Chennai Hyderabad News Highlights: 19 UK returnees, 16 of their contacts test positive in TN – The Indian Express

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Chennai reported 286 positive cases on Tuesday, bringing the city’s total to 2,24,958. (Representational)

Tamil Nadu recorded 957 positive cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the state tally to 8,16,132. Among these, Chennai reported 286 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,24,958. The state recorded 12 deaths on Tuesday, putting the state toll at 12,092. Eleven of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 1065 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,95,293.

Till date, 19 passengers who had returned from UK have tested positive for COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu. A total of 100 contacts of the 19 patients have been tested. So far, 16 have tested positive and 79 contacts have tested negative, while the results of five passengers are awaited.

Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth Tuesday announced that he would not be entering politics owing to his ill health and the pandemic situation. His announcement came two days before he was to reveal details of the launch of his political party. In a three-page statement that he posted on Twitter, the actor expressed regret and said it pained him to make such an announcement after having said he would contest the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections in 2021.

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Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth share a 44-year-old friendship.

Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan termed as “disappointing” his counterpart Rajinikanth’s decision to not take the political plunge but said that his health is very important to him. Addressing a public rally during the third phase of his campaign in Mayiladuthurai, the Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) leader said he would have to talk to Rajinikanth to understand why he dropped his plans to join politics.

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Rajinikanth has announced he would not take the electoral plunge citing health concerns and the pandemic. After widespread speculations about his political debut for over two decades, and his first declaration to enter politics in December 2017, and yet another but concrete statement about his political debut and launching a party earlier this month, Rajinikanth on Tuesday said he has cancelled all his political plans.

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