Eight more people tested positive for COVID19 in Tamil Nadu taking the total cases in the state to 50, state Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar said on Sunday.
The eight from Erode were contacts of two Thai Nationals who have already tested positive for COVID-19 and undergoing treatment at IRT Perundurai Medical College, he said in a tweet.
They were earlier identified through contact tracing by the state Health department, he added.
State Health Secretary Beela Rajesh said the eight included four of a family.
“We had kept these eight people under quarantine and they have tested positive for the virus,” she told reporters here.
The total number of 50 cases included four discharged following recovery and one deceased, she added.
Tamil Nadu government on Sunday said two patients who had tested positive for COVID19 with overseas travel history, have reported negative for the virus and have been discharged.
State Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar said two patients after returning from the United States were admitted at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital for COVID19 positive.
The duo hailing from Porur were discharged on Sunday, he said adding they have recovered from illness and tested negative “twice”.
He said the duo would be in home quarantine for the next 14 days.
The first COVID19 positive case in Tamil Nadu, a 45- year old engineer with a travel history to Oman has been discharged from Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital after he recovered.
Another 20-year old individual hailing from Uttar Pradesh who had travelled from New Delhi by train and tested positive for coronavirus. He was later discharged from RGGH after test results returned negative following treatment.