Palaniswami announces Rs 500 crore for war against coronavirus

Chennai: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today said that precautionary measures to control the spread of coronavirus are being taken on war footing in the State.

Speaking in the Assembly today, he said,”Additional funding of Rs 500 crore will be allocated for coronovirus prevention measures.” He also said that additional measures are taken in government hospitals. ”At present 92,406 beds are available. We will increase the numbers if needed,” he said. The Chief Minister further said strict action would be taken if people with coronavirus symptoms failed to inform about it to the government.

Meanwhile, Health Minister C Vijayabaskar said that strict action will be taken against those travllers who do not adhere to the self quarantine guidelines. ‘#update: Though tracked,some of the travellers violate Govt’s strict order to #selfquarantine,thus becoming a threat for community transmission. The list of travelers is handed over to district admin & police for tracking, if  anyone violates the order, legal action will be taken,’ he tweeted.

It may be noted that the the Health Minister has said that the corona positives in Tamilnadu clearly show that people with travel history and travelers from abroad are victims of Covid19.  He has already requested everyone who traveled abroad during the past one month to self quarantine and report to doctor if any symptoms persists. So far, nine persons have been tested positive for Covid-19 so far.

Meanwhile, AIADMK ally PMK today demanded the Tamilnadu government follow other southern States in providing cash and other necessary assistance to people as a result of hardships faced due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus including loss of livelihood.

Pattali Makkal Katchi chief S Ramadoss cited the examples of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Telanagana to urge the ruling AIADMK in Tamilnadu to extend assistance to people.

While Kerala has earmarked Rs 20,000 crore to be utilised for various purposes including provision of free ration items, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have proposed cash assistance among others to the needy while announcing a lockdown of the respective states till 31 March.

Similarly, in Tamilnadu too, additional quantity of rice besides other food items should be provided to people, Ramadoss said in a statement.