Number of Covid-19 cases in Chennai to increase for another 5-6 days

As many as 119 of the 200 wards in Chennai Corporation have reported less than 10 COVID-19 positive cases, said Greater Chennai Corporation special nodal officer J Radhakrishnan.

Talking to reporters, he said just two wards in the city have registered more than 200 COVID-19 positive cases. As many as 60 wards have reported COVID-19 positive cases in the range of 10 to 30 in the city.

“The number of cases is likely to increase for another five to six days in the city. Testing in hotspot clusters in areas such as Thiruvanmiyur will be increased,” he said.

Radhakrishnan said there was no need to worry about the numbers as the clusters were getting stabilised gradually. He also hinted that containment measures could be partially relaxed on a case-by-case basis, especially in places with apartment complexes and gated communities.

Radhakrishnan, who is spearheading the containment activities in the city, said the numbers in Chennai would continue to rise in the coming week due to increased and focused testing done by the city corporation. “The aim is to test more people and treat them, so they will not transmit the virus to others,” he said.

“We need not fear looking at the numbers. Over the past nine days we have been doing targeted testing. First it was the Koyambedu cluster and also the North Chennai cluster. We have to contextualise this increase in numbers with the increase in testing. We have to remember that Tamil Nadu has been doing the highest number of tests for detecting COVID-19 in the country,” he said.

TN currently has the highest testing rate in the country, with over 13,000 samples being tested every day. On Sunday, 669 new cases of COVID-19 were reported from Tamil Nadu, which is also among the highest day-wise numbers in the country. The state has reported 7204 cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday.