Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Tuesday said that higher number of testing led to an increased number of Covid-19 cases in the state, asserting that high population density, narrow lanes and use of public toilets made Chennai a challenge in cluster containment.
He said that Tamil Nadu is the only State where around 12,000 COVID-19 tests are being carried out every day through 50 labs.
“I have conducted 14 consultative meetings with officials. A high-level committee under the Chief Secretary and 11 more teams have been constituted to curb the spread of the virus. IAS officers are part of the teams. They have all been delivering their best,” he said in a video of a speech made at an official meeting on Tuesday.
Requesting people to follow the guidelines released by the government, Palaniswami said, “Various teams have been constituted in all districts to tackle the virus. I have also conducted four meetings with district collectors via video conference over this issue.”
Palaniswami had been under pressure recently amid mounting concerns of cluster outbreaks in the capital metropolis of the southern state after Chennai recorded a steady surge in positive cases over the last week.
The chief minister held a top-level meeting to review efforts to contain the virus in the city, especially in areas such as Royapuram, Anna Nagar, Thiru. Vi. Ka Nagar, and Kodambakkam.
Explaining the situation in the state capital where authorities have confirmed over 2,000 cases of infection, CM Palaniswami said that the reason for the high number of Covid-19 cases in Chennai is because of its dense population.
“It is easy for the disease to spread here (Chennai). The Greater Chennai Corporation is taking all efforts to stop the spread. Sanitisation work is being undertaken each morning and evening,” he said.