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As Omicron cases rise, TN CM Stalin appeals to people to strictly follow Covid-19 norms

🔴 MK Stalin, after chairing a high level consultative meeting appealed to the people to fully cooperate with the government to curb the virus spread.

By: PTI | Chennai |
Updated: December 25, 2021 8:29:30 am
Unlike previous year's Christmas celebrations which were dampened by the pandemic, there were no restrictions in place for this year's Christmas celebrations in Kerala. (PTI/File)

In view of expert opinion that the coronavirus spread, including that of the Omicron strain, may increase if public gathered in large numbers during festivals, people must avoid crowding and strictly follow Covid-19 appropriate behaviour, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin said in Chennai on Friday.

Stalin, after chairing a high level consultative meeting appealed to the people to fully cooperate with the government to curb the virus spread.

With Tamil Nadu reporting 34 cases of Omicron variant so far and considering Christmas and New Year celebrations besides the harvest festival of Pongal next month, Stalin held a meeting of medical, public health experts and top officials at the Secretariat.

According to expert advice, there is no change in relaxations already in vogue, an official release said indicating that no fresh restriction is contemplated as of now.

Considering expert opinion that the virus-Omicron spread may increase if people crowded in public places during the festival season, Stalin appealed to the people to avoid gathering in large numbers. People should follow guidelines like wearing mask and maintaining social distance.

People who are yet to be vaccinated should get their dose in camps being held by local bodies and the health department.

All shops, commercial complexes and cinemas should compulsorily follow guidelines to prevent the virus spread and adhere to the Standard Operating Procedure, the Chief Minister said.

“I appeal to the people to extend their full cooperation to the government in curbing the virus spread.”

Chief scientist, WHO, Soumya Swaminathan, Director, ICMR-National Institute of Epidemiology, Dr Manoj Murhekar, Director of Vellore Christian Medical College, Dr J V Peter, and specialist in infectious diseases, Dr V Ramasubramaniam were among the experts who rendered advice on curbing the virus spread.

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