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Chennai Corporation  to increase contact tracing as Covid cases increase

- June 26, 2022

Chennai, June 26 (BPNS)

The Greater Chennai Corporation will be increasing contact tracing among close and extended family members of Covid positive patients.

Sources in the Corporation told BPNS that presently around 6000 samples are being traced and samples taken in Chennai city itself. A senior official with the Greater Chennai Corporation while speaking to BPNS said ,” The rise in Covid cases is mostly due to the travel to other states and countries. Attending public gatherings at weddings, meetings. work places and fish and vegetable markets is one of the reason for getting affected.”

He also however said that Tiruvottriyur and Tiruvika zones have traced lesser contacts and hence need to increase. Tamil Nadu health department has directed the Greater Chennai Corporation to trace at least 10 contacts of a positive case and to ensure that all the positive cases are being contacted on a daily basis.

The Greater Chennai Corporation has also directed the health officials to conduct a door to door vaccination campaign as 12 lakh people in the corporation are yet to take their second dose of vaccination.

The corporation has also commenced an awareness drive among the sixty plus categories of people for taking the third dose of vaccine.

Meanwhile Tamil Nadu Health minister, Ma Subramanian while speaking to BPNS said, “ The presence of Omicron subvariant BA4 and BA5 are spreading faster and if a person in a family gets infected then immediately the others also get affected.”

He called upon the people to ensure that they are adhering to Covid 19 protocols and to wear masks and to keep safe distancing and regular sanitization.

Ma Subramanian said, “ Most of the Covid cases are in home isolation and are getting cured fast and those admitted to hospitals are having cold, fever, cough and mild infection. There are no ICU cases even though the hospitals of the state are equipped with Oxygen beds and other emergency facilities are available.”