As TN’s count nears 12,000, State to release new testing policy today

Tamil Nadu added another 536 cases of COVID-19 on Monday, taking its tally to 11,760. Of the new cases, 46 persons had returned to the State from Maharashtra.

The testing strategy continued to be a subject of debate with the ICMR releasing new guidelines and the state set to finalise its own by Tuesday.

Health Minister C Vijayabaskar said, “We have not reduced testing Our state has done the largest number of tests. We are following the ICMR protocol. We don’t plan the number of tests.

It depends on the number of people who come into the city by road, flights or trains or the number of home contacts of a person who tested positive.”. So far, TN has tested more than 3.3 lakh people, including 85,000 in Chennai, which reported 364 cases on Monday.

The State capital has seen 7117 cases of Covid-19 so far. Of the 536 cases reported in Tamil Nadu, Chennai accounted for 364 cases on Monday. Tamil Nadu has witnessed 11,760 cases in all and has seen the death toll rise to 81 in the State with three more deaths being reported on Monday.

Meanwhile, 234 persons were discharged across the State. So far, a total of 4,406 persons have recovered from COVID-19, he said. “There were no new cases in at least 15-16 districts such as Erode, Coimbatore, Salem and Sivaganga. Now, persons are returning to the State from abroad on flights, persons have arrived in two trains from Delhi and by road from Maharashtra and Gujarat,” the Minister said.

On Tuesday, a comprehensive testing policy will be released by the state health department, said health secretary Beela Rajesh.”We have high tests and recovery rate but low mortality. Let’s not hurt the sentiments of people who work hard,” Vijayabaskar said in response to a tweet by DMK president and opposition leader MK Stalin.

The number of samples tested on Monday stood at 11,121, while persons tested numbered 10,887. So far, a total of 3,37,841 samples have been tested in the State