Tamil Nadu, the second worst coronavirus hit state in the country, on Friday crossed the one lakh-mark as 4,329 people tested positive for the highly infectious virus in a day. With an addition of 64, the state’s death count stood at 1,385, government data said.
However its high case load must be seen in relation to another important figure: its testing numbers. As of Friday, a total of 1.27 million people have been tested in 91 testing facilities, which is the highest in the country in absolute numbers.
Between June 19 and June 30, when the state announced a hard lockdown in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Thiruvallur, and Chengalpattu (Madurai was put under lockdown on June 23, and the lockdown was extended to July 5 earlier this week), 327,214 peoplewere tested across the state. Since June 20, there has been a spike in testing, with over 30,000 people tested everyday on average.
Coronavirus claimed 64 lives in the state Friday. The death toll from the COVID-19 disease increased to 1,385. With 2,357 people recovering from the disease today, the total number of cured coronavirus patients zoomed to 58,378.
Tamil Nadu have tested 35,028 samples for COVID-19 Friday, the state health department confirmed. According to the bulletin, there are 42,955 active cases in the state.
In Chennai, six urban clusters with cramped houses along narrow lanes – accounting for 26 lakh people – continue to add up coronavirus numbers. Besides using common toilets at home or public toilets outside around, fifteen percent of the people here, officials say, defy COVID-19 norms.
Health department officials say that high caseload shouldn’t scare people as it is a result of Tamil Nadu’s strategy of “aggressive and increased testing” and that the state’s focus is to reduce its fatalities.