After a gap of a few days, the number of COVID-19 cases shot past the 4,000 mark on Sunday in Tamil Nadu with 4,244 fresh infections being reported, taking the tally to 1,38,470, the health department said.
Sixty eight fatalities pushed the death count to 1,966, it said in a bulletin. Tamil Nadu had reported 4,343 cases on July 2, 4,329 on July 3 and 4,280 on July 4.
Chennai alone recorded 1,168 cases and 32 deaths, whereas, the city’s neighbouring districts also saw a spike in a number of persons testing positive with 245 cases in Chengalpattu, 385 in Kancheepuram and 232 in Tiruvallur.
Though the share of new cases in Chennai has come down compared to a trend seen till last month, they went up in other districts. All the districts have reported new cases on Sunday. Meanwhile, the state tested 42,531 samples and 41,325 persons.
The state health department has removed 23 hospitals including one from Chennai from the list of 230 institutions earlier deemed exclusive centres for covid treatment.
Health secretary J Radhakrishnan told TOI these hospitals were removed based on the lack of infrastructure. “Many didn’t have a separate entrance, exit and facilities to isolate patients. Also, many lacked staff and sanitary workers. Some had very few doctors. So they have been asked to focus on regular non-covid work,” he said.
The State has 46,696 active cases including people under home isolation. Health Minister C Vijayabaskar in a press release said, finger pulse oximeters to monitor the oxygen level in blood in Covid-19 patients are being procured in large numbers as ordered by the Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.