128 new COVID-19 cases in Pondy, caseload rises to 40,964

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Puducherry, Mar 27 (PTI) Puducherry clocked 128 fresh cases of coronavirus on Saturday, pushing up total infection count to 40,964.

The toll in the union territory climbed to 680 as one more fatality was reported during the last twenty four hours.

The deceased, a male aged 72 years, had co morbidities and died of COVID pneumonia and acute respiratory disorder syndrome.

Director of Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, S Mohan Kumar said there were 846 active cases including 579 in home quarantine and as many as 39,438 patients recovered and were discharged so far.

The 128 new cases were identified at the end of examination of 2022 people andspread over Puducherry (94), Karaikal (32) and Mahe and Yanam regions (one case each).

The Director said 36 patients were discharged after recovery during last twenty-four hours.

The fatality and recovery rates were 1.66 percent and 96.27 percent respectively.

As many as 6.63 lakh samples have been examined so far and 6.15 lakh out of them were found to be negative.

The Director said 24,389 health workers and 10,158 front line workers have been inoculated against the virus.

The department has also vaccinated 25,928 people (senior citizens and those above 45 years with co-morbidities). PTI COR ROH ROH