Tamil on Thursday reported 447 more Covid cases, taking the total to 9,674. With two more deaths, the toll climbed to 66, the health department said in a press release.
While the total number of cases kept rising, the single day spike went below to 500 for the second day running.
With 64 more discharged on Thursday, the total number of those cured of the virus touched 2,240.
Chennai accounted for 363 of the 447 new cases. The total cases reached 5637 (58.27 per cent of the total).
The single day spike peaked at 798 on May 11 and 716 on May 12 to dip to 509 on May 13 and 417 on Thursday.
Chennai also topped in the total deaths, 44 of the 66.
Tiruvallur recorded three deaths and 15 new infections and total cases were 495. Chengalpattu logged four deaths, nine new cases and the total affected were 430.
Two deaths were reported from Madurai ( new cases 9, total 132). Kanchipuram reported one death, eight new cases and total 164. Thoothukudi recorded one death, three new cases and a total of 38. Tirunvelveli reported one death, 14 new cases and a total of 114.
Coimbatore accounted for one death, though no new cases were reported and the total stayed at 146. Neighbouring Erode reported one death and 78 total cases. Dindigul recorded one death and one new case and a total of 112. One death was reported from southern Ramanathapuram, which had one more case taking the total to 31.
Villupuram reported two deaths ( Total cases 304) while Vellore had one death( cases 34), Theni reported one death and one new case ( Total 72). Nilgiris stayed at14 total cases.
Kanyakumari in southern tip of Tamil Nadu recorded its first death and five new cases( total 31)
Tiruvannamalai reported eight cases and a total 136, but no deaths. Perambulur had four new cases, taking the total to 13. Karur reported two more cases ( total 56) and Sivaganga one( 13). Tenkasi reported one new case, taking its total to 54.
Ariyalur reported no new cases and the total stayed at 348. Likewise Cuddallore (total 413), Tiruppatur (2 total) and Ranipet (76 total) reported no new cases.
Kallakurichi (61), Dharmapuri( 5) and Krishnagiri(20) were free from new infections. Also free from new cases were Tiruvarur( total 32) , Tiruchi (67), Thanjavur (70), Nagapattinam(87), Virudhanagar( 44), Pudukotttai(8), Salem( 35), and Namakkal( 77).
Special officer for Chennai Dr J Radhakrishnan said the high incidence was because nearly 4,000 cases were done every day.
The figures showed that the mortality rate depended on early detection and early treatment rather than on incidence of cases. A glaring example was Kanyakumari which had only 35 cases, but one death.