Puducherry, May 30 : Four more persons were tested positive for Coronavirus in the Union Territory on Saturday taking the total number of active cases to 37, Health Minister Malladi Krishna Rao said on Saturday. Talking to news persons here, Mr Rao said till Friday, 35 active cases were there and two of them were discharged today. With the four more positive cases today the tally increased to 37. He said as many as 7043 sample tests of people were conducted and the results of 63 of them are awaited. The results of the rest of them came out negative, he added.
The Minister said the lockdown is expected to be further relaxed from Sunday and Chief Minister V Narayanasamy was already informed of the challenges faced by the Health Department in such a situation. The Chief Minister was also asked to provide more funds for the Health department, he said, adding that Medical experts had predicted that the effect of COVID will be more in June and July months. The Minister said a total of 61 persons were affected by COVID-19 and of which 24 were cured and discharged leaving 37 patients undergoing treatment in hospitals now.
Director of Medical Services Dr Mohan Kumar said a bank employee from Arumparthapuram was tested positive for the virus and it is not immediately known from whom he contracted the virus. The other three tested positive today was a servant maid at the residence of a doctor in Kalapet who was infected when she visited Salem recently, and one each from Jipmer campus and Mannadipet contracted the virus, Dr Kumar said. (UNI)