TN reports highest ever Covid-19 cases, Chennai shocks all

With Chennai remaining Tamil Nadu’s Covid-19 epicentre, registering 176 of the 203 fresh cases on Friday, the State government chose to pay focused attention to the capital city.

It has appointed senior IAS officer J. Radhakrishnan as Special Nodal Officer to coordinate issues relating to the pandemic. Five senior IPS officers will support him. With the 176 fresh cases, the city’s tally of Covid-19 cases surpassed the 1,000-mark.

The Tamil Nadu government has come up with colour-coded movement passes that will allow inter-district, intra-district and inter-state movement of people. The e-passes will be colour-coded so that it is easier to identify the kind of travel a pass-holder is going carry out.

The state government has launched an online portal to help people apply for these e-passes that will help in inter-district, intradistrict movement of people and will also help people to move to other states.

Talking to reporters, Health Minister Dr C Vijayabaskar said the toll rose to 28 with the death of a 98-year-old man, who tested positive, at 1020 hrs at the Omandurar Multi Super Speciality Hospital here, even as the total number of positive cases in the State mounted to 2,526.

A total of 203 people tested positive today–the highest thus far ever since the first case was reported in early March.

Apart from Chennai, where the COVID graph reached unprecedented levels (a staggering 512 cases in the last four days), the tally crossed the 1,000-mark at 1,082 cases, with 203 new cases today that included 117 men and 86 women.