TN Health Secy conducts surprise checks in Chennai, emphasizes wearing masks

Inspecting some shopping areas on Monday, Radhakrishnan asked officials to collect one-off fines of Rs 200 if they found people without face masks.

As elections approach and cases of COVID-19 slowly increase in the state, Tamil Nadu’s Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan has conducted surprise inspections in places like T Nagar, Vadapalani and a few other areas in Chennai on Monday, and asked people to wear masks. He also explained the importance of following other standards like physical distance. Inspecting shopping areas on Monday, Radhakrishnan asked officials to collect one-off fines of Rs 200 if they found people without face masks.

The health secretary also inspected the containment measures put in place in places in the city where active cases were reported.

Speaking to reporters, Radhakrishnan said that as cases increased in Maharashtra and Kerala, people should take the outbreak as a warning sign and follow COVID-19 standards.

He also said that the Health Department has 4,000 beds ready in Chennai to treat patients and the focus is on other districts as well. Outside of Chennai, places like Coimbatore, Chengalpet and Thiruvallur are reporting an increase in cases, he said.

International travelers should take a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before travel, he said, adding that people coming from the UK will be tested for COVID-19 on arrival and if they have any symptoms. symptoms, they will be. put in isolation.

Tamil Nadu’s health department has so far collected over 13 crore rupees from 14.21 lakh people for violating physical distancing standards, he said.

Tamil Nadu recorded 556 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, bringing the total number of active cases in the state to 4,018. Of the total number of new cases, Chennai recorded the highest with 229 cases, followed by Coimbatore with 48 cases. and Chengalpattu with 46 cases. Tamil Nadu has recorded three deaths from COVID-19; all had pre-existing comorbidities.

In the state, 532 patients were released Monday after treatment.

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