Tamil Nadu’s Covid-19 count nears 10,000

Tamil Nadu on Thursday registered a slightly lower number of coronavirus positive cases with as many as 447 persons testing positive over the past 24 hours, said State Health Minister Dr C Vijayabaskar.

With this the total tally of coronavirus positive persons in state goes up to 9,674 and the share of the Koyambedu Market corona cluster in the overall tally is over 2,500 persons (primary and their contacts), officials said.

The state capital Chennai continued to see the highest number of infections at 363 taking the total tally to 5,637.

Out of the total cases, Chennai witnessed a huge spike in coronavirus count after Koyambedu market had emerged as the hotspot of Covid-19 infection. The city so far has confirmed nearly 5,000 Covid-19 patients, over 55% of total cases in in the state.

While the male to female ratio of patients for the whole of Tamil Nadu, among the 9,674 cases as on Thursday, stood at roughly 66:34, in Chennai the ratio was almost 60:40.

On excluding Chennai, the ratio of female patients is considerably low for all other districts put together. Only around one in four patients are women in all other districts in Tamil Nadu. The trend is similar even in some of the districts with more number of cases like Cuddalore, Tiruvallur and Viluppuram.

The Koyambedu market is one the Asia’s largest wholesale markets where about 20,000 persons frequent daily during normal days. A number of positive cases in the neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh have also been linked to this market as their travel history points out.

The Tamil Nadu government has closed the market after persons associated with the market – traders, customers, delivery persons, truck drivers and others- tested positive for coronavirus.