COVID-19: TN adds 2,312 new infections, 46 fatalities

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Chennai, Jul 16 (PTI) Tamil Nadu reported 2,312 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the caseload to 25,31,118, the health department said on Friday.

The number of fatalities mounted to 33,652 with 46 more people succumbing to the virus in the last 24 hours.

Recoveries outnumbered new infections with 2,986 people getting discharged, aggregating to 24,68,236 leaving 29,230 active cases, a health department bulletin said.

Three returnees from Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal were among those who tested positive for the virus today.

As many as 31 districts reported new infections in double digits, while there were no fresh deaths in 17 districts.

Chennai added 144 new infections, taking the total count to 5,35,902, while the death toll mounted to 8,286 with seven more deaths.

Among districts, Coimbatore reported the maximum of 252 cases, while Tenkasi had the least with 10.

A total of 1,48,778 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of specimens examined to 3,52,68,724 till date.

Among the 46 deceased, 28 succumbed in government hospitals.Six of those who died were without comorbidity or pre-existing illness, the bulletin said.

Minister for Medical and Family Welfare Ma Subramanian inaugurated a post COVID-19 care centre at the Omandurar government medical college and hospital in the city.

He also unveiled a facility at the hospital premises to generate oxygen, set up at a cost of Rs 4.50 crore by float glass manufacturer Saint Gobain India under their corporate social responsibility initiative.

Subramanian said besides providing oxygen support to the patients at the hospital, the facility can also fill oxygen in cylinders which can be supplied to other hospitals too.

Similar facilities are being set up by Saint Gobain at government hospitals in Perundurai, Thiruvallur and also in Kancheepuram.

On vaccination, he said the government has received 1,77,37,670 doses till date and 1,73,20,774 people have been vaccinated.

'As of Thursday, we are having 7,70,910 vials in stock,' he added.PTI VIJ BN BALA BN BALA

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