86 per cent of COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu asymptomatic, says CM K Palaniswami

South India

The surge in asymptomatic cases of coronavirus in Tamil Nadu has become a matter of worry for the health authorities.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy said as many as 86 per cent of the state’s COVID-19 cases have been found to be asymptomatic. However, he claimed that the government has been able to keep the pandemic under check with lockdown and related curbs.

In a statement detailing the various steps taken to address the COVID-19 situation since February, he said on Sunday, June 7, that the state's mortality rate was the lowest when compared to even some foreign countries, besides other Indian states.

Tamil Nadu, he said, also had the best recovery rate. "While the pandemic has severely affected the state's economy, various measures have been rolled out to put it back on track, and even some new investments have been attracted as a result," the statement said.  

Tamil Nadu has so far reported 30,152 positive cases, including 251 deaths and over 16,000 people have been cured of the virus. "About 5.5 lakh tests have been conducted in Tamil Nadu till June 4, 2020. Through these tests we came to know that 86 per cent of corona-affected persons had no symptoms at all," Palaniswami said.

The chief minister said that the government has allocated over Rs 4,033 crore towards various efforts regarding COVID-19, even as the health infrastructure has been strengthened with measures, including appointment of more doctors and nurses.

While there was no bar on farming and related activities during this period, efforts were also taken to steer the economy back on track. This included the setting up of a high-level panel to attract investments, especially from firms leaving certain other countries.

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