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Tamil Nadu Covid-19 wrap: 28,561 fresh cases, 600 special camps for precautionary vaccine dose

🔴 Chennai continued to lead the overall districts by recording 7,520 cases today. It is followed by Coimbatore (3,320), Chengalpattu (2,196), Kanyakumari (1,148), Thiruvallur (998), Salem (937), Erode (919).

By: Express News Service | Chennai |
Updated: January 21, 2022 11:09:51 am
The state government inaugurated 600 special camps to administer precautionary Covid-19 doses to senior citizens above 60 with co-morbidities on Thursday. (Twitter/@Chennaicorp)

Tamil Nadu on Thursday logged 28,561 fresh Covid-19 infections taking the tally to 30,42,796. As many as 19,978 people recovered in the past 24 hours leaving 1,79,205 active infections. With 39 casualities, the toll reached 37,112. The positivity rate touched 18.43 per cent.

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Chennai continued to lead the overall districts by recording 7,520 cases today. It is followed by Coimbatore (3,320), Chengalpattu (2,196), Kanyakumari (1,148), Thiruvallur (998), Salem (937), Erode (919).

As many as 14 deaths were recorded in Chennai, five in Chengalpattu, three each in Coimbatore, Erode, Thiruvallur and Thoothukudi, two in Kanyakumari and Thanjavur, one each in Virudhuangar, Tiruvannamalai, Ranipet, Namakkal.

The state government inaugurated 600 special camps to administer precautionary Covid-19 doses to senior citizens above 60 with co-morbidities on Thursday. The department said those who have received their second vaccine dose before April 20th 2021 are eligible for the dose.

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On Thursday, as of 8 pm, as many as 1,60,015 doses were administered in the state. This included 1,53,514 doses for those above 18 years, 6,501 doses for beneficiaries from 15-18 years, and 50,598 precautionary doses for senior citizens above 60 with co-morbidities.

10 lakh precautionary booster dose will be administered by end of month: Health Minister

Meanwhile, Health Minister Ma Subramanian said that the health department expects to administer ‘precautionary booster dose’ to close to 10 lakh people by end of the month. He said that 5,52,754 people were eligible to receive the booster doses and this number was expected to reach 10 lakh by end of the month.

“In order to vaccinate these 10 lakh people with a precautionary booster dose, we have organised special camps which will be held on Thursdays. This exercise is being held in 600 locations across Tamil Nadu”, he told reporters, PTI reported.

Subramanian also said that till date 3.32 crore people benefited from 18 mega vaccination camps conducted across the state.”Coming Saturday (January 22) we will be holding a mass vaccination drive, with 50,000 camps on that day”, he said.

88.6 per cent of the population in Tamil Nadu has received the first dose of vaccination while 63.4 per cent both the jabs, he said. “(Of the 33.40 lakh eligible people) between the age of 15-18 years old we have vaccinated 25 lakh so far,” he said.

Puducherry records 2,783 Covid-19 cases

The Union territory of Puducherry recorded 2,783 fresh Covid-19 infections as the overall tally went upto 1,45,342. The active cases stood at 130523 including 12909 patients in home isolation and 144 in hospitals. The positivity rate increased to 43.18 per cent. A 95-year-old woman succumbed to the virus pushing the death toll to 1,897.

Among the fresh cases, the Puducherry region accounted for 2,230 cases while Karaikal recorded 462, Yanam 68 and Mahe 23.

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