As TN’s Covid count crosses 4 lakh, Centre closely monitors situation

Tamil Nadu reached a grim milestone 173 days after its first Covid-19 case – the case tally reached four lakh and the death toll inched towards 7,000.

The State on Thursday registered 5,981 new Covid-1 9 cases, taking the total number of persons tested positive for coronavirus infection in the State so far to 4,03,242.

According to the daily bulletin released by the State Health department the capital city of Chennai registered 1,286 cases in the last 24 hours. With this, the total number of persons affected by the pandemic in the metropolis has reached 1,30,564.

The Centre on Thursday reviewed the COVID-19 management and response strategy in nine states and one UT which contributed to 89 per cent of deaths due to the infection in the last two weeks, an official statement said.

In a review meeting by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, these states and the union territory were asked to continue with rigorous vigil so as to contain the spread of infection as well as take steps to reduce fatalities.

The states and Union Territories where the Covid-19 deaths are high include Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Gujarat, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir.

In the meeting chaired by the Union cabinet secretary, in which top administrative officials from 10 states took part, detailed discussions were held on the districts reporting high case fatality and the need to refine strategies related to testing, contact tracing, surveillance, containment, clinical management of patients and home isolation among others.