Tamil Nadu takes stringent steps to combat Covid spread

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu health department has taken stringent measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, as directed by Chief Minister M.K. Stalin.

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote a letter to the state's Health Secretary, J. Radhakrishnan, requesting him to take strict measures to prevent illness spread and urging the Tamil Nadu government to increase testing.   Gagan Singh Bedi, Commissioner of the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC), has also asked officials to raise testing to 25,000 per day and segregate sick people.

According to the GCC and the health department, an increase in cases is expected in Chennai and surrounding areas.  In the presence of Radhakrishnan, Bedi met with City Police Commissioner Shankar Jaiswal to review the situation in Chennai. According to the Health Secretary, the GCC has already set up 10,000 oxygen beds and conducted contact tracing of up to 4,300 persons in anticipation of a surge in Covid-19 cases.

To combat the spread of Covid 19, the GCC, revenue, and police departments have formed zonal enforcement teams to punish those who do not follow protocol, such as not wearing masks, social separation, or using sanitizer.

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