Puducherry, May 21 : Four more persons tested positive for Coronavirus in the Union Territory on Thursday taking the total number of active cases to 17, Minister for Health Malladi Krishna Rao said on Thursday. Talking to news persons here, he said already nine persons undergoing treatment in hospitals in Puducherry region and four new positive cases were reported today. Of the four, three came from Dubai and the other from Kuruman Bet here, Mr Rao said.
Three persons being treated for the virus in Mahe region----two at Mahe Government Hospital, one in Kannur medical college (the patient hails from Puducherry) and another in Karaikal region. After the relaxation of the lockdown rules, several people were coming back to their native places from different states and foreign countries. With this the number of cases are increasing and this is a cause of concern, he added. He said the three persons who came to Chennai from Dubai five days back tested negative for the virus and in Puducherry they tested positive.
Within a gap of one week, the status changed and hence, a compulsory 14-day quarantine is a must for those coming from foreign countries and red zones, Mr Rao said. So far 5960 sample tests of persons were conducted and of which the results of 5889 people came out negative and the result for the rest awaited, the Minister said. Director of Medical Services Dr Mohan Kumar said that the international travelers are not coming to Puducherry properly. They used to come with e-pass or on their own vehicles causing difficulty in tracing them. If proper intimation is there, they could be tested and decide whether quarantine is needed or not, he said, adding that those from red zone could be sent home only if room quarantine facility is available. The administration is ready to arrange paid quarantine for those who could afford the expenses,he said. (UNI)