No need to lock in TN if people follow the standards: Ma Subramanian – The New Indian Express
CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu has stopped sending all ‘S’ gene drop samples for genome sequencing to confirm if it is positive for Omicron, as 85% of samples are now positive for Covid-19 with a “S” gene drop, Health Minister Ma Subramanian said on Tuesday.
Speaking to the media, he said that now 85% of samples tested in the state showed a drop in the “S” gene, a marker of the Omicron variant, and only 15% are a Delta variant. Stating that if people are following appropriate Covid-19 behavior and ensuring 100% mask compliance, he said, there is no need for lockdowns and additional restrictions.
When asked if he would make any suggestions for a post-Pongal lockdown, he said, the chief minister believes the livelihoods of the people and the economy should not be affected by the locks, because the CM is of the opinion that the current restrictions in force are sufficient, but it is also concerned about the safety of people. While distributing pulse oximeters to people who test positive for Covid-19, the minister said, the state is sequencing the genome of all cluster samples for early detection in the event of a new variant in the state. In Chennai alone, of more than 26,000 active cases, 21,987 are in home isolation, Subramanian said.
The health minister also called on businesses and volunteers to come forward to donate pulse oximeters to Chennai Corporation, so that they can be distributed to people in isolation at home. Regarding the vaccination against Covid-19, said the Minister of Health, 70% of adolescents in the 15-18 age group have been vaccinated. ITI students, polytechnics and out-of-school children should be covered.
Meanwhile, the Covid-19 mega vaccination camp could be canceled this week due to the festival. Health Minister and Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan, Chennai Corporation Commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi inspected an apartment in Thiruvanmiyur where more than 10 cases of Covid have been reported. Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will participate in the virtual inauguration of 11 new medical schools by the Prime Minister.