The number of coronavirus cases in Tamil Nadu reached 19,372 on Thursday, after 827 more people tested positive. Chennai alone accounted for 559 of these 827 new patients.
Four among these 827 new cases are passengers who returned from other states by domestic airport, one from Delhi, one from Karnataka and two from Haryana. The 827 fresh coronavirus cases also include 94 people who travelled from other states, 74 from Maharashtra and 20 from Karnataka.
Health Minister Dr C Vijayabaskar said that the State had been maintaining a mortality rate of 0.7%. “In some cases, private hospitals are referring patients to government hospitals at the last minute at night.
We are unable to save them in half an hour. Early diagnosis is our strategy. We have issued strict protocols to private hospitals and have asked them to adhere to them,” he said. Apart from Chennai, there were 45 new cases in Chengalpattu, 38 in Tiruvallur, 19 in Kancheepuram and 16 in Tiruvannamalai.
Five passengers, who flew by a private airliner from Chennai to Salem in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, have tested positive for coronavirus, officials said. Fifty-one people have been quarantined as a result, they said, just days after India resumed limited domestic air travel after a two-month shutdown triggered by COVID-19.
Among the five are a couple who had come for the funeral of a relative. They are being treated at the Government Medical College Hospital in the city, a senior health department official said.
Meanwhile, to discuss the prevailing Covid-19 situation and the extension of the fourth phase of lockdown, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has called for a meeting with District Collectors today.