TN registers highest ever cases, death count doubling rate increases

A teenage girl was among the 12 people reported dead because of Covid-19 in Tamil Nadu on Thursday, pushing the death toll to 220. The state’s case tally reached 27,256 with 1,384 fresh cases, 1,072 of them in Chennai.

The 17-year-old, the youngest Covid-19 casualty in the state, was insulin-dependent (or type 1 diabetes). She was admitted to Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai at 5.28pm on Wednesday, but died four hours later following a cardiopulmonary arrest.

For the fifth consecutive day, fresh cases in Tamil Nadu crossed the 1,000-mark with 1,384 testing positive on Thursday out of which 1,072 were in Chennai alone, taking the state tally to 27,256.

Kerala recorded 94 new COVID-19 cases, the highest number in a day so far. A total of 39 people under treatment at various hospitals also tested negative during the day. Even Karnataka recorded 257 new cases on Thursday.

Within India, the states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Delhi continue to lead in terms of the number of active cases. These three states now account for 61 percent of confirmed cases and 56 percent of fatalities.

Among states with more than 50 deaths, the doubling rate of the toll (based on the seven-day rolling averages) is the highest for Delhi (eight days), followed by Tamil Nadu (11 days), and Maharashtra (15 days). The doubling rates are the slowest for Madhya Pradesh (28 days) among such states. Seven-day rolling averages help smoothen volatility effects in daily reporting and are useful to gauge trends over time.

“We told the state that if we don’t increase tests, we will not be able to detect cases early. Late admissions will increase case load, complications and fatalities,” said former city health officer Dr P Kuganantham.

National Institute of Epidemiology deputy director Dr Prabhdeep Kaur had said the state should daily test at least 18,000 people, including 10,000 in Chennai and excluding migrants.

The government of India on Thursday issued detailed guidelines for reopening of religious places, shopping malls and restaurants outside containment zones from June 8.

Dine- ins in both restaurants and food courts in malls will be permitted with 50 per cent of the seating capacity. All the visitors to these places have also been “advised” to use Aarogya Setu app but its usage has not been made mandatory