TN reports 4,231 new Covid cases, waiting time at Chennai signals reduced

Tamil Nadu has reported 4,231 new cases of Covid-19 infections on Thursday apart from 65 deaths caused by the disease. The total number of coronavirus positive cases in the state stands at 1,26,581 including 46,652 active cases and 1,765 deaths, according to data released by the state health department.

The spike was largely due to the growing numbers in various districts, according to the state health department. Districts which reported spikes include Tiruvallur, Virudhunagar, Madurai, Kallakurichi, Tuticorin, Chengalpet among others.

According to the department’s release, 41,038 persons were tested on Thursday, which is the highest ever. The state has done the maximum number of tests in the country and is nearing 1.5 million.

Tamil Nadu has also ramped up testing, with 42,369 samples from 41,038 people being tested on Thursday. On Wednesday, the state took 35,979 samples from 34,962 people.

The capital, Chennai has been recording a steady decrease of cases for the past few days, with 1,216 new cases on Thursday; Tiruvallur had 364 cases, Virudhunagar 289 cases, and Madurai has 262 cases of coronavirus.

Meanwhile, as a preventive measure against the spread of Covid-19, the Chennai City police have decided to shorten the waiting time for commuters at major signals. As a trial run, the waiting time has been reduced to 60 seconds in 10 major signals in Chennai. The initiative is soon to be implemented in 400 signals across the city.

The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday relaxed the Covid-19 lockdown conditions for information technology (IT) and IT Enabled Services (ITES) companies located within the Greater Chennai Police jurisdiction – barring the Covid-19 containment zones – to function from their offices with 10 per cent of their total staff strength.