The overall cases in Tamilnadu and also in Chennai continued to fall on Friday and recoveries outnumbered new cases after a long gap.
However, deaths due to the viral infection surged to highest single-day toll so far.
Tamilnadu reported 31,079 new cases on Friday, a fall of nearly 2,300 cases compared to a day earlier. This took the total number of cases reported in the State so far to 20,09,700 cases. Of these, Chennai accounted for 2,762 cases, lesser than that of Coimbatore (highest in the State with 3,937 cases) for the third consecutive day. Among other districts, Tirupur recorded 1,823 cases, Erode 1,731 and Tiruchy 1,287.
While the fall in cases offered a much needed relief for the State, deaths remaining high is a cause for concern. On Friday, Tamilnadu notified 486 COVID-related deaths, the highest single-day toll. Of these, 117 persons did not have any comorbid conditions, while the remaining 369 had various ailments.
With 107 deaths, Chennai recorded the highest, followed by Coimbatore with 33, Tiruvallur 32, Kanniyakumari and Chengalpattu 29 each and Vellore 27.