The cumulative case tally touched 25.65 lakh and the death toll reached 34,159, including 29 deaths on Tuesday. Coimbatore had the highest number of fresh cases at 208, which was marginally lower than the 219 on Monday. Chennai had the second most cases at 203, an increase from 189 on Monday.
Amidst the rising R-naught – the number of people a person can infect – public health officials said they did expect the fall to slow down with fluctuations. “But this is the time we monitor things closely,” said state health secretary J Radhakrishnan.
Districts with lower seroprevalence, such as Erode and Coimbatore, have been instructed to focus on increasing vaccination coverage. In districts with higher prevalence such as Chennai and Virudhunagar, health officials have been told to enforce Covid-appropriate behaviour.
“People should not be casual. We don’t know the link between seroprevalence and newly emerging variants. We must ensure people are tested, traced and treat early even as we continue the whole genomic sequencing on a regular basis,” the health secretary said.
Barring Coimbatore and Chennai, all other districts reported fewer than 200 cases. Erode recorded 181 followed by Chengalpet (122) and Thanjavur (118). All other districts reported less than 100 cases each.
While three districts – Tenkasi (9), Ramanathapuram (8) and Perambalur (7) – reported cases in single digits on Monday, only Ramanathapuram did so on Tuesday.
Samples were drawn from 1.4 lakh people on Monday when 2,047 people were discharged from the registry. While active cases decreased across the state, Coimbatore reported an increase to 2,043 compared to 2,008 on Monday and 1,961 on Sunday. Active cases also increased in Chennai to 1,802 from 1,735 on Monday and 1,675 on Sunday.