Tamil Nadu reported 716 new cases of COVID-19 and eight more deaths on Tuesday. Chennai, for the third consecutive day, added more than 500 cases to its total. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the State now stands at 8,718.
The number of active cases in the second worst-hit state, Tamil Nadu, jumped 15% in a single day to reach 5,898. Over the past seven days, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Punjab have seen the highest spike in cases among the top ten states with most cases.
India’s case fatality rate now stands at 3.2%. Among all states, the case fatality rates are lowest in Tamil Nadu (0.69%), Odisha (0.7%), and Kerala (0.8%).
Though the State’s mortality rate is 0.69%, the deaths have been rising steadily over the last few days. As on date, a total of 61 persons have died across the State, with Chennai accounting for 39 deaths.
Of the total 61 deaths, 39 were reported in Chennai, four in Chengalpattu, three in Tiruvallur, two each in Madurai and Villuppuram and one each in Coimbatore, Dindigul, Ramanathapuram, Erode, Cuddalore, Kanchipuram, Kanniyakumari, Theni, Tuticorin, Tirunelveli and Vellore.
Of the 716 cases, 427 were men, 288 women and a transperson, as a total of 8,718 people have tested positive so far in Tamil Nadu that included 5,848 men, 2,867 women and three Transgenders.
A total of 21 districts have reported new cases. Chennai added 510 new cases, taking its total tally to 4,882. Ariyalur had 36 cases, Chengalpattu 35 cases, Perambalur and Tiruvallur had 27 cases each and Kancheepuram had 24 cases.