A health worker collects a swab sample for Covid-19 test at Anna Pillai street in Chennai (file photo)
CHENNAI: As a slew of unlock measures were adopted, Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu have begun to peak again. On Sunday, Tamil Nadu saw 6,495 cases and 94 deaths.
Fresh infections were crossing 6,000 for the second day in a row after a month. Chennai registered more than 1,200 cases for the third day in a row. Of the 52,721 active cases in the state, the city accounts for a quarter of them (13,472).
Chennai also recorded the most deaths at 16, followed by Salem with nine and Chengalpet eight.
Chennai region, comprising Chennai city , Chengalpet, Thiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts continued to account for most of the deaths (33), followed by western region (18).
Sunday’s tally of 2,154 new cases increased the total number of active cases in Chennai region to 19,804, while western region with 1,267 cases added on Sunday has 10,316 active cases.
Coimbatore recorded its highest-ever single day tally of 498 cases, remaining the district with the second-highest incidence in Tamil Nadu, next only to Chennai. Even as the total cases in the district inched closer to 15,000, the number of active cases remained at a little over 3,500. The recovery rate too touched a new high with 451 people being discharged. Though there are no new clusters, cases have steadily increased in hotspots such as Selvapuram and Gandhipuram, and spread to neighbouring localities.
The southern districts reported 953 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, and Madurai’s tally crossed the 14,000 mark. Theni district reported the most cases, 176, in the south; Madurai had 134 cases.
The central region recorded its second-highest single-day spike of 754 cases pushing the tally past 31,000
The state, meanwhile, has continued to test aggressively, with more than 83,000 samples tested by RT-PCR method at approved labs on Sunday — 12,000 more than a week ago on August 23.