(Eds: Combines related stories) Chennai, Aug 2 (PTI) Tamil Nadu recorded 5,875 new COVID-19 cases aggregating to 2.57 lakh till date, while 98 more people succumbed to the virus, the health department said on Sunday.
Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit tested positive for coronavirus and was advised home isolation since his infection was mild, a hospital treating him said.
Eighty year-old Purohit was under self-isolation since July 29 after three people in Raj Bhavan tested positive for the virus.
According to the bulletin, 5,517 recoveries were reported on Sunday, with the cumulative figure of those cured of the deadly virus touching 1.96 lakh so far.
Active cases in Tamil Nadu were at 56,998, it said.
Chennai registered 1,065 fresh cases taking the tally to 1.01 lakh cases.
With continued focus on sample testing, the bulletin said 60,344 specimens were tested today while the overall number of samples were 27.79 lakh.
Of the 5,875 new cases, 64 of them were returnees from domestic and overseas.
Among the 98 deceased, eight of them had no comorbidities. A 50 year old man from the city died due to COVID-19 pneumonia.
While a 43 year old man from Kancheepuram district died of acute respiratory distress syndrome, a 35 year old man from Sivaganga district succumbed to severe COVID-19 pneumonia, the bulletin said.
Among comorbid cases, a 23-year old from the capital city and another 27-year old patient from Thiruvannamalai died owing to 'cardiopulmonary arrest' and 'intra cerebral haemorrhage' respectively.
As many as 36 patients above the age of 70 years suffering from various ailments were among the deceased, the bulletin added.
With districts recording an increase in the number of new cases, Chengalpet topped the list with 446, while Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, Theni and Virudhunagar saw a surge in fresh infections with over 300 new cases being reported on a single day.
Kanyakumari, Tuticorin, Tirunelveli added more than 200 new cases individually today, the bulletin said.
With the government emphasising on strengthening the testing mechanism, a private testing facility received its approval for taking up COVID-19 testing taking the total number of facilities in the state to 122 which include 59 government operated and 63 private run laboratories.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister K Palaniswami warned private hospitals of due action if they overcharge COVID-19 patients.
In a tweet, he said all private facilities should clearly display the government-fixed rates for the treatment of the illness.
His warning comes a day after the government temporarily revoked permission for treatment granted to a private hospital here for allegedly charging a coronavirus patient Rs 12 lakh for 19 days of treatment. PTI VIJ SA ROH ROH