Chennai: After reports alleged that some private hospitals listed on the government portal refused to take in coronavirus patients, the Tamilnadu Health department has removed 23 hospitals from the list of 230 institutions earlier deemed exclusive centres for Covid-19 treatment.
According to State Health Secretary Dr J Radhakrishnan, these hospitals have now been asked to carry out regular (non-Covid) work. Many of these hospitals, it is learnt, lacked separate entry, exit and other facilities for coronavirus affected patients.
On Sunday evening, after a gap of a few days, the number of Covid-19 cases shot past the 4,000 mark in Tamilnadu with 4,244 fresh infections being reported, taking the tally to 1,38,470.
Sixty eight fatalities pushed the death count to 1,966, the Health department said in a bulletin. It said the number of recoveries continued to remain significant as 3,617 people were discharged after recovery.
Cumulatively, 89,532 patients have been discharged following treatment till date, while active cases, including those in isolation, stood at 46,969.
A total of 16,09,448 samples have been tested to date, of which 42,531 were on Sunday alone. Chennai continued to record a dip on the number of fresh cases as 1,168 people tested positive for the virus totalling 77,338 till date.