TN’s lone Green zone district reports first Covid-19 case

South India


Tamil Nadu’s only Covid-19 free district Krishnagiri recorded its first COVID-19 case with a 67-year-old man testing positive for the virus on Saturday.

The elderly man with a travel history to Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh had returned to Tamil Nadu on April 25, according to a News Minute report. Krishnagiri district was the only district in the Green Zone notified by the Central government.

The 67-year-old man along with three others had gone to the Satya Sai Baba temple in Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh. After the lockdown was extended to May 3, the pilgrims travelled back to the state.

The pilgrims, who reached Krishnagiri border on April 25, were shifted to a quarantine facility and their samples sent for testing, and the elderly man has tested positive for the virus.

“The COVID-19 patient was entering Tamil Nadu when our team checked them at the Krishnagiri border checkpost. We immediately isolated the patient and three others who were travelling along with him. We sent the samples of all the four persons for testing; one person alone tested positive. The other three people, though they tested negative, are kept under home quarantine,” the News Minute quoted Krishnagiri Collector Prabhakar as saying.

Krishnagiri was the only district in Tamil Nadu to report no cases from the time of COVID-19 outbreak in Tamil Nadu. This positive case could possibly mean that Krishnagiri will no longer get relaxations and will have to follow norms of the orange zone districts. An official notification is awaited.

On Saturday, Tamil Nadu reported 203 new COVID-19 cases, increasing the state’s total tally to 2,526. Of the 203 cases, 176 patients tested positive in Chennai alone, taking the total number of COVID-19 patients in the city to 1,082. Among the total people infected as on date, 1,312 have recovered and 28 have passed away.

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