TN records highest toll, gyms to reopen from August 10

Tamil Nadu on Wednesday reported 112 deaths due to the Covid-19 disease, the highest number of fatalities that the state has logged in a single-day till date, taking the death toll to 4,461.

The southern state is the second worst-hit in the country after Maharashtra, by the Covid-19 pandemic, with capital city Chennai recording the maximum number of patients.

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government has announced that private gyms across the state can reopen from August 10 for those people who are below 50 years of age. A statement containing the SOP to be followed will be issued to all gyms.

An official release stated that a Standard Operating Procedure would be issued in this regard and the conditions were to be strictly followed by private gyms.

The State government’s decision followed representations from the Tamil Nadu Gym Owners and Trainers Welfare Association and several gym owners, who requested the Chief Minister to allow gyms to open.

Twenty doctors in Tamil Nadu have succumbed to the coronavirus since March, as per data collected by the state unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA).
Among the deceased doctors, most of them were general medical practitioners from Chennai, Madurai and other southern districts. The number of deaths was lower in the western districts of the state.

Currently, the state has 54,184 active cases of coronavirus, a government health bulletin said. Among the fresh cases, Chennai reported 1,044 patients and three nearby districts of Chengelpet, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram together logged 1,301 cases crossing the state capital’s count.