8 more corona cases in TN, doctor affected, health status of 1,500 people under concern

Eight more persons have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Tamil Nadu on Sunday (29 March), increasing the number of those affected by the pandemic to 50.

All the eight persons had got infected from the two Thai Tablighi Jamaat preachers, part of a seven-member group, who tested Covid-19 positive on 23 March.

In a tweet, Tamil Nadu Health Minister Dr C Vijayabaskar said that the eight were traced through the State Health Department Contact Tracing team and all have been isolated for treatment.

Meanwhile, a 29-year-old woman doctor, who came in contact with a COVID-19 patient before his infection was confirmed, her 10-month-old baby and two others on Sunday tested positive for coronavirus, in the first case of a medical practitioner being infected with the virus in Tamil Nadu.

The four, including the doctor’s mother and a woman help, are among eight people who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. All eight are direct or indirect contact of Thai nationals, currently quarantined at the IRT Perundurai Medical College (IRTPMC) in Erode district, who came to India for a religious conference.

Health authorities in Tamil Nadu are worried about the health status of about 1,500 people from Tamil Nadu, who reportedly attended a Thowheed Jamaath conference in Nizamuddin, Delhi. They are equally concerned about the possibility of cases spreading from these people.

Six days after the Statewide lockdown, the government on Sunday relaxed curfew for carrying out agriculture-related works and transportation of essential goods. The move will facilitate resumption of work for over 50 lakh people in both the organized and unorganised sectors in agriculture and its allied industries, reports said.

Apart from repeated pleas from farmers association, food grain manufacturers, traders and political parties, the government was compelled to relax the norms to procure rice and essential commodities for distributing through fair price shops, it is said.