Tamil Nadu

12 deaths, 827 new COVID-19 cases in T.N.

Safety tips: A police officer advises small traders on how to take precaution while handling goods at Flower Bazaar in Chennai on Thursday.

Safety tips: A police officer advises small traders on how to take precaution while handling goods at Flower Bazaar in Chennai on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: S_R_Raghunathan

639 patients were discharged across State in a day after full recovery

Tamil Nadu reported the highest number of deaths due to COVID-19 on Thursday, with 12 fatalities. This took the toll to 145.

The total number of patients discharged stood at 10,548, including the 639 on Thursday, pegging the State’s recovery rate at nearly 55%.

The number of active cases stood at 8,676.

In another single-day spike, the State added 827 cases, taking the tally to 19,372*. Chennai accounted for 559 cases.

With this, the city’s total number of cases climbed to 12,762, and its toll swelled to 106.

Among the 827 new patients were a six-day-old infant in Chennai and a 10-day-old child in Dindigul.

Health Minister C. Vijayabaskar said of the new cases, 117 persons had returned from other States.

“Of the 10,548 persons discharged from hospitals, there were 643 people who had various co-morbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer and tuberculosis.

“Some of them were admitted to the hospital for a maximum of one month and recovered,” he said.

Among those treated and discharged were 1,159 children and 230 mothers and their newborns, he added.

Eleven of the deaths took place in Chennai. Among them was a 36-year-old man, who had pulmonary tuberculosis and tested positive for COVID-19 on May 24. He was admitted to the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH) on May 25 and died on May 27 due to cardiopulmonary arrest, hemoptysis and aspiration pneumonitis.

A 44-year-old man from Tiruvannamalai was admitted to the Chengalpattu Medical College Hospital on May 15. He died on May 26 due to acute coronary syndrome, inferior wall myocardial infarction, first degree block, cardiogenic shock, diabetes and systemic hypertension.

A 54-year-old man with diabetes and systemic hypertension was admitted to a private hospital with complaints of breathing difficulty and fever on May 26. He died on Wednesday due to severe acute respiratory syndrome. A 64-year-old man with diabetes and coronary artery disease was admitted to RGGGH on May 27. A COVID-19 test was done in a private hospital and the sample returned positive for the infection the same day. He died within five hours of admission of cardiopulmonary arrest and acute coronary syndrome.

The Minister said that the State had been maintaining a mortality rate of 0.7%. “In some cases, private hospitals are referring patients to government hospitals at the last minute at night. We are unable to save them in half an hour. Early diagnosis is our strategy. We have issued strict protocols to private hospitals and have asked them to adhere to them,” he said.

Apart from Chennai, there were 45 new cases in Chengalpattu, 38 in Tiruvallur, 19 in Kancheepuram and 16 in Tiruvannamalai. Among the new cases, 74 persons had returned from Maharashtra and 20 from Karnataka. Four persons, who returned from Delhi, Karnataka and Haryana by flights, haved also tested positive for COVID-19.

The Minister added that till now, a total of 1,253 persons, who returned from other States, had tested positive for COVID-19 in T.N. - 936 from Maharashtra, 27 from Gujarat, 26 from Karnataka, 17 from Delhi, 19 from West Bengal, 10 from Kerala and 10 from Rajasthan.

“Today alone, we have tested 12,246 samples. Till now, we have tested a total of 4,55,216 samples. The more we test, more cases are reported. We are transparent in declaring positive cases. There is no need to fear about the numbers, and this should not be politicised too,” he said.

Dr. Vijayabaskar pointed out that many people were still not wearing masks in public places. “When we visit containment zones such as in Royapuram and Pulianthope, people put on a mask on seeing officials. We are continuously emphasising this for their safety,” he said.

“If people find it so difficult to wear cloth masks and complain about not being able to breathe, think about doctors, staff nurses and laboratory technicians. Air conditioners are turned off in all hospitals. With the soaring temperature, medical and paramedical staff wear coveralls, goggles, head cover, N95 masks and double gloves. They have scars on the skin and behind the ears,” he explained.

At RGGGH, which has taken up trials for convalescent plasma therapy, seven patients had received plasma and were making a recovery, he said, adding, “As part of the ICMR solidarity trial, a patient received remdesivir and is doing well.”

The Minister said that special measures were being taken to contain COVID-19 in Chennai. All persons with symptoms of Influenza-Like Illness were being tested as per protocol. “We are going beyond ICMR guidelines and are testing pregnant women and home contacts of positive patients,” he said.

(*This is inclusive of two deaths cross-notified to other States and one patient who died after testing negative for the infection)

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