8 test positive for COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu; State's tally goes to 50

South India

Eight people, including a 10-month-old boy, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu, Health Minister C Vijayabaskar said on Sunday.


This takes the tally in Tamil Nadu to 50 including four patients, who have left hospitals after recovery and one person who passed away last week.

According to the report, all eight, are direct or indirect contacts of the two Thai nationals, who have already tested positive for COVID-19 and undergoing treatment at the IRT Perundurai Medical College in Perundurai in Erode district.

As per the report, the two Thai nationals came to Tamil Nadu in the second week of March. They were earlier identified through contact tracing by the Health Department,

Out of the eight, four had attended a religious conference in New Delhi where they are understood to have come in contact with the group of Thai nationals.

The remaining four are from one family, including the 10-month-old baby. The mother of the child, his grandmother and another member of the family have also tested positive. They were admitted in a state-run hospital.

According to the sources, a woman, who was in the team of doctors in the Erode government hospital and treated patients from Thailand was admitted to a hospital with symptoms four days ago.

“As a precautionary measure, all her family members were quarantined and test reports of the four people, including the doctor, the infant, 50-year old mother and a domestic help, came positive on Sunday evening”, the sources said.

“The doctor was transferred from Erode to the railways hospital in Podanur near Coimbatore. After she was isolated, the hospital was closed”, the sources added.

According to the media reports, the Thai nationals have directly/indirectly infected 14 patients so far. The first person to have lost his life to Covid-19 in Tamil Nadu is also a contact of the Thai nationals.


With inputs from Agency

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