Chennai, Mar 15 : As part of precautionary measures to prevent spread of Coronavirus, the Tamil Nadu government today advised the people not to travel out of the State, while ordering holiday for students from LKG to fifth standard till March 31. In a statement here, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, while urging the people to avoid travelling out of the State for the next 15 days, also urged them to stay away from social gatherings were people gather in large numbers, besides closure of malls and movie theatres in border Taluks in Theni, Kanyakumari, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Krishnagiri, Tirunelveli, Tenkasi, Tiruvallur, Vellore, Tirupattur, Ranipet, Erode, Dindigul, Dharmapuri and Virudhunagar districts till March 31.
Urging the people to maintain personal hygiene by washing hands while entering houses, he also advised the aged people, ill, children and those with less immunity to avoid visiting public and crowded areas. He also advised the people with symptoms of fever and cough to approach the government hospitals for necessary treatment.
The Chief Minister also sought the cooperation from all quarters, including the general public, in taking precautionary measures to prevent spread of COVID. Apart from laying special emphasis in taking up cleaning works across the State, Mr Palaniswami also announced allocation of of Rs 60 crore from the State Disaster Fund for various departments to take steps to prevent spread of the disease in the State.
He also ordered setting up of quarantine wards near the airports for passengers showing symptoms of Coronavirus infection, besides monitoring centre in check posts in border districts of the state. He also instructed the the HR and CE and Health department officials to create awareness about COVID-19 among those visiting temples, mosques and churches, while directing the Commissioner of Revenue Administration (CRA) to coordinate anti-COVID 19 efforts with all departments. Mr Palaniswami also directed all the District Collectors to send daily reports to the CRA, which would compile it and send it to the Health Minister and the Chief Minister. (UNI)