Will CM MK Stalin impose strict measures in state again? Know here

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Tamil Nadu has been witnessing a steady decline in the number of COVID-19 cases in the past few days, however, latest reports suggest that the Tamil Nadu Health Department is eager to implement strict measures like wearing of masks, social distancing, and raising the volume of tests, besides massive vaccination drives. 

This decision comes after 15 districts in Tamil Nadu witnessed a fresh spike in new COVID-19 infections. Keeping this in mind, the state health, police, and revenue departments have all come together to make sure that proper COVID-19 protocols are followed. 

The state health department has also asked district administrations to immediately focus on the clusters or areas that are contributing to the new cases.

Speaking about the same, State Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan told IANS, “As our neighboring states like Maharashtra and Kerala are showing a slight increase in cases, Tamil Nadu goes for focused disease containment. Epidemiologists have already recommended focused and intensified testing as any fallout of relaxations would only reflect after a few days. The focus is on workplace intervention strategies — testing, screening, and identification of clusters.” 

Tamil Nadu districts that saw a spike in COVID-19 cases 

Thanjavur, Madurai Tiruvannamalai, Kallakurichi, Perambalur, Villupuram, Nilgiris, Sivaganga, Tirupathur are among the 15 districts with a high number of COVID cases.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu recorded 4,481 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the overall caseload to 24.84 lakh, while the death toll mounted to 32,721 with 102 deaths. As many as 5,044 people recovered and got discharged today, aggregating to 24,13,930 leaving 37,526 active infections, a medical bulletin said.

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