Daily death toll above 450-mark for 11th day in Tamil Nadu | Chennai News

Chennai: New Covid-19 cases are on the decline, but the daily death toll in Tamul Nadu on Friday remained above the 450-mark for the 11th consecutive day.
Another 463 people died of the disease in the last 24 hours in TN, taking the toll to 26,128, the third highest in the country after Maharashtra (97,394) and Karnataka (30,531). Almost two-third of the 463 had comorbidities like diabetes or hypertension.
For more than a month, Tamil Nadu’s has reported at least one death for every 100 confirmed cases.
On Friday, there were 71 Covid deaths in Chennai, the highest, followed by Chengalpet with 38. In Coimbatore, one-third of the 31 who died did so within 48 hours of hospitalisation. One was declared ‘brought dead’ to hospital.
New and active cases:
Three weeks ago, around 35,000 people got infected every day. On Friday, the figure was 22,651. This drop coupled with a steady rise in recovery count (33,646 in 24 hours) has helped reduce the number of active cases to 2,68,968 —14% less than last week. Coimbatore had the most new cases (2,810) on Friday, but cases dropped for the eighth day in a row, with 4,000 people discharges daily since Wednesday. Prior to that, less than 2,000 got discharged daily.
Chennai had 1,971, with cases dropping below 2,000 after 56 days, while Chengalpet had 909, Tiruvallur 583, Kancheepuram 388, Madurai 481 and Trichy 689.
The bed availability is better. Almost 34% of the 95,694 Covid beds in hospitals were available for admission on Friday evening. This includes 13,900 oxygen-supported and ICU beds. “Tamil Nadu has become self-sufficient when it comes to medical oxygen. Even when the demand was around 500 MT, we have 660 MT in reserve,” said health minister Ma Subramanian.
So far, 673 cases of mucormycosis have been detected in the state. Chief minister M K Stalin wrote to Union health minister Harsh Vardhan requesting more doses of Amphotericin B. Tamil Nadu needs at least 30,000 doses but only 1,790 have been allotted by the Centre. Though TN has placed orders for 35,000 doses vials with various vendors, sanction and allocation made by the Centre, Stalin said in his letter.
On Friday, a total of 2,16,146 people were vaccinated in Tamil Nadu, taking the cumulative total to 95,91,450.

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