Tamil Nadu govt notifies 21 hospitals for COVID-19 treatment

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Tamil Nadu government on Friday notified that 21 hospitals have been designated for treatment of COVID-19 patients even as the state tally of confirmed cases crossed 300. 

 

All the four government run medical college hospitals in Chennai, the TN Government Multi Specialty hospital at Omandurar Estate, the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, Stanley Medical College hospital and the Kilpauk Medical College hospital will cater to Chennai, and adjoining districts of Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengelpet.

Besides the hospitals here, the government medical college hospitals in 16 other districts including Madurai, Tiruchirappalli, Sivaganga, Vellore, Salem, Erode (IRT Perundurai), Thanjavur and Kanyakumari were designated by the government for treatment of COVID-19 patients.

In Coimbatore, the Government ESI Hospital (GEH) is the designated facility to treat the virus cases and people testing positive from nearby Tirupur and the Nilgiris will also be treated at the GEH.

A government order said that the government here by directs that all COVID-19 positive cases shall be referred to the above exclusively designated COVID-19 hospitals as soon as the test results confirm positive, without any delay, duly following all transfer protocols as per guidelines of the Centre.

“All 37 districts shall have thier own exclusive isolation room for admission and treating influenza like illness and severe acute respiratory illness patients”, the order said.

“In addition, each district should also have one exclusive facility for quarantine purposes preferably inside the health facility”, the government said in its order.

According to Johns Hopkins University, the novel coronavirus has infected more than 1,015,000 people and killed over 53,000 all over the world. 

According to the data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of coronavirus patients in India has surged to 2301. Meanwhile, the number of deaths in the country due to COVID-19 has risen to 56.

The total number of active cases in the country is 2088. Meanwhile, 156 persons have been cured and discharged from the hospitals. 

The highest number of COVID-19 cases was reported from Maharashtra (335 and 16 deaths), followed by Tamil Nadu (309 and 6 deaths), and Kerala ( 286 and 2 deaths).

As per the report, of the total 309 cases, 264 are linked to the Delhi Tablighi Jamaat event. So far, seven persons have been discharged in the State after recovering from the disease.

The Central government has taken many stringent measures to prevent the further spread of the disease. 

Starting from March 24 midnight, India is under 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. Only the essential services like grocery shops, medical outlets remain functional during the lockdown.

Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 200 countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic. 

 

With inputs from PTI

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