New cases in Tamilnadu decreases, deaths increasing

Tamilnadu is seeing a decline in total number of fresh cases. After reporting 33,658 cases on 15 May, the state reported 33,181 cases on 16 May and 33,075 on 17 May.

On Tuesday, a total of 33,059 people tested positive, thereby taking the cumulative Covid tally to 16,64,350.

The death count, however, continued to increase with another 364 people from TN succumbing to the disease in the last 24 hours.

The state’s death toll current death toll is 18,369 the fourth highest in the country.

Another worrying trend is the spike in the number of active cases. As of Tuesday, 2,42,949 patients are undergoing treatment in healthcare centres and in their homes.

Of them, nearly one-third were in the Chennai region. In hotspot Chennai, the number of people testing positive dipped for the third day in a row. A total of 6,016 got infected, and this included 74 from a children’s home for intellectually-challenged.