Tamil Nadu last reported fewer than 1700 cases on March 24. On that day, the state reported 1636 new cases, but since then fresh cases continued to rise till it reached the peak in May. “Fresh case tally has been dropping and the number of vaccinations is slowly increasing,” said health minister Ma Subramanian.
“At least 60 villages in Tamil Nadu have an entire adult population with at least one dose. Kodaikanal is among the first tourist destinations to have 100% first dose vaccination for all its adults. We aim to do this in other tourist destinations such as Velankani, Palani and Tirutani,” he said at a function organised by Apollo Hospitals to launch the institutes of hernia surgery and abdominal wall reconstruction. “Apollo hospitals say they have 5 lakh doses of Covaxin. We will make all arrangements to buy them using CSR funds so we can reduce waiting time for people who need a second dose,” he said. TN has so far vaccinated 2.57crore people at government vaccination centres including 1.6lakh people who received the vaccine on Friday. So far 19 lakh people have taken the vaccine at private hospitals since May1.
On Friday, barring four districts – Coimbatore (199), Chennai (185), Erode (158) and Chengalpet (102) – fresh cases in all other districts were less than 100. While 16 districts reported fewer than 25 cases each, seven districts reported cases in single digits. Ramanathapuram (4) reported the least number of cases. The sharpest increase between Thursday and Friday was reported by Erode, where cases rose to 158 from 147, while cases in Thanjavur dropped from 112 to 98 (steepest) during the same time period.