CHENNAI: With the state registering 1,087 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, the total tally of fresh cases in Tamil Nadu crossed the four-digit mark after 81 days, the first time this year. As on Friday, 6,690 people were under treatment, while the total case tally touched 8,64,450. With nine people dying across the state on Friday, the death toll went up to 12,582.
The directorate of public health in Tamil Nadu last reported cases in four digits on December 28, 2020, when there were 8,867 people under treatment. The following day, the state had 957 fresh cases. On Friday, when Chennai reported 421 cases and four deaths, the district had 2,552 people under treatment. “On January 1, the city had 2,528 active cases. At that time, despite seeing clusters of cases from educational institutions, we were reporting around 252 fresh cases a day. The fresh cases dropped to less than 150 a day until mid-Febraury. After that, clusters began to increase as fewer people adhered to pandemic protocols,” health secretary J Radhakrishnan said.
The average number of cases reported every day in Chennai, which was around 144 between February 12 and 18, increased to 152 a week later. Last week, the average number of cases reported by the city was around 250, and from March 12-18 around 326 cases were reported every day. During the same period there was an increase in the total number of Covid deaths. In the week between February 12 and 18, the state reported 12 deaths and between March 12 and 18, the city reported 17 deaths. The fatality rate in the state is stable at 1.5% since September 2020. Along with Chennai, cases in Chengalpet also increased.
The Chennai region – Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpet – together reported 60% of the total cases in the state on Friday. After Chennai, Chengalpet reported the highest number of cases and deaths. The district reported 105 new cases and two deaths. Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram reported 78 and 37 cases respectively. Coimbatore reported 102 cases and Thanjavur had 64 cases. While all districts reported new cases, 17 districts saw a single digit rise. Chennai reported 421 new cases and case tally in Chengalpet, and Coimbatore crossed the three-digit mark. Three districts – Nigiris, Thanjavur and Tiruvallur — reported one death each.