Central govt says Chennai is still hotspot, urges TN to increase testing

After holding a detailed telecon with Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar over the COVID-19 situation, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that Chennai continues to remain a hotspot and the mortality rate is low at 1.39 per cent.

The Central Minister tweeted: “Had detailed telecon with Tamil Nadu Health Minister Vijayabaskar on COVID-19 situation. Total positive cases stand around 1,26,581, including 46,655 active cases and 1,765 deaths. Chennai still a hotspot, although the situation has improved. Mortality rate low at 1.39 per cent”.

He added: “Tamil Nadu focuses on lowering death rate through early diagnosis. Deployed 350 mobile fever clinics on wheels and screening 35-40,000 persons daily in Chennai Advised increased testing and other containment strategies. Rural areas with sudden spurt remains a point of concern.”

The Minister, during his telephonic conversation with his Tamil Nadu counterpart C Vijaya Baskar, also assured any necessary support from the Central government.

Vijaya Baskar said the Union Minister has appreciated the aggressive testing strategy and prevention measures taken up by the state government.

According to the state health department, the total number of those affected by the contagion stood at 1,30,261 as of Friday while the number of fatalities due to virus was at 1,829 till date.