Experts fear Covid numbers will go up in Tamil Nadu

Health experts and officials say, Covid-19 cases are likely to increase in Tamil Nadu in the coming days as the state is opening more business and entertainment activities.

“The only way to stop this is to wear masks and maintain social distancing. The state will ensure there is aggressive testing and isolation of positive cases,” said health secretary J Radhakrishnan.

“People should understand that the relaxations have been announced only to open the economy and not because the coronavirus spread has come down. In fact, the number of infections is increasing rapidly. They should understand this and take care of themselves with all precautions,” said Dr Sathya.

According to a physician with a private hospital, “it is true that the recovery rate is high in Tamil Nadu. At the same time, cases are also steadily increasing. People should have this in mind before stepping out.”

The state added 5,928 fresh cases of Covid-19 and 96 deaths on Tuesday, which pushed the case tally to 4,33,969 and the toll to 7,418. There were 52,379 people still under treatment in the state.

While Tamil Nadu had the highest number of positive cases after Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, the number of people still under treatment was higher in Maharashtra (1.94 lakh), Andhra Pradesh (1.01 lakh), Karnataka (91,018), and Uttar Pradesh (56,810). The state has the highest number of deaths after Maharashtra (24,583).

The government came out with an elaborate Standard Operating Procedure to be followed in the various religious places that would be opened to the faithful from Tuesday after more than five months with the view to preventing the spread of Coronavirus.