Chennai: In order to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday extended existing coronavirus-related restrictions till April 30. The state-wide lockdown has been extended under the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
The government has further issued guidelines for enforcing the “Test-Track-Treat” (TTT) protocol as advised by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on March 23.
All international air travel of passengers, except for purposes permitted by the MHA, remains prohibited, read the notification.
As regards the enforcement of the “Test-Track-Treat” (TTT) protocol, the government noted that the proportion of RT-PCR tests in the total mix will be scaled up, “on best effort basis”, to 70 per cent or more.
The Tamil Nadu government further mentioned that the new positive cases spotted due to intensive testing will be isolated or quarantined at the earliest and provided timely treatment. Their contacts have to be traced at the earliest and similarly isolated/quarantined.
Underlining that effective demarcation of containment zones is key to breaking the chain of transmission and curbing COVID-19 spread, the notification emphasised that “containment zones shall be carefully demarcated by the district authorities, at the micro-level, taking into consideration the guidelines prescribed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) in this regard”.
Within the demarcated containment zones, the below-mentioned containment measures shall be followed:
- Only essential activities shall be allowed
- Strict perimeter control
- Intensive house-to-house surveillance
- Surveillance for influenza-like illness (ILI) and severe acute respiratory infections (SARI)
- Local district, police and municipal authorities shall be responsible to ensure that the prescribed containment measures are strictly followed
- The District Administrators shall ensure strict enforcement of wearing face masks, hand hygiene and social distancing.
READ TAMIL NADU LOCKDOWN GUIDELINES HERE.
News Source : TN