CHENNAI: After reporting around 4,500 cases daily over the past few days, TN’s Covid-19 positivity count touched new highs in the past two days, with fresh cases nudging 5,000 on Sunday. While active cases in the state crossed 50,000 for the first time, 78 deaths in 24 hours took the total toll to 2,481.
From around 40,000 at the beginning of this month, active cases rose 26% to 50,294 cases on Sunday. The good news is that active cases in Chennai have hovered around 15,000 for the last few days, down 36% from the level at the beginning of July. Chennai’s daily count of fresh cases too has hovered around 1,200, but the numbers in the three neighbouring districts – Chengalpet, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur – are rising. They together recorded 931 new cases on Sunday, nearly 74% of Chennai’s count of 1,254.

The positivity rate has come down to 5% to 8% in the north Chennai zones of Tondiarpet and Royapuram, said Corporation commissioner G Prakash. With 1,411 people testing positive on Sunday, the 10 southern districts, including Madurai, have so far had 29,175 positive cases and almost half of them were active cases. Also, Madurai has a backlog of 4,000 samples for which results are awaited. This is equal to the daily sample collection in the district, says monitoring officer B Chandramohan.
TN tested more than 50k samples on Sunday
Positive cases are expected to go up when the backlog is cleared.
Other districts such as Trichy (138), Coimbatore (135), Thiruvannamalai (134) and Vellore (133) continued to report more fresh cases on Sunday.
TN continued to test more people than any other state with swab samples taken from 51,640 on Sunday, the highest so far. Tamil Nadu has so far tested19.3 lakh samples.
With one more lab at Tiruvannamalai Government Hospital approved for Covid testing, the state now has112 testing facilities.
Of the 78 deaths reported on Sunday, 42 were from Chennai and three neighbouring districts. This took the cumulative death toll close to 2,481. But this does not include around 500 deaths in Chennai that were recorded by the civic body.
Of the other 36 deaths reported on Sunday, 20 were in the southern region. Youngest Covid victim on Sunday was a 22-year-old from Madurai. The average death rate in the region was 1.25%, which was less than the state’s death rate of 1.45%.
Among passengers coming travelling from other states, 77 tested positive at air, rail and road surveillance camps. So far 4,788 passengers0 who entered TN since lockdown 1.0 have tested positive.

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