TN’s Covid cases reach unprecedented levels, but officials say spread will be controlled in a week

Tamil Nadu added 6785 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours taking the total number of Covid-19 cases in the state to 1,99,749. However, 63,182 persons were tested in the last 24 hours, which is the highest so far.

Officials said the increasing cases is because of increased testing and a new method called pooled testing. “The spread will be controlled in a week’s time,” they added.

Chennai’s daily case count remains stable with another 1,299 cases being reported on the day, accounting for 19 per cent of new cases. Its neighbouring districts of Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur recorded 419, 349 and 378 cases respectively. Together, the capital and its neighbours account for 36 per cent of cases reported on the day, down from 69.8 per cent on June 24.

Districts of Kancheepuram, Madurai, Thiruvallur and Tuticorin reported over 300 cases, while Kanyakumari, Ranipet, Theni and Trichy reported over 200 cases.

The total number of cases in the state now stands at 199,749. While 143,297 patients have been cured and discharged, 3,320 patients have died because of the virus.

The death toll rose to 3320 on Friday with 88 more people succumbed to the infection. Four districts recorded over 200 cases — Kanniyakumari (266), Ranipet (222), Theni (234) and Tiruchy (217) — while eight districts have reported over 100 cases.

Of these, Coimbatore recorded 189, Kallakurichi 179, Salem 122, Thanjavur 186, Tiruvannamalai 134, Tirunelveli 171, Vellore 174, and Villupuram 164.