CHENNAI: For the second consecutive day, Tamil Nadu reported over 2,000 new Covid-19 cases. On Sunday, 2,194 people tested positive for coronavirus pushing the tally to 8,79,473.
As per official data, 11 people died of the virus in the last 24 hours. The state’s net toll stands at 12,670, the second highest in the country next to Maharashtra (54,073). The number of active cases crossed the 13,000-mark after 129 days. The state’s active cases (13,070) have risen by 225% in one month.
Cases have been on the rise in Chennai district since the past two weeks. The number of daily positive cases crossed the 800-mark on Sunday, with 833 new cases.
In response, the state health department has increased the bed strength in government healthcare facilities and has urged civic and local bodies to arrange quarantine centres. Of the 4,800-odd Covid beds in Chennai government hospitals,1,300 (27%) have been occupied as of now.
After inspecting facilities at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH) on Sunday, health Secretary J Radhakrishnan said that 600 additional beds have been kept ready at RGGGH, which currently has 319 Covid patients undergoing treatment.
After Chennai, a high incidence of cases was reported in Chengalpet (188 new cases) and Coimbatore (180) districts. These three districts together account for 1.7% of cases in India.
In Thanjavur , yet another cluster was reported at a private agricultural college where 24 people tested positive. Already 20 educational institutions in the district have been penalised and booked for allowing the infection to spread. Thanjavur currently has 108 active cases.
The state administration has increases testing, with 84,927 people being screened for the virus on Sunday.
Though there is fatigue among doctors and officials owing to the extended pandemic, officials said the state machinery is continuing its fight against the virus with the same momentum as earlier.