Cases cross 9,000 in TN, toll 64
Tamil Nadu

Cases cross 9,000 in TN, toll 64

S Murari

May 13, 2020 The spread of Covid virus continued unabated in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday with 509 new cases reported, taking the total to 9,227. With three men in their 40s succumbing to the virus in Chennai, the deaths rose to 64, the health department said in a press release.

It also reported 42 more patients were discharged after treatment on Wednesday, taking the total number of those cured to 2,176.

For the ninth day, the number of cases exceeded 500 and it saw a quantum jump from 3,550 on May 4 to 9,227 on May 13. However, the number of new cases dropped 309 from the peak of over 700 touched two days ago.

Following a pattern, Chennai accounted for 5,262 out of the total cases in the State, or 57 per cent. Naturally, Chennai accounted for 380 out of the total 509 cases reported on Wednesday.

Chennai's neighbouring districts also saw a spurt in cases. Tiruvallur had 25 new cases,( total 492), adjoining Chengalpattu 25 (416) and Tiruvannamalai 23 (128).

Cuddallore, which emerged as a hotspot after the spread of infection of the virus from Koyambedu wholesale vegetable market in Chennai, recorded 17 more cases, taking the total to a new high of 413.

Villupuram adjoining Cuddallore had seven new cases. Tirunelveli and Theni also reported five new cases each, while Kanchipuram and Ariyalur reported four cases each.

Karur, Madurai and Nagapattinam reported two cases each, while perambalur, Thanjavur and Thoothukudi had one case each.

The Government also reported that nine-resident Indians who returned Chennai under Centre’s evacuation plan had tested positive and were under treatment.

In an encouraging development , five western districts of Coimbatore, Erode, Tiruppur, Namakkal and Salem have come out of the clutches of Covid with all those affected getting cured and sent home. The Salem collector said the home district of the Chief Minister would be declared a green zone from Thursday.