Unprecedented 6,472 Covid-19 cases in TN in 1 day,  84 Raj Bhavan staff test positive

The number of fresh Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu surged to a highest-ever 6,472 cases on Thursday, which also saw 88 deaths taking the cumulative toll to 3,232.

The total number of cases in Tamil Nadu has reached 1,92,964, according to the state health department. Of the total cases, 52,939 are active cases while the death toll has surged to 3,232 after 88 more virus-related fatalities were reported since Wednesday, it said.

With the state permitting pooled testing (RT-PCR) in 21 districts, the number of people tested increased to 60,375 on Thursday compared to 58,475 on Wednesday and 50,055 on Tuesday.

The state has been seeing a significant increase in the number of recoveries. The total number of recoveries in a single day stood at 5210, and the cumulative figure of those cured is 1,36,793, according to a department bulletin.

“Our cure rate has been very good. At least seven out of ten people recover in about two weeks,” said health secretary J Radhakrishnan. In the last three days, 15,085 people have been discharged. “We still have one of the lowest mortality rates in the country,” he said.

A total of 84 people have tested positive for COVID-19 at Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the Governor of Tamil Nadu. 84 out of 147 people working in Raj Bhavan, including four police officers and firefighters have been affected by the virus.

They have been quarantined by the health department, while Raj Bhavan has been disinfected by employees from the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).
A release from Raj Bhavan stated that none of the affected individuals had come in contact with the Governor or other senior officials.