TN agriculture minister critically ill, says hospital

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Chennai, Oct 26 (PTI) Tamil Nadu Agriculture Minister R Doraikkannu, undergoing treatment for 'severe COVID-19 pneumonia and its complications', continues to be critically ill, the hospital where he is admitted said here on Monday.

The 72-year-old minister is on 'maximal life support', the Kauvery Hospital said.

Maintaining the functions of his vital organs continues to be a challenge considering his comorbidities, Executive Director of the hospital Dr Aravindan Selvaraj said in a bulletin.

'He is on maximal life support and his response to the treatment over the next 24 hours will determine the prognosis (likely developments vis-a-vis the illness),' he said.

Doraikkannu was admitted to the hospital on October 13 after he complained of unease and breathlessness and had tested positive for the virus.

Chief Minister K Palaniswami visited the hospital on Sunday and Doraikkannu's cabinet colleagues paid a visit to the hospital today too. PTI VGN BN DIV RT