Tamil Nadu has recorded a 10 day high of fresh COVID-19 cases with 759 infections on Sunday, including a UAE returnee.
The overall caseload in the state thereby reached close to 8.60 lakh, while the four new fatalities took the toll to 12,547. Cases had been on the decline since January 10, and they gradually started to rise from mid-February.
500 cases a day were recorded in the state since March 5, with recoveries being on the lower side as against the earlier trend that surpassed the new infections. According to PTI, the number was lesser with 547 people getting discharged, taking the cumulative number to 8,42,309 leaving 4,870 active cases on Sunday.
Chennai accounted for almost 60% of the new infections with 294 cases being reported, aggregating a total number of 2,38,820. The city also leads in the number of fatalities with 4,178. Of the four deaths reported, Chengalpet accounted for three while Chennai recorded one.
It is noteworthy that all the deceased had pre-existing comorbidities. As many as 67,269 samples were tested on Sunday, and therefore the cumulative number of specimens examined so far is 1,82,84,550. Coming behind Chennai in the number of cases were Chengalpet with 63 infections, Coimbatore with 58 and Thiruvallur with 42, while the rest were scattered over other districts of the state.
The Government of Tamil Nadu had on March 1, begun the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive, in which senior citizens above 60 years of age and those above 45 years of age with comorbidities were included. The state health department had made arrangements for the people to register for the vaccination.
Beneficiaries are free to choose their vaccination centres when registering or can also avail of an on-site registration after walking to the centre of their choice. It is also significant that the government has intensified the COVID guidelines for those entering the state from other states including Kerala and Maharashtra where the numbers are rapidly increasing.