Tamil Nadu, May 23, 2020 : The number of covid cases in Tamil Nadu crossed 15,000 to couch 15,512 with 759 new infections on Saturday, the health department said in a bulletin. With five more deaths in the last two days, the toll reached 103.
Of the new cases, 49 were imported cases. Maharashtra accounted for 24, Rajassthan six, three from West Bengal and one each from Delhi, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh one each( total 37). Another 12 cases were imported from abroad, London seven and the Philippines five.
With 362 patients discharged on Saturday, the total of those cured totalled 7,491.
All five deaths were reported from Chennai, all men in the age group of 53 to 75.
Chennai reported the maximum number of new cases, 624 plus a traveler from Maharashtra, taking its total to 9,989, which was more than 60 per cent of the overall tally.
Neighbouring Chengalpattu accounted for 39 new cases( 733). Kanchipuram reported 13 new cases(264). Tiruvallur recorded 17 new cases and another five patients from Maharashtra (697).
Tiruvannamalai reported 11 new cases, six of them Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh( total 184). .
Thoothukudi and Tirunelveli had no new cases. However, Tirunelveli reported 11 cases from Maharashtra (282) and Thoothukudi added five Maharashtra cases to its tally ( 149).
Cuddalore reported only one new case( 423), almost all of them who carried the infections from the Koyambedu wholesale vegetable markets. Neighbouring Villupuram reported four new cases( 326).
Pudukottai recorded one new case(19). Madurai reported one case of its own and another from Maharashtra(226).
Tenkasi had two new cases (85) and Theni one(102).
Salem reported no new cases, but had two from Maharashtra and one from Telangana, taking its tally to 52. Ranipet recorded one more case taking its total to 90.
With five from the Philippines and seven from London, those in airport quarantine numbered 74. Five train passengers were in railway quarantine.