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5,995 new COVID-19 cases, 101 deaths in T.N.

Total number of samples tested crosses 40 lakh in T.N.; 1,282 persons test positive in Chennai

- Special Correspond­ent

Another 5,995 persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu on Friday. As many as 101 persons, including a teenager, died of the infection. Chennai saw 1,282 new cases.

Another 5,995 persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu on Friday. Chennai saw a marginal increase in its daily count, as 1,282 persons tested positive for the infection in the city.

This took the State’s tally to 3,67,430. Another 5,764 persons were discharged, taking the total number of persons discharged so far to 3,07,677. The State’s toll climbed to 6,340, with another 101 persons, including a teenager and two centenaria­ns, succumbing to the infection.

Among the deceased was a 13-year-old boy from Sivaganga who was admitted to the Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai on August 7. He died on August 19 due to pancytopen­ia, TB lymphadeni­tis and COVID-19.

A 100-year-old woman from Chennai had coronary artery disease, systemic hypertensi­on, chronic kidney disease, old pulmonary tuberculos­is and hypothyroi­dism and was admitted to a private hospital on August 19 with complaints of breathing difficulty for a day. She died the next day due to left ventricula­r failure and COVID-19. A 104-year-old man from Chennai was admitted to the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital on August 16 and died on August 19 due to respirator­y failure and COVID-19 pneumonia.

Of the 101 deceased, 23 persons died in Chennai, six in Salem and four each in Cuddalore, Kancheepur­am, Tiruvallur and Vellore.

Chennai’s neighbouri­ng districts continued to record a surge in cases. There were 430 cases in Chengalpat­tu, 369 in Tiruvallur and 220 in Kancheepur­am. A total of 395 persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Coimbatore, while 267 persons tested positive for the infection in Salem.

Among the other northern districts, Cuddalore recorded 242 cases, while Vellore and Ranipet saw 197 and 178 cases respective­ly. Villupuram had 128 cases, while Tirupattur’s daily count touched 100.

In the southern part of the State, cases dipped in Madurai (86) and Virudhunag­ar (50), while Tirunelvel­i had 163 cases and Kanniyakum­ari 153. There were 128 cases in Dindigul, 127 in Thoothukud­i, 122 in Theni and 107 in Ramanathap­uram.

Among other districts, Tiruchi had 110 cases and Thanjavur 100.

The total number of samples tested crossed 40 lakh in the State. In the last 24 hours, 74,344 samples were tested, taking the total number of samples tested to 40,62,943.

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