Lockdown relaxation: CM’s crucial meet with Collectors, health experts

With the lockdown coming to an end tomorrow, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami is likely to announce more relaxations. In this regard, he will hold consultations with District Collectors and health experts today.

With a spike in COVID-19 cases in at least 15 districts in Tamil Nadu causing concern, Chief Secretary K Shanmugam recently directed Collectors to ascertain the reasons for the increase in the pandemic in recent times. He directed them to also take appropriate measures to reduce the fatalities.

The active cases remain at 46,336. Active cases have been on the decline for the past several days. Taking serious note of the increase in the pandemic in the districts that have suddenly emerged as hot spots, Shanmugam said, “the Collectors should find out the reason behind the increase in the number of coronavirus cases and also take necessary action to reduce the number of deaths.”

The spread of COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu has been brought “under control”, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said recently.

Attributing the situation to a combination of steps taken by the State government in the last five months, the Chief Minister, he said the reduction in the spread had been achieved by testing of huge number of samples every day through RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction) and providing treatment at hospitals to those having symptoms.

The Collectors should give priority to areas where the degree of infection was greater than in other parts, besides taking steps for more testing, he said.

He urged the Collectors to intensify execution of precautionary measures before the northeast monsoon sets in and ensure that there was no accumulation of garbage or solid waste in urban areas.