“Last year, when more than 2,000 cases a day were reported, the number of patients admitted to Covid care centres did not cross 5,000. We have already proposed 11,775 beds in 13 facilities. This will be scaled up to 20,000 in the coming weeks. Hospitals will tie up with these centres and send the asymptomatic patients to these centres,” said Meghanath Reddy, deputy commissioner.
Until November, the civic body had taken over 52 colleges, 24 schools, 74 government, aided and private schools and tied up with 60 hotels for paid accommodation.
When the announcement of colleges reopening came in November, the buildings were returned. But Athipattu, K P Park slum tenement and Guindy trade centre were retained. When daily cases went below 100, K P Park was closed and it won’t be open for public again.
Apart from Athipattu TNHB quarters and Presidency College hostel, Vellammal Engineering College, Dr Ambedkar Government Arts College, Bharathi Women’s College, Jawahar Engineering College, IIT Madras, Anna University, NSTI in Guindy, Guru Nanak College, University of Madras hostel, Jerusalem Engineering College, and Mohammed Sathak Nursing College will be kept ready.