1 min read.Updated: 24 Mar 2020, 05:13 PM ISTAgencies
All the latest Covid-19 cases in Chennai, two women and a 74-year old man, had travelled to foreign countries
Samples of 120 people are still awaited
Chennai today reported three coronavirus cases, taking the total number of Covid-19 patients in Tamil Nadu to 15. "A 74-year-old male and a 52-year-old female who returned from the USA are afflicted by the coronavirus. A 25-year-old female who returned from Switzerland is also infected. They are residents of Porur, Purasaivakkam, Keelkattalai respectively," said Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar.
The patients are in isolation and are stable, the minister said adding that more than 15,000 people, including 382 in Coimbatore, were under home quarantine across the state.
Tamil Nadu has imposed restrictions under Section 144 of the CrPC will be imposed in the state till March 31 in the wake of surging cases of COVID-19 in the country. The order will come into effect from today at 6 pm. However, shops of essential products such as milk, vegetable and grocery will remain open and exempt from the order.
Further, the city-based Apollo Hospitals has informed the government about its preparedness to treat coronavirus patients at a 100-bed facility. The Centre has also approved a COVID19 testing lab at Apollo, he added. A report from Coimbatore said 382 people with symptoms of fever and cold were under observation in their homes. Health department officials were monitoring them at regular intervals, Collector K Rajamani said in a release. Similarly, the department was screening all foreigners arriving in the city and the district residents returning from abroad at the airport, he added.