While the helpline’s command centre works out of the BDA Complex in HSR Layout, a team of six volunteers work in different shifts to reach residences of people seeking tests done at home. (PTI)
Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News September 4, 5 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 5976 positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 4,51,827. Among these, Chennai reported 992 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,39,720.
Tamil Nadu recorded 79 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 7687. 71 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.
As of Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 51,633. Till date, 2,72,739 males, 1,79,059 females and 29 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, 49,62,357 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 81,588 samples having been sent yesterday.
The state discharged 6334 patients following treatment Friday, putting the total number of recoveries at 3,92,507.
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Veeralakshmi said while her family was a bit hesitant about her profession initially, later they understood that this was what she wanted to do.
The Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has issued a set of guidelines for passengers ahead of resuming operations on September 7. The guidelines are in compliance with the Unlock 4 order issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
According to the guidelines, train services will be operational from 8 am to 8 pm. The Blue Line which connects Airport Metro and Washermanpet Metro Station will commence from September 7 while the Green Line, which connects St Thomas Mount and Puratchi Thalaivar Dr M G Ramachandran Central Metro, will start functioning from September 9.
Face masks are compulsory at all times in all CMRL premises. CMRL said face mask and shield, gloves, and medical PPE, etc, will be arranged for frontline passenger handling staff. The passengers will be subjected to thermal screening at the entry-level. Symptomatic passengers or those having high temperature will not be allowed to use metro train services. Social sticker markings to be placed at all passenger moving/waiting areas at station premises.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami Monday flagged off 118 new ambulances to strengthen the state’s emergency services amid the coronavirus pandemic. Driving one of ambulances in the fleet was 30-year-old Veeralakshmi, who also became the first woman ambulance pilot in the state.
Veeralakshmi got the job after serving as a call taxi driver for three years in Chennai. Hailing from Bodinayakanur in Theni, Veeralakshmi had completed her diploma in automobile engineering. After marriage, she moved to Chennai with her husband who had been serving as a taxi-driver for more than 10 years.
A mother of two, Veeralakshmi said after watching the entire country battling against the COVID-19 pandemic, she wanted to help the people. This prompted her to take up the job.
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