T.N. re­ports 4,295 fresh COVID-19 cases

4,295 new in­fec­tions re­ported; Chen­nai records 1,132 cases; three dis­tricts see 200-plus in­fec­tions

The Hindu - - FRONT PAGE - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

Eleven dis­tricts ac­counted for nearly 70% of the 4,295 new COVID-19 cases re­ported on Satur­day. Chen­nai re­ported 1,132 cases, while 389 per­sons tested pos­i­tive for the in­fec­tion in Coim­bat­ore.

Eleven dis­tricts, in­clud­ing Chen­nai, ac­counted for a ma­jor chunk of the fresh COVID-19 cases re­ported in the State on Satur­day. Nearly 70% of the 4,295 new in­fec­tions were recorded in these dis­tricts.

Chen­nai re­ported 1,132 cases, while 389 per­sons tested pos­i­tive for the in­fec­tion in Coim­bat­ore. Three dis­tricts had 200-plus cases — Chen­gal­pattu (231), Salem (240) and Tiru­val­lur (218). The re­main­ing six dis­tricts had 100-plus cases — Cud­dalore (113), Erode (122), Kancheep­u­ram (148), Na­makkal (131), Than­javur (101) and Tirup­pur (159).

Vel­lore, which had been re­port­ing over 100 daily cases con­tin­u­ously, saw 91 fresh cases on Satur­day.

The State’s tally climbed to 6,83,486. As many as 5,005 per­sons, in­clud­ing 1,458 from Chen­nai, were dis­charged, tak­ing the to­tal figure to 6,32,708. The State’s toll rose to 10,586, with 57 more per­sons suc­cumb­ing to the in­fec­tion. Of them, 15 died in Chen­nai, six in Coim­bat­ore, five in Chen­gal­pattu and four in Vel­lore. A to­tal of 3,504 per­sons have died in Chen­nai till date. Among the de­ceased was a 30-year-old man from Salem who was ad­mit­ted to a pri­vate hos­pi­tal on Septem­ber 27 with com­plaints of fever, cough and breath­ing dif­fi­culty for seven days. He died on Oc­to­ber 17 due to acute res­pi­ra­tory distress syn­drome and COVID-19 pneu­mo­nia.

Seven per­sons in their 40s also suc­cumbed to the in­fec­tion. They in­cluded a 40-year-old man from Chen­gal­pattu who had chronic kid­ney dis­ease. He was ad­mit­ted to a pri­vate hos­pi­tal in Chen­nai on Oc­to­ber 16 with com­plaints of breath­ing dif­fi­culty. He died within three hours of ad­mis­sion due to COVID-19 pneu­mo­nia.

As of date, a to­tal of 40,192 per­sons are un­der­go­ing treat­ment in the State. They in­clude 12,907 per­sons in Chen­nai and 3,861 per­sons in Coim­bat­ore.

As many as 90,242 sam­ples were tested in the last 24 hours. Till date, a to­tal of 88,56,280 sam­ples have been tested.

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