More people test positive at hotels in Chennai

Soon after a star hotel reported more than 100 cases of COVID-19, another luxury hotel in the city turned out to be a virus cluster with more than 20 fresh cases being reported recently.

As many as 128 employees and guests from several hotels across the city tested positive for the infection so far.

The hotel in MRC Nagar reported positive cases among employees and guests after a screening of employees was carried out following an order from the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).

Civic authorities have ordered testing of all the employees at all hotels and submit samples at the nearest Public Health Centre (PHC) or fever camps.  The hotel has been asked to cancel all the events and gatherings scheduled at the venue, which has been a common venue for meetings and private events.

So far, close to 1,700 staff members, guests of star hotels in Chennai have been tested for COVID-19 and around 117 have turned out to be positive. Meanwhile, about 3,000 employees of other hotels and guests in Chennai were also tested and 11 of them have contracted the virus.

GCC and the State Health Department have conducted testing of employees at about 25 star hotels so far. As per a senior official from the department, other star hotels have also been asked to conduct testing of their employees. He also added that most of them have very minimal cases and are not hotspots.

Officials stated that a spike in private events at hotels has led to such clusters and testing of employees at such places needs to be intensified.