As the battle against the Coronavirus entered the second phase, the Tamil Nadu Government on Wednesday started periodically disinfecting government buses, both long distance and city-bound services, and providing drivers and conductors with face masks and hand sanitisers.
Transport M R Vijayabhaskar, who met the press along with Health Minister C Vijayabhaskar at Koyambedu suburban bus terminus, told reporters that besides sterilizing all buses, the Government had also decided to sanitize all vehicles coming from neighbouring States like Kerala at border checkpoints.
He said Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami had allotted Rs 60 crore for taking all precautionary measures like strengthening screening and testing facilities and the Health Minister had allocated Rs 5 crore to his department.
The Health Minister reiterated that there was no need for panic and there was no need for all to wear face masks. They were needed only for doctors and nurses attending on patients in hospitals. He said there was no shortage of face masks and his Ministry had placed orders to get another 25 loch such masks.
The Health Minister said his ministry was coordinating with airports, railways and the state transport department on measures to be put in place in accordance with the World Health Organisation Protocol.
The Health Minister also said that the External Ministry had taken Malaysia and Singapore from its list of no-go places and passengers to and from these countries would be allowed in, but screened.
(A New Delhi report said Air India would operate a flight to evacuate over 100 Indian medical students who were ordered out of Manila and were now stranded in Kuala Lumpur).
Meanwhile, former Health Secretary and now Secretary for disaster management R Radhakrishnan on Wednesday visited the usually crowded Ranganathan Street in T Nagar in Chennai where all shops closed in panic.
He said that following closure of schools and colleges till March 31, shoppers had started panic buying and his visit was to allay misapprehensions in the minds of businessmen and traders and the shoppers.
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