TN witnesses record Covid-19 cases, Minister says no shortage of beds

Tamil Nadu continued to get record spikes of over 1,000 daily novel coronavirus cases emerging in last 24 hours. On Monday, the State recorded its highest single-day rise in confirmed Covid-19 patients since the outbreak, taking the tally beyond 33,000.

The second biggest daily numbers was recorded on Sunday with 1,515 new cases. With 1,562 fresh cases, the state’s Covid-19 count has now reached 33,229, according to state health department. Of these cases, Chennai recorded 1,149 fresh Covid-19 cases.

Meanwhile, Health minister C Vijayabaskar on Monday refuted reports of shortage of beds in city hospitals. At a press meet at Ripon Buildings, he said any patient could walk up to a government facility and get a bed, adding action would be taken against a retired journalist for ‘spreading rumours’.

“There are 5,000 beds in government hospitals and ESI Ayanavaram. We have full facilities with oxygen and ventilators. Apart from this, 17,500 beds are available in Covid care centres,” Vijayabasakar said.

After almost two-and-a-half months, restaurants in Tamil Nadu reopened for customers Monday. As per the SOP issued by the government, 50 per cent of total capacity is permitted in the dining area. Hotels have ensured online payment options, thermal screening and hand sanitisers. Since air conditioners are not allowed, restaurants have placed pedestal fans and opted for more open ventilation.

Customers without masks are not allowed inside, while workers have been instructed to wear gloves and take orders at an arm’s distance from the customer.

There are currently 15,413 active cases in Tamil Nadu. Apart from that, a total of 17,527 patients have been discharged or cured of the highly contagious disease, including 528 such patients discharged today, the state health department said.