Senior DMK leader and party's legislative member Ma Subramanian has, on Monday, confirmed to have contracted to the COVID-19 viral infection, becoming one of the senior leaders of the party and one of the dozens of the legislators who have tested positive for the pandemic so far.
According to reports, Subramanian, who has been representing Saidapet constituency in the current assembly, has spelled positive for the epidemic along with his wife and he has been getting treated under isolation. The development has come amid the rapid spread of the infection in the state which has been reporting over 5,500 cases each day for the past few weeks.
The DMK legislator has got added to the list of dozens of MLAs in the state who tested positive, including senior state ministers. Of these legislators, most of them had recovered while some are under treatment whereas DMK legislator J Anbalagan had succumbed to the infection on June 10. Apart from the legislators, some of the MPs had tested positive, and last month Congress MP from Kanyakumari H Vasanthakumar had passed away after getting affected by the pandemic.
Earlier on Sunday, Former Karnataka minister Dinesh Gundu Rao has tested positive for novel coronavirus. As a Congress MLA from Karnataka, Gundu Rao had attended the final day of the legislative session in Karnataka on Saturday and reports say that after the leader confirmed to have contracted to the pandemic, all MLAs in the state including the Chief Minister and other ministers would be undergoing COVID-19 testing.
Recently, Gundu Rao was appointed as the Tamil Nadu in-charge of the Congress party and after the appointment, he visited Chennai and held a meeting with the state Congress leaders and on September 25, he had met DMK President MK Stalin at the party's headquarters in Chennai, as the opposition parties are gearing up for the upcoming assembly polls in the state.
The state of Tamil Nadu is two days ahead to hit the deadline of the current phase of the lockdown during which the government had poured large-scale relaxations. As of Sunday - September 27, Tamil Nadu has reported 5,80,808 positive cases so far of which 46,341 are active, 5,25,154 have been recovered, and 9,313 had succumbed to the viral infection.