As Tamil Nadu reported more than 1,000 new Covid-19 cases for the second consecutive day, the state government on Monday opened up more spaces for treatment and quarantine facilities to deal with the surging number of coronavirus infections in its capital city.
On Monday, 1,162 new cases were added to the states tally, taking the total number of cases to 23,495. Eleven deaths pushed the toll to 184 cases. On Sunday, the state reported 1,149 cases.
Speaking to reporters at Stanley Hospital, Health Minister C Vijayabhaskar said that apart from major hospitals, number of beds are being scaled up in second and third tier hospitals like Urban Primary Health Centres.
“On Monday, 400 beds with individual partition and oxygen supply were added to the old block of Stanley Hospital. This is in addition to the existing 500. We are also increasing man power and have encouraged retired officials to participate in treating patients,” he said.
Screening people coming into the State remains a challenge. “We have increased testing booths at government hospitals to avoid overcrowding,” Vijayabhaskar said.
As many as 11 people succumbed to the infection bringing the tally of those who have died to 184 on Monday, 413 patients were discharged taking the total recoveries in the State to 13,170.
Chennai continued to be the worst affected district, recording a total of 967 of the 1162 cases. This brings the total tally in the state capital to 15,770. This has left health experts and people worried.