Despite coming down of Covid cases, Chennai continues to be hotspot

Chennai: Though the metropolis has been witnessing steady decrease of daily Covid-19 cases, it still continues to be a hotspot, according to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.

He tweeted: “Had detailed telecon with Tamil Nadu Health Minister Vijayabaskar on COVID-19 situation. Total positive cases stand around 1,26,581, including 46,655 active cases and 1,765 deaths. Chennai still a hotspot, although the situation has improved. Mortality rate low at 1.39 per cent.”

The Minister added: “Tamilnadu focuses on lowering death rate through early diagnosis. Deployed 350 mobile fever clinics on wheels and screening 35-40,000 persons daily in Chennai Advised increased testing and other containment strategies. Rural areas with sudden spurt remains a point of concern.”

Tamilnadu on Friday detected 3,680 new Covid-19 cases, taking the total number of coronavirus patients in the State to 1,30,261.

With 64 deaths, the death toll has climbed to 1,829 in the southern State, which is currently the second worst-hit state in the country after Maharashtra with a large number of coronavirus positive patients.


NT Bureau