The ACJ Wrap: COVID-19 In Tamil Nadu

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Let’s take a look at the latest COVID developments in Tamil Nadu.

By Arnav Chandrasekhar

February 15, Coimbatore:  While a considerable number of cases remain, Tamil Nadu appears to be seeing the end of the Omicron wave. According to an international COVID data repository managed by John Hopkins University, the February 14 fresh case load of 1634 is down from 30,744 fresh cases on the 22nd of January this year. 

Notably, cases in the capital city of Chennai are on the decline as well, reports The Times of India. Chennai and the textile hub Coimbatore have consistently had the highest case numbers in the state throughout the pandemic.  Till date, 37,932 people have died due to COVID. With a 7 percent hospitalization rate, there has been less pressure on the healthcare system of the state. In contrast to the early waves, COVID beds are consistently available in hospitals, according to the data posted by tncovidbeds.tnega.org.

Vaccination camps

Throughout the pandemic, the state of Tamil Nadu has been holding large-scale vaccination camps to vaccinate large numbers of people at once. These camps reportedly vaccinated about 3.65 crore people. Over 500,000 booster doses have also been administered.  However, the 23rd mega vaccination camp will be postponed on account on the upcoming civic polls, reports the Indian Express. According to Tamil Nadu Health Minister, regular arrangements will be made instead at government facilities.

Nurseries and playschools have reopened

Thanks to the decline in cases, young children are now able to go back to school, reports NDTV. Playschools and nurseries reopened on February 14. Students of classes 1-12 have been attending school from February 1. Higher institutes also reopened on the same day.  PhD candidates at Anna University have been hit hard, however, with restrictions hurting their ability to conduct research and affecting their mental health, reports the Indian Express. Anna University Vice Chancellor R Velraj said that the necessary extensions will be provided for PhD students. In a similar vein, the National Coalition on the Education Emergency asked Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Stalin to convene a national-level meeting to discuss the impact of COVID on education, citing Tamil Nadu’s past leadership in this area.

Restrictions on gathering in public areas remain in force for cultural, political and community events, though attendance limits for weddings and funerals have been increased.  According to the Indian Express, the limits on public gathering will remain in place at least until March 3. Restaurants and commercial establishments such as malls and theaters will continue operating at 50 % capacity.