The number of Covid cases rose by 56 in Tamil Nadu taking the total to 1,323 and the death toll remained at 15, the Health Department said in a press release on Friday.
The sudden spike again has surprised health officials. The new cases were 31 in April 14, 38 on April 15 and 25 on April 16. It rose again to 56 on Friday.
However, the number of those discharged after treatment rose from 180 to 283 as of Friday.
Among the 56 new cases, a maximum of 17 was reported from Thanjavur, 11 from Chennai ) five each from Kanniyakumari and Tiruvallur and Tenkas, followed by Tiruvarur (4), Vellore and Tiruchi (3 each), Nagapattinam, Theni and Villuppuram (2 each), Karur and Dindugul (one each).
Chennai had the maximum number of cases with 228 , followed by Coimbatore (127), Tiruppur (80), Erode (70), Dindigul (66), Tirunelveli (58), Chengalpattu and Namakkal (50 each), Tiruchji and Tiruvallur (46 each), Madurai (44), Theni (43), Karur (42), Nagapattianm (40), Ranipet (39) and Thanjavur (35).
The Government statistics revealed that the infection was widespread. More significantly many were under quarantine.
It said 23,934 patients were under active home quarantine and 34 in Government quarantine centres, while 1,040 were under treatment.
Till date 29,673 samples have been taken and sent for testing of which 1,323 tested positive 21,628 negative. Results of 2,023 samples were under process, while 4,699 were repeat samples .
Usually a patient is discharged only after three or four tests.
The statistics show that it will take long time for the government to flatten the curve. Anticipating it, it has decided to go for more aggressive testing of all suspect cases, taking advantage of the intense lockdown that is in force till May 3.
The Centre has warned that those in orange or green zones will be put on the red again if new cases are reported in these districts.