TN Covid count crosses 40,000 mark, govt not ready to impose lockdown again

Tamil Nadu crossed the 40,000-mark in the number of Covid-19 infections on Friday, with the state reporting a record high of 1,982 cases in a single day and 18 more people succumbing to the virus.

The total number of cases now stood at 40,698 and the deaths took the toll to 367, the health department said in a bulletin.

Tamil Nadu continued to see new high in fresh coronavirus cases on Friday as nearly 2,000 more positive patients were reported in the state in the last 24 hours. The total number of coronavirus cases in the state has now surpassed 40,000-mark.

Meanwhile, putting an end to all the rumours being spread through WhatsApp messages, the state government on Friday in a virtual hearing informed a division bench of the Madras High Court that it has no plans of implementing a total lockdown in Chennai, its surrounding areas or other parts of the state.

Additional advocate general for the state, S R Rajagopal, made the submissions responding to the question raised by a division bench of Justices Vineet Kothari and R Suresh Kumar on Thursday.

Appearing before a Division Bench comprising Justice Vineet Kothari and Justice R Suresh Kumar, Additional Advocate General S R Rajagopal said decisions on lockdown were being taken by the government on the basis of recommendations of a medical expert committee formed to suggest ways and means to control the virus spread.

“As of now Lockdown-5 is going on with some relaxations,” he said, adding, though the number of positive cases was on the rise in Chennai, the state government was taking all steps to quarantine them and their family members.