TN records 489 new COVID-19 cases; 2 fatalities; Dy CM gets the jab

TN records 489 new COVID-19 cases; 2 fatalities; Dy CM gets the jab

Chennai, Mar 3 (PTI): Tamil Nadu reported 489 new COVID-
19 cases and two fatalities, taking the caseload to 8.52 lakh
and the toll to 12,504, the health department said on
Wednesday.
Recoveries eclipsed new cases with 494 people being
discharged, taking the cumulative number to 8,36,473, leaving
3,990 active cases in the State.
Chennai accounted for the maximum number of infections
with 184, taking the total to 2,36,072 till date.
The metropolis also accounted for a little over one-third
of the COVID-19 fatalities at 4,157 deaths.
The two deceased were ailing with pre-existing
comorbidity or chronic illness.
A total of 50,783 samples were tested on Wednesday,
taking the total specimens examined so far to 1,76,30,655 .
As many as 27 districts reported fresh infections in
single digits while 35 districts reported ”zero” fatalities.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam took the
first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at MGM Health Care on the
outskirts of the city on Wednesday.
The nationwide vaccination of 60 plus age group and those
aged between 45-59 got underway on March 1
Governor Banwarilal Purohit and senior state ministers,
including Health Minister C Vijayabaskar, have already got the
jab.
Health secretary J Radhakrishnan told reporters that over
75 per cent of health care workers have been vaccinated since
the start of the drive in Tamil Nadu on January 16.
Some police department personnel and those engaged in
poll related works were yet to get the shot he said and urged
them to come forward to get it done.
He said there has been an encouraging response from
senior citizens since the current vaccination drive kicked off
in March 1.
What was a cause for worry was that some districts were
still reporting COVID-19 infections in single digits,which was
mainly due to not wearing masks and maintaining social
distancing, he said.
“When we analyzed, we came to know that those who tested
positive had attended family functions without wearing masks
or not maintained social distancing, ” he said.
This was also found by a central team which visited the
state recently, he said.
Radhakrishnan said the government has directed District
Collectors to ensure that people wear masks and maintain
social distancing so that the disease is contained
“People should not think that the prevalence of the virus
is less. Even if a single symptom shows up in an individual,
they should immediately visit a government hospital”, he said.
To a query, he said the Centre has supplied adequate
amount of vaccines to Tamil Nadu and that over five lakh
people have so far been vaccinated. PTI VIJ APR
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