South India Covid-19 updates: Surge in cases in Tamil Nadu, Andhra, Karnataka


The coronavirus situation in Tamil Nadu is causing concern to the Dravida Munnetra Kazhakam govt led by Edappadi Palaniswamy with the state continuing to report over 500 fresh cases each day since the start of this week. According to reports, the state reported 508 fresh cases on Thursday, taking the tally to 5409.

The latest spike in the cases in the last one week has led to the emergence of several new clusters, particularly in Chennai after the emergence of the capital’s main vegetable and fruits market at Koyambedu as a ‘super-spreader’.

A major source of concern is that quite a large number of policemen, health department employees and sanitary workers are testing positive for the pandemic virus, raising fears that the situation has, perhaps, gone out of control.

Kodambakkam, Teynampet, Valsaravakkam, Anna Nagar, Ambattur and Adayar are the new clusters. Most of the cases here is traced to the Koyambedu vegetable market. Kodambakkam is the zone under which Chennai’s main vegetable and fruits market falls.

Andhra Pradesh on Thursday added 56 new positive cases to its total tally of 1777. The state also witnessed two more deaths. Vizianagaram, the only COVID- 19 green zone in Andhra Pradesh so far, slid into the orange category on Thursday as three cases of the pandemic were reported for the first time.

With Vizianagaram also making it to the list, the state no longer has a coronavirus-free district. Though the government bulletin did not give any details about the virus spread in Vizianagaram, official sources said a 60-year old woman from the district contracted the virus while undergoing treatment for a kidney ailment in Visakhapatnam.

With 12 fresh cases, Karnataka's coronavirus count has reached 705 on Thursday, according to a Bangalore Mirror report. The total 705 cases include 30 deaths and 363 discharges. Among the new cases, three each were reported from Kalaburgi, Davanagere and Bagalkote and one each from Bengaluru Urban, Dharawada and Belgavi. Among the new cases, three are men and nine are women.

No new fresh cases was reported from Kerala for the second consecutive day on Thursday. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that five registered recovery. With this the number of people undergoing treatment in the hospital has come down to 25.

Fifty six places in the state has gone off list of hotspots. The state has only 33 hotspots at present (with inputs from agencies).

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