The Tamil Nadu health department has recorded 17 new cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Monday, making the total number of cases to go up to 67. This is the single largest number of cases recorded on a single day since the lockdown began in Tamil Nadu.
After a review meeting with authorities and health department officials, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami gave details at a press conference. “More than 1,000 people had attended a conference conducted by Tablighi Jamath at Nizamuddin in New Delhi. This has led to the increase in the number of cases in Tamil Nadu,” Palaniswami said.
Stating that four new cases have been recorded in Chennai, one each in Madurai and Thiruvarur, he said, “Social distancing can be the only solution for this. This is a concern for health and life. Media should help us spread the message and create awareness. As of now, there is no medicine for this. Even developed countries do not know what medicine to give for this. Social distancing is the only solution for this.”
A media bulleting released by the health department gave details of the patients who tested positive on Monday. The 17 cases are a 25-year-old male, who contacted the patient who died in Madurai; four family contacts of patient number 42, who returned from the US (52-year-old female, 76-year-old female, 15-year-old female and 20-year-old male); 10 patients from Erode (consisting of people with a travel history to Delhi and those who were in contact with the two Thai nationals being treated at the IRT Medical College hospital at Perundurai); 50-year-old female from Broadway in Chennai with no travel history and a 42-year-old male from Kulithali with a travel history to Delhi.
All the 17 patients have been admitted to hospitals in Chennai, Erode, Madurai and Karur. Meanwhile, the state government has been actively carrying out containment plans in 10 districts and in nine zones in Chennai. The authorities, with the help of sanitisation workers, are out to identify 2,500 houses in an 8km radius in the areas where patients tested positive.