MK Stalin
MK Stalin

As COVID-19 continues to spread its hands, Tamil Nadu newly elected Chief Minister MK Stalin today announced compensation for 43 frontline workers and families of government doctors who passed away while carrying their duties during the pandemic oubtreak. The DMK chief has also announced incentives for frontline staff for the month of April, May and June.

43 frontline workers who passed away during the pandemic outbreak shall be given Rs 25 lakhs each. The same finiancial aid shall be given to the families of government doctors. Besides, the CM has also announced incentives for medical professionals who are working during Covid-19. For the month of April, May and June, Rs 30,000 will be given to doctors, Rs 20,000 to nurses and Rs 15,000 to other workers. Apart from this, Rs 20,000 will also be given as incentives to post graduate students and trainee doctors.

Tamil Nadu on Tuesday recorded 29,272 fresh COVID-19 cases in the single biggest day spike so far, pushing the caseload to 14,38,509 while 298 deaths in the last 24 hours took the toll to 16,178. According to a medical bulletin, 19,182 people were discharged today, taking the tally to 12,60,150, leaving 1,62,181 active infections.

With an increase in new infections, Chief Minister M K Stalin appealed to the general public and industries to donate to the Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund to fight against the raging pandemic. "The funds collected will be used only to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and the details related to the expenses made (through the funds generated) would be available on a public domain ensuring transparency," he said.

The funds received would be 100 per cent tax exempted, he added.

Besides, the state government on Tuesday said fruit sellers were allowed to operate between 6 a.m. to 12 noon like vegetable and flower vendors during the two-week lockdown that began on Monday.

The government also allowed all industries to function on one day for maintenance work with minimum staff while setting up a 24-hour helpline for continuous process industries, units manufacturing essential items and construction industry to ease their problems in functioning during the lockdown period.

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