New Delhi: Tamil Nadu on Wednesday reported 1,927 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the highest ever single-day spike the southern state has witnessed so far. So far, the state has witnessed another day of 1,500 plus cases for the fourth successive day. After Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu is the second most affected by the virus.

Chennai accounts for 1,392 of these 1,927 cases and these cases also include 30 returnees — four of them from abroad and the rest from other states, including Maharashtra and Delhi.

The state’s case count reached 36,841 and with 19 more fatalities in the last 24 hours, the state’s death roll stands at 326.

Health Minister C Vijayabaskar announced appointment of 574 post-graduate doctors (Non-Service Postgraduates which means those not in government service) at a monthly salary of ₹75,000. He said Chief Minister K Palaniswami had also ordered the appointment of 665 more doctors (graduates), 365 lab technicians and 1,230 multipurpose health personnel. The initiative would help lower the work burden of doctors, nurses and other health personnel and improve the COVID-19 treatment amenities, he said. Health Secretary Beela Rajesh told reporters that beds in government sector hospitals in Chennai, will be doubled to 10,000 from about 5,000.

Currently, there are 17,179 active cases in the state. With 1,008 people getting discharged in the last 24 hours, the number of recoveries in the state now reached 19,333, the state’s health department said in a bulletin.

There are 77 Covid-19 testing facilities in the state at the moment, of which 44 are government ones and 33 are private ones.

Over 6.38 lakh samples have been tested for the virus so far in the state. A total of 17,675 samples were tested on Wednesday, the highest so far, taking the total number of specimens examined so far to 6,38,846.

The state government announced recruitment of 2,800 plus medical personnel, including over 1,200 doctors. It ramped up bed capacity in the city’s government sector hospitals to 10,000 from the present about 5,000 while private health facilities updated occupancy and vacancy of beds. As many as 136 private hospitals in Tamil Nadu have so far updated their bed status on https:topcorona.tn.gov.in/, the exclusive government portal for Covid-19.

After battling Covid-19 for eight days, DMK legislator and the main opposition party’s noted articulate member in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, J. Anbazhagan died at a private hospital in Chennai on Wednesday. The 62-year old MLA, born on June 10, 1958 incidentally died on his 62nd birthday today and he is the first legislator victim of Covid-19 in the state and perhaps the first elected representative to die of the virus induced illness in the country.

With inputs from PTI

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