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TN logs 479 new COVID-19 cases; 3 fatalities

TN logs 479 new COVID-19 cases; 3 fatalities

Chennai, Feb 28 (PTI) Tamil Nadu recorded 479 fresh
coronavirus cases and three more deaths, taking the overall
caseload to 8.51 lakh and the toll to 12,496, the health
department said on Sunday.
Recoveries eclipsed new cases with 490 people being
discharged, taking the cumulative number to 8,35,024, leaving
4,022 active cases in the state.
Chennai accounted for the maximum number of infections
with 182, taking the total to 2,35,532 till date.
The metropolis also accounted for a little over one-third
of the COVID-19 fatalities at 4,153 deaths.
All the three deceased were ailing with pre-existing
comorbidity or chronic illness.
A total of 50,815 samples were tested on Sunday, taking
the total specimens examined so far to 1.74 crore.
As many as 24 districts have reported fresh infections in
single digits while 34 districts reported ”zero” fatalities.
Kallakurichi and Perambalur have recorded ”nil” new
infections today while active cases in the respective
districts was 4, the bulletin said.
Meanwhile, the public health and preventive medicine
department said in a release that elaborate arrangements have
been made for COVID-19 vaccination for persons above 60 years
and for those above 45 years to 59 years ailing with
comorbidities, from tomorrow.
Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan reviewed the overall
preparedness along with state immunisation officer Dr Vinay
Kumar on Sunday, the release said.
Government-run facilities would offer free vaccination
and eligible persons are requested to receive the shot at the
centres of their choice either in government or in private
Tamil Nadu has so far received 23.77 lakh doses of
COVID-19 vaccines of which 21 lakh doses are of COVISHIELD and
2.77 lakh doses of COVAXIN.
Till date 4.57 lakh health care workers and front-line
workers have been inoculated against a target of 8.21 lakh,
the release said.
Apart from free vaccination in state government
facilities, the Centre has permitted private hospitals to join
the vaccination drive and 761 empaneled private hospitals have
expressed willingness to act as COVID vaccination centres.
The Government of India has fixed a ceiling of Rs 250 per
person per dose to be charged by the private hospitals.
Tamil Nadu health systems project director Sivagnanam
reviewed the arrangements in respect of the empanelled
hospitals, it added. PTI VIJ

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Bollyinsidestaff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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