After slackening for the past three days, the number of Covid cases in Tamil Nadu spurted by 105 on Sunday, taking the total to 1,477. Chennai accounted for 50 of these new cases, taking the total in the district to 285, the health department said in a bulletin.
Among the new cases, four were doctors, three of them attached the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai. They were PG students. With this, the total number of doctors infected in the State has touched 12.
Among the new cases was a tenth class student and a new born baby in Coimbatore , disproving the belief that Coronavirus attacks only the old and the middle aged.
However, the State reported zero deaths for the fourth day running, with the toll remaining at 14.
The Health Department said 48,876 samples of suspected patients had been taken for testing. Besides, over 21381 were in home quarantine and another 20 in government hospitals.
It said of the total number of samples tested, including, 5,840 on Sunday, 31,853 tested negative, 1477 positive and 2,411 were under process.
The statistics show that the number is likely to go up as more and more tests are being conducted in coming days with the new rapid 46 test kits that the Government has got from China and from the Centre.
So widespread is the infection, only three districts of Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri and Pudukottai have reported nil cases.
Besides Chennai which is among the worst affected, other districts are Coimbatore (133), Tiruppur (108), Erode (70), Dindigul (74), Tirunelveli (62), Chengalpattu (53) and Namakkal (50) and Tiruchi, Tiruvallur, Madurai and Thanjavur (46 each) and Theni (43).