TN reports fresh high in Covid-19 cases, Ministers appointed to take care of Chennai

Tamil Nadu reported the highest ever single-day spike, on Friday with 1,438 cases, taking the total tally of cases to 28,694 the media bulletin confirmed.

This comes as the government nominated five ministers on Friday to oversee Covid-19 related works undertaken by Chennai Corporation and field support teams. The Ministers include D Jayakumar, KP Anbalagan, R Kamaraj, RB Udhayakumar and Vijayabaskar who will be monitoring the work in specific zones.

With this staggering number, the state’s total Covid-19 count has now reached 28,694, according to state health minister.

The death toll also rose to 232 after 12 more fatalities were reported in the state in last 24 hours, he added.

Of the new cases reported, 12 patients (5 from Dubai, 6 from Qatar and one from Sri Lanka) who arrived in Tamil Nadu tested positive in the state.

Of the fresh positive cases, Chennai alone accounted for 1,116 with the state capital’s aggregate touching a whopping 19,826.

Continuing with the trend of a new high everyday, Tamil Nadu on the sixth straight day Friday reported 1,000 plus cases and the newly infected include six people from Qatar, five from Dubai and one from Sri Lanka, a health department bulletin said.

As part of intensifying its efforts to control the virus spread, the government nominated Ministers Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar, Higher Education Minister K P Anbalagan, Food and Civil Supplies Minister R Kamaraj, Revenue and Disaster Management Minister R B Udhayakumar and Transport Minister K R Vijayabhaskar to ensure effective and strict containment zone management, focussed testing, contact tracing, isolation and quarantine management to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

Jayakumar will be responsible for zones 3,4 and 5; Anbalagan will oversee activities in zones 13,14 and 15; R. Kamaraj in zones 8,9 and 10; Udhayakumar will be in charge of zones 1,2 and 6 and Vijayabhaskar will oversee zones 7, 11 and 12.

Of the total cases in the State, Chennai and three adjoining districts like Tiruvallur, Kanchipuram and Chengalpattu accounted for more than 75 per cent of the cases.