Chennai has reported the highest Covid-19 test positivity rate at 20 per cent followed by Tirunelveli at 17 per cent, public health authorities said.
With 40 Covid-19 deaths on Thursday, Chennai has reported the highest number of deaths since March 2020 when the virus was first detected in the country.
The capital city Chennai has also the highest test positivity rate with 20 per cent or every 20 persons tested among 100 people turning positive. Tirunelveli recorded 17 per cent while Tuticorin has 16 per cent and Tenkasi reported 14.2 per cent test positivity rate.
Tamil Nadu on Thursday reported 17,897 fresh Covid cases with 107 deaths. There were 1,12,556 active cases in the state while 15,452 people were discharged from hospitals.
Thirteen more districts have a test positivity rate higher than 10 per cent in the state. Tamil Nadu Health Secretary J. Radhakrishnan, speaking to IANS said, "The Covid-19 cases are surging and we are on alert. The state has directed the District Collectors and health officials to ramp up testing and improve contact tracing."
Kancheepuram reported 11 deaths on Thursday while there were eight Covid deaths in Madurai.
Coimbatore added 1,008 fresh cases taking the Covid tally in the western belt to 3,232 cases. The Coimbatore region reported 12 deaths on Thursday while Trichy zone reported seven deaths. The 10 districts in the southern zone, including Madurai and Tuticorin, reported 15 deaths on Thursday.