Covid-19: Fresh cases in TN, 3 have no travel history, 500 doctors appointed

Nine more people tested positive for the Covid-19 in Tamil Nadu on Friday, taking the total number of cases to 38. Case sheets of at least three patients, all from Chennai, did not have a travel or epidemiological history.

As part of consolidating efforts against the spread of COVID-19 in the State, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami directed that newly recruited medical staff should join the service within three days of receiving their appointment orders.

An official release said the Chief Minister had directed that 1,508 lab technicians, 530 doctors and 1,000 nurses, who were newly recruited in accordance with rules through the Medical Recruitment Board, should report to duty within three days after receiving appointment orders.

Meanwhile, Health Minister C Vijayabaskar tweeted: “Update: The 21 Y M who traveled from Dublin, Ireland has completely recovered from #COVID2019 & discharged from #RGGH after 2 subsequent mandatory tests proved -ve. He will continue to b home quarantined for d next 14 days. Appreciate d team who took care of this young man.”

Palaniswami visited the covid-19 control room on the fifth floor of the Directorate of Medical Services on Anna Salai. “The state is moving from level 1 to level 2. So, far all infected patients have a travel or contact history. To stop the spread, we have to ensure we follow social distancing. Everyone must stay home,” he said.

The Tamilnadu government has requested the public, companies, non-government organisations and donors to contribute to the Chief Minister’s public relief fund to combat Covid-19.

An official release said all such contributions are entitled to 100 per cent income tax exemption under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act.

Donors can also send their contributions through Electronic Clearing System (ECS) to Indian Overseas Bank’s Secretariat Branch. Savings Account No.117201000000070, IFSC Code – IOBA0001172 and CMPRF PAN – AAAGC0038F.