Covid cases go up in 15 districts of TN

Chennai: Contrary to steady fall of Covid-19 cases being witnessed in all districts of Tamilnadu, at least 15 districts have showed slight increase in new infections.

Since this has come at a time when Tamilnadu was close to flattening the curve, officials and epidemiologists are now worried.

It is said that the fall in fresh cases has slowed due to relaxations announced in the lockdown restrictions.

The State Health department has asked districts to investigate clusters or areas that are still contributing to new cases.

Tamilnadu recorded 4,481 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the overall caseload to 24.84 lakh, while the toll mounted to 32,721 with 102 deaths. As many as 5,044 people recovered and got discharged Thursday, aggregating to 24,13,930 leaving 37,526 active infections, a medical bulletin said.

Erode has the most number of patients under treatment at 4,080. Coimbatore’s active cases stood at 3,805, and Chennai’s at 2,931. As many as 5,044 people were discharged after treatment.

Among the 102 deaths, 17 were patients without any co- morbidity or pre-existing illness which include a 19 year old girl from Sivagangai. The girl who tested positive on 29 June, succumbed to the virus due to the Covid-19 pneumonia on Thursday (1 July).

Chennai saw 249 people contracting the infection aggregating to 5,32,759 till date. The number of Covid-19 related fatalities in the State capital also reached 8,191. The testing of RT-PCR samples stood at 1,63,654 in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of specimens examined so far to 3.30 crore.


NT Bureau