Tamil Nadu Government Mandates Face Masks at Hospitals Amid Rise in COVID-19 Cases

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The Tamil Nadu government has made it mandatory for everyone to wear face masks at all government hospitals across the state from Saturday. The decision comes amidst an increase in the number of positive coronavirus cases The mandate applies to doctors, nurses, medical staff, patients, and visitors, with Health
Minister Ma Subramanian requested 100% compliance at around 11,300 health facilities. The minister said that the infection initially started in hospitals, making it even more important to enforce this rule. Speaking to reporters, the Health Minister stated that although the infection spread has not escalated, it is essential to exercise precautions. He further emphasized the importance of wearing masks to protect oneself, especially as Omicron sub-variants XBB and BA.2 are circulating in Tamil Nadu, India, and other parts of the world. The state government has also implemented random screenings for passengers arriving from other countries at airports. According to the Health Minister, 123 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in TN in the last 24 hours. The mandate is a significant step toward ensuring the safety of healthcare workers and patients in the state’s hospitals. With the rise of COVID-19 cases worldwide, it is crucial to take necessary precautions and follow guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus.

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