TN corona cases on rise, but 2nd patient tests negative, CM asks Rs 4,000 cr from Centre

Tamil Nadu is witnessing more coronavirus cases. In a late night tweet, Health Minister Dr C Vijayabaskar said, “3 new  positive cases of #covid19 in TN. 18 Y M contact of 2nd Pt  at #RGGH. 63 Y M Dubai return at #Walajah GH. 66 Y M contact of  Thai nationals at #IRTT, Perundurai. Pts are in isolation &  stable.”

But there is some solace too. He said, “TN’s second positive case for corona who traveled from Delhi &  undergoing treatment in #RGGH is recovering well. He is declared corona negative after two subsequent mandatory tests. He will be discharged in 2 days.”

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to support the state government with a special assistance of Rs 4,000 crore for coronavirus relief measures.

In a letter to Modi, he said keeping in view the urgency of the tasks on hand to meet the challenges of tackling the COVID 19 pandemic and to support the state government financially, as it takes massive preventiveoperations and relieve the considerable hardship placedon the poor, he requested him to urgently consider his request for special assistance of Rs 4,000 crore and
related financial relief measures expeditiously.

Of the Rs 4,000 crore, he sought Rs 3,000 crores for the augmentation and strengthening of the health infrastructure and for essential equipment, medicines and for preventive public health measures at this crucial juncture as the state has to prepare for a significantly higher case load in the coming weeks and months, besides Rs 500 crore each towards MGNREGA wages and relief package for unorganised sector workers to help them overcome their immediate hardship.

Vijayabaskar said 2,09,276 passengers were screened so far and 15,492 were under follow up. As many as 211 people were admitted in various hospitals while samples of 890 people were tested of which 757 turned negative while 23 positive for COVID-19.

Tamil Nadu reported its first coronavirus case on March 7 when a 45-year old engineer from Kancheepuram who has now been discharged after treatment at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai, tested positive.

Vijayabaskar said 2,09,276 passengers were screened so far and 15,492 were under follow up.

As many as 211 people were admitted in various hospitals while samples of 890 people were tested of which 757 turned negative while 23 positive for COVID-19.

Tamil Nadu reported its first coronavirus case on March 7 when a 45-year old engineer from Kancheepuram who has now been discharged after treatment at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai, tested positive.