TN’s Covid count crosses 5.5 lakh, enters critical phase

Tamil Nadu on Tuesday reported 5,406 recoveries while 5,337 new COVID cases were recorded, taking the caseload to 5,52,674. The death toll mounted to 8,947 with an addition of 76 more fatalities.

The Director of Public Health (DPH) and Preventive Medicine has instructed all Deputy Directors of Health Services to prepare a micro plan, at the level of health sub-centres (HSC), primary health centres (PHC) and districts, for carrying out vaccination against COVID-19 in the near future.

In a circular to all Deputy Directors of Health Services, the DPH said the Government of India was planning to introduce a vaccine against COVID-19 in the near future. In this connection, the Deputy Directors were instructed to advise the respective staff to prepare an HSC/PHC/district-level micro plan for vaccination.

“We are at a critical phase. The number of new cases and daily deaths are coming down, but we will not be able to drop our guard,” said health secretary J Radhakrishnan.

“In the last six months, we have worked tirelessly to increase infrastructure in state-run hospitals. We now have more oxygen beds, ventilators, cleaner hospitals and efficient treatment protocol and a stringent sanitation procedure. Our doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers have been resourceful. Many who were infected have returned to work,” he said.

Of the 5.52 lakh plus infections, Chennai shared 1,57,614, Chengelpet 33,030, Tiruvallur 30,582, Coimbatore 27,157, Kancheepuram 20,803.
Of the total 8,947 deaths, Chennai accounted for 3091, Chengelpet 526, Tiruvallur 524 and Coimbatore 392.