Chennai: Tamil Nadu recorded 16,813 fresh coronavirus cases including two returnees from Andhra Pradesh, taking the total case load to 23,08,838, while 358 people succumbed to the virus, taking the death count 28,528, the Health Department stated on Thursday. However, recoveries continued to outnumber new infections with 32,049 people recovering on Thursday, taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 20,91,646, leaving 1,88,664 active cases, according to a medical bulletin. The number of samples tested today was at 1,81,920 pushing the cumulative number of samples examined so far to 2,94,25,279.
The state recorded its highest daily infections tally at 36,184 cases on May 21 and since then it has been witnessing a declining trend. On June 7, the state saw its daily cases dropping below the 20,000-mark.
The state capital, Chennai leads in the number of total infections with 5,22,052 confirmed cases. Chennai has recorded 7,658 deaths to date. Three districts constituted the majority of new cases with Coimbatore adding 2,236 cases, followed by Chennai with 1,223 cases and Erode with 1,390 cases.
Chengalpet, Nagapattinam, Salem, Thanjavur, Tiruppur, reported new cases each with over 500 infections today while the rest was reported across other districts.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Subramanian responded to the Centre’s advisory to States asking them not to go public on vaccine stocks, and noted that people should know the actual status of vaccines in a state.
Speaking with reporters, he said without knowing the vaccine status, there is a possibility that people hoping to get vaccinated may stand in long queues and go home ’empty-handed’ after getting to know that there is no availability of vaccines in a district.
“People should know the truth about the availability of vaccines. Currently, Chennai alone has 1,060 doses and of the 37 districts (in Tamil Nadu), 36 districts do not have any vaccines,” he said. “The Centre has told us that it will supply 32 lakh doses this month and the first batch comprising six lakh vials will be released this week. We are expecting that it will arrive in two-three days,” he added.
On Wednesday, the Centre wrote to the states and Union territories, advising them not to share the data of the Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) system on vaccine stocks and the temperature of vaccine storage at public forums, and stating that it is a “sensitive information and to be used only for programme improvement”.
To date, Tamil Nadu has received 1.1 crore doses from the Centre and 97.6 lakh people have been vaccinated, Subramanian said. On procurement of Amphotericin B medicine to treat people affected by ‘Black Fungus’ or mucormycosis, he said Tamil Nadu received 9,525 vials and hoped that the supply would increase gradually Centre. “Chief Minister (M K Stalin) has requested the Union Health Minister (Harsh Vardhan) to supply 30,000 doses of Amphotericin B,” he said.
Recently, Tamil Nadu allotted Rs 25 crore from the Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund towards procurement of Amphotericin B drug and other medicines, to treat the ‘Black Fungus’ virus affected patients in the state.
(With inputs from PTI)