Corona cases reach fresh peak in TN, recoveries too on record high

Tamil Nadu recorded its highest spike in fresh Covid-19 infections on Wednesday with 2,865 cases, pushing the tally to 67,468, while the official toll went up to 866 with 33 more deaths.

On the other hand, a total of 2,424 persons were discharged — the highest single-day figure so far. With this, a total of 37,763 persons have been discharged. The number of active cases stood at 28,836. Another 33 persons died of the infection, taking the State’s toll to 866.

While 91 returnees from abroad and other States tested positive for COVID-19 in the State, the remaining 2,774 were indigenous cases, reported from all 37 districts. Chennai topped the table with 1,654 new cases, taking its tally past 45,000. Of the 32,079 samples tested in the State in the last 24 hours, 9,371 were tested in Greater Chennai Corporation limits.

In recent weeks, there has been a higher number of new cases from various districts in Tamil Nadu, following a mass exodus of people from Chennai to their native places. Keeping this in mind, the state government has restricted inter-district travel till June 30.

Chennai reported 1,380 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 44,205. Tamil Nadu recorded 39 deaths on Tuesday, putting the state toll at 833. Thirty six of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam held a meeting with the district collectors through video conferencing today to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the state.

“No inter-district movement of Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation buses will be allowed from June 25 to June 30. Movement of private vehicles to another district will be allowed only after obtaining e-passes,” Palaniswami said.