With TN’s Covid count crossing 34,000,  hotspot Chennai becomes a huge challenge

Tamil Nadu witnessed new high in the number of daily novel coronavirus cases with the state recording the highest single-day spike of 1,685 confirmed Covid-19 patients in the last 24 hours, according to health officials. The second biggest daily numbers was recorded on Sunday with 1,562 new cases.

With this number, the state’s total number of coronavirus cases has now crossed 34,000-mark to reach 34,914 since the outbreak. Along with that, the death toll also rose to 307 after 21 more fatalities were reported in the state in last 24 hours,.

The total number of persons testing positive for Covid-19 in the State till date consequently took another big leap to 34,914 cases, with Chennai alone accounting for 1,242 fresh cases in a dizzy northward ascent.  This is followed by a sizzling high of 158 cases in Chengalpattu, 90 in Thiruvallur and 32 in Kancheepuram, making these four districts a corona hotbed.

Sensing the urgency of the situation, Health Minister, Dr C Vijayabaskar, accompanied by the Health Secretary Dr Beela Rajesh and other officials, clinched a 500-beds Covid hospital facility at the King Institute in Guindy, for treating Covid-19 patients, especially geriatric patients with co-morbidities. It has all facilities including ICU and oxygen pipelines, he said.

A total of 18,325 patients have been discharged or cured of the highly contagious disease, including 798 such patients discharged today, the state health department added. Of these, 21,666 patients are males, 13,231 are females and 17 are transgender patients.

Chennai alone will be getting 4,900 additional beds and people need not panic, the Minister once again urged as he sought their full cooperation with the government. The Government has also recruited more doctors and para-medics, besides calling for more volunteers to fight Covid-19, he said.