Puducherry adds 663 fresh COVID-19 cases, overall tally goes

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up to 47,771 Puducherry, Apr 18 (PTI) Puducherry registered 663 new coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours taking the overall tally to 47,771, a senior official of the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services said on Sunday.

Three more people (all in Puducherry) succumbed to the virus during the last 24 hours ending 10 AM Sunday, pushing the death toll to 708, Director of the Health and Family Welfare Department S Mohan Kumar said in a release.

The number of active cases in the union territory stood at 4,468 while the recoveries was 42,595 so far, he added.

The 663 new cases were identified at the end of the examination of 5,070 samples and were spread over Puducherry (497), Karaikal (80), Yanam (35) and Mahe (51).

The fatality and recovery rates were 1.48 per cent and 89.16 per cent respectively.

The Health department Director said that 7.28 lakh samples have been tested so far and it was found that 6.62 lakh out of them to be negative.

Kumar said 30,171 health workers and 17,931 frontline workers have been vaccinated so far.

As many as 1,05,642 people coming either under the category of senior citizens (those above 60 years) or those above 45 years with comorbidities have been vaccinated under the second phase of vaccination launched on March 1, he said.

Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan visited the Edouard Goubert Big Market in the city on Sunday to see for herself the progress of vaccination at the special camp in the market to cover the shopping public.

She told reporters later that the vaccination festival which began on April 11 ended Sunday and there was overwhelming response from the people above 45 years for inoculation.

She said that there would be no side-effects following vaccination.

The Lt Governor said Covid care centres were being opened to help people in home quarantine.

Areas that reported large number of new cases of infection would become containment zones, she added.

A close watch would be kept on people in such zones and their requirements would be taken care of, she said.

Adequate beds were available in government hospitals and steps were taken to get the private hospitals ready to accommodate patients requiring admission for medical care.

Tamilisai Soundararajan said the Mahatma Gandhi Government Dental College, the Rajiv Gandhi Women and Child hospital and the ESI hospital were being used to admit patients with complaints of infection.

She appealed to the people to make use of the facilities as the government was running testing centres and also centres for vaccination of people above 45 years.PTI Cor SS PTI PTI