Chennai: With the number of Covid-19 cases in Tamilnadu crossing the 14,000-mark after 786 persons testing positive on Friday, Chief Secretary Shanmugam chaired a meeting with senior officials on ways to intensify measures to handle the flood of cases.
With health officials expecting that at least 10,000 people may require hospitalistation in Chennai in the days to come, steps to handle the crisis were discussed in detail during the meeting, sources said.
Also, it was decided to take strict action against violators in red zones and containment areas, sources added. The toll in the state has risen to 98 with four more succumbing to Covid-19, the government said.
The State also saw a significant rise in the number of people discharged after recovery at 846. With this the number of people who have been cured after treatment has gone up to 7,128. Among those who tested positive for the virus today included 92 people hailing from other states and one passenger who had returned from Philippines.
According to the department bulletin, Chennai continues to lead in the number of cases at 569 totalling 9,364 till date. This is the third straight day the state is reporting over 700 Covid-19 cases. On 20 and 21 May, the State had reported 776 and 743 new cases respectively.