Tamil Nadu reported its highest-single-day death toll since COVID-19 outbreak despite a drop in cases on Thursday.
The state recorded 97 deaths with a total of 3,838 people succumbing to the virus.
Of the 2,39,978 who tested positive for the virus in the state, 1,78,178 patients recovered as of today, according to data released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Nearly 74% of the total coronavirus cases were cured since the outbreak.
Meanwhile, the number of daily new coronavirus cases outside Chennai continues to exceed those within the state capital.
While Chennai is witnessing a mild increase in the number of COVID-19 cases with the city reporting 1,175 cases (98,767 overall cases) on Thursday, the neighbouring districts of Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur reported of 354, 175 and 325 new cases over the past 24 hours.
Over 200 cases were reported in Coimbatore, Madurai, Ranipet, Theni, Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Virudhunagar.
Tamil Nadu has tested 25,97,862 samples and 25,01,919 people so far, according to the media bulletin issued by the Directorate of Public Health.
The active cases in Chennai stands at 12,785 while 1,126 persons were discharged on Thursday. 18 of the 97 deaths were reported in the state capital.
The number of active cases in the state stood at 57,962.
The number of infected children in the age group 0-12 years went up to 11,970.