Amid Covid rise, CM chairs high-level meet

Chennai: With Covid-19 cases on the rise once again, Chief Minister M K Stalin today chaired a high-level meeting to discuss measures to be implemented to curb the spread.

During the meeting at the Secretariat here, the CM interacted with Collectors and district health officials to discuss the prevalence of Covid-19 in the State. Health Minister Ma Subramanian, Health Secretary Dr J Radhakrishnan and other State level officials were also part of the meeting.

Stalin has directed officials to intensify the vaccination drive and vaccinate those who are yet to get vaccinated. The State has identified all those who are yet to take the first dose and also those who are yet to receive their second dose.

According to the government, vaccination is key to fight Covid, and efforts to ensure this have to be undertaken. The State is also focusing on the method of test-track-treat-vaccinate and urging citizens to follow Covid appropriate behaviour, as a way to fight the spread of the virus.

Sources said the Chief Minister is likely to release a message to people, requesting them to cooperate with the government and follow Covid measures.
‘You don’t need to be afraid. Only your support is required for us,’ Stalin had said in his earlier message, calling upon people to compulsorily follow Covid appropriate behaviour not only for their safety but also for the dependents.

‘I humbly request you, not only as Chief Minister of the state, but also as a beloved brother and one among you all,’ he said.

‘The wellbeing of people of Tamilnadu is very important to me. That is why certain restrictions have been put in place and I hope you extend support,’ he said, while exhorting everyone to not forget the lessons learnt in the past.

Meanwhile, the Health Secretary has also written to Collectors calling for effective administration of vaccines to eligible people, including administering of booster doses.