Puducherry’s Covid count crosses 1,000

Puducherry: With 65 new Covid-19 cases which were reported today, the overall tally in the Union Territory of Puducherry crossed the 1,000 mark.

A buulletin of the Department of Health and Family Welfare said that 62 of the 63 patients were admitted to government hospitals here while the outlying regions of Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam recorded one fresh case each during the last 24 hours.

The total number of coronavirus cases stood at 1,009 excluding two patients from Puducherry undergoing treatment in Villupuram in neighbouring Tamilnadu.

“While the total number of active cases stood at 515, the number of patients treated and discharged was 480. Fatalities remained at 14 as no death was reported in the union territory in the last couple of days.”

Twenty-two patients were discharged after recovery in Puducherry, the bulletin said and added that the 65 fresh cases were identified at the end of tests of 502 samples.

Speaking to reporters, Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said that of the 20,778 samples tested, 19,324 returned negative and results of the remaining were awaited.

According to Health Minister Malladi Krishna Rao, some private medical colleges had not come forward to cooperate with the government to test people for Covid-19.