Chennai, Apr 9 : Amid intensive efforts to tackle the
spread of coronavirus, there was a possibility of COVID-19
progressing into Stage-3 (Community Transmission) in Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami cautioned today.
Talking to reporters after a review meeting with members of 12 coordination teams at the State Secretariat on the measures being implemented to tackle the spread of corona, he said the COVID-19 was still in Stage-2 (local transmission) in the State. ''Though the government has been taking all steps to contain it within the Stage-2 itself, there is a possibility of the the virus progressing into Stage-3 and the government is taking proactive
steps to control this'', he added.
On the possibility of extending the lockdown beyond April 14 as suggested by some states, Mr Palaniswami said a decision would be taken depending on the intensity of the spread of the pandemic. Going by the number of positive cases (738 so far), the spread has been increasing with each passing day, he said. The inputs of the 19-member medical experts’ team along with reports from the 12 coordination teams headed by IAS officers would be taken into account before deciding on extending the lockdown, he added.
Reiterating that the government does not want to lose even a single life due to the coronavirus, he said every single life was important for the government, while appealing to the people with corona symptoms to approach the doctors. He also urged the people not to come out of their houses unnecessarily and keep stock of groceries and vegetables for a week. (UNI)