Home / News / India /  Class 1-9 students will be promoted in Tamil Nadu due to closure of schools: CM

Chennai: All students from first to ninth standard in Tamil Nadu will be promoted considering the closure of schools to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said here on Wednesday.

Considering the welfare of students, who could not sit for their annual examinations due to closure of schools, Palaniswami said he ordered the School Education Department to announce promotion of all students from first to ninth standard.

For plus-two students who could not sit for write exam on March 24, exams will be separately held and a date notified later, he said.

Tamil Nadu has received approval from the Union Health Ministry for the eighth testing centre for coronavirus in the state.

State Health and Family Welfare Minister C Vijaya Baskar said the government had received the nod from the Health and Family Welfare Ministry for setting up of the eighth testing lab at Rajaji Medical College in Madurai.

"This is the 8th lab for Tamil Nadu which will support testing of more samples in that region," he tweeted on Wednesday.

Incidentally, the latest approval for setting up the lab at Madurai comes in the backdrop of the state reporting its first death in Madurai early on Wednesday.

Five more persons, including four Indonesian nationals, tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday in Tamil Nadu, taking the total number of infected people in the state to 23.

The state had had reported 18 coronavirus-positive cases till Tuesday,

"Five new cases of COVID19 in TN. 4 Indonesian nationals and their travel guide from Chennai test positive... ", State Health and Family Welfare Minister C Vijaya Baskar said on Twitter.

He said the newly-tested positive patients were in quarantine since March 22 at the Salem Medical College.

Giving statistics, he said 2,09,276 passengers were screened so far and 15,492 were under follow up.

As many as 211 people were admitted in various hospitals while samples of 890 people were tested of which 757 turned negative while 23 positive for COVID-19.

Tamil Nadu reported its first coronavirus case on March 7 when a 45-year old engineer from Kancheepuram who has now been discharged after treatment at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai, tested positive.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.

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