786 cases take State’s tally past 14,000

The Hindu - - FRONT PAGE - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

The num­ber of COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu crossed the 14,000-mark af­ter 786 per­sons tested pos­i­tive on Fri­day. The State re­ported four deaths, tak­ing the toll to 98.

Chen­nai’s tally climbed to 9,364, with 569 test­ing pos­i­tive. As many as 846 per­sons were dis­charged. Of the 14,753* cases, 7,128 per­sons have re­cov­ered from COVID-19, tak­ing the re­cov­ery rate to 48%.

Tamil Nadu now has a to­tal of 7,524 ac­tive cases.

Erode, which recorded a case af­ter 37 days, is no longer a green zone.

A health of­fi­cial said that the spike in cases con­tin­ued in Chen­nai due to mul­ti­ple clus­ters in four zones of Ton­di­ar­pet, Roy­a­pu­ram, Thiru Vi Ka Na­gar and Ko­dambakkam. “Find, test, iso­late and quar­an­tine strate­gies should be fol­lowed prop­erly. Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of symp­to­matic pa­tients should be done. Spe­cial care should be pro­vided to vul­ner­a­ble groups,” he said.

Among the four per­sons who died was an 81-year-old man from Chen­nai. He was re­ferred from a pri­vate hospi­tal to the Rajiv Gandhi Gov­ern­ment Gen­eral Hospi­tal on May 20. He died on Fri­day due to re­s­pi­ra­tory fail­ure, pneu­mo­nia, and acute re­s­pi­ra­tory dis­tress. A 51year-old man died in Chen­nai, while a 70-year-old man died at the Gov­ern­ment Theni Med­i­cal Col­lege Hospi­tal. A 72-year-old man died at the Gov­ern­ment Med­i­cal Col­lege Hospi­tal, Chen­gal­pattu.

The three neigh­bour­ing dis­tricts of Chen­nai — Chen­gal­pattu,

Kancheep­u­ram and Tiru­val­lur — con­tin­ued to re­port COVID-19 cases. With 40 new cases, Chen­gal­pattu’s tally climbed to 695, while Tiru­val­lur added 39 new cases, tak­ing its to­tal count to 675. Kancheep­u­ram re­ported 13 new cases.

There were seven cases in Ra­manatha­pu­ram, six in Thoothukud­i, four each in Theni and Tiruchi, two each in Pudukot­tai, Tiru­van­na­malai and Vel­lore, and one each in Erode, Kal­lakurichi, Kr­ish­na­giri, Madu­rai, Ra­nipet and


Of the fresh cases, 92 were re­ported among per­sons who re­turned from abroad and other States. A per­son who re­turned from the Philip­pines and ini­tially tested neg­a­tive turned pos­i­tive for COVID-19 dur­ing Fri­day’s exit test. A large num­ber of per­sons re­turn­ing from Ma­ha­rash­tra con­tin­ued to test pos­i­tive for COVID-19. On Fri­day, 66 Ma­ha­rash­tra re­turnees, who were screened at check­posts in seven dis­tricts, tested pos­i­tive. Of this, 29 tested pos­i­tive in Madu­rai, 17 in Tirunelvel­i and 14 in Virud­hu­na­gar.

Thir­teen per­sons who re­turned from Delhi tested pos­i­tive in Virud­hu­na­gar and Madu­rai. Six per­sons who re­turned from West Ben­gal, two from Andhra Pradesh and one each from Gu­jarat, Mad­hya Pradesh, Odisha and Te­lan­gana also tested pos­i­tive in var­i­ous dis­tricts.

Till date, 62 per­sons who re­turned from other coun­tries have tested pos­i­tive for COVID-19. This in­cluded 26, who ini­tially tested neg­a­tive, and turned pos­i­tive dur­ing the exit screen­ing af­ter seven days of quar­an­tine.

A three-month-old baby and a five-month-old baby were among the 46 chil­dren be­low 12 years who tested pos­i­tive. An­other 93 per­sons aged above 60 also tested pos­i­tive. So far, a to­tal of 3,85,185 sam­ples have been tested in the State. One more pri­vate lab­o­ra­tory was ap­proved — Life­cell In­ter­na­tional Pri­vate Ltd, Chen­nai — was ap­proved. The State now has 41 test­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the gov­ern­ment sec­tor and 26 in the pri­vate sec­tor.


Per­sons test­ing pos­i­tive for COVID-19 be­ing brought in an am­bu­lance to a hospi­tal in Vyasarpadi.

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