Chennai Hyderabad Coronavirus News December 16, 17 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 1181 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 8,02,342. Among these, Chennai reported 344 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,20,903. The state recorded 12 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 11,931. Ten of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 1240 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,80,531.
As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 9880. Till date, 4,84,828 males, 3,17,480 females and 34 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, 1,31,59,822 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 73,015 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 232 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 67 are government and 165 are private facilities.
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Some early visitors at Marina beach on Tuesday. (Express photo)
After a gap of more than eight months, Tamil Nadu’s tourist spots, including Chennai’s iconic Marina beach, reopened to the public on Monday. The once buzzing Marina sprang back to life, with walkers and fitness enthusiasts thronging the seafront since the morning. The Chennai Corporation, following Supreme Court orders, has implemented various measures, such as setting up dustbins around the beach, deploying more sanitary workers, and cleaning up the drinking water area and the public toilets near it.
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Officials, however, said they can keep the seafront “100 per cent clean” only with the public’s co-operation. Patrol vehicles and policemen mounted on horses have also been stationed. The reopening of Marina has come as a big relief for the hawkers and vendors who made their living at the beach. They say it will take at least two-three months for big crowds to return to the seashore.
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Even as uncertainty induced by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic looms large over Hyderabad’s most-awaited annual extravaganza, Numaish, the organisers of the Nizam-era exhibition are hopeful of having an uninterrupted show, although a bit delayed or shortened in duration.
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This year, however, the novel coronavirus continues to pose a threat to the 81st edition of Numaish. The state health department has repeatedly warned the public of a possible second wave of the viral infection, especially taking into account the dropping temperatures, festivals, and family gatherings.
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