Chennai hires 1,000 volunteers to help quarantined people and step up testing


With Covid-19 cases are on the rise, the Chennai-based company has hired 1,000 volunteers to provide food and medicine to quarantined people at home, will set up call centers and increase daily tests from 25,000 to 30,000.

“For each neighborhood, there will be five volunteers. Thus, for 200 neighborhoods, a total of 1,000 volunteers will be hired. In addition to providing services at their doorstep, they will also monitor violations of Covid-19 standards, ”Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian said after providing an update at Omicron on Sunday. The total number of cases of the latest variant coronavirus reported in the state stands at 121, of which 20 are active, with 98 people having been released in the past 24 hours.

Up to 1,000 oxygen concentrators would be ready and 21 more test centers would be set up in the city. Each of the 15 zones would benefit from call centers.

The city’s Covid care centers have been told to increase their bed capacity, the minister said, adding that two enforcement teams for each zone will strictly penalize violators of the pandemic rules. About twenty additional ambulance cars to transport Covid patients would also be made available.

As of Wednesday, a total of 1,594 new cases of coronavirus were reported, bringing the number of cases to 27,51,128 while the toll rose to 36,790 with six more deaths. In the past 24 hours, 27,054,034 people were discharged, leaving the number of active infections at 9,304. Chennai and neighboring districts contributed the most to the number of infections. While 776 cases were reported in Chennai, Chengalpet district recorded 146 infections.


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