Chennai worst hit by coronavirus, restrictions not to be eased in city

Tamil Nadu on Wednesday reported 104 persons testing positive for coronavirus, taking the state’s total tally to 2,162 and the death of two more persons, taking the toll to 27.

94 of them are from Chennai including 30 primary cases whose contact history is being traced. 82 patients were discharged after recovering from the illness and two people died of the disease in the last 24-hours. The active case load has marginally gone up to 922.

Since Chennai’s corona count drastically increasing each passing day, the government, it is said, would not ease lockdown restrictions in the city, though it has decided to ease them in other parts of the State where positive cases areless.

The city has no virus-free zones; the worst-hit area is Royapuram, with 164 cases. Thiru Vi Ka Nagar has 128 cases, Teynampet has 81, Tondiarpet 70, Anna Nagar 65, and Kodambakkam 60. More men than women (65.28% to 34.82%) have been infected, mirroring a broader trend of more cases among men.

Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami, who addressed district collectors, superintendents of police and medical professionals through video conferencing on Wednesday reminded them that though the lockdown is being relaxed from Thursday morning, regulations and restrctions which were in force on April 26 would continue without any changes.

District borders and inter-state borders would be closely monitored while all people coming to Tamil Nadu would be thoroughly screened for any kind of expose to infection.

Cities like Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Madurai and Salem remain the cynosure of the Covid-19 pandemic in Tamil Nadu. Therefore additional efforts are being contemplated for the cities to control the disease.

Palaniswami has told collectors that all districts other than Chennai have been recovering well, and advised them to follow strict containment strategies. He said on Wednesday that the regular lockdown will continue once the complete shutdown that began on April 26 came to an end Wednesday.