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Tamil Nadu Covid-19 wrap: 20,911 fresh infections; 56 new Omicron cases take overall tally to 241

🔴 When 1,56,402 samples were tested in the past 24 hours, Chennai accounted for most of the new infections with 8,218 cases, followed by Chengalpet (2,030), Coimbatore (1,162), Thiruvallur (901), Kanyakumari (538), among other districts.

By: Express News Service | Chennai |
Updated: January 14, 2022 11:42:08 am
Chennai: A health worker administers a booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a policeman, in Chennai, Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar)

As Covid-19 cases continued to increase, Tamil Nadu recorded 20,911 fresh infections and 25 deaths on Thursday, pushing the caseload to 28,68,500 and the death toll to 36,930.

When 1,56,402 samples were tested in the past 24 hours, Chennai accounted for most of the new infections with 8,218 cases, followed by Chengalpet (2,030), Coimbatore (1,162), Thiruvallur (901), Kanyakumari (538), among other districts.

Over 6,235 patients recovered from the infection taking the total recovery count to 27,27,960, leaving 1,03,610 active infections. Those who tested positive included 25 returnees from domestic and overseas locations. A total of 1,56,402 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of specimens examined to 5.91 crore.

On Thursday, 56 new cases of Omicron was reported in Tamil Nadu, taking the overall tally 1o 241, a medical bulletin said. “With the addition of 56 cases identified through whole genomic sequencing, the total Omicron cases in Tamil Nadu so far stood at 241”, it said. Tamil Nadu reported its first Omicron case on December 15.

Penalty for not wearing face mask increased to Rs 500 in Tamil Nadu

In view of the Covid-19 surge, the government has increased the fine for not covering the nose and mouth at public places from Rs 200 to Rs 500. According to a G.O issued on January 12, certain offences declared as compoundable-rule under Tamil Nadu Public Health Act,1939, non-compliance of wearing face masks, covering mouth and nose would attract a fine of Rs 500 as against Rs 200.

64% population fully vaccinated in Tamil Nadu: CM M K Stalin

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin Thursday informed that the state has fully vaccinated 64 percent of its eligible population. He expressed his views during the Prime Minister’s interaction with Chief Ministers over the prevailing Covid-19 situation. Stalin also said the state government is fully-prepared to manage the Omicron wave of the pandemic and after their government assumed charge, they have increased the vaccination coverage as well.

“Today, 64 per cent of the eligible population has been fully-vaccinated. We also vaccinated 74 per cent of the population belonging to the age group of 15 to 18. There is a very good response for the booster dose too,” Stalin said.

Covid war rooms activated at both state and district levels

Explaining the various measures the DMK-led government has taken to curb the spread of the virus, Stalin said they have activated war rooms at both the state and district levels.

“Covid Care Centres have been started in all needy cities. We continue to follow the national testing norms, using only RT-PCR. We have also increased our RT-PCR testing capacity, oxygen generation capacity, oxygen storage and ICU beds. I have instructed all the officials to strictly enforce Covid appropriate behaviour and protocols. The entire state machinery is fully-ready to meet the situation. I assure you that Tamil Nadu will stand with all your efforts in managing this wave,” Stalin added.

Puducherry reports over 1,000 Covid-19 cases

Meanwhile, the Union territory of Puducherry clocked 1,107 infections, taking the overall tally to 1,33,866. The cases were spread over Puducherry (956), Karaikal (126), Mahe (18) and Yanam (seven). The test positivity rate was 26.44 per cent. The number of active cases stood at 4,270, which included 167 patients in hospitals. Total deaths remained at 1,883.

With inputs from PTI

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