Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News August 28, 29 Highlights: Tamil Nadu Congress leader and Kanyakumari MP Harikrishnan Vasanthakumar passed away Friday due to Covid-19. He was 70. Kumar was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Chennai since August 10. He was on ECMO and ventilator support and was being monitored by a multidisciplinary team of doctors.
He is the second legislator in the state to succumb to Covid-19. Earlier, DMK MLA J Anbazhagan had succumbed to Covid-19 after undergoing treatment for weeks in a private hospital in Chennai in June this year.
As news of his death broke out, several political leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi offered their condolences.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu recorded 5,996 positive cases of Covid-19 on Friday, bringing the state tally to 4,09,238. Among these, Chennai reported 1,296 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,31,869.
Tamil Nadu recorded 102 deaths on Friday, putting the state toll at 7050. 97 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.