Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary denies scrapping of e-pass, but promises relaxations

Tamil Nadu added 119 deaths and 5,871 fresh Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, which took the cumulative toll to 5,278 and the case tally to 3,14,520. There were 52,929 people under treatment compared to 52,810 on Tuesday.

This has come on a day when Chief Secretary K Shanmugam said there is no plan to scrap e-pass system, but more relaxations would be introduced.

Death rates continue to remain high — in Madurai it was 2.5%, in Chennai 2.1% and in Coimbatore 2%. While most cases and deaths continue to be reported from the northern districts followed by the 10 southern districts, cases were rising steadily in the western zone. Of the casualties, four people were ‘brought dead’ and a dozen of them had no comorbidities.

Active cases stood at 52,929 with 5,633 discharges from various health care facilities and in total 2,56,313 have recovered, a health department bulletin said.

A total number of 71,575 samples were tested cumulatively taking the tally to 34,32,025 till date.

Of the new infections, Chennai reported 993 cases while neighbouring Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Chengalpet collectively contributed to 1,217 new cases.

The 10 southern districts reported 1,446 cases and 34 deaths. Virudhunagar recorded 292 cases followed by Theni (282), Madurai (169), Tuticorin (157) Tirunelveli (137), Kanyakumari (117), Tenkasi (99) and Sivaganga (92). Tirunelveli reported nine deaths, Madurai six and Dindigul five. There were 13,194 active cases in the districts.

The central districts reported fewer cases and deaths compared to west Tamil Nadu. While there were 544 cases in the central zone, the western region reported 715 cases. Coimbatore reported 294 cases, Salem 217, Pudukkottai 147 and Trichy 135.