It will be the second cyclone formed in the Bay of Bengal in 2020 after Super Cyclone Amphan crossed the West Bengal coast in May. (Express file photo: Srinivas K)

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News Live Updates: Tamil Nadu recorded 1655 positive cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the state tally to 7,69,995. Among these, Chennai reported 489 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,12,014.

The state recorded 19 deaths on Sunday, putting the state toll at 11,605. Eighteen of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 2010 patients following treatment, putting the total number of recoveries at 7,45,848.

As of Sunday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 12,542. Till date, 4,65,209 males, 3,04,753 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, 1,12,55,058 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 70,139 samples having been sent yesterday.

Telangana’s fresh COVID-19 cases dropped below 700 after a gap of six days, taking the tally to over 2.64 lakh while the toll touched 1,433 with three more deaths Sunday, the state government said on Monday.

The state recorded 602 cases after testing 24,139 samples with Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) (129) accounting for the most number of the fresh infections followed by Rangareddy 62 and Medchal Malkajgiri 60, a bulletin said.

The active cases stood at 11,227. Cumulatively, nearly 51.58 lakh samples have been tested so far in the state. The samples tested per million population was over 1.38 lakh, the bulletin said. The case fatality rate in the state was 0.54 per cent, while the recovery rate was 95.20 per cent.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah. (File)

Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah on Saturday laid foundation stone for projects worth Rs 67,378 crore on the first day of his two-day visit to Chennai, with the venue of his key official event also witnessing the first official announcement that the AIADMK-BJP alliance is set to continue for the upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly polls. The visit comes days after signs of fissures in the alliance over the BJP’s Vel Yatra.

During the event at Kalaivanar Arangam on Saturday, Deputy CM O Panneerselvam told the audience that the alliance with BJP will continue in the Assembly polls. CM Palaniswami asserted the alliance will win more seats in the 2021 polls. Shah praised the AIADMK government for their performance in tackling the pandemic and said the recovery rate of Tamil Nadu was better than other states.

For 19-Year-old Aishwarya Reddy, the future glittered with possibilities — her civil service dreams, a scholarship to her name, and trips with friends to Old Delhi and the Taj Mahal. Yet, there was a looming spectre, of financial distress, that she feared would snuff out all else.

In her final note, she wrote, “I am a burden for my family. My education is a burden. If I can’t study, I can’t live.” Her family says she had been stressed about a notice from college asking her to vacate her hostel room, and her family not being able to afford a laptop for her to attend online classes.

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 20, 21 Highlights

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