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With 147 deaths, Sat turns Tamil Nadu’s deadliest day yet | Chennai News – Times of India


CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu reported 147 Covid-19 deaths on Saturday — the highest number of deaths reported in a day since the pandemic began in 2020. The state reported 19,588 new cases, which took the active cases 1,17,405. The cumulative case tally touched 11.86 lakh and the toll reached 14,193.
While the state has been reporting deaths in three digits for the past three days, the highest number of deaths it reported was on August 15, 2020, when 127 deaths were reported. Public health experts say the increase in number of deaths is because of increase in the total tally and the case fatality rate is around 1.2% — lower than the 1.5% recorded between September 2020 and the first week of March.
However, they agree that most deaths are still reported from hospitals and many home deaths are not reported. “We have to verify the total deaths in the state to see if there is an increase in case fatality rate,” said a senior public health official.
While cases continued to increase filling up almost all beds in tertiary hospitals, the doubling time for the viral infection dropped to 45 days from 88 days on April 16. On Saturday, at least 25 districts in the state reported deaths, and hotspot Chennai topped the list with 47 deaths. Tiruvallur and Salem reported 14 each followed by 11 in Chengalpet and seven in Tirupattur. In all, 32 of the state’s 37 districts reported more than 100 new cases each.
Chennai reported 5,829 new cases leaving 31,475 people in the active cases registry. Chengalpet reported 1,445 new cases followed by 779 in Tiruvallur and 332 in Kancheepuram. There were 8,385 new cases and 78 deaths in the Chennai region. At least two in every five positive cases in the state were from this region.
In the west, Coimbatore reported 1,257 cases, taking the regional tally to 3,513. The eight districts together had 21 deaths, and Coimbatore reported one. Tirunelveli (812), Madurai (711) and Tuticorin (638) had the highest number of deaths in the southern region, where the case tally was 3,900 and toll was 22. Trichy reported 528 cases and the central region had 1,897 new cases and eight deaths.



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