There was a marginal dip in fresh cases of COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu as 5,063 persons tested positive for the infection on Tuesday. However, for the second consecutive day, more than 100 deaths were recorded. As many as 6,501 persons were discharged from hospitals.
Many southern districts saw a dip in the number of cases. The ten districts together reported 1,525 cases and 34 deaths. With 40 cases, Madurai recorded the lowest number of fresh cases in the zone along with Tenkasi (45) and Ramanathapuram (47).
Virudhunagar (424) continued to report the highest number of cases.
Other districts to report cases in three digits were Kanyakumari (128), Sivagangai (141), Theni (292), Tuticorin (189) and Tirunelveli(155). Kanyakumari recorded nine deaths, Tirunelveli logged six while Madurai, Theni and Tenkasi recorded four each.
The time taken for cases to double has increased in the city, said Health Minister C Vijayabaskar, implying that the rate of spread of infection has slowed down.
The doubling time is now 65 days, compared to 47 days on July 18, according to the Corporation’s data.
In other districts too, the doubling time has come down, claimed Vijayabaskar, “due to measures initiated by the State government.” Tuesday’s numbers have pushed the State tally up to 2,68,285 and toll to 4,349.
Cases dipped in Madurai as only 40 persons tested positive, weeks after they started soaring. However, in Virudhunagar, 424 persons tested positive, followed by Theni with 292 cases. The other southern districts that had 100-plus cases were Kanniyakumari-122, Sivaganga-141, Thoothukudi-189 and Tirunelveli-155.
Among the districts, Kanniyakumari accounted for nine deaths, while eight persons died in Chengalpattu, seven in Coimbatore and six each in Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Tirunelveli.