549 new COVID-19 cases, 9 more fatalities in TN

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(Eds; adding details, quotes of health Minister) Chennai, Jan 20 (PTI) Tamil Nadu logged 549 new COVID-19 cases and nine more fatalities on Wednesday, taking the total infection count to 8,32,415 and the toll to 12,290, the health department said.

Recoveries continued to outnumber the new infections with 713 people getting discharged, as the total number of those cured so far rose to 8,14,811, a bulletin said.

The number of active cases continued its decline and stood at 5,314.

As many as 60,429 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of specimens examined so far to 1,53,91,518.

Of the new cases reported, the state capital logged 150 infections, while the rest were scattered across other districts. The city has so far reported 4,076 deaths As many as 21 districts added new cases in single digits, while 31 reported zero fatalities, the bulletin said.

All the deceased had morbidities or chronic illness.

Seven of those who tested positive on Wednesday were returnees from various destinations, the bulletin said.

Meanwhile, the government said 7,762 beneficiaries were administered COVID-19 vaccine today and 33,670 people on the priority list, including health workers, had been inoculated since the January 16 launch of the vaccination drive.

The vaccination drive on Wednesday was carried out in 165 session sites. Covishield vaccine was given to 7,614 people and Covaxin to 148, a release from the department of public health and preventive medicine said.

No AEFI (Adverse Event Following Immunization) was reported from anywhere in the state, it said.

Meanwhile, Health Minister C Vijayabhaskar said the state received 5.08 lakh doses of vaccine from the Centre on Wednesday.

'Already Tamil Nadu has received 5.56 lakh doses of vaccine from the Centre. Today we received 5.08 lakh doses.

We have identified six lakh health care personnel (who are on priority list) to administer the vaccine,' he told reporters.

The government now has a stock of 10.64 lakh doses, including both Covishield and Covaxin, he said.

The minister said private health care providers were knocking on the doors of the government, seeking approval to to vaccinate beneficiaries. PTI VIJ APR ADMINISTRATOR APR ADMINISTRATOR