Tamil Nadu COVID-19 Update
CHENNAI: The health department’s efforts to manage the epidemic are being hampered by new COVID-19 clusters in student dorms. COVID counts in the state have risen thanks to recent clusters at IIT-Madras and Shri Sathya Sai Medical College.
On Saturday, Tamil Nadu reported 89 instances after 42 persons tested positive during a saturation test at Shri Sathya Sai Medical College. Only three people tested positive at the cluster on Sunday.
According to TS Selvavinayagam, Director of Public Health, most educational institutions have not adopted COVID-compliant behavior.” We can avert clusters if individuals get immunized and follow Covid guidelines,” he said.
Speaking on the development, Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan told The New Indian Express that multi-level oversight is essential anytime such clusters exist. In a statement, Radhakrishnan advised collectors and health authorities to maintain a watch on kids with travel histories, particularly those who had traveled from neighboring states or competed in inter-state cultural or sports/academic meetings.
Officials were also urged to look for sick patients and track down their contacts.”When clusters are present, saturation testing should be conducted. Positive students should be isolated and treated on campus, preferably in isolation rooms “he cried out
He instructed authorities to guarantee that those who are eligible be vaccinated in dedicated vaccination camps. Immunity resulting from vaccination and immunity gained after exposure to COVID-19 infection, according to public health specialists, resulted in the state having roughly 88 percent seropositivity, Radhakrishnan added.