Marking the launch of the kit at a concessional price, Palaniswami handed over a pack to a health official at the Secretariat in Chennai. (Twitter/@CMOTamilNadu)
Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News August 14, 15 Highlights: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami Friday unveiled the ‘Amma COVID-19 Home Care Kit’ for people who have tested positive for the virus and been advised home isolation.
Costing Rs 2,500, the kit comprises of a pulse oximeter, a digital thermometer, packs of herbal immunity boosters like ‘Athimathuram’ and ‘Kabasura Kudineer’, the state government said.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu on Friday reported 5,890 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the overall tally to 3,26,245. With 117 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, the death toll reached 5,514.
In Chennai, there has been a surge in the number of cases. The city, which had been maintaining less than 1,000 cases for the past one week reported 1,187 fresh cases on Friday, taking its total number of cases to 1,14,260.
The Chief Minister’s statement comes a few days after the government informed the Madras High Court that a committee will be set up to streamline the issuance of e-passes for movement between the districts. Express Photo
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami Friday announced that from August 17 anyone who applies for e-an pass for inter-district travel during the lockdown will receive it instantly without any delay. E-passes were earlier issued only for marriage, medical emergency, and funeral.
In a statement, CM Palaniswami said the decision to ease restriction on e-pass was taken in public interest. ”I request people to utilize this E-pass only for important work. To prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, co-operate with the government by following all the guidelines,” he said. Those who wish to apply for e-pass need to provide a copy of their Aadhar card or ration card alongside their mobile/telephone number.
Tamil Nadu BJP vice-president and former DMK general secretary VP Duraisamy on Wednesday said next year’s assembly election is going to be a battle between DMK and BJP.
Speaking to reporters in Chennai, Duraisamy said being the ruling party at the Centre, the BJP has the right to lead the alliance in Tamil Nadu ahead of assembly elections.
“Till last week, the 2021 elections were projected as DMK vs AIADMK, but after the departure of Ku Ka Selvam (DMK MLA from Thousand Lights constituency), it has become BJP vs DMK. This is a sign of our growth, we are growing fast in Tamil Nadu. Like-minded parties would be part of the alliance, we will lead them because we are a national party,” he said.