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16,000 Workers To Screen Chennai Residents For COVID-19 From Today

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16,000 Workers To Screen Chennai Residents For COVID-19 From Today

A vegetable vendor sets up her stall on a marked area on the floor at a bus stand in Chennai. (AFP)

Chennai:

In a first-of-its-kind massive drive to contain the spread of Coronavirus, the Tamil Nadu government will deploy 16,000 trained workers for a door-to-door screening across Chennai from today.

The trained workers who will be armed with personal protective equipment would submit daily reports keeping a 24×7 monitoring of Chennai residents.

With the help of these workers – who are largely associated with self help groups – the government plans to monitor residents in 10 lakh buildings round the clock over the next 90 days. Eighty-eight people have been infected with the virus in Chennai so far.

However, some residents were not happy with the idea of door-to-door screening. John Dulip, a Hong Kong based Executive who’s elderly parents are in Chennai says, “What we are creating is a potential wave of carriers going from home to home and spreading the virus. I’m not at all comfortable with my elderly parents receiving unknown people into their home who have been in touch with other potentially infected people”.

Tamil Nadu recorded two more COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, both having a connection to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi, as it added a significant number of positive cases with history of travel to the national capital for the religious meet. Two more COVID-19 deaths were reported in Tamil Nadu today, taking the toll due to the disease in the state to five, the government said.

Another 73 people, who attended the Tablighi Jamaat meet in Delhi, have tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, taking the overall confirmed cases to 485, next only to Maharashtra with 635 infected persons.

“437 of them are Delhi attendees. Out of the 1,500 attendees, all 1,200 attendees have been tested and put on hospital isolation across the state,” said Health Secretary Dr Beela Rajesh. Around 5,000 health officials have intensified their containment drive in districts, with a door-to-door screening of all houses in a 5-km radius around the house of every positive patient. Those with symptoms are put on home quarantine or hospital isolation and some tested too.

The larger challenge, however, is to trace the contacts of all 1,200 attendees who are likely to have got infected.

The remaining around 300 attendees are believed to be still in Delhi. It’s not clear yet whether they have reported to authorities or have been put under isolation yet.

So far the state with a seven crore population has tested only 4,248 samples, largely international passengers and contacts of positive cases. 90,541 are on home isolation and 1,681 on hospital isolation.

Amid demands for more testing following fears of community spread which the government denies, Chief Minister K Palaniswami has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide sufficient number of test kits, ventilators, masks and a 9,000 crore assistancetro fight the pandemic.

Mr Palaniswami has also appealed to religious leaders to avoid giving a communal colour to Coronavirus and looking at positive patients with hatred. He also requested them to offer schools, colleges and other buildings under them to be used for isolation.

Meanwhile, the government imposed fresh curbs and announced curtailing the business hours of shops selling essential commodities by 90 minutes.

World

12,18,485Cases

9,00,093Active

2,52,492Recovered

65,900Deaths

Coronavirus has spread to 183 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 12,18,485 and 65,900 have died; 9,00,093 are active cases and 2,52,492 have recovered as on April 5, 2020 at 7:08 pm.

India

3,577 505Cases

3,219 435Active

275 62Recovered

83 8Deaths

In India, there are 3,577 confirmed cases including 83 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,219 and 275 have recovered as on April 5, 2020 at 6:00 pm.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

