Coimbatore: The district recorded 376 fresh Covid-19 cases on Monday, taking the total number of cases past the 60,000-mark, to 60,534.
With 138 people getting discharged, the number of active cases stood at 2,436. No deaths were recorded due to the virus.
Though the mortality rate of the current wave has been low, officials are alarmed at the rate of increase, which they say is the fastest among the city’s four waves. Data shows that the number of active cases in the district has increased six-fold in the span of one month and daily fresh cases have increased more than seven-fold in one month. At the continuing rate of increase, which is pegged at 10% daily, health department officials fear the daily fresh case count will increase to 500 a day within Monday.
“The impact of election on increasing cases will be seen only after two weeks. Once movement of people reduces, the fall in cases or the curve could also be drastic,” an official said.
With 376 cases and hardly 3,300 samples tested, positivity rate already has crossed 10%.
Coimbatore has notably seen four waves of the virus — one in last April, when returnees of the Tablighi Jamaat cluster tested positive, followed by international, inter-district and inter-state arrivals, followed by the gold cluster in Selvapuram and the most recent spike.
“While in April we saw days where there was a spike in cases due to tracing and testing, it was not a consistent increase. In June also, the daily fresh case figures ranged from four to 26 a day. However, in July after the gold cluster broke out, the number of cases rose slowly and steadily right up to October beginning,” said the official.
The gold cluster, with hubs in Selvapuram and Town Hall combined with industrial clusters, saw cases increasing from 45-odd a day to 400-cases a day in two months.
However, this time cases have increased from 50 a day in and around March 5 to 376 cases a day in exactly a month. “This is the fastest spike we have seen,” the official added.