Tamil Nadu, March 24, 2020 : has reported three more cases of Covid19, taking the total of patients in hospital to 15. All three are from Chennai who had returned from abroad, Health Minister C Vijayabhaskar said in a twitter update on Monday night.
He said a 74-year-old man who returned from the US, a 52-year-old woman from the US and a 25-year-old woman from Switzerland had tested positive and they had been hospitalised.
While the two patients from the US had been admitted to the Government Stanley Medical College Hospital in north Chennai, the woman who had come back from Switzerland was being treated in the Kilpauk Government Medical College Hospital.
The cases have spurted from 9 to 15 in the last two days just ahead of the State-wide lockdown from 6 pm Tuesday till March 31.
Of these 15, one has since been treated and discharged from the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai.
While eight of them, including two Thai nationals, had come from abroad, a 54-year man with no history of foreign travel has been admitted to hospital in Madurai and his contacts are being traced.
Close to 10,000 are in home quarantine in the last one month. It is only to prevent them from coming out and infecting others that the government has clamped prohibitory orders under Sec 144 throughout the State, halted all forms of transport and warned violators of strict action.
Some of the guidelines are bizarre. For example, hotels can give takeaways but not serve food to customers in their restaurants . Even tea shops should serve beverages to customers but not offer seats. Likewise, home food delivery by Swiggy and other agencies has been banned.
With ban order in force, only one from each household can come out at a time to buy daily needs. All shops are shut and only vegetable and fish and meat markets as well grocery shops are kept open. Likewise, pharmacies are allowed to function.
Essential services like courts, hospitals and police and fire services will be maintained, but with reduced staff strength.
Banks will function as also ATMs. With only skeleton staff working to enforce social distancing, they have advised customers to go for net banking.
In view of the long lockdown and closure of schools and colleges and offices and factories and even Government departments running with staff working from home, thousands of men and women thronged bus stations to go their native places. The Government said normal bus services would be maintained to clear the rush till 6 p.m.