TN govt announces intensified measures to control COVID-19 spread

There seems to be no stopping to the spread of coronavirus. Following this, the Tamil Nadu government has intensified its efforts. Chief Minister K Palaniswami said he has directed implementing a series of measures to check the spread of the contagion in the city.

“Considering the prevailing situation, I have directed steps to completely curb public movement in containment zones, expedite contact tracing and subject them to tests, and carry out coronavirus testing on those in the city limits with symptoms like breathlessnes, fever and throat pain,” he said in a statement.

Amid rising discontentment among doctors treating Covid-19 patients in different parts of the state about the inadequate facilities they have, the ‘Madurai Model’ has been providing relative comfort to the medical teams in the isolation wards of the Government Rajaji Hospital.

Tamil Nadu Government Doctors Association (TNGDA) president Dr K Senthil says they foresaw the situation before the lockdown started and prepared for it in advance. Unlike eighthour shifts in other places, the GRH staff work in six-hour shifts at the isolation wards. The reduced working hours helped prevent the period of exposure and viral load.

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32 Journalists have tested positive in the city, including 4 who tested positive on Wednesday. 15 Fresh cases reported in the city on Wednesday. Ambattur recorded its first case

There was more than 50 per cent reduction in the number of positive cases Wednesday when compared to 76 cases Tuesday. No deaths were reported today as the corona toll stood at 18 in the State. An official release said of the 33 cases, Chennai reported a maximum of 15 cases.