What’s the reason behind sudden increase of corona cases in Tamil Nadu?

Health authorities in Tamil Nadu are worried about the health status of about 1,500 people from Tamil Nadu, who reportedly attended a Tablighi Jamaat conference in Nizamuddin, Delhi. They are equally concerned about the possibility of cases spreading from these people.

Tamil Nadu witnessed the highest spike in coronavirus count today as 17 fresh cases were reported from the state. With these new cases, the total number of COVID-19 patients in Tamil Nadu surged to 67.

As many as 10 new cases were confirmed from Erode, said Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami. All of them were direct or indirect contacts of two Thailand nationals who had earlier tested positive for coronavirus infection.

These fresh cases were identified through contact tracing, confirmed Tamil Nadu health minister Dr C Vijayabaskar. All patients were admitted to hospitals.

Nearly 253 people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) of the 1,190 in the country are from the southern States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana, besides the Union Territory of Andaman.

Including Kerala, the southern part of the country accounts for 446, excluding Andaman and Puducherry.

Apart from those coming from abroad carrying the infection, there are over 75 cases which have come either from their travel to Delhi to attend a Tablighi Jamaat Conference at the Nizamuddin Banglewali Markaz or coming in contact with Tablighi preachers in Telangana or Tamil Nadu.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has allocated ₹1 crore each to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM-CARES Fund) and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund (CMPRF) from the Governor’s Discretionary Grant, for the fight against COVID-19. The Governor has appealed to people to contribute generously to the PM-CARES Fund and CMPRF to help the needy.

According to an official release, “As a part of shouldering the responsibility along with the Centre and the Tamil Nadu government at this critical situation, the Governor of Tamil Nadu has donated ₹1 crore to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM-CARES) and Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund of Tamil Nadu for the control measures of COVID’19 and to provide relief to the affected people of our country from the Discretionary Grants.”