Udhagamandalam: The number of new Covid-19 cases in the district again touched double digit (13) on Sunday. However, the new cases came down to 9 on Monday in the district while it was three on March 5.
Deputy director of public health Dr P Balusamy said, “The increase in Covid-19 cases in the district is mainly due to travel by locals to Coimbatore”. He said, “There were three cases reported on Monday from a family in the Missionary Hill area in Ooty. They had a travel history. Rest of the new cases were scattered across the district. There is no cluster as well.”
“Strict vigil is in place in all the checkposts in the district. Tourists are not allowed without a negative certificate of Covid-19,” Dr Balusamy said.
At least 1,000 people, including random tests of tourists from other districts, are tested for the virus in a day, he said. “A few tourists tested positive. These cases were cross-notified to their respective districts,” he said.
As many as 3,58,873 people were tested for the virus so far in the Nilgiris. The tally stands at 8,455. About 57 active cases are being treated in the district. On Tuesday, four new cases were reported. tnn