Amid raising Covid cases, CM calls for emergency meet with Collectors

Amid the spike in Covid-19 cases as the new lockdown is going on in brisk mode, Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has called for a meeting of District Collectors.

Reports said  the meet will be held via video conferencing on Wednesday and the Chief Minister will speak to Collectors from his chamber in the Secretariat in Chennai.

It is to be noted that Palaniswami has been taking decisions on extending the lockdown only after meetings with medical experts, Collectors and other officers.

During his recent meeting with Collectors, the CM said the virus spread has been contained in the state, excluding the densely populated Chennai which remains a challenge. District collectors were instructed not to resort to suo motu relaxations and seek permission from the chief secretary.

Addressing collectors through video conferencing, the chief minister cautioned that the virus spread was due to the returnees from other states. “The infection is found more among them. The collectors should remain cautious and subject workers and others returning to testing, and extend treatment,” he added.

Of these cases, Chennai reported the highest number of cases and deaths in the city. With 1,487 fresh cases in the capital in the last 24 hours, the Covid-19 count in city rose to 42,752 today, according to the health bulletin.

Of these, 38,340 patients are males, 23,727 are females and 20 are transgender patients.

There are 87 functioning Covid-19 testing facilities in the state so far out of which 41 are private while the rest belong to the government.