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Coronavirus | New cases rise for the second day in T.N.

Returnees from the U.K. getting themselves registered for COVID-19 testing at Chennai airport   | Photo Credit: B. Velankanni Raj

Fresh COVID-19 cases marginally increased for the second day in Tamil Nadu as 562 persons tested positive for the infection on Saturday. Chennai, with 243 new cases, continued to record a significant rise among all the districts.

Three districts — Ariyalur, Dharmapuri and Perambalur — recorded no new COVID-19 cases. A total of 25 districts clocked in new cases in the single digits. Of this, six districts had only one case each.

Coronavirus | New cases rise for the second day in T.N.
 

Chengalpattu and Coimbatore recorded 49 and 48 cases respectively, while Tiruvallur reported 39 cases. There were 25 cases in Kancheepuram, while a total of 20 persons each tested positive for the infection in Thanjavur and Tiruppur. Erode reported 13 cases, while Vellore had 10 cases.

As of date, the State accounted for a total of 8,54,554 cases. With 560 persons recovering, a total of 8,38,085 persons have been discharged till now. The State recorded four fatalities — two in Chennai, and one each in Chengalpattu and Coimbatore. This took the toll to 12,517.

Presently, as many as 3,952 persons are under treatment for COVID-19 in the State. Of this, Chennai accounted for 1,857 cases.

In the last 24 hours, 55,051 samples were tested in the State. So far, 1,77,91,275 samples have been tested.

Vaccination coverage

A total of 85,472 persons received the COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday. This took the overall coverage to 8,48,076.

As many as 28,697 frontline workers, 27,931 senior citizens, 18,069 persons aged 45 to 59 with co-morbidities and 10,775 healthcare workers were vaccinated in 1,297 sessions held across the State. While 78,586 persons received the first dose, 6,886 persons received the second dose.

A majority of them — 10,296 healthcare workers, 28,052 frontline workers, 17,639 persons with co-morbidities and 27,159 persons aged above 60 years — received Covishield.

So far, 4,12,459 healthcare workers, 2,19,303 frontline workers, 79,400 persons with co-morbidities and 1,36,914 senior citizens have been vaccinated in the State, according to the daily report issued by the Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

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