Chennai company to increase contact tracing as Covid cases rise – The New Indian Express


CHENNAI: The Greater Chennai Corporation will increase contact tracing among close and extended family members of covid positive the patients.

Company sources told IANS that currently around 6,000 samples are being traced and samples were taken from the city of Chennai itself. A senior official from the Greater Chennai Corporation, in an interview with IANS, said: “The increase in Covid cases is mainly due to travel to other states and countries. Attending public gatherings during weddings, meetings, workplaces and fish and vegetable markets is one reason to be affected.”

However, he also said that the areas of Tiruvottriyur and Tiruvika have made fewer contacts and therefore need to increase. The Tamil Nadu health department has ordered the Greater Chennai Corporation to trace at least 10 contacts of a positive case and ensure that all positive cases are contacted daily.

The Greater Chennai Corporation has also ordered health officials to conduct a door-to-door vaccination campaign as 12 lakh people in the corporation are yet to take their second dose of vaccination.

The company also launched an awareness campaign among more than 60 categories of people to take the third dose of vaccine.

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Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian in an interview with IANS said: “The presence of Omicron BA4 and BA5 sub-variants spreads faster and if a person in one family is infected, the others are immediately affected.”

He called on people to make sure they adhere to the Covid protocol and to wear masks and keep a safe distance and regular sanitization.

Ma Subramanian said: “Most Covid cases are isolated at home and recover quickly and those admitted to hospitals have a cold, fever, cough and mild infection. There are no cases of intensive care although state hospitals are equipped with oxygen beds and other emergency facilities are available.”