Tamil Nadu puts interstate borders on watch as a precaution against coronavirus

CHENNAI: Hotels and restaurants have been asked to serve properly cooked meat and ensure that chefs follow hygiene protocols when handling meat and other animal products in the kitchen as part of the state's precautions against him, the director said. of public health, Dr. K Kolandaisamy.

The state food security department directed hotel management to ensure hygienic handling of meat products. The World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control have said there is a chance that the virus will spread from raw meat. “With the arrival of many people in the city, we must ensure that there is no cross infection. Passengers are being quarantined in their homes to ensure minimal transmission possibilities, ”said Dr. Kolandaisamy.

More than 700 passengers from China, including four from Wuhan, were placed in mandatory 28-day quarantine by the state until Saturday night. Earlier, health secretary Beela Rajesh said 579 passengers, including 68 Chinese citizens, were in quarantine. On Saturday night, 150 more passengers landed at several airports. While samples of nasal swabs and blood from Wuhan flyers were taken, all other passengers from China and other affected areas were examined and subjected to mandatory home quarantine.

Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar told reporters in Pudukottai that no one has shown symptoms (cough, cold, fever and runny nose) of the new virus. “In addition to air and sea ports, interstate borders are under surveillance. It is a challenging task for us. Passengers with a history of travel to China entering TN from other states are also being examined, ”he said.

He said the condition of two patients, who went to government hospitals in Chennai and Tiruvannamalai for fear of infection, was stable. “They are being monitored because they said they had a travel history and complained of inconvenience. They have not shown any symptoms of viral disease, said the minister.

On Friday, the joint director (Epidemic), the public health and preventive medicine department, Dr. P Sampath, inspected the current preventive measures and the new special coronavirus isolation room at the Government Rajaji Hospital.

One of the students, M Chandrasekaran of Hosur, told reporters that there is no panic in China, as reported in the media. I was told to go back to university on February 21, said the 21-year-old who was looking for fourth-year medicine in China.

The state has established 24-hour control rooms, which can be reached at 044-29510400/044-29510500 or 94443 40496/87544 48477. People can also call state helpline 104 for inquiries.

Chennai airport is also checking passengers from China, a senior AAI official said. Thermal screening machines have been deployed together with portable infrared thermometers.