With a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases, the Tamil Nadu government is increasing sample testing in the state. A shipment of one lakh rapid test kits is expected to arrive soon.
The State Health Department says these kits will be used for preliminary tests to identify persons carrying COVID-19.
Tamil Nadu reported 69 new cases on Tuesday, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 690. Seven people reportedly died.
At 149, Chennai has the highest number of cases, followed by Coimbatore and Dindigul, with 60 and 45 cases respectively. The state Health Department on Tuesday said that of the 5305 samples tested so far, 690 had tested positive.
Across the state, 66,430 people are under home quarantine, while 253 people are in government quarantine facilities, 1,864 people are under hospital isolation.
The state has 3,371 ventilators available and 22,049 isolation beds. The Tamil Nadu government is getting 2500 additional ventilators for use in its hospitals.
In addition to the 20 testing facilities currently, including 11 in Government hospitals, one more COVID-19 testing laboratory has been approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research. The state government is planning to set up more such laboratories to enable broad-based testing across the state.
The Tamil Nadu government is also preparing a list of all establishments producing medical equipment, sanitisers, and Personal Protective Equipment, in the state.
In all, 103 manufacturing units have expressed willingness to supply medical products.
On Tuesday, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami appealed to people to donate to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to help the government fight against the Coronavirus.