Tamil Nadu sees 1,663 new cases, 18 deaths

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2,133 recorded collections; the test positivity rate decreases even as the tests gradually increase

Tamil Nadu reported 1,663 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 7.68,340.

It also reported 18 additional deaths and 2,133 recoveries. The total number of deaths and recoveries in the state is 11,586 and 7 43,838, respectively.

Chennai has reported 486 cases. Six other districts recorded more than 50 cases. These were Coimbatore (148), Chengalpattu (116), Tiruvallur (114), Kancheepuram (92), Tiruppur (70) and Salem (66). Chennai and those six districts accounted for more than 65% of all cases reported on Saturday.

Six other districts have reported less than ten cases, while Perambalur reported no cases on Saturday.

Of the 18 people who succumbed to the infection on Saturday, 11 deaths have been in public hospitals and the remaining seven have been in private hospitals. All of the deceased had comorbidities, according to a medical bulletin released by the Department of Health and Family Welfare.

Six people died from the infection in Chennai. The remaining 12 deaths were reported in eight districts.

The youngest of the deceased was a 35-year-old man from Coimbatore who suffered from diabetes. He was admitted to Coimbatore Medical College hospital on November 6 after testing positive for COVID-19. He died on November 19.

The oldest was a 93-year-old woman from Chennai. She had tested positive for COVID-19 on November 12 and was admitted to the Rajiv Gandhi government general hospital the next day. She died three days later. Fourteen of the 18 people were over 60 years old.

Meanwhile, the number of people tested for COVID-19 continued to increase gradually after a drop in Deepavali last week. No less than 68,479 people were tested on Saturday.

The test positivity rate continued to decline and stood at 2.43% on Saturday.

A government lab and two other private state labs have been licensed to perform RT-PCR testing for COVID-19. A total of 217 laboratories in Tamil Nadu are currently eligible to perform COVID-19 testing, including 67 government laboratories and 150 private laboratories.

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