Western regions see surge in number of covid-19 cases; distribution of free mask begins at fair price shops
| Wednesday | 30th September, 2020
The eight districts in the Western region saw 1,670 COVID-19 positive cases and 14 deaths on Tuesday. Distribution of free masks to 7, 19,508 lakh family cardholders comprising 40, 87,588 members began at 1,132 fair price shops .
The eight districts in the Western region saw 1,670 COVID-19 positive cases and 14 deaths on Tuesday. Six persons died in Salem district, four in Erode, two in Tiruppur and one each in Coimbatore and Namakkal.
The death of a 33-year-old man took the toll so far to 425. With 572 fresh cases, Coimbatore district’s tally rose to 31,489 on Tuesday.
A total of 25,908 patients have recovered and 5,156 were undergoing treatment. On Tuesday, 534 patients were discharged.
Of the 343 new cases reported in Salem district, 339 were indigenous. Four patients had returned from Dharmapuri, Namakkal, Chennai and Tiruchi. The disease claimed the lives of six persons aged 60, 45, 56, 68, 58, and 60.
Tiruppur district’s tally crossed the 8,000 mark with the 153 new cases reported on Tuesday. Two persons aged 63 and 70 died of the disease. Of the total 8,023 cases, 6,309 have recovered and 1,583 were active cases. The district has so far reported 131 deaths. A total of 204 patients were discharged.
Namakkal district reported 140 new cases. According to health officials, 13 patients had returned from Erode, Salem, Coimbatore, Karur, Tiruchi. A woman aged 77 died.
Nilgiris district reported 149 fresh cases. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases stood at 4,093. Twenty-five persons had died of the disease so far and 982 persons are under treatment. Krishnagiri reported 94 cases and Dharmapuri 93.
Erode district reported 126 new cases, taking the district’s tally to 6,642. While 133 persons were discharged, 1,100 persons continued to be under treatment. Four persons died, raising the toll in the district to 88.
Due to unprecedented rise in covid-19 cases every day, distribution of free masks to 7, 19,508 lakh family cardholders comprising 40, 87,588 members began at 1,132 fair price shops in the district on Tuesday.
As a measure to prevent the spread of contagion, the State government had, in June, announced distribution of two free reusable cloth masks per person, to cardholders across the State. Initially, the district received 1.50 lakh masks and later a few lakh more masks as distribution in fair price shops began.
Distribution has initiated in taluks including; Anthiyur, Bhavani, Erode, Gobichettipalayam, Nambiyur etc.
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