For the first time since June 16, the number of Covid-19 cases in Chennai dropped to less than 1,000 to 984 in the last 24 hours. On June 16, in Chennai 919 cases were reported and since then the infection has been steadily increasing in the city. it touched a peak of 2,393 on June 30.
Tamil Nadu on Friday reported 119 COVID fatalities, the highest in a single day so far, taking the death toll to 4,690 while 6,488 patients got discharged
eclipsing 5,880 fresh cases.
Significantly, Chennai’s fresh cases dipped below the 1,000 mark for the first time in the past over two months.The case count in the state touched 2,85,024 with 5,800 plus new infections and active cases stood at 52,759.
According to Greater Chennai Corporation data released on Friday, the number of active cases in six of the city’s 15 zones has now dropped to 10% of the total cases reported there. Manali zone, for instance, had only 77 active cases, which was just 4% of its total case load.
However, the city’s fatality rate continues to be high at 2.12%, with Teynampet recording the highest death rate of 3.02%. As per corporation surveys, the zone has the maximum number of senior citizens and people with comorbidities such as diabetes and hypertension.
The COVID-19 positivity rate at the Chennai Corporation’s fever camps has come down from 31 percent in the first week of July to 18 percent in August.
On August 6, out of the 88,247 samples taken, 16,524 had turned positive, which gives a positivity rate of 18 percent. On July 7, the positivity rate was at 31 percent, the highest, after 10,569 tested positive from the 37,616 samples.