1. Tamil Nadu recorded an all-time high 10, 723 cases
on Sunday. The number of active cases which stood at about 17,000 on April 1 shot up to 70, 391 on Sunday. The number of cases reported in the state also rose by 1,379 on Sunday to touch 9,91,451. The state is soon expected to cross reporting a million cases of the infection.
Chennai reported 3,304 new cases to bring its total count up to 2,83,436. The city has the maximum number of new cases reported on Sunday, followed by Chengalpattu which recorded 954 new cases and has a tally of 66,440. Coimbatore ranks third with 727 fresh cases and a total of 67,394 cases.
2. Deaths have also gone up to 42 on Sunday, which included five persons who did not have any comorbidities, which includes a 48-year-old man from Kancheepuram district. Chennai (16) and its neighbour Chengalpattu (6) accounted for a lion’s share of the deaths notified on Sunday. With these, the toll due to Covid-19 now stands at 13,113.
3. DMK chief MK Stalin on Sunday claimed that there was a huge vaccine shortage
across Tamil Nadu and people going to the government hospitals for vaccination are reportedly turned back. Stalin said the state government has reportedly demanded 20 lakh vaccine of Covaxin and Covishield from GoI to meet the vaccination demand of the state – even according to the prevalent guidelines. He also asked the PM to “intervene immediately and direct the concerned Ministry to supply more vaccines to Tamil Nadu commensurate with the population of the state besides immediately sending 20 lakh vaccines as requisitioned by the state government.”
4. The Greater Chennai Corporation inaugurated a tele-counselling centre
within the premises of Ripon Building on Sunday to ensure counselling for Covid-19 patients and their families. Citizens can reach out to these centres on 044 46122300, 044 25384520 and on the helpline 104. Corporation commissioner G Prakash said the numbers will be functional 24X7. Residents can also get clarifications on vaccination, procedures to get tested apart from seeking emergency help.
5. Close on the heels of the Tamil Nadu government announcing a night curfew, complete lockdown on Sundays and other restrictions, the Greater Chennai Corporation is mulling to impose additional restrictions in the city by closing down parks and playgrounds or restricting their functioning hours. “We will implement curbs at the local body level. We are discussing restricting the functioning hours or completely closing down parks and playgrounds
for 15 days. The final decision will be taken in a day or two,” Corporation Commissioner G Prakash said on Sunday.