TN sees unprecedented spike in corona cases, reason explained

Tamil Nadu recorded 771 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, with three districts — Chennai, Ariyalur and Cuddalore — accounting for 78% of the cases. With this latest spike, the State’s total number of COVID-19 cases climbed to 4,829.

For the last few days, Tamil Nadu has been adding to its Coronavirus numbers at a very fast pace, its number having nearly doubled in the last one week, from 2058 to 4058. The state reported over 500 new cases on each of the last two days, and was the single biggest contributor to the national numbers after Maharashtra.

While the recent surge in numbers in Punjab has been because of the return of pilgrims from Nanded in Maharashtra, some of who are believed to have got infected in transit, and that in West Bengal due to revelations of many old cases, the sharp increase in Tamil Nadu has been due to discovery of large number of cases in the Koyambedu market in Chennai, the city’s largest fruit and vegetable market.

Two more persons died in Chennai, taking the total number of deaths in the State to 35. A 68-year-old man, who was admitted to the Government Stanley Medical College Hospital, died at 6.15 p.m. on Wednesday.

A 59-year-old man admitted to the Government Kilpauk Medical College Hospital on May 3 died at 7 p.m. on May 5, according to a bulletin issued by the Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

On a single day count, the number of cases for the first time (since March seven when the first case was reported), reported was 771, (575 men, 196 women) as a total of 4,829 people have tested positive so far in Tamil Nadu that included 3,320 men, 1,507 women and two Transgenders.

The release said a majority of the cases were linked to the single largest cluster–Koyambedu market in the city, as fresh cases were reported in as many as 25 districts.