Tamil Nadu government has regulated the rates for private ambulances carrying Covid-19 patients. As per the regulated rates, private ambulances can charge Rs 1500 for the first 10 kilometres and Rs 25 for every additional kilometre.
Rates of basic life support ambulances with oxygen have been capped at Rs 2000 for the first 10 kilometres and Rs 50 for every additional kilometre. Similarly, advance life support ambulance with ventilator, defibrillator, multipara-monitor can charge Rs 4000 for the first 10 kilometres and Rs 100 for every extra kilometre.
The state government in an official notification said that the step has been taken to "ensure the availability of ambulances in crisis and to save valuable human lives in time."
The state government has also warned of immediate cancellation of licence or confiscation of ambulance in case of overcharging. The number of cases in the state has been seeing a sharp increase, with reports of patients having to wait for ambulances for hours coming to the fore.
Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government on Friday announced more curbs, including a two-hour cut in duration for the functioning of vegetable and provision stores. The curbs will be in force from May 15 across the state, Chief Minister MK Stalin said.
He also said that effective May 17, e-registration shall be compulsory for inter and intra district travel and registration is also mandatory for those arriving from abroad and other states.
A two-week lockdown from May 10 is being implemented in Tamil Nadu and a meet of leaders of all legislature parties on Thursday decided to intensify restrictions.
Citing data on virus spread, with over 30,000 fresh cases every day and active cases getting close to the two-lakh mark, Stalin said the new restrictions (from 4 am on Saturday till 4 am on May 24) would be implemented due to 'unavoidable reasons.'
On Friday, 31,892 fresh virus cases were reported while the active caseload stood at 1,95,339. Such fresh curbs were following consultations with top officials and medical experts, he said.
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