Less than 6000 cases have been recorded for the second consecutive day in the state. (Representational)
Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News July 31, August 1 Highlights: Tamil Nadu on Friday recorded at least 5,881 Covid-19 cases, taking the overall tally to 2,45,859. With 97 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, the death toll surged to 3,935.
As many as 5,778 persons were discharged following treatment, taking the number of recoveries to 1,83,956. The number of active cases stood at 57,968.
On Friday, a total of 60,276 samples were tested, taking the overall number to 26,58,138 till date.
Chennai recorded 1,013 Covid-19 cases and 22 deaths on Friday. The city’s overall tally reached 99,794. Apart from Chennai, other districts like Kancheepuram (485), Thiruvallur (373), Ranipet (359), Virudhunagar (357) and Chengalpattu (334) reported maximum number of cases.
An aerial view of Kamarajar Salai and Marina beach during the lockdown in Chennai.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami extended the lockdown in the state till August 31 but with more relaxations, including allowing private establishments to scale up workforce and permitting dine-in services in hotels and restaurants.
Fresh relaxations have been announced in the areas under the limit of Greater Chennai police and in other districts as well. All commercial establishments, private companies, and other business entities can now operate with 75 per cent workforce, up from 50 per cent earlier.
Tamil Nadu, with 2,34,114 cases and 3,741 deaths as of Thursday, is the fourth-most affected state in the country after Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The largest chunk of the cases have been reported from capital city Chennai, followed by Thiruvallur and Madurai.
The state is still seeing a rise in daily cases. For six consecutive days, till Wednesday, the state recorded over 6,000 infections daily. While the 7,000 mark is yet to be breached, numbers have hovered very close to it for several days.
In more worrying sighs, the disease has also started percolating to rural areas from urban centres. Further, frontline workers have been increasingly contracting the disease. From health to corporation officials, several people have tested positive for the disease in recent weeks.