Tamil Nadu reported 1,562 more covid positive cases on Monday, taking the total to 3,229..With 17 more deaths, the toll reached 286, the health department said in a bulletin.
With 528 more discharged as of date, the number of those cured reached 17,527, maintaining the recovery at around 50 per cent.
Another 17 succumbing to the infection, the case fatality ratio(CFR) touched 0.86 per cent, showing a marginal increase.
The number of active cases was 15,413. Local infections were 1,520. Another 32 were imported. They were nine returnees from Qatar and three from Kuwait. In addition, a passenger from Delhi who came by air tested positive. Besides those who came by train and road with infection included those from Maharashtra (22), Delhi (6) and Haryana (1).
Of the new casualties, 14 died in Government hospitals and three in private hospitals. As usual, two deaths were cross-notified to other states and one died after turning negative.
Chennai accounted for 224 deaths, Tiruvallur 14, Chengalpattu 15 and Kanchipuram five.
The rest of the casualties were distributed across the state. Madurai, Vellore and Villupuram recorded three deaths each. Elsewhere, Dindigul, Theni , Thoothukudi and Thiruvanamalai are two each.
Pudukottai, Cuddalore, Ranipet, Cuddalore, Coimbatore, Erode, Namakkal, Tiruchi, Tirunelveli, Ramanathapuram and Kanyakumari recorded one death each.
A breakup of 17 new fatalities shows that the oldest victim was a man aged 92 from Chennai and the youngest 22, a man from Tiruvallur.
Besides, fatalities were reported from Chennai as well as Thiruvallur, Ranipet and Villupuram. The Government admitted that among those who died were those who had no comorbidities like high sugar or BP which is a sign for worry. Plus, the dead those who were not in the high risk category, that is above 60. Of the 17 dead, four were women.
Giving district wise break-up of new cases, the press release said Kallakurichi recorded a massive jump of 210 cases (only 9) and its total rose to 292 from a mere 82. Salem saw 133 imported and three local cases (221).Thiruvannamalai recorded 148 imported and 11 local cases(503). Vellore recorded as many as 32 local cases and five imported (95).
Cuddalore saw 22 imported and seven local cases(491). Villupuram showed signs it had already peaked with just 13 imported and four cases to take its total to 384.
It was the southern region which bore the brunt of imported cases. Tirunelveli reported 267 imported and three local cases (390). Neighbouring Thoothukudi saw a spike of 168 imported and 26 indigenous cases to take the total to 355. Tenkasi recorded 23 imported and three local cases(106).
Madurai recorded 87 imported and five local cases (317). Sivaganga had 20 imported and seven local cases (42).Theni had 15 imported and two local cases (126). Dindigul had 26 imported and nine local cases (176).
Kanyakumari had 18 imported and seven local cases to total 94. Ramanathapuram had 28 imported and six local cases to total 112.
The western region was relatively free from new cases with Coimbatore reporting nine imported cases to total 161.
In the Cauvery delta region, Nagapattinam had five imported and five local cases to take its total to 81. Tiruvarur had three local and four imported cases to total 62. Thanjavur ahd four local and five local cases (117). Karur reported 34 cases, all imported, to take its total to 87.