CM launches free mask scheme to ration card holders in TN

Concerned over the hike in the number of patients testing positive for Covid-19, Tamil Nadu Government has decided to distribute free face masks through fair price shops across the State.

From today, all ration card holders are being issued two masks per person whose name figures in the card. Nearly 16 small scale units in the State are working overtime to produce quality and safe masks.

A senior Revenue Department official said that the first consignment of 6.5 lakh masks have been received by the department. “The masks are being tested for safety and effectiveness before we start distributing them from ration shops,” said the official.

Tamil Nadu Revenue Minister R B Udhayakumar said a couple of days ago that free face masks will be distributed to ration card holders in fair price shops in the State from Monday.

He said Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami will inaugurate the programme. Last month, Palaniswami said the government will be giving two face masks each to seven crore people part of the 2.1 crore ration cards.

Meanwhile,  at least 38 employees of a national bank’s main branch in Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, have tested positive for coronavirus, officials from the bank and the local civic body have said.

According to the officials, the customers who visited the bank have also been advised to voluntarily appear for coronavirus tests.

A 15-year-old girl from Thanjavur was amongst the patients who died without any comorbidities due to COVID-19, as per Sunday’s bulletin. The minor had been admitted to the Thanjavur Medical College and Hospital on July 19 at 3 pm.

She was found to have been COVID-19 positive on the same day and died a day later. The cause for her death includes the infection, COVID Myocarditis and cardiogenic shock.