Many frontline workers fall ill in TN, govt starts work to identify new Covid-19 care centres

Around 142 doctors including 40 postgraduate students drafted for coronavirus duty at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGH) here in the last one week have reprotedly taken ill.

Though other government and private hospitals also face this risk, the relatively cramped space at RGGH where the number of beds have been increased to 400, is partly responsible for this development, a DC report said, quoting sources. The Omandurar government hospital for instance is far more spacious.

Meanwhile, with over 70 per cent of COVID-19 patients requiring accommodation in health and care centres — in addition to the more severe cases needing hospitalisation — officials have begun identifying public spaces to create the necessary facilities.

A panel with Secretaries of Public Works and Highways departments is zeroing in on buildings and spaces that can be converted into COVID-19 health or care centres.

Tamil Nadu’s health experts committee which held threadbare discussions with Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on the measures for containing the pandemic on Monday said there were chances of a second wave of COVID-19 infection within a few months.

Eight more people, including five doctors, tested positive for coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar, taking the total number of active cases in the district to 106, an official said on Monday.

The five resident doctors of Muzaffarnagar Medical College and Hospital who tested positive for the virus were not working in the COVID ward of the hospital, the official said.