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Chennai Corporation to increase Covid testing to 30,000 per day

Chennai, Jan 4 (BPNS)

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) is changing the testing numbers for Covid -19 after the number of cases in the city shows a steady increase. Presently the city corporation is undertaking 22,000 tests a day and is now increasing the numbers to 30,000.

The GCC commissioner, Gagan Singh Bedi has issued a circular stating that testing is done for employees once every 15 days in commercial establishments, their hostels, banks, restaurants, government and private offices and other possible places where there are crowding possibilities. The circular also stated that all those who are working in these places should be fully vaccinated.

The circular also said,” Now that the Covid -19 is rising up and a new Covid -19 variant, Omicron is also rising and Covid -19 vaccination is the most important protective measure”.

Corporation officials said that the GCC is planning an increase in testing and vaccination simultaneously.  The GCC opened 15 screening centres on Tuesday where testing for persons affected with Covid -19 will be screened preliminarily before being guided into the next course of treatment.

The 1000 bedded Covid care centre will be opened at Chennai Trade centre in Nandambakkam.

The GCC commissioner, according to corporation officials, has written a letter to the deans, registrars and principals of educational institutions to submit a daily report of vaccination of their students to the GCC.