Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami has tested negative for coronavirus, Health Minister C Vijayabaskar said in Chennai Monday.
The government is giving special attention to coronavirus testing, he said adding that following protocol “without any exception, the chief minister subjected himself to the coronavirus testing and today we have the good news that he is negative.”
Testing is being given special attention by the government, he said adding as per protocol which includes tracing (contacts) aspects, “without any exception, the Chief Minister subjected himself to the coronavirus testing,” he said.
“Trace, test and quarantine” maximum cases is our strategy, said J Radhakrishnan, state health secretary. Tamil Nadu has so far tested 8.76 lakh people.
Movement of people in large numbers from Chennai to other districts ahead of the lockdown has triggered more cases. Radhakrishnan said Tiruvannamalai, Madurai and Cuddalore are reporting more cases.
“It is not the number of cases but it is all about testing and quarantining them, a strategy to ensure early intervention in maximum cases,” he said, adding that the number of testing per day has increased from an average of 13,000 to 30,000 in the last one week.
Palaniswami on Saturday clarified that extending the lockdown after June 30 was not on the cards.The 12-day lockdown, which came into effect on Friday, is being implemented in Chennai and in parts of neighbouring Chengelpet, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur. Only essential services are allowed.
Chennai, which is the worst affected district has seen 42,752 cases of the infection with 1487 being reported on Sunday alone. The city also accounts for 623 of the total deaths in the State.