Two persons, including a 47-year-old Chinese national, who landed in India with symptoms of fever and cold, were admitted to the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai, and Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital in Tiruchi.
Hotels and eateries have been asked to serve properly cooked meat and ensure chefs follow hygiene protocols while handling meat and other animal products in the kitchen as part of the state’s precautions against the coronavirus, director of public health Dr K Kolandaisamy said.
The state food safety department directed hotel managements to ensure hygeinic handling of meat products. The World Health Organisation and Centre for Disease Control have said there are chances of the virus spreading from uncooked meat.
“With many people coming into the city we have to ensure there is no cross infection. Passengers are being quarantined at home to ensure minimal chances of transmission,” Dr Kolandaisamy said.
Health Secretary Beela Rajesh said both the persons are under observation in the isolation wards.
“We will be lifting samples for testing from the Chinese national. The person admitted in Tiruchi was travelling from Singapore and had landed at 2.50 a.m. The person was anxious, so health authorities decided to admit him for observation,” she said. Samples will be tested among other things for coronavirus.
A 40-year-old Chennai woman, who returned from China on Thursday, has been put under observation at an isolation ward for novel coronavirus in the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital after she complained of mild fever. Interestingly, she was not stopped during the screening at the airport on Thursday as she did not have any symptoms at that point.
Addressing the media, dean of Rajiv Gandhi hospital R Jayanthi said the patient, a resident of Selaiyur, is normal and stable.”She was referred here from the Chromepet GH,” said Jayanthi. The woman, who had visited Dongguan in South China, went to Chromepet GH on her own as she was running a mild temperature.