As corona count and death toll keep increasing, TN frames new strategy

Tamil Nadu’s tally of COVID-19 cases surpassed the 24,000-mark with 1,091 new cases recorded on Tuesday. The State has reported 1,000-plus cases for the third day running.

With the corona count and death toll continue to increase, the government has devised a new strategy- targets high-risk populations and areas and carry out aggressive testing.

As on date, the State has 24,586 cases. Of the fresh cases, 809 (806 indigenous and three imported cases) are from Chennai. With this, the city’s tally climbs to 16,585.

Another 536 persons were discharged from hospitals on Tuesday, taking the total number of persons discharged so far to 13,706. There are a total of 10,680 active cases in Tamil Nadu. The State’s toll increased to 197 with 13 fatalities. All 13 persons — 10 men and three women — were aged above 50.

This is the third straight day the state is witnessing more than 1000 cases. According to the bulletin, 536 people got cured today, totalling 13,706 so far.

The number of active cases, including those in isolation wards, stood at 10,680, the bulletin said. As on Tuesday, coronavirus cases in Chennai stood at 16,585, followed by Chengalpattu (1,308), Tiruvallur (1,025), Cuddalore (463) and Kancheepuram (433).

On Tuesday 11,094 samples were tested taking the total to 514,000. Testing of 589 samples is under process.

The city’s neighbouring districts of Chengalpattu and Tiruvallur continued to witness a surge in cases. There were 82 new cases in Chengalpattu and 43 in Tiruvallur. With the new cases, Tiruvallur’s tally of cases rose to 1,025.