Tamil Nadu sees highest single-day spike in Covid-19 deaths

While maintaining its robust recovery of COVID-19 patients, Tamil Nadu on Monday saw the cumulative discharges crossing the two lakh milestone while the recovery rate stood at a healthy 76 per cent since the first case was reported in March.

The daily deaths breached the 100 mark for the first time, with 109 people succumbing to the contagion. The state recorded 5,609 fresh cases, taking the overall infection count to 2,63,222.

Officials said many of these deaths were due to comorbidities. The State on Monday reported 5,609 cases in the last 24 hours. With this, the total number of positive cases in Tamilnadu has touched 2,63,222.

The capital city of Chennai Monday witnessed 1,021 new cases, according to the daily bulletin released by the State Health department last evening. The total number of cases in the metropolis now stands at 1,02,985.

In Tamil Nadu, 2,63,222 people have tested positive for the coronavirus so far, of which 2,02,283 people have recovered. On Monday, 5,800 patients were discharged from hospitals after their recovery.

Chennai recorded 1,021 new cases of coronavirus followed by Ranipet with 382 cases, Virudhunagar (348), Tiruvallur (332), Chengalpattu (331) and Kancheepuram (322). The remaining districts, except Theni, recorded less than 300 new COVID-19 cases on Monday.

Among the 109 deaths, as many as 70 patients above the age of 60 years lost their lives to the virus, it said. Chennai topped the fatalities at 2,176 people so far, followed by Chengalpet (262), Thiruvallur (258) and Madurai (257) till date.