CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu on Friday reported 1,597 new Covid-19 infections, pushing the overall tally to 26,65,386, while the death toll has gone up to 35,603 with 25 more fatalities, the health department said.
Five districts accounted for a majority of new cases with the State capital adding 190 fresh cases, Coimbatore 170, Chengalpet 111, Thanjavur 107 and Erode 102.
Recoveries outnumbered new infections with 1,623 people getting discharged in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 26,12,684 leaving 17,099 active infections, a medical bulletin said.
A total of 1,53,829 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of specimens examined to 4,71,47,671.
Ariyalur, Perambalur, Ramanathapuram, Tenkasi, and Theni recorded new cases in single digits each, while there were no fresh deaths in 21 districts
The state has set a target to inoculate 1.50 crore people in October through mega vaccination camps with the aim of giving the shots to at least 70 per cent of the population as prescribed by the World Health Organisation and in line with the advise of Chief Minister M K Stalin, state minister Ma Subramanian said here on Friday.
He said the government had administered vaccinations to 1.42 crore people in September, the highest since the vaccination drive began on January 16, part of the nationwide exercise.
"In September we recorded the highest number of inoculations by covering 1.42 crore people through three Mega Vaccination Camps", the medical and family welfare minister told reporters after inaugurating a breast cancer awareness programme at the Kilpauk Medical College here.
In the first such camp on September 12, 28.91 lakh people received the jabs, while the second on September 19 saw 16.43 lakh people being covered.
The third one on September 26 vaccinated 24.93 lakh people, he said.
The Centre had allotted 1.04 crore vaccines to Tamil Nadu for September and since the state performed well in administering the vaccines, an additional 37.68 lakh doses were supplied, he said.
"For the month of October, the Centre has allotted 1.23 crore doses. We expect eight or nine lakh doses to arrive today. We are hopeful of vaccinating 1.50 crore people in October", the Minister said.
He said the plan was to ensure that a substantial number of the population received the jabs, which only would provide relief.
"Medical personnel toil hard to reach the target as per Chief Minister M K Stalin's advice of vaccinating at least 70 per cent of the total population as prescribed by WHO", he said.
Noting that the people were coming in large numbers to vaccination camps to get inocualated, he said currently there is a stock of about 24.98 lakh vaccines, with which the fourth Mega Vaccination Camp will be held on October 3, Like on previous occasions, department officials, including himself, would visit Theni, Dindigul, and Pudukottai districts to inspect vaccination camps.
Health department principal secretary J Radhakrishnan would inspect the camps in Chennai on that day, he said.