With TN’s corona count nearing 14,000, govt launches new plan

Tamil Nadu on Thursday recorded 776 cases of COVID-19 and seven deaths even as Chennai’s tally continued to mount, with 567 persons testing positive for the virus. The fresh cases took the State’s COVID-19 case load to 13,967.

The new patients included 297 women. The influx of people from abroad and other States continued to pose a challenge for the State government, with 87 of them testing positive on Thursday, said Health Minister C. Vijayabaskar.

The state recorded 776 cases of coronavirus, and the infected included those who had returned from other countries including the US and states like Maharashtra, according to a Health Department bulletin.

As many as seven deaths took the death toll to 94, while the overall positive cases touched 13,967. According to the bulletin, 400 people were discharged, even as 6,282 individuals have been cured of the illness so far.

State Health minister along with corporation officials launched an intensive ‘micro-plan’ to control and contain the virus infection in 34 most affected wards spread over three municipal zones in Chennai.

Vijayabaskar met with the Dean and Covid-19 task force team at the Government Stanley Medical College hospital and assessed the current situation. “Discussed the testing protocols and the comprehensive treatment plans,” he tweeted later.