Two Covid deaths in Chennai, toll 12
Tamil Nadu

Two Covid deaths in Chennai, toll 12

S Murari

Two more Covid19 deaths have been reported from Chennai, which has the highest incidence of the cases in the State, taking the total death to 12 from 10 on Friday.

Both fatalities were reported on Saturday evening.

The first was a 50 plus aircraft maintenance engineer with Indigo airlines and the second was a 45-year-old woman from Pulianthope in the congested north Chennai which accounts for more than half of the 169 cases reported in the city so far out of the total 969 cases in the State.

Indigo airlines in a statement said the engineer had been with the airline since 2006 and mourned his death due to Covid19.

The woman was admitted to Government Multi-Speciality Hospital in Government Estate on April 5 , three days after her husband got admitted in the same hospital after returning from Tablighi event in New Delhi in mid-March where he got the infection, the police said.

Her husband is in an adjacent ward and he has been told about her death.

A Health Department press release said though the woman did not have any comorbidity like high BP and sugar, she developed breathing difficulties and was put on a ventilator. She died around 7.30 pm on Saturday.

Three more deaths were reported on Friday, a 70-year-old woman in Thoothukudi and an equally aged man in Perundurai in Erode, plus a man from Palakkad in Coimbatore.

However, the Coimbatore district collector said the Palakkad man would not be added to Tamil Nadu’s tally and would be included in Kerala’s as per the World Health Organisation guidelines.