2 more positive coronavirus cases in TN, state on high alert

Two more COVID-19 positive cases confirmed in Tamil Nadu on Sunday, Health Minister C Vijayabaskar said on Twitter. The total number has touched seven.

He posted on Twitter: “#coronaupdate: 2 new positive cases of #Covid19. 64 Y F, traveled from California, under isolation at Stanley Med College. 43 Y M, returned from Dubai, under isolation at Tirunelveli Med College. Both the pts are stable. @MoHFW_INDIA.”

The minister in his tweet said a 64-year-old woman, who had travelled from California, has tested positive and is undergoing treatment at Chennai’s Government Stanley Medical College Hospital. The second case is a 43-year-old man who came from Dubai and is undergoing treatment at Government Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital.

Tamil Nadu came to a virtual standstill on Sunday with roads, bus stands and railway stations being deserted as people observed ‘Janta Curfew’ proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help prevent spread of coronavirus even as the State government extended it till 5 am today.

Tamil Nadu government has extended ‘Janata Curfew’ till Monday 5.00 am in pubic interest. However, there are no restrictions for essential services, said Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami in a release.

“In the interest of the people, the Janta Curfew is being extended till 5 am on March 23, 2020. However, essential services would continue to run,” the announcement said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked people to observe Janta Curfew for 14 hours on Sunday from 7 am to 9 pm.

Meanwhile, doctors treating the woman said her condition was stable. Two of her family members are under home quarantine and another, a cab driver who transported her to the hospital, has also been advised to stay at home for 14 days.

“They have been asked to call doctors if they develop any symptoms. Nasal and throat swabs will be taken from all three of them and tested at viral diseases lab in Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital,” said deputy director public health Dr G Ramesh Kumar.