For the last few days, Tamil Nadu has been adding to its Coronavirus numbers at a very fast pace, its number has nearly doubled in the last one week, from 2058 to 4058. The state reported over 500 new cases on each of the last two days and was the single biggest contributor to the national numbers after Maharashtra.
Unlike some other states like Punjab or West Bengal, where the sudden surge in the numbers in recent days could be attributed to specific reasons, it is not clear what is causing the rise in numbers in Tamil Nadu. After all, the number of new cases were increasing at a much more modest rate in Tamil Nadu earlier. Its previous doubling had taken 17 days.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami said that higher number of testing led to an increased number of Covid-19 cases in the state, asserting that high population density, narrow lanes and use of public toilets made Chennai a challenge in cluster containment
The chief minister’s comments came a day after the state saw its highest-ever jump so far with 527 positive cases. Chennai itself recorded 279 fresh cases on Tuesday and the tally rose to over 2,000.