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Active Covid-19 cases not falling creates concern in Western Tamil Nadu

Chennai, June 11(BPNS)

Even as the number of active cases in the state of Tamil Nadu has dropped below 2 lakh, with the state reporting 1,88,664 cases on Thursday, the number of active cases in Western Tamil Nadu districts of Coimbatore and Erode is a matter of concern for the health officials and administration of the state.

On Thursday the three western districts of the state, Coimbatore, Erode and Tirupur reported the first three spots in the number of active Covid-19 cases while Chennai even being the largest Metro town in the state was in fourth place.

Coimbatore with 21,184 active cases recorded the highest number followed by Tirupur with 17485 and Erode with 13,102 cases. Chennai had 12,210 active cases on Thursday bringing it to fourth place in the number of active cases reported.

Salem, another western district was fifth in this list with 10,168 active cases.

In the number of new cases also Coimbatore with 2236 cases and Erode with 1390 cases were above that of Chennai with 1223 cases on Thursday.

Greater Chennai Corporation commissioner Gagan Singh Bedi while speaking to BPNS said,” We had implemented a stringent and effective lockdown and this is the reason for the number of active cases coming down in the metro city.”

Madurai and Trichy recorded a lower number of cases leading to the fall in the Test positivity rate of the state which came below 10% for the first time in the past 22 days.

Minister for Medical and Family Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu, Ma Subramanian while speaking to BPNS said, “We have brought down the test positivity rate in the state to below 10% and this is a welcome sign even though the Western districts are a matter of concern. Government and Public health officials are taking an all-out effort to curtail the active cases in the western districts of the state and we will achieve success in this.”

With the Test Positivity Rates falling below 10%, the availability of the number of oxygen fitted beds have increased in various parts of the state.

However another matter of concern for the health authorities of the state is the increasing in the number of deaths with the state reporting 358 deaths in the past 24 hours. With this figure, the total number of deaths in the state has touched 28,528, the third-largest in the country.