For first time, TN’s count crosses 1,500, CM worried

Tamil Nadu continued to record highest number of daily novel coronavirus cases, taking the Covid-19 count beyond 31,000 today, according to state health department.

For the first time, with 1,515 patients testing positive for Covid-19 in last 24 hours, the total number of coronavirus cases in the state has now reached 31,667, the concerned department said. The state witnessed the biggest single-day spike of more than 1,500 cases since the outbreak. The second biggest daily numbers was recorded on Friday when 1,438 new cases emerged.

As many as 86 per cent of Tamil Nadu’s Covid-19 cases have been found to be asymptomatic, and the lockdown and related curbs have helped keep the pandemic under check, chief minister K Palaniswami said on Sunday.

In a statement detailing the various efforts taken to address the Covid-19 situation since February, he also said that the state’s mortality rate was the lowest when compared to even some foreign countries, besides other Indian states. He requested people to come out with masks, that too only if it is necessary.

As the situation in Tamil Nadu remained grim, with 1,515 more Covid-19 cases reported on Sunday, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami assured the people that “health infrastructure has been strengthened and more doctors and nurses have been appointed to tackle the situation”.

In a televised address, the CM said the government has so far allotted Rs 4,333.23 crore to step up the war against coronavirus. The State Covid-19 tally stood at 31,667, as 18 more deaths took the toll to 269. Chennai continued to report the lion’s share of fresh cases, with 1,155 — or 76 per cent — being reported in city aside from one ‘imported’ case, raising its tally to 22,149.

Apart from that, a total of 16,999 patients have been discharged or cured of the highly contagious disease, including 604 such patients discharged today, the state health department added.

Of these, 19,634 patients are males, 12,016 are females and 17 are transgender patients. There are 76 functioning Covid-19 testing facilities in the state so far out of which 32 are private while the rest belong to the government.