Coronavirus: TN on high alert, to set up more labs

A second person has tested positive for coronavirus in Tamil Nadu, according to reports on Sunday.

“A person has been identified positive with Coronavirus and is under surveillance here at a hospital. We are tracing contact history. Further, we are screening every person coming from outside, Tamil Nadu Health Secretary Beela Rajesh was quoted as saying.

Tamil Nadu will set up diagnostic laboratories across the state to test coronavirus (Covind-19) cases, Beela Rajesh said. At present, all samples are sent either to Chennai-based King Institute of Preventive Medicine or to Pune-based National Institute of Virology.

She said a lab would be opened in Theni in a couple of days. “The health department will set up similar labs across the state as soon as possible. This will prevent delay in diagnosis,” the health secretary told reporters.

A 45-year-old man tested positive for Coronavirus on Saturday, making him the first person in Tamil Nadu to be reported of having the disease.

A resident of Kancheepuram, he had returned to India from Oman and is currently in the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH) in Chennai.

Health Minister C Vijayabhaskar said the man, who tested positive for Coronavirus, is now being treated at the Rajiv Gandhi Government Hospital (RGGH) here. The 45-year-old man, who hails from near-by Kanchipuram district, was admitted to the RGGH on March 5 and isolated for further treatment.

“The patient is stable and under hospital observation. Tamil Nadu Health Department is fully functional to combat the situation. Please avoid state of panic,” Vijayabhaskar said. The patient, whose identity has not been disclosed, was admitted to RGGH after he complained of fever and cough.