Sunday, Sep 25, 2022

Tamil Nadu Cases: 596 New Infections, Zero Fatalities, And 2073 Active Cases

Tamil Nadu, on Saturday, added 596 fresh covid-19 cases taking the overall tally in the state to 34,60,182.

Hospital staff is seen outside the Special Isolation Ward set up to provide treatment to any suspected case of the coronavirus at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, in Chennai. PTI Photo

Amidst rising coronavirus cases across the nation, Tamil Nadu, on Saturday, added another 596 infections, pushing the overall tally in the state to 34,60,182. The toll remained unchanged at 38,026 with zero fatalities being reported in the last 24 hours, a medical bulletin said.

The number of those who have recuperated from the virus went up to 34,19,083 with 217 people getting discharged in the last 24 hours, leaving 3,073 active infections. Chennai and neighboring Chengalpet accounted for the bulk of cases with 295 and 122, respectively, while the remaining was scattered across 24 of the total 38 districts.

The state capital leads among districts with 1,503 active cases and 7,54,889 infections overall. A total of 15,953 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of tests so far to 6,68,70,528, the bulletin stated.

Meanwhile, Principal Health Secretary P Senthil Kumar wrote to district collectors asking them to take steps to curb the virus's spread. Recalling Chief Minister M K Stalin's recent review meeting on the status of COVID-19  with Collectors, Kumar said the CM offered instructions to the districts.

Minister for Health and Family Welfare M A Subramanian also reviewed the measures taken in Chennai and Chengalpet as the number of cases in the two districts was more than 100, Kumar said. In his first letter to the District Collectors after assuming the new role, Kumar said it was essential to do complete contact tracing, and saturation testing of the contacts of the positive cases to prevent further spread.

Home isolation of positive cases should be followed up,  and a tablet pack containing paracetamol, Vitamin-C, and Zinc tablets may be provided to mild COVID-19 positive patients, he said. Those who tested positive should be followed up with a phone call, and COVID Care Centres and interim Covid care centers may be kept ready as per the emerging trend of positive cases.

Kumar said those individuals without adequate facilities for home quarantine may be accommodated in such COVID Care centers. Noting that  50-100 beds in district college hospitals have been earmarked to treat COVD-19 affected individuals, he said it may be utilized for treating 'serious' and 'high risk' individuals.

Recalling that 14 lakh people were administered vaccines during the mega vaccination camp held on June 12, he said on normal days, only about 50,000 vaccines were administered and it "needs to be 'increased". "A periodic review may be conducted every Monday morning with all officials and adequate stock of personal protective equipment, triple-layer masks, and essential drugs may be ensured", he said.