Eighty-four members of the staff of Raj Bhavan, the residence of Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, have tested positive for the coronavirus infection. The health authorities have disinfected and sanitised Raj Bhavan following the test results.
The statement released by Raj Bhavan today stated that 147 staffers were tested for the disease after a few living on the premises showed symptoms for COVID-19. Of them, 84 personnel, including security persons and fire safety staff, tested positive.
“All these persons were further investigated and now have been quarantined by the Health Department,” the statement read.
All those who have tested positive for coronavirus were working at the main gate and other areas, and not in the main building, the Raj Bhavan said. “None of these persons came in contact with Hon’ble Governor or Senior officials of Raj Bhavan,” the statement read.
The Raj Bhavan website mentions that, as preventive measure Raj Bhavan tours for the tourists stood cancelled till 31 July 2020. However, the premises have been closed for tourists since the first phase of the pan-India lockdown began in late March.
The Raj Bhavan is located at an arterial position in Chennai in the Guindy National Park Reserved Forest Area. There are species of deer (spotted deer, blackbucks and albino), besides mongoose, jackals, many varieties of reptiles and a large number of birds like partridges, pheasants, parrots, quail, paradise fly-catcher within the campus and the adjoining forest areas.
Five Tamil Nadu ministers and 14 MLAs have been tested positive for the virus in the recent past. Tamil Nadu Minister for Labour Nilofer Kafeel is now among the VIPs who tested positive for COVID-19. She has been in home-quarantine since the test. Ministers KP Anbalagan, P Thangamani and Sellur K Raju were discharged from different hospitals after recovering from the disease.
Yesterday, Tamil Nadu had reported the treatment of 51,765 persons for COVID-19. The healthcare apparatus in the state has tested nearly 21 lakh samples. Chennai has almost 14,000 active cases. Madurai and Thiruvallur districts have over 3,000 active cases each.
Hospitals, quarantine centres and other healthcare facilities dedicated to COVID treatment have discharged about 1.31 lakh patients on recovery. Over 3,100 persons have died due to COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu.
Based on the Dr P Vadivelan-led Deaths Reconciliation Committee’s recommendation, the state government added 444 deaths that were previously unreconciled into the COVID-19 tally yesterday.