Tamil Nadu Raj Bhavan becomes coronavirus hotspot as 84 employees test positive; Governor safe

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As many as 147 employees were subjected to medical examination during which 84 of them including security and fire service staffers tested positive for coronavirus

Even as the COVID-19 positive cases in Tamil Nadu rising unabated, state Raj Bhavan has become the hotspot after 84 employees including security and fire service personnel tested positive for coronavirus. Governor Banwarilal Purohit and other senior officials at the Raj Bhavan are reportedly safe, say news reports 

State government officials said in Chennai on Thursday that after a few of the employees at the Raj Bhwan showed symptoms of the pandemic. 

Following this, as many as 147 employees were subjected to medical examination during which 84 of them including security and fire service staffers were found to be positive for coronavirus, according to a Raj Bhavan release.

"All these persons were further examined and now have been quarantined by the health department. They were working on the outer side of Raj Bhavan like the main gate and not in the main building," the release said.

The officials claimed that none of employee came into contact with the governor or senior officials of Raj Bhavan.

Ater this incident, the Raj Bhawan's senior officials are closely monitoring the siruation, the release said.

As a precautionary measure, the whole area of Raj Bhavan including offices have been disinfected and sanitised by Corporation health authorities, the officials said.

On Wednesday, Tamil Nadu reported the highest single-day jump of coronavirus positive cases of 5,859 taking the total number to 1,86,492 and 522 deaths including 444 deaths notified after report of Death Reconciliation Committee in Greater Chennai Corporation. With this, the death toll touched 3,144, according to the state Health Department data.

 

With inputs from Agency

Image credit: The New Indian Express

 

 

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