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Coronavirus numbers explained: Why Tamil Nadu is the latest cause for worry

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tamil Nadu has been doing aggressive testing in many of its hotspot areas, including the Koyambedu Market, and has till now tested more people than any state except Maharashtra.

Written by Amitabh Sinha , Edited by Explained Desk | Pune | Updated: May 7, 2020 8:27:37 pm
Coronavirus numbers explained: Why Tamil Nadu is latest cause for worry On Tuesday, India added 2949 new cases of novel Coronavirus cases, and was now within touching distance of reaching 50,000 confirmed infections

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.

Tamil Nadu has been doing aggressive testing in many of its hotspot areas, including the Koyambedu Market, and has till now tested more people than any state except Maharashtra. Till Tuesday, the Tamil Nadu had tested 1,74,828 people, while Maharashtra, which has a population more than 1.5 times that of Tamil Nadu, had tested 1,82,884 people.

State

Total Cases

New Cases

Total Deaths

Maharashtra

15525

984

617

Gujarat

6245

441

368

Delhi

5104

206

64

Tamil Nadu

4058

508

33

Rajasthan

3095

97

89

Madhya Pradesh

3049

107

176

Uttar Pradesh

2880

114

56

Andhra Pradesh

1717

67

34

Punjab

1451

219

25

West Bengal

1344

85

140

A large proportion of the new cases to emerge out of Tamil Nadu in the last few days are those from the Koyambedu market cluster. That is what has resulted in doubling of numbers within a week. Its previous doubling, from 10,000 to 2,000, had taken 17 days.

On Tuesday, India added 2,949 new cases of novel Coronavirus cases, and was now within touching distance of reaching 50,000 confirmed infections. At close on Tuesday, this number stood at 49339, out of which at least 12750 had already recovered from the disease.

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Just in the first five days of this month, India has discovered more than 15,000 cases, which is threatening to reverse gains made in limiting the spread of the disease in April. And this surge has nothing to do with the relaxation in lockdown restrictions that have been given since May 4. The trend originates before the relaxations came into effect, and in any case the impact of the relaxation would become evident only after a lag of about a week or ten days. The current surge that we are seeing is spontaneous, and an indicator of the fact that the second half of the earlier lockdown phase was not as effective in restricting the spread of the disease as the first half was.

On Tuesday, Gujarat crossed the 6,000-figure mark, while Delhi reached 5,000 and Madhya Pradesh 3,000. Incidentally, Gujarat reported 49 deaths on Tuesday, the most that any state has done on any single day till now. Thirty nine of those deaths happened in Ahmedabad, which too is the highest single-day number for any city. On its worst day, Maharashtra had reported 37 deaths, while Mumbai had 27 on one day.

With the death numbers crossing 350 in Gujarat, the state restricted the information it was giving out about its dead till now in the daily bulletins. Age, and pre-existing illness details that the state had been including in its bulletins — in fact, Gujarat was only one of three states to be doing so — have been stopped.

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