In a statement issued on Friday, the AIADMK state coordinator said that long queues are seen near the crematoriums in Tamilnadu, but the figures reported in the news media are low.
Palaniswami also said while the AIADMK is not doing politics on the issue and comments should be made only after 100 days of the new government, he was forced to act due to the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the criticisms levelled against the previous government.
Palaniswami said, “Patients who die in ambulances while waiting at hospitals must be tested for Covid-19. If they test positive, their bodies must be safely packed before handing them over to the relatives.”
The former Chief Minister also said that there is an acute shortage of medical professionals in the state, including doctors, nurses and other technicians, adding that the existing healthcare workers are tired of performing their duties continuously.
Palaniswami also said that around six lakh people returned to their villages from the cities prior to the stringent lockdown was imposed in the state, but they were not tested for Covid-19.