Good news: Covid-19 numbers falling in Tamil Nadu

With Tamil Nadu on Thursday reporting 5,528 new Covid-19 cases and 64 deaths, Health Minister Dr C Vijayabaskar has said the numbers are going down in the State.

“We are now slowly reducing the infection rate in the state. The positivity rate is below 10% in most parts of the state barring districts like Cuddalore. But to maintain a low infection rate, people must follow pandemic rules – masks, social distancing and hand hygiene,” he said.

He said the state had added 400 more Covid-19 beds to the 800-bed facility in Stanley Medical College Hospital. “All the new beds are oxygen beds. It will help people in Chennai region,” he said.

The total number of coronavirus cases in the state rose to 4,86,052 including 4,29,416 discharges and 8,154 deaths. The active cases stand at 48,482, the health department added.

Tamil Nadu is among the five states that account for nearly 70 percent of deaths due to COVID-19 in the country, Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

Of the fresh cases, Chennai logged 991, Coimbatore 440, Salem 300, Tiruvallur 296, Chengelpet 279, Cuddalore 263 and the remainder was scattered across Tamil Nadu.Out of the over 4.86 lakh cases, Chennai accounted for 1,45,606.

The Minister said as per the ICMR guidelines, the TPR should ideally be below 10 per cent and by and large Tamil Nadu conformed to the specification.

However, in Krishnagiri and Cuddalore districts, the TPR was little over the threshold and steps were being taken to bring it down soon, he said.