Tamil Nadu Health Secretary J. Radhakrishnan's family tests positive for COVID-19
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | Jul 21, 2020, 11:30 am
Tamil Nadu Health Secretary J. Radhakrishnan has revealed that his wife and son have tested positive for COVID-19. It is to be noted that his parents-in-law had earlier tested positive for the infection. As of now, all four of them have been admitted to the King Institute of Preventive Medicine and Research in Guindy, Chennai and are undergoing treatment.
Mr Radhakrishnan's in-laws had undergone a test for coronavirus last week as part of the routine protocol upon their arrival from Madurai. It was revealed that two elderly family members including two domestic helps had tested positive this past Saturday. All of them were immediately admitted to the King Institute for treatment.
A couple of days later, Mr Radhakrishnan's family had undergone a test for COVID-19 and it was found that his wife and son were positive for the infection. As of now, the Health Secretary is in isolation at the State guest house while his wife and son have been shifted to the King Institute.
An official in a statement said Mr Radhakrishnan tested negative thrice after he had undertaken the test for COVID-19. He replaced Dr. Beela Rajesh as Tamil Nadu Health Secretary on June 12, just when the infection had begun spreading to various parts of the state.
Tamil Nadu on Monday recorded 4,985 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the total to 1,75,678. Among these, 1,298 new cases were reported in Chennai alone, taking the district's total to 87,235. Although Chennai has been the biggest hotspot and the worst-affected district in the state, there has been a visible decline in the number of COVID-19 cases for nearly 10 days now, with talks going on that the city could enter the Green Zone, as early as July 31, when the lockdown the state comes to an end.
Currently, the total number of active cases in Tamil Nadu stands at 51,348 while the number of active cases in Chennai city alone has been recorded to be 15,127. The number of recoveries is significantly lower than the number of infections as there were 3,861 new recoveries and discharges on Monday, taking the total number of recovered people to 121,776.