The state called out to people at bus stops, markets and other public places for random RT-PCR tests on Monday when 1,385 new Covid-19 cases were reported.
There were 10 deaths, pushing the toll to 12,609. Of the 8,68,367 who tested positive since March 2020, 8,619 are still under treatment.
“For every 100 people tested, at least two are now testing positive for Covid-19 in TN. Until last month, the positivity rate was below 1%. Although fresh cases in TN are not as high as Maharashtra, we have to admit the infection rate is steadily going up,” said health secretary J Radhakrishnan.
The state has also been using its resources – including flying squads – to stop violations. “In the last four days, we fined at least 38,000 people. The state has collected a fine of 83.05 lakh. We still see people without masks, violating social distancing norms,” he told reporters.
On Monday, 40 employees from AGS Health Care Limited branches in Taramani, Perungudi and Kandanchavadi tested positive for Covid-19. Two days ago, one employee of the company tested positive. The corporation organized saturation testing for 350 employees in the firm’s three branches.
Chennai reported 496 new cases on Monday, pushing active cases in the city to 4,202. Coimbatore with 130 had the second most new cases, followed by Chengalpet (126), Thanjavur (83), Tiruvallur (62) and Kancheepuram (35).
The Chennai region had 52% of new cases and 60% of deaths.
Of the 10 deaths on Monday, four from Chennai, two each from Chengalpet and Coimbatore and one each from Salem and Thanjavur. The state tested 73,027 people between Sunday noon and Monday when 659 were discharged.