33 more cases in Tamil Nadu, CM hikes solatium for govt staff from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 50 lakh

Tamil Nadu reported 33 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, taking the total number of cases to 1,629 (including three who died — two who were counted in other States and one person who tested negative after death). The day also saw 27 patients being discharged from hospitals.

According to the figures released by the State government last evening, a total number of 59,023 persons have been tested so far and 662 patients have been discharged after recovery.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today had a video conference with doctors at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital and Coimbatore Government Hospital and assured them all support. He also interacted with coronavirus patients.

The majority of cases were contacts of COVID-19 patients. Only three patients — one woman in Dindigul and two men in Madurai — were primary cases, and an investigation is on to trace their source of infection.

A total of 27 people were discharged on Wednesday as those returned home after treatment went up to 662 which was about 40.63 per cent of the total positive cases reported. in the State.

Till now 59,023 samples, including 5,978 today have been taken and sent for testing of which 1,629 persons, including 33 today, have tested positive, while 49,506 samples tested negative.

Palaniswami on Wednesday announced an increase in the solatium for front-line staff if they died fighting COVID-19, from the existing ₹10 lakh to ₹50 lakh.

Palaniswami said in a statement that a family member of the deceased would also be given a government job based on qualifications. The solatium was applicable to health, police and local administration departments, whose workers are involved in the fight against COVID-19 on a war-footing, he said.