DistrictCases

South77

South West14

West10

East9

North West9

South East9

North East8

North6

Central4

New Delhi3

Shahdara2

Details Awaited*352

503 58

492 56

18 3

7 1

DistrictCases

Mumbai173

Pune51

Mumbai Suburban41

Sangli24

Nagpur15

Thane14

Ahmednagar11

Raigad5

Palghar5

Buldhana4

Yavatmal4

Satara2

Kolhapur1

Jalgaon1

Nashik1

Aurangabad1

Ratnagiri1

Gondia1

Sindhudurg1

Details Awaited*134

490

472

42

24

DistrictCases

Chennai69

Coimbatore33

Tirunelveli30

Dindigul25

Erode25

Namakkal19

Theni12

Karur11

Madurai11

Thiruvarur9

Tiruppur8

Thoothukudi6

Salem6

Virudhunagar5

Sivaganga5

Kanniyakumari5

Tiruvannamalai4

Villupuram4

Kanchipuram4

Nagapattinam3

Ramanathapuram2

Vellore2

Tiruchirappalli1

Ariyalur1

Details Awaited*185

485 74

482 75

6

3 1

DistrictCases

Kasaragod58

Kannur25

Ernakulam18

Pathanamthitta14

Kozhikode6

Malappuram6

Thiruvananthapuram6

Thrissur5

Idukki3

Kottayam3

Palakkad3

Alappuzha2

Kollam1

Wayanad1

Details Awaited*155

306 11

259 3

49 8

2

DistrictCases

Hyderabad55

Warangal Urban12

Medchal Malkajgiri9

Ranga Reddy7

Karimnagar5

Mahabubnagar4

Kamareddy4

Bhadradri Kothagudem4

Nalgonda3

Sangareddy2

Nizamabad2

Jogulamba Gadwal2

Suryapet1

Mulugu1

Nagarkurnool1

Jangoan1

Mahabubabad1

Medak1

Details Awaited*154

269 110

244 79

32 31

7

DistrictCases

Gautam Buddha Nagar28

Meerut12

Agra11

Lucknow7

Ghaziabad6

Baghpat2

Moradabad2

Bareilly1

Ghazipur1

Jaunpur1

Kanpur Nagar1

Kheri1

Pilibhit1

Varanasi1

Shamli1

Details Awaited*151

227 53

210 53

19

2

DistrictCases

Jaipur36

Bhilwara23

Jodhpur16

Tonk9

Jhunjhunu8

Churu6

Ajmer5

Bharatpur3

Dungarpur3

Alwar3

Pratapgarh2

Udaipur1

Jaisalmer1

Sikar1

Pali1

Dholpur1

Dausa1

Details Awaited*80

200

179

21

0

DistrictCases

Visakhapatnam3

Krishna2

Chittoor1

East Godavari1

Guntur1

Spsr Nellore1

Prakasam1

Details Awaited*180

190 29

190 29

1

1

DistrictCases

Indore65

Jabalpur7

Ujjain5

Bhopal4

Gwalior2

Shivpuri2

Details Awaited*80

165 61

174 64

0

9 3

DistrictCases

Bengaluru Urban38

Mysuru11

Uttar Kannad9

Chikballapur9

Dakshin Kannad4

Kalaburagi3

Udupi3

Bengaluru Rural2

Davangere2

Chitradurga1

Dharwad1

Kodagu1

Tumakuru1

Details Awaited*59

144 16

136 17

12

4 1

DistrictCases

Ahmadabad32

Surat10

Gandhinagar9

Vadodara9

Rajkot7

Bhavnagar4

Porbandar3

Gir Somnath2

Kachchh1

Mahesana1

Botad1

Details Awaited*43

122 17

115 14

18 4

11 1

DistrictCases

Srinagar17

Bandipora11

Badgam7

Udhampur4

Jammu3

Rajauri3

Baramulla2

Pulwama2

Shopian2

Details Awaited*55

106 31

104 30

4 1

2

DistrictCases

Kolkata15

Nadia5

Hooghly4

24 Paraganas North3

Medinipur East3

24 Paraganas South2

Howrah2

Medinipur West1

Details Awaited*45

80 11

73 4

10 7

3

DistrictCases

Gurugram25

Faridabad6

Panipat4

Sirsa3

Panchkula2

Ambala1

Hisar1

Sonipat1

Palwal1

Details Awaited*15

59 10

35 10

25 1

1 1

DistrictCases

Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar18

S.a.s Nagar9

Hoshiarpur5

Jalandhar5

Amritsar2

Ludhiana2

Patiala1

Details Awaited*15

57

61

1

5

DistrictCases

Patna5

Munger4

Saharsa2

Begusarai1

Lakhisarai1

Nalanda1

Siwan1

Details Awaited*15

30

31

0

1

DistrictCases

Marigaon2

Karimganj1

Nalbari1

Details Awaited*22

26 2

26 2

0

0

DistrictCases

Dehradun6

Pauri Garhwal1

Details Awaited*15

22 6

20 6

2

0

DistrictCases

Khordha3

Details Awaited*17

20 15

20 15

0

0

DistrictCases

Chandigarh16

Details Awaited*2

18

18

0

0

DistrictCases

Leh Ladakh11

Kargil2

Details Awaited*1

14

4

10 7

0

DistrictCases

North And Middle Andaman7

South Andamans3

10

10

0

0

DistrictCases

Raipur4

Bilaspur1

Durg1

Rajnandgaon1

Details Awaited*2

9

6

3

0

DistrictCases

North Goa2

South Goa1

Details Awaited*4

7

7

0

0

DistrictCases

Kangra3

Details Awaited*3

6

6

1

1

DistrictCases

Mahe1

Details Awaited*4

5

4

1

0

DistrictCases

Details Awaited*3

3 1

3 1

0

0

DistrictCases

Imphal West1

Details Awaited*1

2

2

0

0

1

1

0

0

DistrictCases

Details Awaited*1

1

1

0

0

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