Tamil Nadu

Coronavirus | Chennai remains Tamil Nadu’s hotspot with 176 new cases

Greater Chennai Corpotation worker spray disinfectant to protect spreading of coronavirus at Prakasam Salai in Chennai on May 1, 2020.   | Photo Credit: B. Jothi Ramalingam

 With Chennai remaining Tamil Nadu’s COVID-19 epicentre, registering 176 of the 203 fresh cases on Friday, the State government chose to pay focused attention to the capital city, appointing senior IAS officer J. Radhakrishnan as Special Nodal Officer to coordinate issues relating to the pandemic. Five senior IPS officers will support him. 

With the 176 fresh cases, the city’s tally of COVID-19 cases surpassed the 1,000-mark. 

The State’s COVID-19 case count stands at 2,526* (1,670 men and 856 women), of which 1,183 are active cases. 

Health Minister C. Vijayabaskar said the maximum number of samples were lifted in Chennai. “We lifted 3,200 samples in the city, of which 176 returned positive for COVID-19,” he added. 

A 98-year-old man, who was admitted to the Government Medical College Hospital, Omandurar Estate, died due to COVID-19 at 10.20 a.m. on Friday despite receiving intensive care at the hospital. This took the COVID-19 toll in the State to 28, he said.