Has Tamil Nadu really flattened coronavirus curve?

For the last two weeks,Tamil Nadu, which has India’s second-highest Covid burden, has seen a decline in the number of new cases reported each day. This is contrary to the trend seen in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and other severely affected states.

Signs of the curve flattening are particularly apparent in Chennai, which saw two days of sub-1,000 cases in one week for the first time in three months. Just over a month back, in the last week of June, Chennai was witnessing over 2,000 cases each day, the most in India.

However, this phenomenon is not restricted to the capital city of Chennai alone. Many of Tamil Nadu’s severely affected districts are witnessing a drop in daily new cases.

Recoveries in Chennai have crossed 11,000 in three of the city’s 15 zones. Kodambakkam (Zone 10) leads the tally with 11,432 recoveries followed by Anna Nagar (Zone 8) with 11,336 recoveries and Royapuram (Zone 5) with 11,018 recoveries.

Tamil Nadu reported 119 Covid-19 deaths for the second consecutive day on Thursday and added 5,835 fresh cases, taking the toll to 5,397 and case tally to 3,20,355. There were 53,499 people still under treatment.

Chennai continued to remain on the top of the table, with 989 cases and 18 deaths. The adjacent districts – Chengalpet (453), Tiruvallur (390) and Kancheepuram (243) together reported 1,086 cases and 17 deaths. The Chennai region reported 2,075 cases and 35 deaths. The seven other districts in the north added 864 cases and 17 deaths.