With over 508 Covid cases reported on Tuesday, the total number of affected in Tamil Nadu crossed 4,000 to touch 4,058 and 2,008 were from Chennai alone. With two more succumbing to Covid, the death count touched 35, the Health Department reported in an update. Of the new cases, Chennai accounted for 357.
Both the deaths, of a 56-year-old woman and a 60-year-old man, were reported from Chennai.The Government said though both were infected by Covid virus, they also had other health issues. Also, 25 out of the 35 deaths were reported from Chennai .
The total has doubled in the last ten days from 1821 on April 26, a norm fixed by the Union Health Ministry to show community transmission. The number increased by 1,035 in the last two days alone The Government of Tamil Nadu, however, maintained that the numbers have gone up because 98 per cent are asymptomatic cases and they are coming to light because of an increase in testing.
It said 75 patients were discharged on Tuesday, taking the total number of patients cured to 1,485.
The Government statistics showed the alarming increase in the number of cases in Chennai, Cuddalore and Villupuram attributable to those who got the infection from the Koyambedu wholesale vegetable market .
Chennai reported 279 new cases, taking the total to 2008, 49.4 percent of the total. Cuddallore showed a spike of 68 cases, taking the total to 229. Likewise, Villupuram also recorded 25 new cases, taking the total to 159.
Chengalpattu and Kallikurichi recorded 38 cases each, taking the total to 133 and 136 respectively.
Tiruvallur neighbouring Chennai recorded 18 new cases, taking the total to 98.
Namakkal recorded 15 new cases( total 76), Dindigul 7, Theni 6, Nilgiris 4 and Virudhanagar and Tiruchi one case each. For the first time, Krishnagiri reported two new cases,slipping to orange zone from green.
A discernable pattern is the rapid spread of the disease to Villupuram and Cuddalore thanks to those who carried the virus from Koyambedu market in Chennai.
While those from these two districts were barred from entering the neighhouring Union Territory of Puducherry, the Villupuram district administration slammed the door on visitors from Chennai.
Meanwhile, the Chennai corporation increased the hotspots to 357. With the disease raging, Chennai resembled a ghost town. Even pharmacies which are exempted from the lockdown, preferred to play it safe with some shut and others restricting the working hours to 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Grocery shops also remained closed while electrical and home appliances shuttered with hardly any movement of people on the road Only roadside fruit vendors kept going as it was a question of livelihood for them.