Chief Secretary Rajeev Ranjan issues strict orders to curb covid spread

With a surge in fresh COVID-19 cases of late, Tamilnadu Chief Secretary Rajeev Ranjan on Tuesday instructed various government department officials to ensure that COVID-19 standard operating procedures were strictly implemented.

At a review meeting, the chief secretary also instructed officials to fine those violating the guidelines.

An official release said though Tamilnadu was able to bring down daily fresh cases below the 500 mark in January and February, since March it has witnessed an upward trend, registering over 800 new infections a day.

The COVID-19 virus positivity rate has increased to two per cent in places like Chennai and Coimbatore while in districts like Chengalpet, Thiruvallur, Tiruppur,Kancheepuram, Thanjavur and Nagapattinam it is over one per cent.

Noting that the active cases, which was below 4,000 cases in the first week of March, has also increased, the release said the meeting discussed steps to be taken to control the virus spread.

Ranjan asked officials to ensure that the norms were strictly followed and also collect fines from those individuals who violate the regulations.