CHENNAI: After medical experts did some straight-talking on Tuesday, the Tamil Nadu government is drawing up plans to cocoon people most vulnerable to Covid-19 as 646 fresh cases were reported in the state, 509 of them in Chennai. Nine more deaths were reported, taking the TN toll to 127.
At a meeting of the medical experts committee chaired by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, doctors warned that unless testing was increased to identify and treat people in the early stages of the infection, Chennai would end up with two lakh cases and more than 1,400 fatalities by June-end.
"Public health experts are saying the cases may continue to grow despite all efforts. When it does, we want to cocoon, to protect those at risk so they don't catch the disease. At least 84% of people who succumbed to the virus had comorbid conditions," said health secretary Beela Rajesh.
Prevention, management and treatment plans will be rolled out separately for people below and above the age of 40. In the above 40 group, there will be extensive planning for those with chronic ailments, she said. Similar to the registry of pregnant women, the state is planning them for the elderly, people with diabetes, hypertension, heart, kidney and lung diseases.
Total no of samples tested in TN is 4.12L
In the next few days, the state will begin work to set up registries for diabetes and hypertension, the top two comorbidities that has contributed to deaths. “Doctors and healthcare workers in both private and government sector have to log in details of patients. In the government sector, village health nurses (for noncommunicable diseases) will ensure the people follow stringent diet and exercise protocol besides adhering to drug regimen. We have collaborated with several private clinics for this,” the health secretary said.
Among the fresh cases on Tuesday, were 35 people from Maharashtra, six from Gujarat, three from Telangana and five from Dubai. Chennai’s neighbours Chengalpet, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur together logged 60 cases. The city tally touched 11,640 with the 509 new cases.
Six districts – Virudhunagar, Salem, Ramnad, Kallakuruchi, Dindigul and Ariyalur -- that did not have cases from within their borders reported natives returning from other states testing positive. Tamil Nadu tested 9,677 people in the last 24 hours taking the total number of samples to 4.12lakh.
At the end of the day, there were 8,256 active cases, while 9,342 had been cured. On Tuesday, 611 people were discharged from various hospitals. Among the nine deaths reported on Tuesday, the youngest was a 45-yearold woman with diabetes, hypertension, and lung disease.
There were three people in 50s, all of whom had comorbities. The oldest among the Covid-19 casualties was an 80- year- old man with lung disease.