Chennai, the worst affected district in the state, continued to report the maximum number of cases and deaths. Chennai reported 3,347 new cases and 15 deaths, while 26,194 people were undergoing treatment for the viral infection. Cases in Chengalpet have also been on the rise. The district reported 970 new cases – highest after Chennai – while it neighbours Tiruvallur (535) and Kancheepuram (240) together reported 46% of the state’s fresh cases (5,092) and 51% of active cases (38,452). Other districts in the northern districts together added 1042 cases and six deaths
Meanwhile, Coimbatore, which reported 735 new cases, topped the western zone followed by 359 cases in Salem. The eight western districts together reported 2,225 cases and three deaths – Salem (2) and Coimbatore (1). Among the ten southern districts, Madurai reported 328 cases and two deaths, followed by Thoothukudi (288). The ten districts in the region reported 1650 new cases and seven deaths – two each in Kanyakumari, Madurai and Tirunelveli and one in Tenkasi. Among districts in the central region, Trichy reported 303 cases and one death. The region had 929 cases and three deaths.
The deaths at Vellore Medical College, however, weren’t added to the day’s registry on Monday. Tension prevailed at Vellore medical college and hospital at Adukkamparai when relatives of four Covid-19 patients, who died in the last 24 hours, charged that the patient died because of shortage of oxygen in the ward.
However, district health authorities rubbished the charges and claimed that when the deaths were reported within a span of few minutes the relatives of the deceased accused the hospital staff of medical negligence.
The state, meanwhile, vaccinated 76,005 people on Monday. Centres in districts and several private hospitals across the state continued to complain about inadequate stock of vaccines on Monday.