Talking on death of three aspirants of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Undergraduate) by suicide ahead of the exam in Tamil Nadu, Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Dr Saravanan said that NEET is not needed in Tamil Nadu. "Yesterday three students died by suicide ahead of NEET. DMK's contention is that NEET is not needed in Tamil Nadu. When there is no common syllabus throughout India how can government conduct a common exam for MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) selection? It'll be discussed in state assembly session," said Dr Saravanan. The examination took place on September 13.
Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan during the Health Ministry briefing on September 08 informed about the contribution of states to the COVID-19 statistics. Rajesh Bhushan said, "Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu contribute 62% to the total active cases in the country." He further informed that these five states account for 70% of deaths in the country due to COVID-19 infection. Health Ministry Secretary further informed that there are 14 states and Union Territories that have less than 5000 COVID-19 cases.