Health experts warn cases would reach new high in Chennai

Following a warning from medical experts, the Tamil Nadu government is drawing up plans to cocoon people most vulnerable to Covid-19 as 646 fresh cases were reported in the state, 509 of them in Chennai. Nine more deaths were reported, taking the TN toll to 127.

At a meeting of the medical experts committee chaired by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, doctors reportedly warned that unless testing was increased to identify and treat people in the early stages of the infection, Chennai would end up with two lakh cases and more than 1,400 fatalities by June-end.

As many as 4.98 lakh violations have been reported so far across the State, during the COVID-19 lockdown period, which began from March 24.

According to police, as many as 4,98,995 violations have been reported so far. Over 5,31,179 violators were arrested for violating prohibitory orders and venturing out without a valid reason. They were immediately released after their vehicles were seized and fines were collected from them.

As many as 4,22,867 vehicles were seized from violators and 4,98,955 first information reports were generated. A total fine amount of ₹7.85 crore has been collected so far from the violators.

Meanwhile, Nokia last week suspended operations at a telecoms gear manufacturing plant in southern India, the company said on Tuesday, after some employees tested positive for Covid-19.

Nokia did not disclose how many workers at the plant in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu tested positive, but a source familiar with the matter said they were at least 42.