Chennai: Districts adjoining Chennai reported a spike in new Coronavirus infections on Monday even though the number of fresh cases within the city stabilized at 1269 against the State’s total of 4985.
In Chengalpattu, where the infection figure was at 354, the district Superintendent of Police Kannan tested positive for Covid-19 and was admitted to a hospital. The other neighbouring districts that had high infection rate were Kancheepuram 329 and Thiruvallur 454.
The other districts that had high numbers were Coimbatore 139, Madurai 106, Tenkasi 103, Theni 107, Thiruvanamalai 151, Thoothukudi 200, Tirunelveli 180, Vellore 114 and Virudhunagar 169.
Food and Civil Supplies Minister R Kamaraj, who inspected medical camps in Teyanampet zone in Chennai, said the efforts of the Government had led to the decline in infection in the city. In all the 15 zones the percentage of infected persons returning home after hospitalization was 81 per cent, he said.
In fact, in Teynampet zone, which once had a high rate of infection, the percentage of person cured was 83 per cent, he said.
Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar also spoke about the government efforts in combating the pandemic and said that it had helped in bringing it under control.
He said the death rate in Tamil Nadu was lower than other states. On Monday, 70 persons succumbed to Coronavirus in the State and the death figure for Chennai was 22.
Meanwhile, Minister for Electricity P Thangamani, who was admitted to a private hospital in Chennai on July 8, was discharged ‘after successful treatment and complete cure from COVID-19’, a hospital press release said.