CM Stalin has asserted that the economy should not be affected, restricted lockdown enough for now, Subramanian said.
It was a feeling of déja vu for Chennaiites as lockdown returned on Jan 9, to contain the surge of Covid-19 cases.
The functioning of TASMAC outlets is to blame for the spike in Covid-19 cases since all other major spots of crowding are shut, said AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam in a statement.
Health Minister Ma Subramanian said the spike was driven by the Omicron variant, with 80-85 per cent of samples showing an ‘S’ gene drop which is a marker for the highly transmissible variant.
With Chief Minister MK Stalin expected to review the current curbs on Jan 10, a section of workers in the textile hub of Tiruppur thronged the railway station on Sunday to leave to their home states
Two weeks’ data show more non-oxygen beds in use compared to oxygenated and ICU beds
Nearly 90 per cent of those affected by Omicron have received both doses of vaccination and were asymptomatic, Ma Subramanian said.
Online booking for treatments, Outpatient (OP) visits and other non-emergency treatments and surgeries have been stopped temporarily.
The number of new Covid cases in the state jumped from 1,728 cases on Monday to 2,731 on Tuesday.
Many doctors are taking booster doses from private hospitals, while some of them are taking the boosters from government hospitals themselves using the vials that remain unused.
Based on the guidelines issued by the Union Home Ministry during the monsoon, the State had extended the restrictions till December 15.
Currently, there are 19 active cases of international passengers in Tamil Nadu, including one traveller from Bengaluru.
Keeping in mind the current situation, many colleges are reconsidering their decision to call up first-year students for in-person classes.
The health minister also said surveillance at airports in the State has been strengthened and all passengers from high-risk countries are being monitored.
Tamil Nadu set to be first state to give kids aged 2-18 yrs vaccine after experts' approval: Health Minister
Tamil Nadu was the first also in inoculating pregnant women after the Centre announced the scheme for them, State Health Minister M Subramaniam said.