The ACJ Wrap: COVID-19 in Chennai

Nirmala Murali

Tamil Nadu to withdraw Sunday lockdown with decreasing cases for the third consecutive day, No changes in night curfew, schools and college will continue to be shut.

Tamil Nadu was among the eight states that announced night curfew between 10 to 5 and a Sunday lockdown. On 9th of January, the second Sunday of the month was the first lockdown of the year 2022. Tamil Nadu previously went into lockdown in the month of May.

The state celebrated Kanam Pongal too in lockdown. A festival exclusively celebrated by visiting places and getting out of the house was celebrated indoors. After going into complete lockdown for two consecutive Sundays, the State is now considering on withdrawing the Sunday lockdown  The tally of daily covid cases in the state reduced for three consecutive days if the pattern prevails, the Sunday lockdown will be withdrawn, said Ma Subramanian the health minister of Tamil Nadu.

India recorded over 58,097 cases as on 5th of January 2022, during the third wave. All states recorded an unprecedented surge in the number of covid case and Tamil Nadu was no exception. the state recorded 35,514 cases; the highest single daily count higher than 30, 987 cases in the second wave.

Tamil Nadu now logs an average of 30,000 cases with Chennai, the capital district being the worst affected. Coimbatore stands to be the second worst affected district after Chennai. The state is the third worst affected after Maharashtra (28,286), Kerala (26,514), and Karnataka (46,514). The daily deaths have however remained less compared to other states.

The state as a measure to control the spread of the virus announced holidays to classes 9th and below and to all colleges on 7th of January. While classes of 10th and above were allowed to  function, with the daily raise in cases the state announced holiday to all classes. No educational institution, amusement parks, were allowed to open. All places of worship were ordered to close on weekends.

The state’s vaccination count stood at 685,105,189. While 930,059,898 have received at least one dose.  Apart from the 37,218 deaths in the state, it also lost three prominent personalities to the virus. J.Anbuazhagan  Member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly on 2nd June, 2020. S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Indian playback singer 25 September 2020, H. Vasanthakumar , Member of parliament, Lok Sabha, 10 August 2020.