Coronavirus: Suspected cases found in TN, 300 people quarantined, govt asks people not to panic

Two patients with history of travel to China were admitted to the isolation wards at Government Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai and Government Tiruvannamalai Medical College Hospital after they showed symptoms of coronavirus (2019-nCov).

Besides, 240 people who arrived from China and neighbouring countries were advised on Friday to remain in mandatory home quarantine for 28 days. By the evening, that number touched 300.

Health Minister VIjayabaskar posted on Twitter: “3 suspected cases of Corona Virus from Tiruvannamalai,Krishnagiri &Chennai is not confirmed by health officials & are under observation. #TNHealth is fully equipped &alert.Request the public to avoid panicking and extend your cooperation.Stay connected for updates.#nCoV2019 #CVB.”

He added: “#coronavirus update: #TNGovt is making swift measures with spl approval from  @MoHFW_INDIA  to setup a #Virologylab at #KingsInstitute,Chennai for faster turnaround of blood test results. The facility will be ready within 48 hours. Stay connected for updates
@CMOTamilNadu  #CVB.”

He stressed on personal hygiene and adviced people to wash their hands multiple times daily. Responding to a question on the status of some Tamil Nadu medicos studying in China’s Wuhan city, the epicentre of the virus, he said the Chinese Embassy has informed the state government that they were safe.

As a precautionary measure in the backdrop of coronavirus outbreak in China, a special ward was set up at the Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai on Wednesday, authorities said.

The ward will have eight beds while two lung specialists, two PG students and general physicians would be part of a team that would be in-charge of it.

Health Secretary Beela Rajesh said the department had upscaled surveillance, and public health teams would conduct screening at various check posts in five districts that share border with Kerala — Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Kanyakumari, Tirupur and Tirunelveli.

One of the persons admitted, a 40-year-old woman from Selaiyur, returned from Dongguan in south China. She had approached the outpatient department of the Government Hospital, Chromepet, with complaints of muscle pain and fever, RGGGH authorities said.