TN crosses 9,000 Covid toll mark, reports 5,235 fresh cases

Tamil Nadu added 5,325 new Covid-19 cases and 63 deaths on Wednesday. With this, the State’s tally has reached 5,57,999 and toll increased to 9,010.

The State breached yet another grim milestone vis-a-vis Covid-19 on Wednesday with the number of deaths crossing 9,000. But, on the bright side, the total number of people discharged after treatment crossed the five lakh mark in Tamil Nadu with 5,363 more people getting discharged on the day.

Some of the districts that reported a large number of cases include Chengalpattu 297; Coimbatore 587; Cuddalore 183; Dharmapuri 130; Erode 125; Kancheepuram 205; Kanyakumari 117; Namakkal 132; Salem 298; Thanjavur 186; Thiruvallur 218; Thiruvannamalai 126; Thiruppur 247; Trichy 112; Vellore 143 and Villupuram 105, according to the Health Ministry.

The number of infections in Chennai was 980; patients discharged at 1,118; deaths at eight and active cases at 9,868.

According to the media bulletin issued by the Directorate of Public Health, four among the 63 dead didn’t have any comorbidities. One patient was a 58-year-old woman from Chennai, who was admitted to hospital on June 23 with Covid pneumonia of more than 90 per cent lung infection. After 90 days of intensive care treatment, she was discharged on Tuesday.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to step up the Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Package to Rs 3,000 crore to strengthen the health infrastructure during this time of corona pandemic.

Palaniswami also urged Mr Modi to sanction an adhoc grant of Rs 1,000 crore from the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) immediately to fight the pandemic as the SDRMF Fund was fully exhausted by the State.