TN witnesses big spike in Covid-19 cases, crosses 18,000-mark

Tamil Nadu’s tally of COVID-19 cases surpassed the 18,000-mark on Wednesday as, in yet another spike, the State reported 817 new cases of the disease. The toll increased to 133 with six more fatalities. The fresh cases took the total number of COVID-19 cases to 18,545.

The number of persons discharged after treatment rose to 9,909, while the total number of active cases was 8,500. The new cases included 138 returnees from Maharashtra, pushing the infection count to 18,545 while six more deaths were recorded.

With 558 of the newly infected being from Chennai, the tally of the state capital breached the 12,000 mark and touched 12,203 cases from 11,645 on Tuesday.
With 558 of the newly infected being from Chennai, the tally of the state capital breached the 12,000 mark and touched 12,203 cases from 11,645 on Tuesday.

With three men and an equal number of women deaths due to the virus, the fatalities touched 133.

A 39-year old man with diabetes and hypertension was the youngest among the six people to die. Three people were septuagenarians and two others were in their early fifties.

Of the new cases reported, 138 patients were returnees from Maharashtra followed by one from Telangana and other states who were tested positive in the state.

Apart from that, a total of 9,909 patients have been discharged or cured of the highly contagious disease, including 567 such patients discharged today, the state health department added.

There were 40 new cases in Tiruvallur, 31 in Chengalpattu, 14 in Kancheepuram, 13 in Tiruvannamalai, five in Tiruvarur, four in Ariyalur, three in Tiruchi, two each in Cuddalore, Thoothukudi, and one each in Kallakurichi, Madurai, Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram, Thanjavur and Tirupattur.