CHENNAI: Fresh cases in Tamil Nadu touched 1,489 on Saturday, 334 cases more than its tally on Friday. While 33 of the 38 districts reported a marginal increase in fresh cases, the sharpest increase was reported in Chennai, followed by Chengalpet, Tiruvallur, Vellore and Kanyakumari.
Eight deaths took the death toll in the state to 36,784. At the end of the day, 611 people were discharged from the hospital leaving 8,340 active cases.
While Chennai reported 682 new cases, the city reported nearly 46% of the total cases reported in the state – nearly 16% increase from cases reported on Friday. Along with Chennai, cases in Chengalpet and Tiruvallur also continued to increase. On Saturday, Chengalpet reported 168 new cases and Tiruvallur reported 70 new cases. The Chennai region – Chengalpet, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chennai – together reported 955 new cases.
While the seven-day average of fresh cases in the city is now 870 compared to 600 a week ago. During the same time the average number of cases in the city rose to more than 350 from 145. “We are seeing new and big clusters of new cases every day,” said health secretary J Radhakrishnan. “Most patients have mild or no symptoms of the viral infection. Yet we isolate patients in hospitals or covid care centres to prevent transmission,” he said.
Besides Chennai, Chengalpet and Tiruvallur, all other districts reported fewer than 50 cases. Barring Mayiladuthurai all other districts reported fresh cases. At least 16 districts reported cases in single digits.
Vellore (39) and Kanyakumari (31) reported 25 and 22 cases more than its Friday tally. Four passengers from UAE and one from Srilanka tested positive for the viral infection, along with three from Delhi. In addition, six passengers from Bangladesh, four from West Bengal and one from Jharkhand who travelled by road tested positive for the viral infection.
Of the eight deaths, there were two from Vellore, one each from Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruvallur, Tiruppur, Krishnagiri and Thiruvarur.