CHENNAI: Fresh cases that were declining across Tamil Nadu for more than two months have started to rise marginally over the last two days. They rose by 100 cases to 1,859 on Thursday. On Friday, the state reported 1,947 new cases. Coimbatore, where industries are back to working at full strength, and Chennai are seeing small clusters that are contributing to the rise in cases.
This has not come as a surprise to the state health department, which expected the decline in cases to slow two weeks after lockdown relaxations. A week after every phase of unlocking, the rate of fall declined.
“Any spike in cases is a cause of concern, particularly with neighbouring Kerala reporting high numbers,” said health minister Ma Subramanian. In February 2021, when the epidemic wave was receding, similar clusters — hostels, hotels, and family reunions — marked the beginning of the deadly wave.
On Friday, Coimbatore crossed the 200-mark. “We have now identified two areas — Sulur and Karamadai — which are beginning to see an increase in cases,” Coimbatore deputy director of public health Dr Senthil Kumar said. The challenge now is to ensure the curve does not go up again.