The district administrations across the State are kept on their toes by the rise in COVID cases, which poses a challenge in ensuring adequate number of beds, equipment and manpower.
The easy connectivity of Ranipet and Tirupattur to Vellore and Chennai is another reason for increased cases in the region. “Many from Pernambut and Gudiyattam work in the tanneries in Tirupattur and hence have a higher risk of virus transmission. Though we advised tanneries to inform us, it is rarely done. We can’t stop them from entering, as their livelihoods would be affected,” said collector MP Sivan Arul.
Similarly in Ranipet, many locals work in Chennai. “They cannot be stopped from going to Chennai. But it is doubtful that the workplaces follow protocols like safe distancing and hand washing. Most cases we get are those infected due to contacts at work,” he added. In the western districts, particularly Coimbatore, the district administration has been racing against time to set up another 350 bed centre at CODISSIA complex.