With the unfold of Omicron elevating alarm bells throughout the nation, Tamil Nadu has mandated week-long residence quarantine for all worldwide passengers touchdown within the state beginning in the present day.
The brand new ruling contains travellers from each at-risk and non at-risk international locations. The state authorities tweaked their earlier guideline after information revealed that the majority of Tamil Nadu’s 34 reported Omicron instances are passengers from international locations categorized as non at-risk. Solely six per cent of the state’s Omicron instances are from at-risk international locations, whereas 25 per cent come from non at-risk international locations, stated a press release from the Tamil Nadu Well being Division.
Ajay Anand, an electronics engineer working within the US, was simply one in all many travellers caught off-guard by the sudden rule-change. Solely proper earlier than take-off did the younger man from Coimbatore study concerning the new state guidelines. “Its good to test the unfold in each method. However for a lot of like me who’re approaching a brief trip, it is troublesome. Our plans go for a toss,” he instructed BoardingFlight.
Saravanan and Swathi, coming back from Sydney with their younger son, additionally learnt of the ruling final minute. Nonetheless, comparatively unbothered, Swathi stated, “We’re solely visiting our mother and father, so this does not upset our plans.”
The state has additionally directed worldwide airports in Tamil Nadu to rising random sampling of passengers from non at-risk international locations by five-fold, to 10 per cent from the current 2 per cent.
Tamil Nadu’s day by day COVID-19 tally hovers round 600 instances, with Chennai and Coimbatore accounting for the majority of latest constructive infections.
On Sunday, Chief Minister MK Stalin visited authorities hospitals and reviewed the state’s preparedness when it comes to obtainable beds, ICUs, oxygen provide, ambulances and conflict rooms. The state authorities says it has 1.15 lakh beds prepared in authorities and personal hospitals, along with 50,000 beds in Covid care centres.
Tamil Nadu, which witnessed a extreme oxygen scarcity in the course of the peak of the second wave, now has a number of hospitals that receives a further 244 MT liquid oxygen day-after-day from 222 oxygen vegetation. There’s additionally a storage facility to carry 1731 MT liquid oxygen within the state, along with the 25000 B and D sort oxygen cylinders it possesses.
Until date, 55 per cent of the state’s eligible 18+ inhabitants has taken each doses whereas 85 per cent is vaccinated with a single dose.