COVID-19 | Tamil Nadu health minister claims 100% of this population got first vaccine dose

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The Tamil Nadu health minister Ma Subramanian said that 100 percent of school students aged 15 to 18 years in the state have been inoculated with the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This makes it the first Indian state to complete 100 percent vaccination for that age group.

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“100% of school students between 15 to 18 years in Tamil Nadu have been inoculated with the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine”, Subramanian told ANI on January 17.

Meanwhile, the state has recorded 1,000 new coronavirus positive cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of infections to 13,990. It also added 11 deaths, taking the death toll to 36,866, as per the state health ministry bulletin on January 17.

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Further, 2,547 COVID-19 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the cumulative recoveries has gone up to 2,714,643. Total number of people affected by COVID-19 thus far in the state has increased to 2,814,276.

Active cases in the state, including isolated patients, stands at 62,767. No new Omicron case was detected across Tamil Nadu on Monday, the bulletin said.

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Among the fresh cases include nine passengers who came from Bangladesh and two each from Sri Lanka and UAE; while others travelled from West Bengal (8), Assam (3), Kerala and Andhra Pradesh (2 each), and Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Bihar and Jharkhand (1 each) with one each among the fresh cases, it added.

City-wise, Chennai reported a staggering 6,190 fresh cases, the highest in the state followed by Chengalpattu (1,696) and Thiruvallur (1,054). Mayiladuthurai registered the lowest cases in the state at 13, while Coimbatore and Kancheepuram saw 602 and 508 fresh infections, respectively.

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