The Tamil Nadu Government on Thursday declared seven regions in Chennai as hotspots as 46 new Coronavirus positive patients emerged and they were living in these areas.
Twenty of them were traced on Wednesday and another 26 on Thursday and their residential areas were declared containment zones which meant people there will not be allowed to come out of their homes except one at a time once a day to buy essentials. No can visit them either.
Their street and four other surrounding streets have also been sealed and declared no-go zone for vehicles.
One of the zones is Pudupet where Egmore magistrate courts and their quarters are situated as also the Chennai Police Commissioner’s office. The other zones are Tondiarpet and Kurukkupet in north Chennai, Saidapet, Alandur and Velacheri in south and Purasawakkam in Central Chennai.
All the patients tracked now were among the 1130 from Tamil Nadu who had returned after attending a religious conference organised by Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin in New Delhi on March 11 and 13. They came in two batches on March 13 and 19.
They spiked the number of positive cases in Tamil Nadu to 309 on Thursday when 75 tested positive. OF these, 74 had returned from Delhi and the other one was in contact with them, Health Secretary Beela Rajesh said in an update.
Tamil Nadu has taken the second place in India with the highest incidence of coronavirus cases after Maharashtra, overtaking even Kerala.
The Chennai patients have been isolated and admitted to Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, Government Stanley Medical College Hospital and Kilpauk Medical College Hospital (KMC).
Over 500 patients have been traced, isolated and hospitalised in 21 Government Hospitals. Steps are on to trace the other patients and their contacts.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider increasing the availability of personal protective equipment for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. The State has allocated Rs 9,000 crore to fight the pandemic, said Palaniswami.
The government has also announced a special incentive package for makers of invasive ventilators, multi-parameter ICU monitors, N-95 respirators and personal protective equipment for doctors and nurses, as well as those making anti-viral and anti-malarial drugs (hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin and Vitamin C formulations), an official release said..