Number of Covid-19 cases, toll on rise in Tamil Nadu

The number of Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu reached 4,058 on Tuesday with 508 more patients testing positive. Chennai’s Covid-19 cases reached 2,008 with the addition of 279 new patients.

Two people — a 56-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman — died in Chennai’s Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital on Monday taking the death toll to 33.

Of the total cases reported so far in Tamil Nadu, approximately 950 are linked to the Koyambedu hotspot, authorities said and those who tested positive today too were contacts.

A day after the government said state-run liquor outlets will be opened on May 7, Chennai Corporation, on its twitter handle said shops in the state capital areas that fall under the jurisdiction of city police will not resume operations.

The state government has also set up mobile testing centres to help people get tested for Covid-19 in the very areas they live in. “The number of people getting discharged is increasing on a daily basis because of the efforts taken by the government and health department,” the CM said. As of May 5, 1,485 patients have recovered from the infection in Tamil Nadu.

Talking about migrant labourers, he said steps are being taken to send them home. “A portal to register the details has been created. Ten teams have been formed to carry out enumeration of those who want to go back. They will be sent back within a week,” Palaniswami said.