TN’s Covid death toll crosses 10,000, but active cases come down

More than 10,000 people have died of Covid-19 in Tamil Nadu so far. Thursday’s 68 deaths took the toll to 10,052. The state also reported 5,088 fresh cases, though the number of active cases fell below 45,000 for the first time in months to 44,437.

The State recorded the first death of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 on March 25 — a 54-year-old man undergoing treatment at the Government Rajaji Hospital, Madurai.

As 5,088 more persons tested positive on Thursday, the State’s overall case count climbed to 6,40,943. There was a marginal dip in fresh infections in Chennai as 1,295 persons tested positive. There were 448 cases in Coimbatore, 363 in Chengalpattu and 362 in Salem. The number of cases stayed high in Thanjavur at 239, while Tiruvallur recorded 194 cases and Tiruppur 173.

The total number of deaths in the State doubled in the two months but have been steadily declining in the last one month to less than 100 daily.

A total of 87,341 samples were tested. Chennai reported 1,295 new cases and 16 deaths with maximum infections in districts like Coimbatore with 448 cases; Chengalpattu (363); Salem (362) and Thanjavur (239), according to the Health Ministry data.

On Thursday, Chennai recorded 1,295 cases and 16 deaths. The 11 northern districts, including Chennai, together recorded 2,553 cases and 37 deaths while the eight western districts had 1,498 new cases and 15 deaths. Coimbatore topped the table among western districts with 448 cases followed by Salem (362).