Madurai: A day after the ten southern districts reported a record high of 105 Covid-19 cases in a day, the region reported 26 cases on Saturday, of which 22 were those who came from other states. In the central region, Pudukottai turned out to be the only district with a new case, a 65-year-old woman who apparently contracted the disease from her son who returned from Maharashtra. The total cases in southern districts now stand at 1,207 while there are 831 cases in the central districts.
Tirunelveli continues to see a spike as it reported more than 10 cases for the tenth straight day with 11 all of whom had returned from Maharashtra. With 282 cases as on Saturday, the district tops the list of maximum cases in south Tamil Nadu. Madurai district has the second highest number of cases with 226, including two reported on Saturday. A 38-year-old man who had recently returned from Uttar Pradesh and was quarantined, and a 39-year-old woman doctor tested positive. The doctor was recently on duty in the Covid-19 isolation ward at Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) and was currently quarantined.
Tuticorin reported five cases, all Maharashtra returnees. Three more people, including a three-year-old girl who returned from West Bengal, tested positive in Ramanathapuram. Tenkasi reported two local cases while Theni reported one local case, all those with contact history.
Health department officials in Pudukottai said both the 65-year-old woman and her were asymptomatic. Yet, they were being kept at the isolation ward in the government medical college hospital. Trichy district which had a total 72 cases till Friday had no new cases on Saturday but MGMGH discharged a 21-year-old woman of Perambalur, who tested positive on May 8 while on full term pregnancy.
A contact of a Koyambedu returnee in her family, she was shifted to MGMGH in Trichy for better care considering her high risk. Under treatment for a week, her samples were tested on May 15 when she turned negative. She gave birth to a male baby through caesarean section on May 16.