TN reports highest single day deaths, containment zones increase in Chennai

Tamil Nadu’s Covid-19 death toll officially went up by 38 on Sunday, the highest for a single-day so far, while 1,974 fresh cases took TN’s tally to 44,661. Chennai’s 1,415 fresh cases pushed its tally to 31,896.

For the second day in a row, seven of those reported dead did not have any comorbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, heart or kidney disease. In the last one week, 38 people without comorbidities have died.

Greater Chennai Corporation said FIRs have been registered against 40 asymptomatic COVID-19 patients in the city for venturing out of their homes flouting isolation norms.

Despite advisory against going out of the home while being treated for COVID-19 in home isolation, they went out of their residences creating scope for other people to get infected, the GCC said. Meanwhile, the number of containment zones in Chennai went up.

Of the new cases reported, ten patients (four from Bahrain, three from Thailand, two from Saudi Arabia and one from UAE) who arrived in Tamil Nadu tested positive in the state.

There are currently 19,676 active cases. Apart from that, a total of 24,547 patients have been discharged or cured of the highly contagious disease, including 1,138 such patients discharged today, the state health department said.

Chennai’s three neighbouring districts accounted for most of the cases outside the city. Chengalpet reported 178 cases, Tiruvallur 81 and Kancheepuram 32. Ten other districts reported fresh cases in double digits: Tiruvannamalai (35), Ramanathapuram (23), Tirunelveli (21), Madurai (16), Tenkasi (16), Villupuram (16), Sivaganga (15), Kallakurichi (14), Dindigul (11) and Salem (10).

Of the 1,989 fresh cases Sunday, 13 were returnees from abroad and 1,362 people were discharged Sunday which is also among the highest number of recoveries in a single day. The fresh cases propelled the infection count to 42,687 in Tamil Nadu and 30,444 in the state capital.