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Coronavirus: Tamil Nadu’s Raj Bhavan becomes COVID-19 hotspot, 84 personnel test positive

84 out of 147 personnel at Tamil Nadu's Raj Bhavan test positive for coronavirus including security and fire service staff.

On Thursday as many as 84 people working at Tamil Nadu’s Raj Bhavan have tested coronavirus positive. A total of 147 people were tested for the novel virus but none of them came in direct contact with Governor Banwarilal Purohit or senior officials, the statement read. 

As a few persons staying inside Raj Bhavan developed symptoms, testing was undertaken for all the working staff.

According to the statement, “All three persons were further investigated and now have been quarantined by the Health Department. All three persons were working outside of Raj Bhavan, as the main gate and not in the main building. None of these persons came in contact with the Hon’ble Governor or Senior officials of Raj Bhavan. ”

The government officials also said that as a precautionary measure, the whole area of Raj Bhavan including offices have been disinfected and sanitized by Corporation health authorities. They are also monitoring the situation at Raj Bhavan very closely.

Previously, in May officials at Raj Bhavan had claimed that none of its staff members had been infected by the novel coronavirus.

As of Wednesday, the total number of coronavirus cases in Tamil Nadu has soared up to 1,86,492. While the daily COVID-19 cases have recorded a rise in numbers with 5,849 cases every day. The death toll in Tamil Nadu also mounted to 3,144. On the positive note, recoveries rose to 1,31,583 with 4,910 people getting cured each day.

Meanwhile, India stands 3rd as the country with the highest numbers of Coronavirus cases with a total tally crossing the 12 lakh mark. The number of cases in India now stands at 12,38,635.

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