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Returnees adding to Tamil Nadu’s Covid-19 tally: CM

May 23
20:19 2020

Chennai, May 23 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami has said the rise in number of coronavirus cases in the state is also due to people coming from other states.

Speaking to reporters in Salem on Saturday, Palaniswami said 719 people who had come from other states had tested coronavirus positive. During the past couple of days, 90 new cases had been due to people coming from other states/countries, he added.

On Saturday, 23 of the 37 districts didn’t report any coronavirus case.

During the day, 363 people were discharged, taking the number of cured people to 7,491. Of the 15,512 Covid-19 cases reported in the state, the number of active cases is 7,915.

According to the Health Department, five Covid-19 patients died raising the death toll to 103.

Palaniswami said the state was collecting and testing the highest number swab samples a day in the country. On Saturday 12,155 samples were tested taking the total to 3.97 lakh. Testing of 612 samples are under process.

The state capital with high density of population and higher number of sample tests continued to see the highest number of infections at 624, taking the tally to 9,989.

The number of infected children in the age group 0-12 went up to 948.

IANS

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