Chennai: With Tamilnadu reporting 1,162 positive cases, the highest single day spike and second consecutive day of 1,000 plus cases on Monday evening, taking the infection count to 23,495, health authorities said the curve would reach its peak before flattening, which is expected in the next couple of weeks.
“This is because of aggressive contact tracing and testing. The numbers will sure come down and the curve will be flattened in the days to come,” says a senior Health official.
As many as 11 people died of COVID-19 in Tamilnadu on Monday pushing the death toll to 184. Active cases number 10,138, according to officials. Chennai accounted for the lion’s share with 964 cases, which is again the biggest number of positive cases in a single day here that took the state capital”s virus tally to 15,770.
While 11,377 samples were tested on Monday, a total of 5,03,339 samples have been examined till date. The state has 43 government and 29 private testing centres.
Of the 1,162 fresh cases, there were 50 returnees from other states including 32 from Maharashtra and the tally comprises 685 men, 473 women and four transgenders, a health department bulletin said.
The fresh cases have taken the tally of cases to 23,495 which includes 1,628 people (till May 31) who arrived in Tamil Nadu through air travel, train and by road.
On Sunday, Tamilnadu had 1,149 new cases. Those dead, including a 31-year-old woman, had co-morbidities like hypertension, it said.
Seven men and four women died between May 26 and June 1 and the date of reporting is today, the health department said.
As many as 413 people recovered Monday and totally 13,170 patients have got cured in the state. Also, 7,097 people “suspected” of having contracted the virus are in isolation wards, the government said.