Tamil Nadu records 5,791 new Covid-19 cases, hospital ceiling caves in on corona patient

Tamil Nadu reported 5,791 new COVID-19 cases and 80 deaths on Sunday, taking the tally to 5,80,808 and toll to 9,313 on Sunday.

The number of new cases reported from Chennai continues to rise, with the city reporting 1,280 fresh cases compared to the 1,187 cases reported on Saturday. The number of active cases in the city has once again crossed the 10,000-mark, now standing at 10,656 and also reported 19 deaths. As many as 936 people were discharged on the day.

A 41-year-old COVID patient, who was getting treatment at Karaikal Government General Hospital, suffered minor injury on his head after pieces of the ceiling fell on him around 8 am on Sunday. There are about 40 patients along with him in the isolation ward in the old building.

“I was fast asleep when pieces of the ceiling fell on me. I was shocked and so were everyone in the room. On knowing this, few nurses rushed to attend me, “said V Ganeshbabu (41), who has been getting treatment for the last two days.

With a spike in COVID-19 cases in at least 15 districts in Tamil Nadu, state Chief Secretary K Shanmugam Saturday directed Collectors to ascertain the reasons for the increase in the pandemic in recent times. He directed them to also take appropriate measures to reduce the fatalities. Active cases have been on the decline for the past several days.

Taking note of the increase in cases in the districts that have suddenly emerged as hot spots, Shanmugam said, “The Collectors should find out the reason behind the increase in the number of coronavirus cases and also take necessary action to reduce the number of deaths.”