121 kids test positive for Covid-19 in Tamil Nadu

Data  released by the Tamil Nadu Health Department shows that 121 children below the age of 12 have tested positive for Covid-19 in the state to date. The media bulletin released by the health departmen shows 121 new cases, raising the state’s tally to 2,058.

Of the 2,058 positive cases, 1,392 are male and 666 are female patients. Chennai reported 103 new cases over the last 24 hours, taking the city’s tally to 673.

Tamil Nadu has been testing almost double the number of people for Covid-19 than the nationwide average. A data released by the Chennai Corporation reveals that Tamil Nadu is conducting the tests on 694 people per million of its population as compared to the nationwide average of 363.

The samples tested in the State so far is 1,01,874, with an average of 7,000 samples being tested per day across 41 labs. Health Minister C Vijayabhaskar has said the State aims to raise the daily tests to 10,000 soon. Chennai alone has tested five times more than rest of the State at an average of 3,096 people per million population.

On Tuesday, 27 patients were discharged taking the total number of recoveries in the State to 1128.

In all, 30,692 people are under home quarantine, 47 in government quarantine facilities, and 1,856 people are under isolation at hospitals across the state. So far, 1,01,874 samples and 93,189 persons have been tested. There are 1,908 samples pending in the State.

The media bulletin stated, “Till date, 1,01,874 samples have been taken and sent for testing. The tests are done in 30 government and 11 private labs all over Tamil Nadu. 2,058 persons have tested positive to date. 97,908 samples were tested negative. Testing of 1,908 samples is under process. 8,685 samples are repeat samples. 1,138 Covid-19 positive patients have been discharged following treatment till today (Tuesday). Hence, 902 active cases are under treatment as on April 28.”