Tamil Nadu’s Covid-19 cases cross 11,000 mark

Tamil Nadu’s COVID-19 case tally crossed 11,000 on Sunday, with the State reporting 639 new infections, thereby exceeding the 500-mark after three days. The fresh cases included 81 returnees from other parts of the country. While four patients died, the overall case count reached 11,224, of which 6,971* were active cases.

Among the fresh cases, Chennai recorded 482 which includes one each who returned from neighbouring AP and Karnataka. As on Sunday, the State’s tally stood at 11,224 with Chennai alone accounting for 6,750 cases. Meanwhile, in the highest single-day record, 634 people got discharged on the day, taking the number of discharged people to 4,172.

The new infections include 81 persons who had come to Tamil Nadu from Maharashtra (73 persons), Karnataka (2), Andhra Pradesh (1), Rajasthan (2) and Telangana (3). The number of Covid-19 patients who were cured and discharged on Sunday was 634 and the total is 4,172. According to the government, a total of 13,081 samples were tested taking to total over 3.26 lakh till date. Testing of 477 samples are under process.

Eleven districts saw new patients on Sunday, including Chennai, which accounted for 480 positive cases. While its neighbouring districts of Chengalpattu and Tiruvallur accounted for 28 and 18 patients, respectively, Madurai recorded 10 cases.

Significantly, the State tested 12,445 people on Sunday against the 8,270 tests conducted on the previous day. Among the four fatalities on Sunday, three had comorbidities. While two of them, both residents of Tiruvallur, died at the RGGGH, the other two succumbed at Government Stanley Hospital.

Tamil Nadu government on Sunday extended the lockdown till May 31 in view of the spike in the number of coronavirus cases.

According to the latest order issued by the government, “the schools, colleges and other research institutions will remain closed until further orders. Also, the places of worship and where people converge in a large number (all religions) shall remain closed.”