Tamil Nadu Covid-19 Wrap: State reports 10,978 new cases, 64 new Omicron cases in 24 hours

New Covid-19 cases crossed the grim 10,000 mark in Tamil Nadu by adding 10,978 infections, bringing the number of cases to 27,871,391, while the toll rose to 36,843 with 10 more deaths, announced Saturday the health department.

The department said 1,525 people recovered from the disease and were released in the past 24 hours, or 27,10,288, leaving 40,260 active infections.

After registering no Omicron cases in the past few days, 64 new cases have been detected in the past 24 hours, or 185 so far, according to a medical bulletin.

The last time Tamil Nadu reported more than 10,000 cases was on April 18, 2021, when it added 10,723 new cases.

Almost half of the new Covid-19 cases reported today are due to Chennai with 5,098 infections, followed by Chengalpet 1,332.

As many as 14 districts reported new triple-digit cases, while Ariyalur recorded the least with four infections.

After witnessing a downward trend for several weeks, Tamil Nadu has reported a sharp increase in new infections since last week. The state had registered 8,981 new cases yesterday.

Those who tested positive today included 46 returnees from countries and overseas.

A total of 1,39,253 samples were tested in the past 24 hours, bringing the cumulative number of samples examined to 5,83,792,224.

On the status of the Omicron variant, the bulletin said that of the 150 whole genomic sequencing samples sent earlier in the week, 74 results have been received and the rest are pending validation.

Of the results received, 64 were identified as Omicron variants and 10 as Delta variants, according to the bulletin.

“With the 121 cases already reported, with the addition of 64 cases identified in the current set through full genomic sequencing, the total number of Omicron cases in Tamil Nadu is so far 185,” the bulletin said.

No less than 179 people have already been released, leaving no active cases, while six Omicron cases have been notified in Kerala, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh.

Meanwhile, Minister of Health and Family Ma Subramanian said Chief Minister MP Stalin will officially launch the program for administering booster doses to frontline elderly people on January 10 and eligible.

“People who received the two doses of the COVID vaccination before April 14, 2021 are eligible to receive the boosters,” he told reporters.

Tamil Nadu administers Covishield and Covaxin vaccines to a majority of beneficiaries, while some private health facilities offer Sputnik.

“People who have received the two doses of Covishield will be given Covishield, while those who have received Covaxin will be given the Covaxin vaccine,” he said.

The vaccination exercise was officially launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 16, 2021 across the country.

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