Highest ever spike of over 4,000 Covid cases shocks TN

After reporting 3,000-plus Covid-19 cases daily for the past week, Tamil Nadu, for the first time, recorded over 4,000 cases on Thursday. A total of 4,343 persons tested positive for COVID-19, taking the State’s tally to 98,392.

Noting that the State’s recovery rate was 57 per cent, Health Minister C Vijayabaskar said that a total of 56,021 persons had been discharged after treatment till now. This included 3,095 persons discharged on Thursday.

The death toll also rose to 1,321 after 57 more virus-related fatalities were reported in the state in the last 24 hours, it said.

Of the new cases reported, six passengers who arrived in Tamil Nadu from abroad tested positive in the state. In addition to them, 67 passengers who arrived from other Indian states by rail, road or air, tested positive in the state as well. Most of these returnees were from Karnataka (35).

The number of cases continued to stay high in Madurai. The district recorded 273 cases, taking its tally to 3,133. Eight other districts — Chengalpattu, Kallakurichi, Kancheepuram, Ramanathapuram, Ranipet, Tiruvallur, Tiruvannamalai and Vellore — saw over 100 cases each.

The Minister said that 75,000 beds were ready across the State, while Chennai alone has 17,500 beds. Government medical college hospitals had 5,000 beds and their capacity was being increased. He added that 93% of testing kits were purchased through State funds.

Of the new cases reported, six passengers who arrived in Tamil Nadu from abroad tested positive in the state. In addition to them, 67 passengers who arrived from other Indian states by rail, road or air, tested positive in the state as well. Most of these returnees were from Karnataka (35).