Coimbatore: The district recorded 103 fresh Covid-19 cases on Saturday, taking the total number of cases past the 57,000-mark to 57,023.
This is also the fourth day this week that the district recorded more than 100 fresh cases. With only 61 people getting discharged, the number of active cases crossed 600-mark to 635. The district recorded one death due to the virus, taking the toll to 686.
The increasing number of active cases has prompted the city corporation to restart Covid care centres, opening the first at Gandhipuram. “We have opened one at Srinivasa Kalyana Mandapam, which can accommodate 70 to 80 beds,” city health officer Dr S Raja said. “If required, we will open another such centre next week,” he said.
The civic body also set up five containment zones in the city on Saturday.
With the district recording more than 520 cases in the first six days of the week, compared to hardly 300 cases in a week in February, health officers are alarmed at the increasing cases. “Maharashtra is now recording 25,000 to 26,000 cases a day, figures which were never seen in the first wave. The rate of increase in cases is extremely rapid,” a corporation health officer said.
“The only sure-shot intervention at this point is mass vaccination. We need to get vaccinated faster than the rate at which the infection is spreading,” said Raja.
Compared to the 6,000-odd vaccinations a day, 30,000 people should be vaccinated a day to become collectively immune. “Studies show that if 10% of the population is vaccinated, new cases will reduce by 50%. If 20% of the population gets vaccinated, it will further reduce by another 50%,” said the city health officer. TNN