Madurai/Chennai, Apr 24: The toll in corona-related deaths in Tamil Nadu increased to 21, with a 72- year-old woman, who had tested positive, passing away at the Madurai Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) early on Friday.
Reports received at the State headquarters in Chennai confirmed the death. Police sources told UNI that the COVID-19 victim hailed from West Masi Street in Madurai city and was the mother of a "bhattar" (priest) at the famous Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple. She had co-morbid conditions like coronary artery disease for the past 10 years and diabetes. The woman, who was initially treated at a multi-speciality hospital, was shifted to the isolation ward at GRH on April 21 due to fever and breathlessness. Her blood and swab tests returned positive for coronavirus on Thursday. The woman succumbed early this morning without responding to treatment. With this a total of 21 people have died of COVID-19 till date. This is the COVID death in Madurai district after a 54-year-old man succumbed to the virus on March 25, which incidentally was also the first death recorded in Tamil Nadu due to corona. District Collector T.G.Vinay said the last rites of the woman was conducted as per the protocols framed for the management of dead bodies infected with COVID-19.
All the family members of the bhattar were tested for corona and isolated. The lab reports were awaited. Around 54 police personnel, 40 priests and 50 temple staffs were screened for the virus. The district authorities disinfected the Temple, which was brought under the containment zone as a precautionary measure. The total number of coronavirus cases in Tamil Nadu rose to 1,683 with 54 fresh cases reported on Thursday. The COVID-19 cases have been reported in 37 of the 38 districts in Tamil Nadu. The Krishnagiri district has not reported any virus case till date. Chennai. with its dense population, continued to remain on the top of the chart with 400 cases, followed by Coimbatore (134), Tiruppur (110), Dindigul (80), Erode (70), Tirunelveli (63), Chengalpattu (57), Thanjavur and Namakkal (55 each), Madurai (52), Tiruchirapalli (51) and Tiruvallur (50). (UNI)