CHENNAI: Among the six zones that are considered hotspots of the Covid-19 pandemic in the city, Kodambakkam has the lowest mortality rate at 0.67%. This is lower than the city’s official figure which is at 1%. Administrators have time and again said Royapuram, Tondiarpet, Thiru Vi Ka Nagar, Anna Nagar, Teynampet and Kodambakkam are the most “challenging” of the 15 zones in the city.

Of these, Thiru Vi Ka Nagar has the highest death rate at 1.91%, followed by Teynampet at 1.27%, Royapuram at 1.2% and Anna Nagar at 1.04%. Along with Kodambakkam, Tondiarpet also registers a mortality rate lower than the city’s average, at 0.97%. 

A senior official in the Kodambakkam zone attributed the low mortality in the zone to the adequate workforce at their disposal when the outbreak began. The main source of infection in the zone has been identified as Koyambedu market.

On April 30, when the Koyambedu cluster was at its early stages of growth, the city had only 906 total cases, most of which were in Teynampet, Kodambakkam, Thiru Vi Ka Nagar and Royapuram. As on Saturday, the city had a total of 30,444 cases. 

“Since the beginning of the outbreak, we were able to push a lot of manpower to this area for contact tracing and testing of people who were linked to the market. This helped in early detection cases and could be behind the low death rate,” said the official.

Even though Tondiarpet is one of the worst affected zones with 3,781 cases and is second only to Royapuram, it has managed to maintain a lower death rate.  “We have one of the highest ILI (Influenza-Like Illnesses) detection rates in the city. We have also set up fever camps and mobile vehicles to help in early detection,” said a senior official working in Tondiarpet.

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