M.K.Stalin assesses the Covid scenario as 19 more tests come back positive at IIT-Madras.
On Monday, the IIT-M cluster swelled to 79 persons when 19 additional people tested positive for Covid-19. According to health department statistics, a total of 2,058 samples were analysed between April 19 (the first occurrence at the cluster) and April 25, with a test positive rate of 3.84 as of Monday. The mechanical department reported the most instances (24).
On Monday, 1,121 samples were collected, and the findings will be available on Tuesday. J Radhakrishnan, Health Secretary, and IIT-M authorities reviewed saturation testing, contact tracing, and Covid-appropriate behaviour advocacy on the IIT-M campus.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister MK Stalin convened a virtual Covid-19 review conference with collectors and health department officials on Monday to address Covid-19 prevention. All deputy directors of health services (DDHS) have been instructed to download the list of second-dose recipients and distribute it to the appropriate block medical officer/medical officer.
According to health department sources, a special focus would be given to high-risk areas such as urban slums, peri-urban (periphery of urban localities) areas, remote and inaccessible population settlements, certain communities, groups not interested in vaccination, tribal and hilly areas, and fishermen colonies.
Ariyalur, Dharmapuri, Kallakurichi, and Perambalur districts have reported no Covid instances in the recent 28 days. According to health department statistics, omicron was found in all samples received for genome sequencing in March.
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All deputy directors of health services (DDHS) have been instructed to download the list of second-dose recipients and distribute it to the appropriate block medical officer.
Trouble on the road
According to officials in the Adyar, Anna Nagar, and Teynampet zones, practically all of the positive cases as of Monday had a recent travel history. There have also been isolated reports of occupational infections.