TN govt says people with coronavirus symptoms can test themselves

The Tamil Nadu government has advised people who display symptoms of the coronavirus – fever, cough and respiratory illness – to get themselves tested in government hospitals.

Though the advisory did not mention any other details, the state Health Secretary Beela Rajesh says that this is applicable to only those who have travel history, or have come in contact with COVID-19 patients.

Unveiling a series of major precautionary measures to check the spread of Novel Coronavirus in Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday ordered closure of all educational institutions, malls, cinemas, amusement parks, gyms, zoos, swimming pools (including in apartments) and museums in the state till March 31. The order would come into effect from Tuesday.

However, “Board exams for Class 10, 11 and 12 and examinations in colleges and practical examinations and entrance examinations would be held as scheduled. Until the exams are completed, hostels for students and residential schools would continue to function,” an official release said. Government offices, medical and related educational institutions would function as usual.

Tamil Nadu is entering a near-shutdown mode to tackle the growing novel coronavirus outbreak, which has been classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation. The Tamil Nadu government announced Monday that all educational institutions, theatres, malls, gyms, amusement parks and swimming pools will remain shut until March 31.

The government also ordered that wedding halls and resorts must not take fresh bookings until further orders and that sports arenas, bars, clubs and other recreational facilities should remain shut until March 31.

Palaniswami enumerated a list of precautionary and preventiveasures that will be undertaken across the state till March 31. It included shutting down of all educational institutions, shopping malls and entertainment centres for fifteen days. The advisory also requested people to avoid going to their offices if they have cold, cough and fever.