Tamil Nadu has reported less than 500 Covid-19 cases for the first time since May 2020. According to a health bulletin, 494 persons were found to have been infected with the virus, while four persons died on February 4. Tamil Nadu last recorded 266 Covid-19 cases on May 3, 2020. Since then Tamil Nadu has not reported less than 500 cases.
According to health department officials, the daily positivity rate had dropped below 1%, though the state was conducting 50,000-55,000 RT-PCR tests a day.
Chennai reported no death due to Covid-19 for the second time in nearly a week.
The state recorded four deaths — one each in Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Kancheepuram and Kanyakumari — taking the toll to 12,375. The four deaths included that of a 54-year-old man from Cuddalore, who had no co-morbidities. He was admitted to the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, Chennai, on February 2, but died within four hours of admission due to Covid-19 pneumonia and respiratory failure. He had tested positive on January 18.
Perambalur, Villupuram and Virudhunagar districts reported no fresh case. As many as 20 districts clocked fresh cases in single digits. Among them, Kallakurichi, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram, Thoothukudi and Tirunelveli recorded only one case each.
A total of 149 persons tested positive in Chennai, while Coimbatore had 58 fresh cases.
There were 29 cases in Tiruvallur, 28 in Chengalpattu, 25 in Cuddalore and 22 in Erode. The fresh cases included four returnees — one from the UAE, two from West Bengal and one from Karnataka.
According to the health department, only eight districts have been reporting more than 15 cases per day in the last 10 days. A total of 20 districts have not reported a single death in the past 10 days.
The health secretary, however, said there is no time for complacency and that local clusters could lead to spread of the virus.