Chennai's Test Positivity Rate Declines In The Last One Week
The New Indian Express Chennai|May 18, 2021
CHENNAI is starting to see rays of hope as the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) of Covid-19 has come down from 26 per cent on May 10 to 21.1 per cent on May 16. This means that about 21 out of 100 people tested are now becoming positive.
Omjasvin MD

While the city has been testing close to 30,000 people everyday in the period, the daily cases too have reduced from 7,149 on May 10 to 6,150 on May 17; a considerable 1,000 cases drop. This indicates that the virus spread in the city is gradually on a decline. Public health experts clarify that lockdown may not be the only reason for this phenomenon.

Former director of public health, Dr K Kolandasamy said, “Not just the lockdown, but the vaccination drive and possible herd immunity, too could have caused the decline.

He added that since there has been a massive rise in infections, it may also have brought in immunity among some sections, while the simultaneous vaccine coverage may have helped in stopping the cases from spiking.

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