T.N. records first death of a pa­tient with COVID-19

Eight more test pos­i­tive, take to­tal num­ber of cases to 26

The Hindu - - FRONT PAGE - Spe­cial Correspond­ent

On a day when Tamil Nadu recorded the first death of a pa­tient with coro­n­avirus dis­ease (COVID-19), a 54-yearold man at Govern­ment Ra­jaji Hospi­tal (GRH) in Madu­rai, eight more per­sons tested pos­i­tive. Five of them are un­der treat­ment at the Govern­ment Med­i­cal Col­lege, Salem. With this, a to­tal of 26 per­sons have tested pos­i­tive for COVID-19 in the State so far.

The five per­sons — four In­done­sian na­tion­als and their travel guide from Chen­nai — tested pos­i­tive for COVID-19 on Wed­nes­day. Health Min­is­ter C. Vi­jayabaskar said all five have been un­der quar­an­tine since March 22.

An 18-year-old boy, a contact of the sec­ond pa­tient, is at RGGGH, a 63-year-old man who re­turned from Dubai, is at Wal­la­jah GH, and a 66-year-old, a contact of Thai na­tion­als, is at IRT Perun­durai.

The Min­is­ter, in a tweet at 2.02 a.m., an­nounced the death of the pa­tient ad­mit­ted to GRH. He said that the pa­tient had a his­tory of ill­ness along with steroid-de­pen­dent Chronic Ob­struc­tive Pul­monary Dis­ease, un­con­trolled di­a­betes and hy­per­ten­sion. The pa­tient did not re­spond to treat­ment. He had ear­lier clar­i­fied to re­porters that the man had come in contact with a group of Thai na­tion­als, who were on a tour of the State. Two of them had tested pos­i­tive for COVID-19 and are un­der­go­ing treat­ment at IRT, Perun­durai.

A 45-year-old res­i­dent of Kancheep­u­ram was dis­charged af­ter treat­ment at the Ra­jiv Gandhi Govern­ment Gen­eral Hospi­tal. The State’s sec­ond pa­tient, a 20year-old youth who trav­elled from Delhi to Chen­nai and tested pos­i­tive for COVID-19, was re­cov­er­ing well at the Ra­jiv Gandhi Govern­ment Gen­eral Hospi­tal.

The four In­done­sian na­tion­als had trav­elled to Salem via Delhi. A to­tal of 70 per­sons who had come in contact with them have been quar­an­tined.

Their travel guide, a 63year-old man, a res­i­dent of Chen­nai, had trav­elled with them.

The department has traced a to­tal of 77 con­tacts of the 65-year-old man from Kot­tur­pu­ram who tested pos­i­tive on March 24. He had trav­elled from New Zealand to Chen­nai. He has co-mor­bid con­di­tions and was ad­mit­ted to an iso­la­tion fa­cil­ity in a pri­vate hospi­tal.

Eigh­teen per­sons have been traced and quar­an­tined for com­ing in contact with the 55-year-old woman, a res­i­dent of Saidapet, who is cur­rently at the Govern­ment Kil­pauk Med­i­cal Col­lege Hospi­tal. A to­tal of 51 con­tacts were traced and quar­an­tined for the 25year-old man, a res­i­dent of Alan­dur, who had trav­elled from Lon­don to Ben­galuru air­port. He is un­der treat­ment at the Ra­jiv Gandhi Govern­ment Gen­eral Hospi­tal.

The Min­is­ter said, un­til now, all per­sons who had tested pos­i­tive for COVID-19 in the State, ei­ther had a his­tory of travel to an af­fected coun­try or had contact with a per­son who had trav­elled to an af­fected coun­try. “The daily re­quire­ment of masks for all govern­ment hos­pi­tals in the State is nearly 60,000. Start­ing to­mor­row, we have en­sured that the sup­ply chain of Tamil Nadu Med­i­cal Ser­vices Cor­po­ra­tion is able to ad­dress this re­quire­ment ev­ery day,” the Min­is­ter said.

He in­spected the quar­an­tine fa­cil­ity at the In­sti­tute of Pub­lic Health in Poona­mallee where 93 per­sons were be­ing quar­an­tined, while Health Secretary Beela Ra­jesh in­spected the quar­an­tine cen­tre for 300 per­sons at the head­quar­ters of Dak­shin Bharat Area (army office) at Tam­baram.

Ad­mis­sions rise

The num­ber of per­sons ad­mit­ted to iso­la­tion wards has been in­creas­ing in the last few days. As on Wed­nes­day, a to­tal of 211 per­sons were ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tals across the State; an in­crease from 116 on Tuesday. The num­ber of sam­ples lifted for test­ing now stands at 890, of which 110 were un­der process. The Health department has placed a to­tal of 15,492 per­sons un­der home quar­an­tine for 28 days in the State. In ad­di­tion, 86,644 pas­sen­gers listed by the Bureau of Im­mi­gra­tion were be­ing mon­i­tored. Presently, 104 asymp­to­matic pas­sen­gers, who had trav­elled from highly af­fected coun­tries, were un­der quar­an­tine in quar­an­tine fa­cil­i­ties near the air­port, ac­cord­ing to a bul­letin is­sued by the Direc­torate of Pub­lic Health and Pre­ven­tive Medicine.

More labs

The Union Min­istry of Health and Fam­ily Welfare has ap­proved one more test­ing fa­cil­ity for the State. The Govern­ment Ra­jaji Med­i­cal Col­lege, Madu­rai, will now test sam­ples for COVID-19. With this, the State has a to­tal of eight test­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the govern­ment sec­tor. The In­dian Coun­cil of Med­i­cal Re­search has ap­proved a pri­vate lab­o­ra­tory, Neu­berg Ehrlich (Chen­nai) for COVID-19 test­ing.

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