The week that was
Updated: Apr 8, 2020
Contact tracing announcements by GCC
On April 2, Chennai Corporation had issued a statement advising those who visited the Lifestyle showroom in Phoenix Market City mall in Velachery, Chennai between March 10 and March 17 and those who work in the mall to remain cautious and to seek immediate medical care if they develop symptoms of COVID-19. The statement was released after 3 employees from the showroom were tested positive for COVID-19.
It also stated that the employees of the store have been placed under home quarantine. On Mar.27, a 25-year-old employee (patient 30) was tested positive for COVID-19 and on Mar.31, a 28-year-old man was tested positive. They are currently being treated at Ariyalur and Tiruvannamalai Government Hospital respectively.
Authorities are tracking all employees of the mall, instructing them to quarantine themselves immediately. They have been advised to call the helpline numbers 25384520 and 46122300.
A contact tracing announcement was made by GCC on Mar.31 asking those who visited a visa application centre in Kodambakkam on March 15 to isolate themselves after a person who tested positive for COVID-19 revealed that he had visited the visa application centre.
Announcements by Chief Minister
On Mar.31, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K Palaniswami released a statement announcing concessions for many sections of society. He also requested the house owners to collect the rent for March and April after two months.
The announcement stated that a new scheme – COVID Relief and Development Scheme – to benefit around 2,000 MSME units who have availed loans from the Tamil Nadu Industrial Investment Corporation (TIIC) will be implemented, with a fund of Rs. 200 crore.
A three-month moratorium (till June 30) was announced for repayment of installments for crop loans, house loans and payment of certain charges for the following categories:
Payment of wealth tax, water tax to local bodies
Repayment of soft loans availed by industrial units from SIPCOT
Payment of Maintenance Charge by industrial units which function in SIPCOT Industrial Parks
Renewal of License and FC for Vehicles
Renewal of licenses under Weights and Measures Act, TN Shops and Establishment Act and Dangerous and Offence Act
Repayment of installments for the crop loans availed from cooperative institutions
Repayment of installments for cooperative housing societies and Tamil Nadu Housing Board
Repayment of installments for the loans availed from all fishermen cooperative societies and handloom cooperative societies
Repayment of loans availed by MSME units from Tamil Nadu Industrial Investment Corporation
Chief Minister’s request to Prime Minister
In a video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 2, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K Palaniswami spoke about various relief measures undertaken by Tamilnadu Government to tackle COVID-19.
The following requests were made by the Chief Minister to the PM
Test kits supply should be increased.
Provide PPEs, N-95 Masks, and ventilators in sufficient numbers for managing the COVID-19. Grant 3,000 crore rupees among other requests for the above purchase.
Tamil Nadu may be allocated 9,000 crores.
Relax fiscal deficit limits of 3% of GSDP for 2019-20; 2020-21, as a one time measure.
Allow additional borrowing of 33% above the permitted level for the fiscal year 2019-20 to 2020-21, to meet additional expenses arising due to Pandemic
Release Grants due to State in 2020-21, in advance; release 50 percent of the 7 Finance Commission grants to the Urban and Rural Local bodies; release 50 percent of the revenue deficit grant; release the GST compensation amount due for the December- January 2019-20 immediately.
Release Grants under the National Health Mission can immediately.
The Ways and Means limit of the States which was increased by 30% by RBI should be doubled; the Ways and Means advance availed in the fiscal year 2020-21 should be made interest free.
If you are in Quarantine, take a selfie and share. This will help the authorities know your exact location for any emergency needs.
Anyone who has symptoms including fever, dry cough, and breathlessness, he/she must take a selfie and share it in the app. The medical team will contact the person for medical assistance.
“Through the app, the GCC will be able to get the information on the geospatial spread of the fever symptoms in Chennai,” stated the release.
To download the app, visit www.chennaicorporation.gov.in/ and click on the ‘Corona monitoring app’ option on the homepage.
Emergency Contact Numbers
For elders and disabled - 18004250111
Sign interpreters - 9700799993
Control room - 1800 120 555550 (toll free), 29510400, 29510500, 24300300, 46274446, 9444340496, 8754448477.
Counselling for senior citizens (10 am - 5 pm) - 28590804, 28599188.
List of hospitals in Chennai exclusively notified as designated hospitals for treatment of COVID-19 patients :
1.Tamilnadu Government Multi Super Speciality Hospital, Omandurar Estate, Chennai
2.Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, Chennai
3.Stanley Medical College Hospital
4.Kilpauk Medical College Hospital
Online psychological support and mental health services
1.Aravind Raj – 9901652974 (9 am – 9 pm)
2. Supraja T A – 9742208980 (3 pm – 8 pm)
3. Malathi Swaminathan – 9962058252 ( 1 pm – 2 pm )
For the welfare of differently-abled
In an official release, the State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities and Director for Welfare of the Differently Abled has announced that the beneficiaries of maintenance allowance, would be paid in advance for two months. The amount will be credited in their bank account through ECS by the respective DDAWOs in their districts.
The maintenance allowance of Rs.1500 is being given to severely-affected differently-abled persons, intellectually-disabled, persons with muscular dystrophy and leprosy-affected persons, every month.
Free ration for 3rd gender
To succor the people from 3rd gender, who don’t possess ration cards, the state government has announced a free ration kit with 12 kg rice, 1 kg dal and 1-liter oil. According to a press release, around 4022 people from 3rd gender will be benefited from this scheme.
Containment by Chennai Corporation
Staff from Chennai Corporation began containment activities in Chennai from Mar.29. The activities were carried out in areas where COVID-19 cases have been reported and the surrounding areas situated within a 5km radius of the positive case. The area was identified as ‘containment zone’.
Health workers conducted health inspections at residences falling under the containment zone, to check people for any symptoms. High-risk patients like the elderly and those with ailments like blood pressure, renal diseases, and low immunity will be monitored regularly.
Those with cough, fever and breathing difficulties will be taken to the hospital for further screening and treatment. This process will be continued for 28 days.
On April 4, the corporation released a zone-wise breakdown of cases in Chennai in which Zone-13 Adyar has 2 COVID-19 positive cases (Kotturpuram and Thiruvanmiyur), Zone-14 Perungudi has 3 cases at Madipakkam and Zone-15 Sholinganallur has one positive case at Panaiyur.
Govt. orders Change in Shop timings
The State Government has ordered vegetable markets, grocery shops, meats shops, and supermarkets to operate from 6 am to 1 pm, from April 5. The Government has advised people to adhere to the timings and stay indoors.