Third corona case in TN, major temples & shops shut

Tamil Nadu has ordered a lockdown of sorts from today after a third person, a 21-year-old student who flew in to Chennai from Dublin in Ireland, tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday. He is at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital.

The student from Dublin, Ireland had arrived in the city on March 17 and was home quarantined. But yesterday, he reported to Rajiv Gandhi General Hospital with symptoms of coronavirus. On Thursday, his test results his test results confirmed the infection.

“21-year-old student from Dublin, Ireland tested positive for COVID-19. On his arrival on March 13 at Chennai, he was screened and home quarantined. On March 18, he reported to RGGH with symptoms. Samples sent for testing yesterday and it was confirmed positive today. The patient is stable in isolation at RGGH,” Health Minister Vijayabhaskar said.

As the state reported its third case, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami instructed health officials to get in touch with those quarantined at home through video conferencing and give them medical advice.

Palaniswami on Thursday ordered closure of important places of worship for darshan in Tamil Nadu, besides curtailing inter-state services by buses and trains.

Directing shutting of large retail outlets with centralised air conditioning facility till March 31, the Chief Minister advised private sector firms to take steps to allow their employees to work from home. He mandated continuation of medical counselling by health authorities for those quarantined at home.

Palaniswami said the state government will reduce bus services to other states and appealed to the railways to “considerably reduce” the number of trains coming into Tamil Nadu from other states.

Regular and special darshans in 14 temples that attract maximum pilgrims from within the state and outside the state will be suspended for the public from Friday morning till March 31. However, the poojas will be conducted by priests, Palaniswami said.