Tamil Nadu reported nearly 5,000 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest so far, taking its tally beyond 1.7 lakh, the government said on Sunday (July 19).
With 4,979 new cases and 78 fatalities in the last 24 hours, the total count now stands at 1,70,693 cases and 2,481 deaths. Of these, 23 deaths were reported from private hospitals while 55 were from government facilities.
Chennai and nearby Tiruvallur accounted for 1,254 and 405 cases respectively and the rest of the fresh infections were spread across the State. Chennai’s share of the total statewide tally at the moment is 85,859.
Currently, there are 50,294 active COVID-19 cases of the infection in the state. Besides, a total of 4,059 patients were also discharged following recovery on Sunday. This takes the recovery count to 1,17,915.
The state also tested a record 52,993 samples in a single day; 19,32,492 samples have been tested in the state so far. There are 112 functionating COVID-19 testing facilities in Tamil Nadu. of which 57 are government-run while the rest 55 are privately-owned.
Greater Chennai Corporation Commissioner G Prakash said the city civic body was the first in the country to have conducted five lakh RT-PCR tests. Till July 18 from March, five lakh tests were conducted, he said adding sample testing has been increased to 13,000 per day from about 4,500 (in recent times) in the Corporation areas.
(With inputs from agencies)