Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News Live Updates: Tamil Nadu recorded 2652 positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 7,19,403. Among these, Chennai reported 756 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,98,487.
Tamil Nadu recorded 35 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 11,053. Thirty two of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 4087 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 6,83,464.
As of Thursday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 24,886. Till date, 4,34,215 males, 2,85,156 females and 32 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, 98,08,087 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 75,224 samples having been sent yesterday.
Actor Rajnikanth. (File Photo)
After a letter purportedly written by Rajinikanth hinting at his political exit was “leaked” to the media, the actor Thursday dismissed it as fake, but added that its contents on his health, which puts him at increased risk from Covid-19, was accurate.
The letter was addressed to senior leaders of the actor’s fan association—expected to form the backbone of his long-delayed political party. It talks about the actor’s concern over his health if he launches campaigns amid a pandemic ahead of the May 2021 state elections.
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Rajini, however, tweeted: “A letter appearing to be my statement is being shared virally on social media and in the press. Everyone knows that it is not my statement.” “However, some references made in the letter about my health and my doctor’s advice to me were true. I will make an announcement regarding my political stand to the people regarding this at the right time after due consultation with members of Rajini Makkal Mandram,” he wrote.
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Followed by a month-long delay in the Governor giving assent to a Bill passed by the Assembly to provide 7.5 per cent reservation to government school students in MBBS admissions, the Tamil Nadu government Thursday chose to take an executive route to implement the legislation and issued an order.
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After there was a delay in clearing the Bill, unanimously passed by the Assembly in September, the ruling AIADMK and the main opposition DMK had been urging Governor Banwarilal Purohit for an immediate decision.
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