Tamil Nadu has stepped up its vigil in five districts bordering Kerala to prevent spread of Coronovirus and officials of the two States are coordinating their efforts, according to Health Secretary Beela Rajesh.
She told reporters in Chennai on Friday that health officials are touring the border districts to see the level of preparedness. The State was also getting periodic updates from the Union Health Ministry, she said.
Beela said so far 1,603 who returned from China and Hong Kong and other neighbouring countries like Singapore have been put on home quarantine. Of the 34 blood samples sent to the King Institute in Chennai for testing, 32 have shown they have no infection and results of other four are awaited.
Those on home quarantine have been told not to go out and report to nearest primary health centre or Government district hospitals if they get fever, cough or cold, she said.
State nodal officer Dr Sampath said” we take them in an ambulance’.
Citing two specific cases, the officials said a 30-year-old man who was quarantined on his return from Singapore, was admitted to the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Tiruchi after he complained of fever, cough and sore throat . A 38-year-old man from Pudukottai who returned from China on Jan 31, is also getting treated in the same hospital, they said.