Chennai: Corporation officials, along with the police, were looking for the 275 Covid-19 positive persons who had gone missing from quarantine camps, Commissioner G Prakash said on Thursday when the new Coronavirus infections in the city stood at 1157 against a State total of 4,549.
The Commissioner said that 80,000 cases were detected to be positive in Chennai through the intensive efforts of the Corporation and if they had not been isolated and given treatment, they would have infected on an average of 20 persons each, totally 16 lakh people.
Chennai topped among the Indian cities in the number of tests conducted, he said, adding that the Corporation would not let up on its present efforts at tracking, testing, treating and isolation. As of now 11,000 tests were being done every day and that would soon be increased to 13,000, he said.
Health Minister C Vijayabaskar, who inspected the Egmore Maternity Hospital, said that there had been no deaths among the Coronavirus positive pregnant women admitted to the hospital since the outbreak of the pandemic in the State.
He said that 400 women were admitted and 374 of them had been discharged after delivery with no complications. The rest who had some other health issues had been admitted to other departments, he said, adding that isolation and observation enabled the doctors achieve such good results.
At the state level 1,606 pregnant women were found to be Covid-19 positive and given treatment, he said, adding that 1,104 of them had been discharged without any complications. The chances of the newly born child contracting the virus from mother was 10 to 12 per cent, he said.
Vijaybaskar said that the State was doing well in plasma therapy and the government’s various efforts at combating the pandemic was yielding good results.
Meanwhile, some of the districts reported very high rates of infections. They were Thiruvallur 526, Madurai 267, Vellore 253, Thiruvannamalai 212, Thoothukudi 171, Kanyakumari 146, Ranipet 145, Virudhunagar 145 and Tirunelveli 130.