Chennai: The COVID-19 positive cases in Tamil Nadu crossed the 1,000-figure mark with 106 people testing positive to the virus on Sunday, taking the total number of cases to 1,075. A 45-year-old woman died, taking the fatality to 11 due to the virus.
The trajectory of the positive cases continued to move upward in the state as the government decided to shift the gear to ‘aggressive testing’ in the coming days, Health Secretary Beela Rajesh told reporters on the daily briefing on Sunday.
Of the 106 cases tested positive, 19 had travel histories. The remaining were their contacts, she said, implying that the state was still in the safer zone and has not moved to stage-3, where community transmission takes place. She also confirmed the death of the 45-year-old woman.
During the last 24 hours, six people were discharged after treatment, she said adding, with this, a total of 50 people have so far been discharged after recovery. A total of 82.94 lakh people from 20.47 lakh households were detained in containment zones, and they were under active and passive surveillance.
The virus has a presence in 34 of the 38 districts in the state and 459 zones in these districts have been identified as containment zones, Rajesh said.
She added that from hereon, the government would focus on aggressive testing and all those who have symptoms such as Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) and Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) would be subjected to tests.
As part of random testing, health workers tested 49 SARI cases and found four of them positive. But all the four had contacts with those who had travel histories, she said.
Asked about testing facilities, she said the state has 16 Government labs and nine private labs. Besides, the Government of India has notified JIPMER hospital in Puducherry as ‘Mentor lab’ for the state.
In a significant move, the government has come forward to bear the testing cost of those who undertake the tests in private labs.
Those who have mild and moderate symptoms could call IVRS at 94999 12345 and give the details for further action, she said. The government has chalked out a special plan to take care of pregnant women in the state.
The state has a total of 1.5 lakh pregnant women and special officers have been appointed to monitor their health. The ICMR has given its nod to conduct PLASMA transfusion for curing negative cases, and this was an only clinical trial.
Rajesh also mentioned that efforts have also been launched to find a vaccine for the virus that has killed close to 1.11 lakh people globally and the infected toll has surpassed 1.8 million.