Chennai Hyderabad Coronavirus Live Updates: Amit Shah arrives in Chennai; EPS, OPS and party functionaries welcome him – The Indian Express

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah (File)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News Live Updates: Tamil Nadu recorded 1688 positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 7,66,677. Among these, Chennai reported 489 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,11,084.

The state recorded 18 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 11,568. All eighteen of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 2173 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,41,705.

As of Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 13,404. Till date, 4,63,217 males, 3,03,427 females and 33 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, 1,14,01,239 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 68,033 samples having been sent yesterday.

Telangana reported 925 fresh coronavirus cases on Friday, taking the tally to over 2.62 lakh while three related fatalities pushed the toll to 1,426. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 161, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 91 and Rangareddy 75, a government bulletin said on Saturday.

As many as 12,070 patients are under treatment and over 40,000 samples were tested on November 20. Cumulatively, nearly 51 lakh samples have been tested so far. The samples tested per million population was 1.36 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 94.86 per cent.

Udhayanidhi Stalin

Udhayanidhi Stalin

DMK youth wing secretary Udhayanidhi Stalin was arrested for a brief period after he launched his party’s poll campaign ‘Vidiyalai Noki Stalin Kural’ ahead of next year’s Assembly election in Tamil Nadu. He was released an hour after his arrest.

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The Thirukkuvalai police said Udhayanidhi, son of DMK chief MK Stalin, did not seek permission to hold the meeting and hence he was arrested alongside other DMK cadres for violating Covid-19 norms.

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As Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) election gathers steam, with filing of the nominations ending Friday for the December 1 poll, political parties are busy setting the poll agenda in their favour. Issues revolving around the ravaging pandemic and recent urban floods have found a place, along with the evergreen promises of development, investments, urban infrastructure, law and order, and welfare schemes. On the other hand, citizens too are doing their bit to remind their elected representatives about the promises they failed to fulfill.

READ | GHMC polls: Citizens remind parties of unkept promises

In one such development, the Hyderabad School Parents Association (HSPA) is mulling to boycott the polls over the government’s apathy towards school education. HSPA’s vice-president Seema Agarwal asked why should lakhs of parents in the city cast their votes if their children’s education, the menace of exorbitant school fees, and ambiguous online classes are no one else’s concern. She reiterated that a district fee regulatory committee ( DFRC) has not become a reality despite years of parents’ struggle.

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)

Chennai Hyderabad Coronavirus November 18, 19 Highlights