CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu on Sunday reported yet another Covid-19 death, but fresh infections continued to decline.
The deceased, an 84-year-old man from Vellore with diabetes and hypertension, was admitted at a private hospital in Vellore with fever and difficulty in breathing on April 24. He succumbed due to Covid-19 on Saturday.
Fresh cases fell below the 300-mark on Sunday. A total of 297 people tested positive across the state; among them a majority were from Chennai (50), Coimbatore (36), Salem (26) and Kanyakumari (24).
Five other districts including Chengalpet (15), Madurai (14), Tiruppur (13), Thiruvallur (12), and Ranipet (10) reported fresh cases in double digits. The Nilgiris, Perambalur, Theni and Villupuram registered no new cases.
The state's average test positivity rate is on a rapid decline. Currently, only 5% of the total 6,600 samples have tested positive. This reiterates that the current sub-variant (xbb 1.1.6) causes only mild infection for which patients are advised to stay in home isolation for four or five days and take medicines on doctors' advice, said health minister Ma Subramanian on Sunday.
"The death rate is also not alarming and among the patients, not many need oxygen-support or treatment at Intensive Care Units (ICUs) of Covid hospitals," the minister said.
The brisk recovery rate has helped Tamil Nadu bring down its active cases numbers.
On Sunday, another 509 patients recovered from the infection, bringing the total active cases count down to 2,715.

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