COVID-19 in Chennai: How this active zone in the city is flattening the curve?

While Chennai has been faltering in the wake of the soaring cases of COVID-19 amid the containment measures, one of the active zones in the city has been sending some welcoming signs and sets a model to the rest of the city's territory by recording a decline in the curve of COVID-19 affected cases. 

According to the reports, the Tondiarpet zone in the city has been the second biggest hotspot for the virus spread after Royapuram. But, it has a different picture to share with its companions in the city as the zone has reported a decline in the active cases, showing a significant development. The number of active cases in the Tondiarpet zone has declined by 20% after seeing a peak in the past ten days.

According to the data shared by the Greater Chennai Corporation, Tondiarpet has been one of the six major zones that had heavy caseloads in the city and the number of the active cases in the zone stood at around 2,000 in a day for the past ten days and on June 24, the zone's active cases went peak by reporting 2,373 cases. But, on June 25, the zone's active cases stood at 1,891 by reporting a drop of 500 cases compared to the previous day. 

The zone has recorded a drop of 20% and the latest figure has also been recorded as the lowest in three weeks. The reports stated that the zone has reported more recovered cases than the active cases and the current development has come when the zone has been pacing up the testing in its demarcation. 

However, Chennai Corporation has been staying vigilant to maintain and keep up the pattern. According to the zone's nodal officer, the zone has been witnessing aggressive testing through which people with symptoms, carriers, and people with Influenza-like Illness (ILI) have been getting detected and identified at the early stage which would contain the further spread. The authorities are deploying mobile testing vans to the areas in the zone where people couldn't able to come to testing. 

The reports quoted the statement of Tamil Nadu Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan IAS in which he stated that the drop in cases in Tondiarpet zone has been the result of the efforts of the field support teams and the residents of the zone who stick to the guidelines including wearing masks and observing social distancing norms. 

As of Thursday, Chennai has reported 47,650 cases and according to the Chennai Corporation, Royapuram - Zone 5 has more cases in the city with 6951 followed by Tondiarpet - Zone 4 with 5717 cases, Teynampet - Zone 9 with 5534 cases, Anna Nagar -Zone 8 with 5260, and Kodambakkam - Zone 10 with 5216 cases. As of Thursday,  Tamil Nadu has reported 70,977 cases so far. 

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