The ACJ Wrap: Covid-19 in Tamil Nadu

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RTPCR test is being conducted for patients in Government General Hospital, Chennai. Photo: Indian Express

Sai Charan Natarajan

With the death of 13 people and 5,104 testing positive for Covid-19 on February 07, the total number of active cases in Tamil Nadu stands at 1,21,828. Chennai and Coimbatore are the two major cities with higher cases, while 14 districts have reported less than 50 cases.

The Positivity rate of Covid-19 saw a drastic increase in January to 22% during the third wave and it is getting reduced in recent times. The graph on the tweet shows the trend is decreasing and the positivity rate dropped to 5.3.

Because of the reduction in caseload, The Tamil Nadu government has released a set of new guidelines from February 1-15. Night curfews were with and the Sunday total lockdown was withdrawn. Schools from classes 1-12 and colleges were allowed to function.

Since the schools across Tamil Nadu has opened after the relaxation in covid guidelines, Nearly 80% of the Children in the state who are aged 15-18 and are eligible for vaccination got their first dose.

But the semester exams in all colleges will be conducted online from February 1 to February 20. “The government will make a decision regarding opening colleges after February 20,” said K Ponmudy Tamil Nadu Higher Education Minister.

Medical experts have warned that the Covid 19 appropriate behaviour should be strictly followed in the state, as Tamil Nadu is gearing for the Urban Local body elections. Direct elections will be held on February 19 and the results will be out by February 22. Indirect elections for the post of mayors and chairman will happen on March 04.

A couple from Tamil Nadu holds India’s first of its kind wedding reception in Metaverse. The couple held their wedding in Sivalingapuram, a small tribal village of Tamil Nadu. However, friends and family from across the world attended the wedding reception in the virtual world, the Mint reported.

Meanwhile, when people are focusing on Covid-19, Tamil Nadu Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan expressed concern about the increasing trend of cancer in the state. “In the pandemic, people should definitely focus on COVID-19 but they should not forget about other diseases,” he said.

Here is the view of the state’s capital Chennai during the weekend curfew.