Puducherry, Jan 31 (PTI) Puducherry reported 21 new coronavirus cases while a 78-year old patient succumbed to the infection pushing the toll to 648, a top Health department official said on Sunday.
The 21 fresh cases were identified at the end of the examination of 2,352 samples, Director of Health and Family Welfare services S Mohan said in a release.
The overall tally of COVID-19 in the union territory rose to 39,068, he added.
Of the new infections, the Puducherryregion reported 17, followed by Mahe (3) and Karaikal (1) while Yanam did not report any fresh case, the Health department Director said.
Mohan Kumar said 41 patients had been discharged during the last 24 hours.
While the number of active cases stood at 285, as many as 38,135 patients had recovered and were discharged so far.
The person who succumbed at JIPMER had comorbidities, he added.
The fatality and recovery rates were 1.66 per cent and 97.61 per cent respectively.
As many as 5.76 lakh samples were tested so far and of them 5.32 lakh samples turned out to be negative, the Health department director said.PTI Cor SS PTI PTI