Tamil Nadu’s Covid-19 cases cross 5,000, State witnesses 2 more deaths

A day after recording an all-time high of 771 cases of COVID-19, the State reported 580 fresh cases and two more deaths, with Chennai alone accounting for 316 patients.

The total tally of cases in the State has touched 5409 cases and with two more deaths being reported, the death toll has risen to 37, a government media bulletin confirmed.

Among the deaths, one was a 56-year-old woman who had comorbidities from Thiruvallur who passed away at Kilpauk MCH in Chennai yesterday. Another was a 48-year-old woman with comorbidities from Chennai passed away at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH).

Twenty-two districts have reported fresh cases, the majority of which are linked to the Koyambedu cluster. Most of these districts have been reporting cases from the cluster after daily wage labourers working at the market returned to their native districts.

New novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) clusters have cropped up in Tamil Nadu, particularly in Chennai, due to the capital main vegetable and fruits market at Koyambedu emerging a ‘super-spreader’.

In view of this, the State has begun to report over 500 positive cases each day since the start of this week. Chennai’s Koyambedu vegetable market has become the single source responsible for the huge spike in Tamil Nadu and Chennai numbers since the start of this month.

So far, 273 children below the age of 12 have also tested positive in the state.
The government said 31 patients were discharged on Thursday, taking the total number of recoveries to 1,547.