TN revises guidelines for testing and quarantine

The Tamil Nadu government has issued revised guidelines for testing and quarantining people coming into the State.

For persons undertaking travel within the State, testing will be done only for those with symptoms and all those travelling will have to undergo home quarantine for 14 days.

Considering the risk of increased transmission given the high number of inter-state, inter-district travelers (based on government issued e-passes) and ongoing repatriation of Indian nationals from foreign countries, the state government has issued guidelines for testing incoming travelers.

So far, nine persons who had landed in Chennai via “Vande Bharat” repatriation flights have tested positive for COVID-19.

An expert committee constituted by the Tamil Nadu government to combat COVID-19 reiterated on Thursday that the ongoing lockdown will be relaxed only in a phased manner and cannot be lifted across the state in one go.

Following a two-hour-long discussion with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami,  a key member of the committee, Dr. Prabhdeep Kaur, recommended to the state government that whenever the lockdown ends, it should be a graded one.

“The lockdown is moving towards the next stage. At this moment, it is not possible to lift the lockdown across the state in one go, it can only be done in a phased manner. We recommended the government to do more testing. Only by increased testing, we can identify more areas affected by the virus and carry out another necessary process like prevention, contact tracing, isolation, etc”, she said.