Daily fatality rate increases in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu recorded 5,881 fresh COVID-19 cases on Friday, taking the overall tally to 2,45,859, of which 57,968 were active cases. It also reported the death of 97 patients, including three in their 20s, taking the toll to 3,935.

For the past couple of days, the deaths were nearing 100, it is to be noted. Among the deaths recorded in the Health Department’s bulletin were those of 44 persons who died on July 30 and 32 persons on July 29. A 27-year-old woman, who had no co-morbidities, was among those who died.

On Friday, a total of 60,276 samples were tested, taking the overall number to 26,58,138 till date. Chennai recorded 1,013 Covid-19 cases and 22 deaths on Friday. The city’s overall tally reached 99,794. Apart from Chennai, other districts like Kancheepuram (485), Thiruvallur (373), Ranipet (359), Virudhunagar (357) and Chengalpattu (334) reported maximum number of cases.

The Southern Railway announced on Friday that the suspension on seven special trains running within Tamil Nadu has been extended till August 15, after the state government extended the lockdown in Tamil Nadu till August 31.

With the Tamil Nadu government having extended the lockdown in the state till August 31, officials at the Chennai International Airport have announced that the restriction on flight operations to Kolkata have been extended till August 15.
Arrivals from Kolkata will continue as scheduled during the period.

Kancheepuram saw a surge in cases as 485 persons tested positive. Four districts had 300-plus cases: Tiruvallur-373, Ranipet-359, Virudhunagar-357 and Chengalpattu-334. In Theni, 299 persons tested positive, while Thoothukudi and Tirunelveli had 282 and 222 cases respectively.

There was a dip in cases in Madurai as 173 persons tested positive. Eight other districts, including Vellore, Kanyakumari, Coimbatore, Villupuram and Cuddalore, had 100-plus cases. In addition, 31 returnees tested positive in different districts.