Covid-19 count inches towards 60,000 in TN

Tamil Nadu reported its highest single-day spike in novel coronavirus cases on Sunday after over 2,500 patients tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours. With this, the total number of Covid-19 cases in the state is now inching towards 60,000 since the outbreak.

The southern state reported its highest single-day spike of 2,532 coronavirus cases, according to the state health department. With this, the total count of virus cases in Tamil Nadu stands at 59,377. The state now has 25,863 active cases.

The highest ever spike in cases too was reported on Sunday as 53 people succumbed to the virus making the death toll climbed to 757. A total of 32,754 patients have been discharged so far with 1,438 recovering on Sunday, the bulletin added.

Sunday also marks the first of the “Sunday shutdown” where only hospitals and allied health services would be permitted to function. This is part of the larger ‘complete lockdown’ that the State government is implementing in four districts that are badly affected in the State.

The state has tested only 31,401 samples on Sunday compared to 32,186 on Saturday. While the infection rate is increasing, the number of infections among the elderly, children and those with co-morbid conditions is also on the rise. As per the media bulletin released by the state health department, a total of 2,934 children under the age group of 12 are infected.

Of the new cases reported, five patients who arrived in Tamil Nadu from abroad tested positive in the state. In addition to them, as many as 47 passengers who arrived from other Indian states tested positive in the state as well. The majority of these returnees were from Kerala (16), according to today’s bulletin.

Giving details of the number of recovered Covid-19 patients, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Saturday said that 54 per cent of the Covid-19 patients have been cured so far.