Tamil Nadu reported three more positive cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Monday, taking the total number of patients to 12. However, one of three persons — a resident of Anna Nagar in Madurai — has no history of travel to an affected country or other States, according to Health Minister C Vijayabaskar.
A 54-year-old man from Madurai and 48-year-old man from Tirupur tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. Meanwhile, Chennai reported one more case with a 25-year-old man testing positive on Monday.
Reports said that the patient, on Saturday was rushed to a private hospital after he showed symptoms of acute respiratory illness. It is said that as he had no travel history to a foreign country, he was tested for viral pneumonia and swine flu. When he tested negative for swine flu, the patient was referred to the GRH.
As he had no travel history, the doctors suspecting viral pneumonia, took tests for swine flu and later the patient was referred to GRH in the midnight.
The results for the swine flu test that came in the evening on Sunday turned negative and was sent to GRH, following which the samples for COVID – 19 test was taken in the evening and sent to Theni Government Medical College.
Vijayabaskar tweeted, saying ” #coronaupdate: 3 new #COVID19 positive cases in TN. 25 Y M Purasaivakkam, London return at #RGGH. 48 Y M Tiruppur,London return at #ESI Hosp. 54 Y M,MDU – Annanagar at #Rajaji Hosp. All 3 in isolation & treatment. @MoHFW_INDIA @CMOTamilNadu #Vijayabaskar.”
The Minister confirmed that the 54-year-old patient from Madurai district had no history of travelling abroad but did not divulge more details.
“The 12th patient who tested positive is quarantined at government hospital in Madurai. He has no travel history outside Tamil Nadu. We are investigating as to how he contracted the virus. We will get back to you once we trace the source of his infection,” Vijayabaskar said.
The minister said the patient has “uncontrollable diabetes and hypertension”, but his condition is stable.