Suspected case of coronavirus infection: Eight Chinese citizens admitted to the isolation ward at Chennai hospital

CHENNAI: Eight citizens who arrived in Chennai on Saturday were admitted to an isolation room at the General Hospital of the Government of Rajiv Gandhi after one of them suffered a fever and cold during the check-in at the airport here.

Health Secretary Beela Rajesh said Chinese citizens had come from Guangdong Province in China, which is almost 800 kilometers from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak.

Doctors treating these Chinese citizens said their condition was stable. Health workers, including doctors, nurses and other paramedics, have received masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment.

Samples, including nasal swabs, were sent to the King Institute of Preventive Medicine in Guindy. Results are expected tonight, said public health director Dr. K Kolandaswamy.

Five Indians, who arrived in Tamil Nadu from abroad, have been admitted to several government hospitals in the state after they complained of flu-like symptoms.

Three of them have been admitted to GH in Chennai. One patient has been admitted to Ramanathapuram GH, while another has been admitted to the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital in Trichy.