The number of new Covid cases zoomed past 8,000 on Monday in Tamil Nadu following one of the biggest single day spikes of 798, taking the total to 8,002. The State also reported six deaths, the highest in a single day. The total toll 53, the health department said in a press release.
As usual Chennai had the highest incidence with 4,371 cases, 54.62 per cent of the-State-wide figure. It also accounted for 538 out of the 798 cases.
Of the remaining new 250 cases, neighbouring Tiruvallur accounted for 97 , taking its total to 440. Chengalpattu reported another 90 cases,( total 358). Ariyalur, one of those districts affected by the Koyambedu infection, had 33 new cases( total to 308.)
The cases have doubled in the last six days from 4058 on May 5.
The total number of those cured so far were 2,051, 92 of them on Monday.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami asked the Centre not to resume train and air services to Tamil Nadu till May 31 in view of the high incidence of Covid.
He made the suggestion at a video conference Prime Minister Narendra Modi had with State Chief Ministers on Monday.
Ironically, the State Government itself plans to resume bus services within the State from May 18 and is holding talks with the railways on suburban train services.
Edappadi Palanisami’s fear is that a fresh entry of passengers from outside will lead to another bout of imported cases as it happened at the outset in February when the epidemic broke out.