In the middle of the lockdown and restrictions, the state of Tamil Nadu has reported its seventh positive case for the Coronavirus on Sunday as a traveler who arrived in Chennai from Spain tested positive for the pandemic.
Vijayabaskar, the Tamil Nadu state minister for health and family welfare took to Twitter and issued conformity of the new case, that has been reported from the state exactly one day after reporting the sixth positive case. He stated a traveler from Spain has tested positive and added that the patient is undergoing treatment in isolation, with the view of containing the spread. According to the reports, the more details concerning this development is yet to be issued by the health department.
On Saturday, the minister confirmed the three fresh cases that were tested positive for the global pandemic. Of these three, two are Thailand nationals and one belongs to New Zealand and these three cases reported on the same day, have been kept under quarantine and getting treated in the isolation wards installed in the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai. The latest case reported on Sunday has made the state to record its seventh case.
According to the statement issued by the Health Minister, these cases were from different regions with travel histories and he stated that the community spread is not a problem in the state. Out of seven cases, one case, a 45-year-old man who arrived in the city from Muscat, Oman, has been recovered and discharged from the hospital while the rest six are treated currently in Chennai.
The health department has been carrying out the mammoth task of identifying the people who have come to close contact with positive cases. Vijayabaskar asserted that the government has been tracing everyone and added that the details can't be shared to avoid unnecessary panic in the state. The reports have further stated that about 220 asymptomatic people who arrived from the worst-hit countries have been isolated and kept in the quarantine facilities installed near Chennai airport as on March 21, 2020, and so far the state has tested 412 samples for the pandemic.
Tamil Nadu has been going through severe lockdown as the government has ordered to shut down schools, colleges, universities, malls, theaters, parks, tourist spots, temples and holy places, bars, and private establishments across the state till March 31st, 2020. It also has suspended the bus, metro, and electric rail services on Sunday and appealed to the people to stay at home and refrain from unnecessary travels to avoid getting caught up with the risk. According to the recent reports, the state government has extended the curfew, which is currently in place, till 5 am on Monday.