Chennai district has shown tremendous improvement in the number of coronavirus cases dropping over the past few days. Eighty percent of COVID-19 patients in the city have made a recovery from the infection, with the active cases coming down to 18 percent and the mortality rate currently standing at 1.63 percent, the government's data revealed. Around 65,748 people recovered out of the 82,128 positive cases in the city while the count for the active cases stood at 15,038 persons, as on July 16. 

Within Chennai city, ten corporation zones among which includes three hotspots have shown a recovery rate of above 80 percent. The highest recovery rate has been recorded in the Tondiarpet corporation zone, followed by the Royapuram registering at 87 percent. The two zones have reported 848 and 1141 active cases, which accounts to 10 and 11 percent. Likewise, the city's daily positivity rate has also gone down to 10 percent after the Greater Chennai Corporation increased the number of tests being carried out. 

With Tamil Nadu reporting around 5,000 recoveries everyday since July 15, the percentage of patients getting discharged after treatment has risen substantially. A majority of these recoveries over the past week have been recorded in Chennai between 29 and 68 percent. It is to be noted that the number of recoveries is exceeding the number of fresh coronavirus cases being reported in the city as well. As on Friday, Chennai alone has 14,923 active cases despite being the worst-affected district in Tamil Nadu. There were 1,243 new coronavirus positive cases reported in Chennai on Friday taking the district's total to date to 83,377 cases .