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CHENNAI: After reporting a hike in daily Covid-19 cases for four consecutive days, Tamil Nadu reported a dip in cases on Monday when it reported 1,556 new cases compared to 1,592 on Sunday. Yet, at least 19 districts including Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Tirupathur and Chennai reported an increase in new cases compared to Sunday. The highest increase was in Thanjavur, where new cases went up to 104 from 70 on Sunday. The increase was between one and seven cases in the remaining 18 districts.
Coimbatore remained the only district to report more than 200 cases. The western district had 206 new cases, but also saw the sharpest decline in daily cases from 229 cases on Sunday. After Coimbatore, Chennai (169) and Chengalpet (110) reported a high number of cases. While Chennai saw a marginal increase from 165, Chengalpet saw a decrease from 127. Ramanathapuram (9), Tirunelveli (9), Virudhunagar (7) and Theni (3) reported cases in single digits, while 17 other districts had fewer than 25 cases.
The 18 deaths on Monday took the death toll in the state to 35,036. Of the 18 deaths, there were three each in Chennai and Thanjavur, two each in Chengalpet and Salem. Eight districts logged one death each. At the end of the day, after discharging 1,564 people, the state had 16,256 active cases.
Special camps to vaccinate 20L people on Sunday: Meanwhile, health minister Ma Subramanian said Tamil Nadu will vaccinate 20 lakh people in the 10,000 camps that will be organised on September 12 (Sunday). This comes a day after the state received 19.82 lakh doses of vaccine from the centre – highest in a day since January. “I will personally oversee this on that day from at least seven districts,” he said after inaugurating a vaccine camp at the Meenakshi College of Engineering. While the state has adequate facilities to conduct this camp, it has also called for school and college teachers across the state to volunteer by encouraging more people to vaccinate and supporting health workers on Sunday. “They have been a pillar of support during elections and for implementation of various beneficial schemes,” he said.
On an average, the state has been vaccinating nearly 5 lakh people a day in August and the cumulative dosage tally crossed 3.5 crore, including 42 lakh in Chennai. On Monday, the state vaccinated 5.2 lakh people compared to 3.6 lakh on Sunday. This took the cumulative dosage tally in the government vaccination centres to 3.3 crore while more than 22.2 lakh doses have been administered in private hospitals since May 1