The state of Tamil Nadu has reported 536 fresh cases that were tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Monday taking the total number of affected cases to 11,760 including active, discharged, and deceased patients. With the current reporting, Tamil Nadu has become the second Indian state with the most number of cases after Maharashtra.
According to the official press release issued by the state health department concerning the outbreak, Tamil Nadu has tested 3,37,841 samples so far including 11,121 that were tested on Monday of which 536 returned positive for the virus. The reporting of 536 cases includes 46 people who returned to the state from Maharashtra.
536 more #COVID19 cases (46 returned from Maharashtra) & 3 deaths reported in Tamil Nadu today. Total number of cases in the state is now at 11760, including 7270 active cases & 81 deaths: State Health Department pic.twitter.com/hfRKFeMtyh— ANI (@ANI) May 18, 2020
The press release stated that of these 536, 304 are males and the rest 232 are female patients and 364 belong to Chennai, 43 belong to Chengalpattu, 19 belong to Thiruvallur, 17 belong to Kancheepuram, 15 belong to Thoothukudi, 12 belong to Tirunelveli, nine belong to Theni, seven belong to Kanyakumari, six each from Ramanathapuram and Tenkasi, five each from Kallakurichi, Salem, and Airport Quarantine, four each from Tiruvannamalai and Villupuram, three each from Virudhunagar and Madurai.
Two each from Ariyalur, Dindigul, and Ranipet, and one each from Cuddalore, Karur, and Thirupathur. The state has reported 234 fresh discharges taking the total number of discharges to 4,406 so far and the state has also recorded three new fatalities through which the state's death toll stands at 81. The press release further stated that a 53-year-old female and a 65-year-old female had died due to the infection at the Rajiv Gandhi Government Hospital in Chennai.
The third fatality is a 70-year-old female who succumbed to the virus at Stanley Medical College in the city. All three fatalities were from Chennai and two of them had co-morbid conditions. According to the press release, Chennai has crossed 7,000 cases on Monday and with the reporting of 364 cases, the city has recorded 7,117 cases so far amid the restrictions and lockdown. On May 5th, the state has crossed 5000 cases and within a fortnight, the state has added nearly 7000 cases to its count.
As of Monday evening, the state has reported 11,760 positive cases so far of which 7,270 are active, 4,406 have been discharged, and 81 had succumbed to the virus. On Sunday, the Tamil Nadu government has extended the statewide lockdown till May 31st with providing some relaxations as the state has been aiming to flatten the curve of COVID-19 affected cases.
To read the press release, visit: https://stopcorona.tn.gov.in/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Media-Bulletin-18-05-20-COVID-19-6-PM.pdf