Health Minister Ma Subramanian – The New Indian Express
CHENNAI: Health Minister Ma Subramanian on Saturday inspected an apartment complex with a cluster of COVID-19 cases in T Nagar. He noted that the cases are on an upward trend and the public should be cautious as states like Kerala and Maharashtra are recording more than 1,000 cases per day.
According to company officials, a 68-year-old woman from the apartment, who used to go to hospital regularly for treatment, tested positive for COVID for the first time on May 27. Following this, his family members were tested and all five tested positive. While the elderly woman was treated at a hospital and discharged, the others are in home quarantine.
In addition, the Minister of Health said a family of six in Thousand Lights had tested positive and state Health Department officials had advised that the family should come out of isolation in the next three days.
“Areas 9 (Teynampet) and 12 (Alandur) are experiencing an increase in COVID cases. To contain the spread, contact tracing and testing is underway. We have appointed volunteers to monitor patients in case of family clusters to help them get the essentials,” the minister said.
Ma Subramanian noted that colleges are a major reason for the rising number of cases. “In the last three months, there have been no deaths. The state was only seeing 20 to 30 cases a day, but with the emergence of clusters in educational institutions, cases began to rise.
“There are up to 370 active cases in educational institutions. But, on a positive note, everyone’s condition is stable and all asymptomatic,” he said, adding that educational institutions should ensure that students follow all safety measures in common dining areas and use masks on campus.
IIT-Madras and Shri Sathya Sai Medical College are now cluster free. Cases at Anna University and VIT are also under control and patients are being continuously monitored, the health minister said.
Union Government Warning on Chennai and Chengalpattu
According to COVID data by district, two districts – Chennai and Chengalpattu – have recorded an increase in weekly cases and positivity, and this requires targeted intervention from the state administration, the Union Government had warned in his letter to the government of Tamil Nadu.
Radhakrishnan, in his letter to District Collectors and other officials, emphasized the need to follow a five-pronged control strategy that includes COVID-friendly behavior, monitoring for clusters of new cases, adequate testing, surveillance of influenza-like illnesses and cases of SARI and warning of the spread of infection and genomic sequencing of samples from international passengers.