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Tamil Nadu reports 874 new COVID-19 cases; total tally crosses 20,000-mark


Chennai: With nine more COVID-19 deaths in Tamil Nadu on Friday, the death toll in the state has gone up to 154.

Chennai accounted for seven deaths while Tiruvallur and Chengalpattu districts reported one death each, said sources.

The state recorded 874 new COVID-19 positive cases, thereby crossing the 20,000 mark. The total tally now stood at 20,246 with 11,313 recovery and 154 deaths. The active cases as on date is 8,779.

According to sources, 50 percent of the fatalities in the state occurred within 48 hours of their testing positive for the virus.

Further, an allegation the opposition is levelling against the government is lack of transparency when it comes to revealing details about the cases

A woman doctor serving in a government hospital tested positive for COVID-19 in Tiruvannamalai district. She has been admitted to Christian Medical College in Vellore, say sources.

In the wake of DMK leader MK Stalin accusing the government of not doing enough to contain the spread of the virus, chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami claimed that the rate of recovery of patients is highest in Tamil Nadu at 54.4 percent due to the measures taken by the government.