TN reports second coronavirus case, concerns on rise

A 20-year-old man from Delhi has tested positive for coronavirus in Chennai, taking Tamil Nadu’s tally to two. The case of this man from with travel history to Delhi and no overseas travel has raised concerns of community transmission of the disease.

He is now being treated in Chennai. Health Minister Dr Vijayabaskar said the patient is “stable”. Vijayabaskar, in a tweet, said the patient was in isolation and his condition was stable. He is under the observation of an expert team.

Health officials said the youth was a resident of Uttar Pradesh and worked in a salon. He had reached Chennai on March 12. He was staying with a friend in the city and was in search of a job.

As of 3 pm on Wednesday the Tamil Nadu government has screened 1,89,750 passengers and has 2,984 people under followup. The State has also ramped up the isolation wards from 300 to 1,120.

The Health Minister updated that the current admissions stand at 32 and of the 222 samples that have been tested, 166 have been negative, 55 were under process and the man returning from Oman (who has now recovered) was the only one to test positive for Covid-19.

“Coronaupdate: #RGGH, Chennai reports the 2nd positive case for #Covid19. The Pt hails from Delhi, is in isolation & stable is under the observation of the expert team treating #Covid19. #TNHealth @MoHFW_INDIA #Vijayabaskar,” Dr C Vijayabaskar in a tweet.

Health Secretary Beela Rajesh said they are now looking at factors including the places he had worked, or if he had come in contact with any foreigner. “He could have come in contact with someone who was infected. Uttar Pradesh shares border with Nepal, and this should also be taken into account,” she said.

The Tamil Nadu government has announced 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.