TN increases Covid testing, readies micro plans for vaccination

Single day Covid-19 tests in Tamil Nadu hit a new high with 94,877 samples, while 5,679 cases took the tally to 5,69,370, the state health department said.

Seventy two more fatalities pushed the toll to 9,148 The record samples tested on Friday took the cumulative number of specimens examined so far to 69,10,521.

As many as 5,626 people were discharged from various facilities after getting cured, taking the total number of recoveries to 5,13,836.

As trials of vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 enter the final stages, public health authorities in TN want to ensure that they are well prepared.

Director of public health Dr T S Selvavinayagam has asked deputy directors of public health to consolidate micro plans and send it to the directorate by October 15.

The Union health ministry will introduce the vaccine against the viral infection if candidates prove their efficiency in the clinical trials. On Tuesday, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO), the apex body for drug regulations, said it plans to approve Covid-19 vaccines that can provide immunity to at least 50% of participants in phase-3 clinical trials.