Out the 161 cases from 11 districts, 138 were from Chennai taking the city’s tally to 906.
In a statement issued here, the Health Department also said that the total number children in the age group 0-12 who are Covid-19 patients stands at 142.
A total of 48 Covid-19 patients were discharged from various hospitals in the state taking the total number Covid-19 cured to 1,258.
The number of active cases is at 1,035.
According to the statement, the total number of samples tested on Thursday was 9,787, taking the tally till date to 119,748.
With the Covid-19 patients increasing in the state capital, the Greater Chennai Corporation has threatened to seal business units for three months if they didn’t follow social distancing norms and other regulations to curb spread of coronavirus.
According to Commissioner G. Prakash, special teams would be formed to ensure following of social distancing norms to curb coronavirus infection.
The corporation will deploy resources in a focussed manner and a separate team for containment zone management has been set up. The essentials for people in the containment zone will be provided. Whereever water supply was an issue, water tanks would be installed, he said.
According to him, around 1,250 samples are being tested a day and the number will be raised to 2,000 a day. There are 22,000 beds quarantine facility in the state.
For admitting the mild cases, another 22,000-bed quarantine facility will be readied in 15 days.