TN CM addresses State, requests people to stay indoors

Chennai: Amid mounting cases across the country, the State recording its first casualty and positive cases jumping to 23, Tamilnadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has allayed the fears of the people and appealed to them to united irrespective of caste, creed, religion and language, to fight unitedly and drive out the deadly coronovirus, which has claimed thousands of lives globally.

Beginning his televised address that he was speaking not as Chief Minister but as a member of the family of the people of the State, he said, at a time when the State entered into the 21-day lockdown mode, people should take a pledge to safeguard Tamilnadu from the deadly virus, which was spreading like wildfire across the world and protect the welfare of the people of the State.

”Stay alert, stay away and stay in home and strictly follow the orders issued by the government”, he said sending a clear message to the people to remain indoors, while adopting social distancing.

Warning those violating government orders and spreading baseless rumours about the virus, of legal action by the district collectors and police commissioner, the Chief Minister, while appealing for cooperation from the people, also urged those with diabetes, high blood pressure to take regular medicines, besides taking care of elders, children and pregnant women.

Urging the people to follow social distancing by maintaining three feet distance while coming out of their houses, he also urged those with symptoms of severe cold, fever and breathing problems not to resort to self medication and approach the doctors or the hospital for proper treatment, besides using the helplines set up by the government.

Recalling the Rs 3,780 crore special package announced by him for various sections of the people, including the Rs 1,000 special assistance to all the cardholders of the State and free ration items for the month of April, he said it was a compulsion of time that the 21-day curfew announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to be strictly adopted, while allaying the fears of the peopleĀ on the availability of essentials.

NT Bureau