Tamil Nadu reported nearly 4,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. A total of 3,986 people have tested positive and 17 people have died in the state. The state’s number of active cases stood at 27,743.

Chennai’s daily tally continued to rise as 1,459 people tested positive, bringing the city’s number of active cases to more than 10,000.

Chengalpattu followed with 390 cases, while Coimbatore reported 332 cases.

Tiruvallur added 208 new cases. There were 141 cases in Tiruppur and 108 in Thanjavur.

The main contributors among other districts were Kancheepuram (96), Dindigul (94), Tiruchi (91), Salem (90), Cuddalore (70), Vellore (68), Villupuram (52), Ranipet (41), Tiruvannamalai (38), Tirupattur (25) and Kallakurichi (24). Only Perambalur has reported less than 10 cases.

The new cases, which included 14 returnees, brought the total to 9,11,110. These included 2,767 in Coimbatore and 2,679 in Chengalpattu. Among the 17 deaths, Chennai is the cause of six deaths. There were two deaths in Chengalpattu and one each in Coimbatore, Madurai, Nagapattinam, Salem, Thanjavur, Tiruvannamalai, Tirunelveli, Tiruppur and Tiruchi. A 36-year-old Coimbatore woman suffering from morbid obesity was admitted to Coimbatore Medical College hospital on April 4 and died the next day from bilateral bronchopneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome.

Three of the people who died had no co-morbidities. One of them was a 56-year-old man from Salem who was admitted to a private hospital in Salem on April 2 with complaints of fever and sore throat. He died on April 6 from COVID-19 pneumonia. The state’s balance sheet stood at 12,821.

A total of 1,824 people, including 556 in Chennai, were returned to the state. This brought the total number of people returned so far to 8,70,546 people.

In the past 24 hours, 80,535 samples have been tested. To date, 2,01,73,626 samples have been tested in the state.

32251 vaccinated

As of Wednesday, 65,764 people, including 32,251 people aged 45 to 59 with co-morbidities and 30,113 elderly people, were vaccinated in the state, bringing the total to 34,00,857.

The vaccination took place in 4,114 sessions. Of the 65,764 people, 1,603 health workers, 1,423 frontline workers, 27,825 people aged 45 to 59 with co-morbidities and 26,136 elderly people received Covishield and 253 health workers, 121 frontline workers, 4,426 people with co-morbidities and 3,977 elderly people received Covaxin, according to the daily report published by the Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

173 cases in UT

Pondicherry recorded another death from COVID-19, bringing the overall toll to 687 while reporting 173 new cases on Wednesday. A 67-year-old man with comorbidities including diabetes mellitus and hypertension died at IGMCRI.

The regional toll is Puducherry (554), Karaikal (77), Yanam (45) and Mahé (11). Pondicherry accounted for 168 of 173 new cases confirmed from 1,149 tests and Karaikal 5. No new cases were reported Wednesday in Mahé and Yanam.

With 125 recovering patients, active cases in UT amounted to 1,820. Of these, 453 were hospitalized and 1,367 in home isolation.

Out of about 6.88 lakh tests performed to date by the Department of Health, more than 6.32 lakh were negative.

Meanwhile, the number of people vaccinated in the UT rose to 82,815 after 56 healthcare workers, 16 frontline workers and 465 members of the public took their first shot of the vaccine.