Tamil Nadu on Wednesday recorded an all-time high of 7,819 new COVID-19 cases. This is the highest daily number of cases since the start of the pandemic, eclipsing the 6,993 cases recorded on July 27 of last year.
Even though new cases crossed the 7,000 mark for the first time in the state, Chennai marked another high with 2,564 people testing positive for the virus in the city. The number of samples tested in 24 hours statewide was 97,668.
The state tally rose to 9.54,948, while the number of active cases exceeded 50,000. A total of 54,315 people are currently being treated in the state, with Chennai having 20,144 people, 5,089 in Chengalpattu and 4,544 in Coimbatore.
Another 25 people died of the infection, bringing the toll to 12,970. Chennai has recorded seven deaths, while there have been three deaths each in Chengalpattu and Coimbatore.
Among those who died was a 23-year-old man from Tiruvallur, who had no comorbidities. He was admitted to Government Stanley Medical College Hospital on April 12 and died the next day from bronchopneumonia, respiratory failure and acute pulmonary embolism.
Three people in their 40s also succumbed to the infection. Among them was a 42-year-old man from Cuddalore, who had no co-morbidities. He was admitted to a private hospital on April 13 with complaints of coughing for five days and difficulty breathing for two days. He died the same day from acute respiratory distress syndrome and COVID-19 pneumonia.
With 2,564 new cases, Chennai’s tally rose to 2.72,118. The city killed 4,344 people.
There were 772 cases in Chengalpattu, followed by 540 in Coimbatore and 383 in Tiruvallur. Three districts had more than 200 cases – Thoothukudi (244), Tiruppur (225) and Tiruchi (216). Among the 12 districts that recorded more than 100 cases were Madurai (199), Tirunelveli (193), Salem (175), Cuddalore (175) and Thanjavur (158).
Among those who tested positive for COVID-19, there were 34 returnees. This included nine people each from Maharashtra and West Bengal.
No less than 3,464 people were released after treatment, bringing the total to 8,87,663.