Coronavirus: TN screens13,112 people from abroad, state continues to be on high alert

As many as 13,112 people from abroad, including Indians, have been screened in Tamil Nadu in the last two weeks and found negative for coronavirus infection, Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar has said.

The Minister said 1,353 of them were from affected countries. Vijaya Baskar said extensive awareness campaigns were being run in schools and colleges on preventive measures to be taken against spread of the virus (2019-nCoV).

A 38-year-old man, who had recently returned from China to Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu, has been moved to isolation as he has been suffering from fever and cold since his return. The symptoms are also common with deadly coronavirus infection.

The 38-year-old man had flown to India from China on January 31. He had come via Singapore. The man has been suffering from fever and cold since he came back to India and, hence, has been moved to the corona isolation ward at the Trichy government hospital.

Meanwhile, twelve persons, including eight Chinese nationals who were admitted to the isolation ward of the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH), were discharged after they tested negative for the novel coronavirus (nCoV). The Chinese nationals were handed over to a liaison agent and were requested to prepone their return trip, Health Secretary Beela Rajesh said.

All 10 persons who were admitted to the isolation ward of RGGGH and two others from hospitals in Tiruvannamalai and Ramanathapuram were discharged. “Though they tested negative, the isolation wards are being disinfected and fumigated completely,” Beela Rajesh told reporters.

A testing facility for the detection of novel coronavirus was unveiled at a premier state-run institute in Chennai on Sunday as over 800 people are under observation in homes and hospitals in Tamil Nadu. The testing facility was inaugurated at the King Institute of Preventive Medicine and Research, Guindy.