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Fresh Covid-19 cases near 1,000, Tamil Nadu moves to contain spread | Coimbatore News

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CHENNAI: All streets/buildings in Chennai with more than three houses with Covid-19 cases will be containment zones, health secretary J Radhakrishnan said on Wednesday, minutes after the state reported 945 new cases.
Present rules allow Greater Chennai Corporation to enforce restrictions on streets and in buildings only if there are three index cases — families/households, who may not have direct contact with each other, developing the viral infection. The change, officials say, will enable better micro containment measures, improve contact tracing, increase testing of close contacts and prevent transmission.
The state reported more than 900 fresh cases on January 1 and 2 in 2021 when there were more than 8,200 active cases. On Wednesday, after eight deaths including five in Chennai, there were 5,811 people seeking treatment.
“TN is among the 19 states seeing an increase in cases. We are acting to stop the spread,” Radhakrishnan said after meeting chief secretary Rajeev Ranjan.
The state also urged the Centre to permit vaccination for people above 45 and all adults with comorbid conditions ahead of the assembly election. It will start vaccinations at government mini clinics. “We are looking at options to hold vaccination camps outside hospital environments adhering to all protocols,” Radhakrishnan said.
The chief secretary, meanwhile, has instructed district collectors to increasing testing with early isolation. From around 55,000 RTPCR tests, the number of tests rose to nearly 71,000 on Wednesday. TN can test up to 1 lakh people a day.
On Wednesday, Government hospitals including Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital were adding more beds in isolation wards.
In February, when cases began to increase, the state found cluster from family luncheons, weddings, birthday parties and funerals. “Increased political activity this month has added to risk. Whether it’s a wedding hall or large political rally, masks are mandatory,” Radhakrishnan said.
On Wednesday, the Chennai region – Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpet – together reported 61% of TN’s cases. Chennai had 395 cases, Chengalpet 103, Tiruvallur 56 and Kancheepuram 30. The region had 3,325 active cases, including 2277 in Chennai. After Chennai, Coimbatore
(107) had the most cases, while Tirupur and Thanjavur reported 22 and 10 cases. Perambalur was the only district with zero new cases.
In the last 54 days, 17,20508 people were vaccinated in TN. At least 1,11,382 people took the vaccine on Monday including 43,543 senior citizens and 36,582 between ages of 45 and 59 with comorbidities. In addition, 12,614 healthcare workers and 18,643 frontline workers took the vaccine until 7pm on Wednesday.
So far, 4,83,703 people above 60, 3,26,192 above 54 and 5,13,022 healthcare providers have taken the vaccine.

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