DMK MLA hit by Covid-19, condition critical

DMK senior leader and MLA from Triplicane J Anbazhagan tested positive for coronavirus and is on ventilatory support fighting severe acute respiratory distress for the last two days.

The three-time MLA had been actively engaging in relief distribution as part of the DMK’s Ondrinaivom Vaa initiative, distributing relief materials till as recently as May 27.

“He was presented with severe acute respiratory distress and his COVID PCR test was positive at the time of submission. Initially, he was managed, with oxygen therapy through a facemask, and later on, was put on ventilator support as his respiratory distress worsened.

He is currently getting 80 per cent of oxygen through the ventilator and his condition remains unchanged for the last 24 hours,” said the release by the hospital.

He is the first elected representative in Tamil Nadu to test positive for the COVID-19 pandemic.

He was admitted to the hospital at suburban Chromepet a couple of days ago and he returned positive after his swab samples were sent for laboratory tests to ascertain whether he was exposed to virus, reports received here said.

On learning of his condition, DMK president MK Stalin spoke to the MLA’s son Raja and enquired about his health, it is said. Anbazhagan was elected to the State Assembly from the Chepauk-Triplicane constituency in 2011 and 2016 and from T Nagar in 2001