Tamil Nadu Covid-19 wrap: Omicron scares, Stalin urges people to avoid gatherings, follow COVID-19 norms

With Christmas and New Year celebrations, Chief Minister MK Stalin on Friday chaired a high level advisory meeting Will take stock of it in collaboration with medical, public health experts and top officials in the Secretariat COVID-19 situation in the state.

With the warnings of experts that omicron While large gatherings can spread the virus strain, Stalling appealed to the people to avoid crowds and strictly follow the COVID norms.

According to news agency PTI, the Chief Minister said that all shops, commercial complexes and cinemas should compulsorily follow the guidelines and follow the standard operating procedure to prevent the virus from spreading. Stalin appealed to the people to avoid gathering in large numbers. He said that people should follow the guidelines like wearing masks and maintaining social distance.

So far, there has been no change in the relaxations or new restrictions imposed by the government.

Mandatory test for international travelers

Director of Public Health and Preventive Medicine TS Selvavinayagam Friday issued a new set of guidelines And said the test should be done for persons who had done international travel during the last 14 days, healthcare workers with symptoms of COVID-19 and for patients who have Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI).

Selvavinayagam said that all international travelers arriving in the state should register themselves on the Air Suvidha portal and also upload the negative RTPCR report of COVID-19 before the scheduled journey. He said that every passenger should submit a declaration regarding the authenticity of the report.

Travelers arriving from “at-risk” countries must submit a sample after arrival for a COVID-19 test and follow home quarantine for seven days if their test is negative. A re-test should be done on the eighth day of arrival in India and if negative, they should self-monitor their health.

Passengers arriving from “non-risk” countries will be allowed out of the airport and will have to self-monitor their health for 14 days after arrival. He said that two per cent of such travelers coming from non-risk countries would be tested for COVID-19 and tested positive, they would be managed as per the prescribed standard protocol and the samples would be sent for genomic sequencing analysis, he said. Will go, he said.

State records 597 Kovid-19 cases, 7 deaths

Tamil Nadu reported 597 new Covid-19 cases and seven deaths on Friday, the health department said. The death toll reached 36,714. With over 681 people recovering from the infection, the number of active cases currently stands at 6,798. A total of 1,02,947 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative number of samples tested to 5,67,25,248. 146 cases were reported in Chennai and 90 in Coimbatore on Friday.

The health department’s bulletin said four returnees from the United Kingdom, one each from Africa, Europe and Andhra Pradesh, tested positive for the virus.