Tamil Nadu today reported 54 new coronavirus cases and two deaths due to Covid -19. With this, the total number of persons affected by the pandemic in the State stands at 1,683.
The death toll stands at 20. While 65,977 persons have been tested so far, 752 have recovered from the illness and returned home, according to figures released by the State government Thursday evening.
A 70-year-old man died of COVID-19 at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital. Hospital authorities said he had diabetes, hypertension and chronic kidney disease. He was on dialysis. He tested positive for COVID-19 three days ago.
The other death was of a 56-year-old woman, admitted to Apollo Hospitals. She had tested positive on April 4. With this, the State has reported a total of 20 deaths due to COVID-19.
Meanwhile, turning to indigenous medicine as part of its efforts to check the spread of coronavirus, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday launched Aarogyam scheme by distributing Kapasura Kudineer.
However, the scheme comes with a rider that this Kudineer is not a medicine for Corona infection but given to boost immunity.
Of the 54 fresh cases, Chennai reported a maximum of 27 cases, followed by Salem (5), Namakkal (4), Dindugul, Virudhunagar (3 each), Madurai (2), Dharmapuri, Chengalpattu, Pudukottai, Tenkasi, Thanjavur, Tirunelveli, Tirupattur, Tiruppur, Tiruvarur and Villupuram (one each).
Dharmapuri district reported the first case, with one person testing positive. With this corona cases have been reported in 37 of the 38 districts in the state–Krishnagiri being the sole exception, where no case was reported till date.