TN’s Covid count crosses 14,000; Chennai becomes unstoppable, govt devices action plan

The number of COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu crossed the 14,000-mark after 786 persons tested positive on Friday. The State reported four deaths, taking the toll to 98.

Chennai’s tally climbed to 9,364, with 569 testing positive. As many as 846 persons were discharged. Of the 14,753 cases, 7,128 persons have recovered from COVID-19, taking the recovery rate to 48%. Tamil Nadu now has a total of 7,524 active cases.

Of the new cases reported, 66 patients were returnees from Maharashtra followed by 13 from Delhi and rest from other states. One patient who returned from Philippines was initially tested negative turned positive after exti the state department said.

Apart from that, a total of 7,128 patients have been discharged or cured of the highly contagious disease, including 846 such patients discharged today, the state health department added.

Tamil Nadu’s chief secretary on Friday held a meeting with senior officials on ways to handle the flood of cases expected when the Covid-19 epidemic peaks in the state, at which time public health officials expect at least 10,000 people may require hospitalization in Chennai. No one was willing to predict when it would peak.

With 786 fresh cases on Friday, the state’s tally touched 14,753 cases and the toll reached 98 with four more deaths. Chennai recorded 569 cases as top health, finance, revenue and diasaster management officials brainstormed on increasing hospital beds, care centres, and facility for quarantine in the city in preparation for the peak and a staggered exit from the lockdown.