Tamil Nadu’s Covid-19 cases has now breached the grim milestone of 48,000 cases after over 1,500 more patients tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours.
Along with that, the state recorded its deadliest day so far after a record 49 fatalities were reported since Monday, pushing the death toll to 528.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu government is yet to decide on Billroth Hospital’s plea to use its four floors for treatment of Covid-19 patients. The Supreme Court had agreed to the hospital’s plea on May 27, and gave permission to allocate the four floors for providing additional beds to Covid-19 patients. It was said that the hospital will provide at least 150 beds for such patients.
Though the hospital had urged the court to defer the demolition until the consideration of an application to regularise buildings constructed before July 2007, the HC had termed it as a desperate bid to somehow protract the eventual demolition of the unauthorised construction.
Tamil Nadu government has decided to put the state’s capital Chennai and some other regions, such as Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpattu, under complete lockdown.
The new lockdown for Chennai and the aforementioned districts will start from 19 June and stay in place till the end of the month, i.e. 30 June. And from what we have learned so far, this lockdown will be strict and no relaxations will be allowed even on the two Sundays during the aforementioned period.
There are 79 functioning Covid-19 testing facilities in the state so far out of which 34 are private while the rest belong to the government. According to the state government, a total of 19,242 samples were tested, taking to total over 7.4 lakh till date.