TN records highest single day spike of Covid-19 cases, numbers cross 17,000

Tamil Nadu’s coronavius case count reached 17,082 on Monday after the state reported highest single-day jump in cases with 805 new cases getting reported in the last 24 hours.

Seven more people succumbed to the coronavirus in Tamil Nadu, which witnessed its highest single day spike of 805 cases, taking the infection count in the state to 17,082, Health minister C Vijaya Baskar said. With the new fatalities, the death toll in the state has risen to 118.

The government devised an “intelligent testing strategy” and scaled up its preparedness to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, taking lessons from the 2009 swine flu outbreak that had “exposed glaring gaps” in the country’s diagnosis infrastructure, the ICMR said on Monday

Chennai continued to lead in the number of positive cases with 549 recorded on Monday, the minister told reporters. The number of recoveries also was significant at 407, constituting more than half of the people who turned positive on Monday.

87 of the 805 new patients are passengers from Maharashtra who returned to the southern state. The state’s health department said that till date over 4 lakh people have been tested for the virus. There are 68 functioning Covid-19 testing facilities in the state at the moment.

Meanwhile, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a young man from West Bengal was not allowed to enter Assam to get married. This made the bride’s family to take her to the inter-state border and get the marriage solemnized in an open area adjacent to the police check post.

Health Minister Dr C Vijayabaskar said, ‘with the latest spike, the number of persons affected by the pandemic in Tamilnadu rose from 16,277 to 17,082.’
He said 549 have been tested positive in Chennai alone, taking the numbers in the metropolis to 11,125. With 407 patients getting discharged from hospitals on Monday after recovery, the total number of recovered persons in the State has touched 8,731.