Chennai: The Tamilnadu Health department, which is already finding it very difficult to control the increasing Covid-19 cases, is now facing a new challenge.
It that the tens of hundreds of people who left Chennai over the past one week, ahead of the complete lockdown implemented on Friday, are likely to trigger a fresh spike in cases in the districts.
They point out that districts like Madurai and Coimbatore, which reported very few cases for about a month after the spike in April, have now started reporting cases on a daily basis.
Touching a new high on the first day of the fresh phase of lockdown in Chennai, Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpattu districts, Covid-19 figures reached 2,115 in Tamilnadu on Friday, taking the total number of infections in the State to 54,449.
The capital city of Chennai alone today reported 1,322 cases. With this, the total number of coronavirus infections in the metropolis has touched 38,237. Total fatalities in the State today touched 666.
On the positive side, as many as 1,630 persons were discharged from various hospitals in Tamilnadu after recovery Friday. The total number of recoveries of the State now stands at 30,271. As many as 8,27,980 persons have been tested for Covid-19 so far.