CHENNAI: As the Covid-19 cumulative case tally in Tamil Nadu crossed 9 lakh on Monday, the state health department promised door-to-door fever surveillance to track down cases and Covid screening centres to triage patients to Covid care centres and hospitals.
Public health officials, meanwhile, added 3,672 fresh cases and drew samples from 79,442 people for RTPCR test. The state registered 11 deaths which took the death toll to 12,789. By afternoon, after1,842 discharges, there were 23,777 patients under treatment.
Chennai topped the cases table with 1,335 cases, and Coimbatore followed with 376. Chennai’s three neighbours Chengalpet (310), Tiruvallur (156) and Kancheepuram (128) took the total cases in the Chennai region to 1,929. The region reported eight deaths – seven in Chennai and one in Chengalpet. After Coimbatore, Tiruppur (104) in the west reported the highest number of cases, while in the central zone Thanjavur and Trichy reported129 and128 cases respectively. Besides two districts in the Chennai region, Madurai, Nagapattinam and Vellore reported one death each.
Health officials said the increasing test positivity rate was a growing concern in some districts. On April 4, it was 8% in Chennai, 7.3% in Ranipet, 6.85% in Theni, 6.17% in Coimbatore, 5.53% in Chengalpattu, 5.38% in Tiruvannamalai and 5.07% in Salem, he said. “We want to bring down the positivity rate to below 5%,” said health secretary J Radhakrishnan. The state will ramp up testing in all districts that have a positivity rate above 2%. “There were several SOP violations that led to increase.,” he said.