Tamil Nadu’s Covid count crosses 5 lakh, death toll reaches 8,381

Tamil Nadu’s overall Covid-19 tally on Sunday crossed the unenviable milestone of 5 lakh cases. With 5,693 new cases getting detected in the last 24 hours the state’s Covid-19 tally stands at 5,02,759.

The State recorded the first case on March 7, but August and September saw a rapid increase.

A total of 5,717 persons were discharged after treatment from various health facilities. The State has 47,012 active cases. The State also recorded 74 deaths (39 at private hospitals and 35 at government hospitals), taking the toll to 8,381.

Chennai reported 994 fresh cases. As many as 1,228 persons were discharged. The city reported 17 deaths, taking its toll to 2,976. The total number of positive cases stands at 1,48,584 in the city. While 1,35,215 persons have been discharged, the city has 10,393 active cases, according to public health officials.

As many as 84,308 specimens were tested on Sunday, pushing the total number of samples tested so far to 58.88 lakh. Meanwhile, the state capital clocked 994 new cases, taking its infection count closer to 1.50 lakh mark.

Coimbatore recorded 490 new cases, followed by Salem 309, Thiruvallur 300, Chengalpet 299, Tirupur 291 and Cuddalore 251, the bulletin said. Erode, Kancheepuram, Kanyakumari, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, Tirunelveli, Vellore and Villupuram logged more than 100 cases.

In 16 districts, the number of fresh cases was below hundred. Districts such as Ariyalur, Ramanathapuram, Perambalur and Tenkasi reported less than 30 cases.