TN reports 512 new COVID-19 infections, 8 more fatalities

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Chennai, Jan 27 (PTI) Tamil Nadu added 512 new COVID-19 cases and eight more fatalities to the COVID registry, taking the caseload to 8,36,315 and the toll to 12,333, the health department said on Wednesday.

Recoveries eclipsed the new infections with 564 people getting cured, pushing the tally to 8,19,306, a bulletin said.

The number of active cases stood at 4,676.

Chennai's caseload increased to 2,30,675, the maximum among the districts, with 159 people testing positive.

The metro also accounted for a little over one-third of the COVID-19 fatalities at 4,092 deaths.

A 52-year-old man was the only one of the eight victims to succumb, without any pre-existing morbidity or chronic illness, due to COVID-19 pneumonia at a private hospital in the city.

As many as 23 districts in the state reported cases in single digits, while 31 districts reported zero fatalities, the bulletin said.

A total of 56,098 samples were tested on Wednesday, taking the total specimens examined to 1,58,08,217.

Meanwhile, the government said it administered COVID-19 vaccines to 8,086 beneficiaries today and in total 82,039 people on the priority list, including health workers, have been inoculated since the launch of the vaccination drive on January 16.

In 179 session sites, over 8,000 people were vaccinated-- 7,885 COVISHIELD and 201 COVAXIN--today, a release from the department of public health and preventive medicine said.

About six lakh people, including healthcare professionals, are on priority list for vaccination and vaccines are provided free of cost to beneficiaries by the government.PTI VIJ BN WELCOME BN WELCOME