Tamil Nadu Increases Vigilance, Conducts Random Screening Of 37 Passengers At Int’l Airport


Amid a sudden surge in coronavirus cases in parts of the world, the Tamil Nadu government on Saturday stepped up vigilance. A total of 37 passengers who arrived at the international airport have been tested for COVID-19, news agency PTI reported.

According to State Health Minister Ma Subramanian, none of the people tested showed symptoms of the coronavirus.

The passengers came from Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Colombo and Dhaka, and as per Central Government requirements, 2% of them were screened for the pandemic.

The Health Minister, who witnessed the 2% random screening at the airport here with Health Secretary P Senthil Kumar and Director of Public Health and Preventive Medicine TS Selvavinayagam, said bulk fever screening system has been launched at all airports in the state.

On Thursday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin directed officials to screen all passengers arriving in the state at the international airport.

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“Tamil Nadu is ready to tackle the pandemic. About 72,000 beds, out of 1.25 lakh available in government hospitals across the state, are ready for COVID-19 wards. We also have three months’ stock of medicines and adequate supply of oxygen,” the Health Minister was quoted as saying by PTI. in his report.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya was briefed on the steps taken by Tamil Nadu to prevent and control the spread of the virus at a virtual conference of state health ministers on Friday.

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(with contributions from the agency)

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