Covid-19: TN CM calls for important meet with health experts

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami will today hold a discussion with medical experts, to seek their view on controlling the spread of coronavirus in the State and easing of restrictions, with the fourth phase of lockdown coming to an end on 31 May.

Seven more people succumbed to the coronavirus in Tamilnadu, which witnessed its highest single day spike of 805 cases, taking the infection count in the state to 17,082. Chennai continued to lead in the number of positive cases with 549 recorded on Tuesday.

Palaniswami and top officials have insisted that there was no community spread of COVID-19 in Chennai. As per the WHO guidelines, there has been no community transmission. The link for every COVID-19 case is being traced, recorded and followed up, according to a top official of the Greater Chennai Corporation.

Palaniswami told journalists that more cases were reported from containment areas, where six-seven persons were living in cramped houses. “If they had been taking necessary precautionary measures, this transmission would not have happened. As far as Chennai is concerned, only certain areas are affected,” the CM said.

Tamil Nadu has suffered an estimated Rs 35,000 crore GST revenue loss during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown and various austerity measures have been taken to handle the situation, Palaniswami said.

During the last week of March, besides April and May, due to the lockdown, the state has suffered an estimated Rs 35,000 crore GST revenue loss, he said quoting the Finance Department.

He also said that although the Central government has allocated some funds, which the state was receiving in instalments, that was not what the state government had asked for. He also added that the Central government has assured that the state’s share of GST will be given.