follow up RT-PCR test have been discharged. One of the primary cases is under hospital isolation.
Tamil Nadu recorded 17,897 positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 11,48,064. Among these, Chennai reported 5445 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 3,28,520. The state recorded 107 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 13,933. Eighty eight of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 15,542 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 10,21,575.
As of Thursday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 1,12,556. Till date, 6,93,385 males, 4,54,641 females and 38 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, 2,25,18,836 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 1,40,589 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 265 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 69 are government and 196 are private facilities.
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Protestors raise slogans in front of the collector’s office.
Family members of those killed in the Thoothukudi police firing in May 2018 submitted a petition to the District Collector Thursday stating that the Vedanta-owned Sterlite copper plant should not be allowed to reopen to manufacture oxygen. Holding photographs of the deceased, protesters raised slogans outside the collector’s office against the Supreme Court’s decision allowing the operation of oxygen production units at the Sterlite copper plant.
READ | Anti-Sterlite protesters observe ‘Black Thursday’, protest decision to reopen plant
Teachers in government and government-aided schools do not need to physically attend school from May 1, the Tamil Nadu School Education Department said. According to the circular issued by the Director of School Education Department, S Kannapan, on Wednesday, teachers can work from home till the fresh schedule for Class XII board examination is announced.
READ | Work from home for government school teachers in Tamil Nadu from May 1
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