Chennai marches towards 50,000 Covid cases mark

Recording another new high, Tamil Nadu on Friday reported 3,645 fresh cases of COVID-19. Of this, Chennai recorded an all-time high of 1,956 cases, with its tally inching closer to the 50,000-mark.

Chennai alone recorded 1,956 cases — its highest single-day spike — increasing its tally to 49,690. There were also 37 deaths in the city taking its toll to 730. Among the new cases, 122 were people who arrived from outside the state, according to the media bulletin issued by the Directorate of Public Health.

A total of 3,509 persons had tested positive for the virus on Thursday—the previous record for highest single day spike and the first instance of daily cases crossing the three-thousand mark. 45 coronavirus patients were recorded to have died in the state on Thursday.

The state has tested more than 10 lakh samples so far and the results indicate that close to 4,000 children under 12 years of age are infected in the state.

Chennai’s neighbouring districts also recorded a significant number of cases. Chengalpattu recorded 232 cases, Kancheepuram 90 and Tiruvallur 177.

Madurai which was also brought under complete lockdown recorded 190 cases. All districts excluding Perambalur recorded new cases on Friday. Krishnagiri which had not reported any new case on the previous day recorded 14 cases. Vellore recorded 149 cases.

Of the fresh cases, 122 persons had returned from abroad and other States. Of the 3,523 indigenous cases in Tamil Nadu, nearly 45% were reported in 35 districts other than Chennai and Perambalur, which recorded no new cases.

The rise in the number of COVID-19 cases continued in a number of districts. Chengalpattu reported 232 cases, taking its tally to 4,651. Madurai reported 190, while Tiruvallur and Vellore recorded 177 and 148 cases, respectively.