Tamil Nadu, May 27, 2020 : Covid positive cases in Tamil Nadu touched a new high of 18,845 following a record rise of 817 in a single day on Wednesday. With six more deaths, the toll reached 133, the health department said in a bulletin.
It said 678 tested positive. Another 138 passengers from Maharashtra and one from Kerala took the total to 18,845.
With 567 more discharged from hospitals on Wednesday, the total number of patients cured touched 9,909 , roughly 50 per cent of the total. Those under treatment in isolation were 5,771.
It noted that two deaths were cross notified to other States and one died after turning negative for infection.
The six who died were in the age group of 39 to 78. They were three women and three men. A 74-year-old woman died in Chengalpattu. Two more women, aged 78 and another 54 died in Chennai. Three men , aged 39, 51 and 79, all died in Chennai.
Chennai accounted for 558 out of the total 817 cases, taking its total to 12, 203. Adjoining Chengalpattu reported 31 new cases ( total 888). Kanchipuram recorded 14 new cases(330), and Tiruvallur 40 (825).
Among other districts, Kallakurichi took the maximum load of imported cases, 73 from Maharashtra though it had only one case on its own and its total touched 227.
Likewise, Thiruvannamalai reported 13 cases on its own, plus eight from Maharashtra and one from Kerala (263).
Villupuram reported no new cases and yet had five from Maharashtra(116). Adjoining Cuddalore recorded two new cases plus one from Maharashtra, taking its total to 439. Ariyalur had four new case plus one from Maharashtra(362).
In the Cauvery delta region, Tiruvarur had five new cases(42), Thanjavur one(85) and Nagapatinam one(52). Tiruchi had three cases(79).
In southern Tamil Nadu, Madurai had only one new case but seven from Maharashtra(241). Ramanathapuram had one new case(65). Sivaganga had two cases from Maharashtra(31), and Tirupattur one(32).
Thoothukudi had two new cases plus five from Maharashtra (184). Kanyakumari reported one case from Maharashtra(59). Tirunelveli had nil cases, but added four from Maharashtra to take its total to
Several districts in western Tamil Nadu like Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Erode, Salem,Namakkal, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri as well as Dindigul reported nil cases, but many had quite a number of those under treatment.
Eighty-six passengers who came from other countries were in airport quarantine while 67 who came by train were under railway quarantine.
With three zones in Chennai-- Royapuram Thiru Vi Ki Nagar and Kodambakkam-- accounting for more than half of the 12,000 plus cases, nodal officer K Radhakrishnan has said the focus will be on clusters where more detection, testing and isolation would be cone.
Though there are 68 testing facilities, 47 of them in Government, the opposition DMK says enough testing is not being done. Going by the rate at which the virus is spreading, the cases may touch one lakh in another month, experts have warned, as the lockdown is likely to be eased further after May 31, if not lifted altogether. With more trains and planes bringing passengers to Chennai and other cities, the prediction is not off the mark.