The variety of every day assessments for COVID-19 might be elevated in Tamil Nadu, with particular concentrate on clusters the place a number of circumstances have been reported and locations the place individuals collect in massive numbers.
Over the previous a number of weeks, the State, on common, has been conducting one lakh assessments a day. As of date, the general positivity fee stands at 0.7%, with every day circumstances dropping under 700 two days in the past.
The Well being Division has instructed officers to extend the variety of assessments carried out day-after-day. Well being Secretary J. Radhakrishnan, in a letter to Collectors and the Higher Chennai Company, mentioned that routine COVID-19 surveillance ought to be strengthened by rising the variety of assessments performed day-after-day within the State.
“As a thumb rule, we take a look at 10 occasions the variety of circumstances. We’re approach above that now, however are nonetheless seeking to improve targeted testing in case of clusters,” Mr. Radhakrishnan mentioned within the letter.
“This might be performed by going for saturation testing, relatively than testing these dwelling with sufferers or those that have been in touch with them,” he mentioned.
As an example, taking over saturation testing, all 763 college students of Anna College’s ACTECH campus hostel had been subjected to RT-PCR assessments, after 10 college students examined optimistic.
The Higher Chennai Company plans to extend the variety of every day assessments to fifteen,000. At current, a median of 12,000 to 13,000 assessments are being performed within the metropolis in a day. Particular focus might be given to market locations, authorities workplaces, factories, locations the place individuals collect and faculty hostels and campuses, an official mentioned.