With 1 per cent active COVID cases, 1.3 percent positivity, Tamil Nadu begins new year on hopeful note
With sizable population tested, Officials say that this year testing and follow up would be strongly focused on travelers.
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Radhakrishnan pointed out that unless testing is increased to pre-festival levels, the State is likely to miss emerging hotspots and clusters. “Next 14 to 28 days is important,” he added.
The city is currently recording around 700 cases every day and Corporation officials said the number might go down if the trend continues.
With the 15 Corporation zones recording less than 1,000 cases, active cases in Chennai has now come down to 4.5 per cent.
The number of active cases, as on Friday, was 11,615 out of the total tally of 1,68,689 COVID-19 cases recorded in the city so far. Of this, 60.53% were males and 39.47% were females.
A senior corporation official told Express, 'The CIP programme has given good results and the cases detected in slums have become very meagre, as analysed spatially and temporally.'
According to a statement from Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL), the train services will be initially operational from 8 am to 8 pm and the timings may be changed based on the requirement, gradually.
Prakash said the spike in cases was anticipated when inter-district travel was relaxed and the civic body is taking measures to identify, test and quarantine those with symptoms
While the fever camps gained enormous traction in the initial stages up to July, the number of people attending them slumped subsequently in August
A total of 21,01,808 people were reported to have been under home quarantine until Sunday
866 people were discharged on Friday taking the total number discharged to 1,07,492 which is about 87.5 percent
The active cases had come down from a high of 24,890 on July 5 to 10,868 on August 12 due to the intense lockdown and containment measures. But since then, they have risen to 12,256 on August 19.
Corporation officials said that the priority now is to bring down the mortality rate to 1.5 percent in the coming weeks.
Number of cases continued to soar in Chennai’s neighbouring districts with Chengalpattu reporting 446 cases, Kancheepuram 393 and Tiruvallur 317.
As for the zone wise growth rate of new cases, the rate of Covid-19 cases has come down in Adyar, Anna Nagar, Thiru Vi Ka Nagar, Teynampet and Kodambakkam zones.