Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News May 5, 6 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 24,898 positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 12,97,500. Among these, Chennai reported 6678 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 3,70,596. The state recorded 195 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 14,974. 150 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 21,546 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 11,51,058.
Meanwhile, the deaths of 13 critically ill patients at Chengalpattu Government Medical College Hospital, south of Chennai, within a span of 24 hours on Tuesday triggered panic following some reports that it was due to oxygen shortage, even as the government said there was no shortage as of 6 pm Tuesday, when reports last came in. Tamil Nadu Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan told The Indian Express that there was adequate quantity of oxygen according to records at 6 pm Tuesday.