Stalin hints at lockdown extension in Tamil Nadu
Citing the prediction of medical consultants that the day by day COVID-19 case depend would attain its peak in the subsequent few weeks, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin mentioned on Friday that the lockdown is likely to be prolonged additional with extra stringent measures.
Speaking to reporters right here, he mentioned it was with the intention of breaking the chain of transmission that his authorities imposed a complete lockdown from May 10. The measure began exhibiting outcomes in Chennai and another locations. But contemporary circumstances have been growing in 10 different districts, he mentioned, including that medical consultants had warned of contemporary circumstances growing additional.
He obtained representations from folks from all walks of life, together with industrialists, to increase the lockdown with extreme restrictions.
A call can be taken after discussions with the all-party committee, headed by him, and medical consultants in Chennai on Saturday.
Asked whether or not the State had obtained the required assist from the Centre, Mr. Stalin mentioned he had spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on numerous events and highlighted the measures taken to fight the contagion. The Prime Minister had promised him that he would depute Railways Minister Piyush Goyal to coordinate with Tamil Nadu. He was in fixed contact with Mr. Goyal. “The Central government, too, faces many problems. We understand it. There is cordiality between the State and the Centre,” he mentioned.
Mr. Stalin, nonetheless, mentioned there have been some points in the vaccine provide to the State. There was a mismatch between demand and provide. Steps have been being taken to extend the provision. DMK parliamentary occasion chief T.R. Balu had met the Union Ministers involved in New Delhi and introduced memoranda searching for a rise in the oxygen and vaccine provides to the State.
On oxygen scarcity at numerous hospitals, Mr. Stalin mentioned that when he assumed workplace on May 7 there was a extreme scarcity. He had obtained a lot of calls at midnight. About 100 ambulances carrying sufferers lined up at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai for oxygen beds. The quantity had been introduced down to a few or 4. The State required 470 metric tonnes of oxygen a day. The models in the State produced 400 metric tonnes a day. The scarcity of 70 tonnes was being managed with the life-saving fuel sourced from Odisha and different States. The situation can be sorted out inside three days.
Mr. Stalin was right here to open a COVID Care Centre on the premises of the National Institute of Technology. He got here to Tiruchi after inspecting the pandemic administration in Coimbatore, Tirupur, and Madurai. He inspected the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital right here.
He inaugurated 200 oxygen beds at a COVID-19 well being centre on the campus of the Government Hospital for Thoracic Medicine at Thoppur close to Madurai.