Tamil Nadu equipped with enough PPEs, order placed for rapid testing kits: CM
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy on Thursday held a review meeting with 12 coordination teams to review the coronavirus outbreak in the state. At present, Tamil Nadu has the second-highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases among all Indian states and union territories.
As a result of the review meeting, state authorities said that Tamil Nadu is equipped with sufficient personal protection equipment (PPE) kits. The state has also placed an order for as many as 4 lakh rapid testing kits. Out of these, 50,000 kits will reach the state by Thursday night and another 20,000 will be provided by the central government.
The rapid testing kits will be used to screen family members of Covid-19 patients for the infection followed by contacts of the patients and then residents of the same localities as the patients. A total of 136 private hospitals have been chosen to treat coronavirus patients in Tamil Nadu, including both government and private healthcare facilities.
Going by recent figures, 40,561 beds have been made available in the state for the treatment of Covid-19 patients.
Responding to questions about the possibility of an extended nationwide lockdown to prevent further spread of infection, Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palanisamy said that the number of cases continues to rise each day. "We have 738 cases in the state and the number keeps increasing. We will discuss and look at the situation at hand and then make a decision," added CM Palanisamy.