CHENNAI’S TEST POSITIVITY RATE TWICE THAT OF TAMIL NADU AMID OMICRON SPREAD

With the fast moving Omicron variant, Chennai’s Covid test positivity rate has surged from 3.3% on January 1 to 17.4% as on January 9 which is exactly twice the state average which increased from 1.4 to 8.7% during the same period. The state capital, like most metros, has been the driver of increasing the number of cases in Tamil Nadu since the beginning of the pandemic and is contributing to the caseload in the third wave of infections.

“The test positivity rate is an indicator of the magnitude of the active transmission of the infection,” says public healthcare expert and retired director of Tamil Nadu’s public health, Dr K Kolandaswamy. “The real issue that we are seeing world over is that people have a wrong impression that Omicron is mild. It is only mild among the vaccinated population and those who have been infected and recovered. That’s not the case for those who are unvaccinated, above 60 and have co-morbidities.”

Cases began doubling in Chennai last week. From 876 new cases on January 3, the capital city reported 2,481 cases on January 5. On Monday, Tamil Nadu reported 13,990 new cases out of which 6,190 from Chennai. The number of people tested in the state is 1.34 lakh on Monday while Chennai tested more than 35,000 as of January 9, according to a state health bulletin.

News Source : Hindustan Times

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