Begin typing your search...
State to keep TPR between 5 and 10 pc or go into local lockdown
The State’s top officials monitoring the spread of coronavirus have been directed to keep the test positivity rate (TPR) in the range of 5 to 10 per cent and proceed with local lockdowns if it increases. This move is to avoid statewide lockdowns during the expected third wave, informed official sources said.
Chief Minister MK Stalin is keen that the livelihood of the public should not be affected and at the same time the public should cooperate and help the State in the fight against the pandemic, said a senior official, adding that the daily test positivity rates of districts are being analysed. “During the second wave, there was a lack of coordination and this resulted in a severe wave during the month of May. This time, we are in regular touch with the virologists and experts in infectious diseases,” the official said. The increase in caseload in Kerala is an issue and the border is now under bio-security cover.
“The State is constantly monitoring the spread and the capacity of hospitals, oxygen cylinders and basic infrastructure developed during the second wave is kept intact,” Health Minister Ma Subramanian said. The capacity will be ramped up if the need arises and all districts are under review, the health minister added.
“The objective of localised lockdown in market areas is to keep the spread under control and we will monitor the situation till coming Sunday,” Corporation Commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi said.
The Corporation is also coordinating with the Chennai city police to ensure that local lockdown norms are implemented in letter and spirit. At the same time, the inputs from stakeholders and the police department will be taken, the Commissioner said.