Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Eddapadi K Palaniswami has launched Free Mask Distribution Scheme on 27 July 2020. In the CM Free Masks Scheme, the state govt. will benefit over 69 lakh families in the first phase. This scheme will provide masks absolutely free of cost to ration card holders as part of measures to fight COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. The Chief Minister distributed masks to 5 people at the Secretariat, marking the inauguration of the 1st phase of the scheme.
In the Tamil Nadu CM Free Masks Scheme 2020, masks will be given to beneficiaries through ration shops. Around 4.44 crore reusable masks, purchased at a cost of Rs. 30.07 crore will be distributed to 69.09 lakh families in panchayats, municipalities and corporations barring the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).
According to the GCC, close to 45 lakh masks have already been distributed. EPS had recently announced the distribution of quality, reusable masks to all ration card holders in the state as a part of measures to fight the pandemic.
Tamil Nadu CM Free Masks Scheme 2020
The state govt. of Tamilnadu has launched CM Free Masks Scheme Phase 1 on 27 July 2020. The major objective is to ensure that each person in the state have and wear masks to prevent Coronavirus pandemic outbreak. As the masks are important to prevent spread of this contagious disease, it is necessary to launch such type of free mask distribution scheme. There are around 2.08 crore ration cards in the state which covers around 6.74 crore individuals.
The new scheme will provide 2 masks to each member of the family so that transmission of COVID-19 can be controlled. In phase 1, govt. will provide free high quality masks to around 69 lakh families. The TN state govt. is also planning to bring new law to make mask compulsory for each and every person in the state to ensure greater awareness on safety due to masks.
Another COVID-19 Testing Lab Approved
1 more lab in Tamil Nadu has been approved for Covid-19 testing in the TN state. Huma Specialists Hospital & Research Centre in Chennai was approved for testing on 27 July 2020. With this lab, the total number of labs for COVID-19 testing in the Tamilnadu state has gone up to 117. It includes 58 government and 59 private COVID-19 testing labs.
Cases cross 10,000 in 4 zones in Chennai
Covid-19 cases in Chennai have crossed 10,000 in four of the city’s 15 zones. As per the data released by the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC), Kodambakkam (Zone 10) leads the tally with 11,146 cases followed by Anna Nagar (Zone 8) with 10,910 cases, Royapuram (Zone 5) with 10,898 cases and Teynampet (Zone 9) with 10,432 cases. Below is the Zonal-wise break-up of positive cases in Chennai:
- Thiruvottiyur (Zone 1) – 3519
- Manali (Zone 2) – 1698
- Madhavaram (Zone 3) – 3040
- Tondiarpet (Zone 4) – 9246
- Royapuram (Zone 5) – 10,898
- Thiru.Vi.Ka Nagar (Zone 6) – 7669
- Ambattur (Zone 7) – 5213
- Anna Nagar (Zone 8) – 10,910
- Teynampet (Zone 9) – 10,432
- Kodambakkam (Zone 10) – 11,146
- Valasaravakkam (Zone 11) – 5081
- Alandur (Zone 12) – 2924
- Adyar (Zone 13) – 6658
- Perungudi (Zone 14) – 2654
- Sholinganallur (Zone 15) – 2185
6,993 cases and 79 deaths recorded in TN state
Around 6,993 new Covid-19 cases and 79 deaths were recorded in Tamil Nadu on 27 July. This has taken the TN state’s tally of COVID-19 cases to 2,20,716 and deaths to 3,571. The Coronavirus cases in the state crossed 6000 for the 5th consecutive day. A total of 5,723 patients were discharged from hospitals following treatment, taking the number of recoveries to 1,62,249. There are 54,896 active cases in the state.
Chennai recorded 1138 fresh cases today and as many as 1821 persons were discharged. The city has reported 95,857 cases till date. total 63,250 samples were tested. So far, 24,14,713 samples have been by the health department. Apart from Chennai, Chengalpet (448), Thiruvallur (474), Kancheepuram (362), Thoothukudi (349) and Virudhunagar (338) reported the maximum number of Covid-19 cases.Content Source / Reference Link: https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chennai/covid-19-in-tamil-nadu-updates-6526224/ SAVE AS PDF