Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News Live Updates: As of Sunday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 1,20,444.

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News Live Updates: Tamil Nadu recorded 20,768 positive cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the state tally to 12,07,112. Among these, Chennai reported 6078 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 3,45,966. The state recorded 153 deaths on Sunday, putting the state toll at 14,346. 113 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 17,576 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 10,72,322.

Staving off a strong challenge from incumbent AIADMK, the alliance led by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Sunday won or has leads in 157 seats out of 234, paving the way for the DMK’s return to power after a gap of 10 years. At the time of going to press, the DMK had won or was leading in 133 seats (up from the 89 seats it won in 2016); the Congress in 16 of the 25 seats it contested; Dalit Party VCK in four seats; and the CPM and the CPI in two seats each.

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After 10 years in opposition, the DMK couldn’t afford another defeat in this election. That it won eventually is due to a number of factors.

The last time the DMK was in opposition for so long was in the 1980s, for almost a decade, when AIADMK founder A G Ramachandran was in power until his death in 1987. After the DMK’s defeat in 2011, Stalin led the party’s campaign and was its key strategist in the 2016 polls. He erred by choosing to contest alone, a decision that led to the formation of a third front led by Left parties which eventually split the anti-government votes.

The 2019 Lok Sabha victory was Stalin’s steppingstone in the road to power. Ahead of the 2021 polls, not only Stalin but the entire party appeared confident even though there seemed to be no visible signs of strong anti-incumbency. It was the 10-years stunt in opposition that helped the DMK to win votes, especially when the AIADMK lacked a charismatic leader to match the stature of the late J Jayalalithaa.

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Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, the swearing in ceremony of the new government led by his party would be simple, DMK president M K Stalin said in Chennai on Sunday.

Stalin, who spoke to reporters after paying floral tributes in the mausoleum of his father and late party patriarch ‘Kalaignar’ M Karunanidhi at the Marina beach said the date of the swearing-in ceremony would be made known soon.

The date and timing of the ceremeony, likely in Raj Bhavan would be simple and it shall be announced Monday night or on Tuesday, he told reporters.

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Tamil Nadu recorded 20,768 positive cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the state tally to 12,07,112. Among these, Chennai reported 6078 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 3,45,966. The state recorded 153 deaths on Sunday, putting the state toll at 14,346. 113 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 17,576 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 10,72,322.

As of Sunday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 1,20,444. Till date, 7,29,150 males, 4,77,924 females and 38 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, 2,29,56,942 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 1,43,083 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 265 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 69 are government and 196 are private facilities.

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Actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam leader Kamal Haasan faced defeat on his poll debut in the Coimbatore South constituency in Tamil Nadu Assembly elections. BJP’s national women’s wing leader Vanathi Srinivasan, who was trailing initially, gained momentum in the second half of the day and managed to beat the Tamil actor by a slender margin of over 1,300 votes.

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The Andhra Pradesh government on Sunday indefinitely postponed Intermediate examinations that were scheduled to be held from May 5. The decision was taken after the AP High Court directed the state government to reconsider its decision to hold exams from May 5 while haring a public interest litigation (PIL) stating that nearly 17 lakh students would be exposed to Covid-19 virus if the exams are conducted.

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