Two southern States appear on course in their effort to flattening the Covid-19 curve with fresh daily cases in Kerala dropping to the single-digit level in the past one week while the number of people getting discharged from hospitals in Tamil Nadu exceeding those getting admitted.
Kerala has reported just 32 new cases from April 11 to 17 while 129 patients have recovered from the infection during this period. The total number of cases reported so far is 395. However, not too long ago, health officials were fearing that by mid-April this number would be 500.
In Tamil Nadu, the most encouraging factor is that the number of discharged patients saw a quantum jump on Friday, with 103 people returning home after treatment, including 30 from the Omandurar Multi Super Speciality hospital in Chennai and 12 in Coimbatore, taking the numbers from 180 to 283–a recovery rate of phenomenal 21.4 per cent.
A total of 1,02,842 were under 28 days home quarantine, while 34 asymptomatic passengers from highly affected countries were being quarantined in quarantine facilities near airport and 1,891 under hospital isolation.
On a day, when main opposition party DMK targeted the AIADMK government on COVID-19 demanding expeditious steps to procure equipment and carry out rapid testing, 24,000 rapid testing kits arrived from China, seen as a shot in the arm for the government.
Tamil Nadu police, meanwhile, listed as many as 2.05 lakh violations of lockdown norms in the State and said it has registered FIRs for all of them and fined violators to the tune of Rs 98.07 lakh and seized 1,85,896 vehicles.
In Chennai alone, 11 persons tested positive in just one day, taking the numbers to 228. The total death toll in Tamil Nadu stands at 15, while 283 persons have recovered, according to the government. In Thanjavur district, 17 persons were confirmed with Covid-19 on Friday.