Covid-19 crosses more milestones in TN, can Siddha cure virus?

The Covid-19 tally in Tamil Nadu crossed the three lakh-mark on Monday to reach 3,02,815, with 5,914 fresh cases. The state reported 114 deaths, and the cumulative death toll crossed the 5,000-mark to reach 5,041.

The state took just 16 days to reach the three lakh mark compared to the 22 days it had taken for the two lakh milestone on July 25. The one lakh tally was recorded on July 3.

The 6,037 recoveries on Monday eclipsed the fresh infections and cumulatively 2,44,675 people have got cured so far and only 53,099 were the active cases.

Chennai, the epidemic hotspot in the state, reported 976 cases and 25 deaths. Its three neighbours — Chengalpet (483), Tiruvallur (399), Kancheepuram (310) — together clocked 1,192 cases and 12 deaths.

Other districts in the north to report fresh cases in three digits were Cuddalore (287), Vellore (189), Ranipet (184), Tiruvannamalai (154). While Kallakuruchi reported 85 cases, Tirupattur had 84 and Villupuram reported 89. The northern districts together had 29,039 cases still under treatment.

Meanwhile, the traditional Siddha system of medicine has come in more than handy in the treatment of COVID-19 patients in Tamil Nadu with nearly 6,000 people being cured of the contagion in dedicated facilities across the state, reports said, quoting official sources said.

Siddha treatment has helped to successfully treat 5,725 patients at 11 exclusive Siddha COVID-19 Care Centres (CCC) in Tamil Nadu, including two in the metro, till August 7, they added.