An 89-year-old man from Erode with diabetes and hypertension was admitted to Government Headquarters Hospital, Erode, on April 20 with complaints of fever, cough and breathing difficulty for a month. He tested positive for Covid-19 the following day. He died on Wednesday following Covid pneumonia, doctors said.
Barring four districts -- Kallakurichi, Karur, Perambalur and Tirupathur -- all districts reported new cases. Fresh cases in Chennai dropped to 91. There were 54 new cases in Coimbatore, followed by 36 in Salem, 28 in Chengalpet, 26 in Tirupur, 24 in Kanyakumari. Five districts reported cases in between 17 and 12 new cases, and 23 others reported cases in single digits. One patient from the USA tested positive for the viral infection at the airport.
Samples were drawn from 6,904 and the state average daily positivity rate fell to 7. Eleven districts were above the state average, and five districts reported a positivity rate above 10. There were 88 people admitted to hospitals. While no one was in the ICU, three patients were on oxygen therapy and 84 of them were in the normal wards, the directorate of public health said.
Meanwhile, the Union territory of Puducherry reported 21 fresh Covid-19 cases even as 78 patients recovered in the last 24 hours ending at 10am on Wednesday bringing down the total number of active cases to 176. Eight patients are admitted to hospitals while the rest are under home isolation and treatment. Puducherry reported the maximum fresh cases with 17 followed by Karaikal (4).