Veteran actor and Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) President Vijayakanth was admitted to the MIOT Hospital in Chennai on Tuesday night for secondary tests. The party released a statement which is as follows: "DMDK President 'Captain' Vijayakanth has been admitted to a private hospital for secondary tests. He is in good health. We request the people not to believe in rumors that are being spread around about his health condition." Vijayakanth had tested positive for the novel coronavirus on September 22 and had undergone treatment for nearly ten days in the same hospital. His wife, Premalatha, too had tested positive for COVID-19 on September 28 and the two were later discharged on October 2. 

Vijayakanth was one of the first big personalities in Tamil Nadu to step forward in extending support to the government to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. He had authorized the use of his Andal Alagar Engineering College including his party office in Koyambedu in Chennai as hospitals and COVID care centres for treating coronavirus patients. In addition, he had also asked the DMDK party cadre and workers to lend a helping hand to the government's efforts and supply masks, gloves, and sanitisers to health workers, policemen and corporation staff. 

During the early stages of the pandemic, Vijayakanth had also announced that COVID-19 victims' families can make use of a portion of the land at his Andal Alagar Engineering College to bury their loved ones. The statement had come at a time when there was a stigma against those who had passed away due to coronavirus and the families were facing obstacles in the burial process. His gesture went on to be noticed around the country with praise pouring in from fans, followers and several film personalities and political leaders among whom Telugu actor turned politician Pawan Kalyan tweeted saying, "An amazing and Noble gesture by Thiru @Vijayakant ,DMDK Leader and Superstar for offering a part of his college land for 'Corona victims' , where they  have been denied burial in their own community burial grounds."