TN’s Covid-19 count crosses 2 lakh

Tamil Nadu’s Covid-19 cases crossed two lakh mark today and an official announcement in this regard is to be made later this evening.

Health Minister C Vijayabaskar and Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan inspected oxygen tank construction work at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital campus. The oxygen will be supplied through pipelines to COVID-19 patients with lung infection as required.

Tamil Nadu added 6785 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours taking the total number of Covid-19 cases in the state to 1,99,749. However, 63,182 persons were tested in the last 24 hours, which is the highest so far.

While 6,504 patients were cured and discharged, 88 patients succumbed to the disease.

Of the total number of new cases, Chennai alone accounted for 1,299, followed by Chengalpet and Virudhunagar districts which reported over 400 cases.

According to the media bulletin issued by the Directorate of Public Health, the state tested a whopping 65,150 samples and 63,182 persons on the day. Also, nearly as many patients were discharged — 6,504 — as new cases reported on the day. Among the deceased, six did not have comorbid conditions.

The toll also continued to rise as 88 more deaths were reported in the State, of which 22 individuals died in private hospitals and 66 deaths were reported in government hospitals.

Of the total, 82 deceased had underlying co-morbid conditions, while six of them succumbed to the virus after developing respiratory issues and COVID-19 pneumonia. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 in the State has reached 3,320.