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Jul 03, 2020

Tamil Nadu: Covid-19 cases cross 98 thousand mark with 4,343 people testing positive

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In Tamil Nadu, the total Covid-19 cases crossed 98 thousand mark with 4343 people tested positive yesterday. The new patients include two members of the State Legislative Assembly belonging to the ruling AIADMK. They are admitted into hospitals. Meanwhile, the State Health Minister Dr C Vijayabhaskar has said the government is taking measures to further enhance testing of people who are suspected to be the carriers of the virus.

AIR correspondent reports, the Tamil Nadu government has placed an order for procuring ten lakh additional RT-PCR kits to augment the ongoing Covid-19 tests. Talking to reporters in Chennai yesterday, the state health minister Dr C Vijayabhaskar said 93 percent of the funds required for the kits are being met from the state resources. As a measure of capacity expansion, a 750-bed new Covid-19 care facility in Chennai with all required infrastructure like laboratory, CT-Scan, ultrasound scan and oxygen pipelines is set to be dedicated in a few days. 10-thousand vials of the injection remdesivir, a large number of tocilizumab that are being used in the clinical management of Covid-19 patients have been procured and sent to all major government hospitals in the state.

Dr Vijayabhaskar also assured that the special pay of one month salary to all frontline workers in the state who are fighting against the pandemic will soon be disbursed as a measure of gratitude and encouragement. 

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