Puducherry, May 19 : The number of active Coronavirus cases came down to 7 in the Union territory with the discharge of one person from Karaikal region on Tuesday, Minister for Health Malladi Krishna Rao said. Talking to news persons here, Mr Rao said that five persons from Tamil Nadu were being treated at the JIPMER hospital here.
He said 11 persons from UT who had participated in the Tablighi Jamaat Congregation in Nizamuddin West in New Delhi in March reached Puducherry on Monday along with seven students from Hyderabad and four persons from Dubai. All of them were kept in quarantine and a decision on their further quarantine will be taken after a medical team examines them, he added. The Minister said that he will submit a representation to Chief Minister V Narayanasamy today seeking an additional Rs.100 crore allocation to the health department exclusively for COVID19.
Several state governments had given 3 to five percent of the total budget allocation to health department in addition and the health budget got an enhancement of 50 percent.This is required in Puducherry, he said, adding that a sum of Rs 774 crore was allocated last year against a demand for Rs 995 crore. This year a sum of Rs.1050 crore is being demanded,including Rs.100 crore exclusively for COVID- 19, Mr Rao said. (UNI)