TN reports over 4,000 cases for 4th day, but infections coming down in Chennai

Tamil Nadu remained under the grip of coronavirus with over 4,000 fresh cases being reported for the fourth straight day, taking the tally to 1,11,151 on Sunday, the state Health Department said.

The state added 4,150 new cases while 60 people died due to the virus, pushing the count to 1,510, a Health Department bulletin said.

A total of 62,778 patients have been discharged so far, with 2186 recovering on Sunday alone. Chennai has been the worst affected district in the State with 68,254 cases of Covid-19 in all. On Sunday, 1713 people tested positive for the infection.

However, in a big relief to people and health officials, the cases are coming down constantly in Chennai for the past few days.  Also, recoveries climbed to 62,778 with 2,186 people being discharged after treatment from various health care facilities on Sunday.

The number of active cases stood at 46,860, the bulletin said. With the focus remaining on ramping up testing, a total of 34,831 samples were examined, taking the overall tally to 13.41 lakh.

After 17 days of intense lockdown in Chennai and suburban areas, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami on Saturday said restrictions in all the regions would be eased from Monday.

In Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpet areas (except containment zones), only small temples, mosques, dargahs and churches in rural areas with an annual income of less than Rs 10,000 will be open to public.