Chennai becomes TN’s hub of coronavirus, health officials on high aert

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu increased to 1,755*, with another 72 persons testing positive on Friday. Chennai accounted for more than 70% of the fresh cases reported, taking its total case count to 452.

This has put health officials on high alert and additional steps are being taken. Some 114 patients were discharged on Friday, taking the total number of recoveries to 866.

The state also recorded two deaths on Friday with the death toll increasing to 22. According to a bulletin issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department, the number of discharges from hospitals stood at 866, while there were 864 active cases.

Experts said it was too premature to say if Tamil Nadu was on the course to flatten the curve even though the number of recoveries has surpassed the active cases. The state has also increased its testing numbers in the past week and has so far sent 72,403 samples of which 1,755 persons have tested positive to date.

District-wise breakup is available for 1520 of the total 1755 cases reported in the state. Chennai had the highest number of Covid-19 cases at 303 confirmed infections.

Tamil Nadu’s 1,755 cases put it at number 6 in terms of number of cases among all states and union territories in India. Within the country, Maharashtra continues to have the most cases with 6817, according to data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The number of persons being discharged from hospitals is on the rise. Friday alone saw 114 persons walk out of various hospitals across the State. This has taken the total number of persons discharged to 866.