Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit tests COVID-19 positive

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has tested positive for COVID-19, a statement from a Chennai hospital said today. The Governor has been advised home isolation and he will be monitored by a team of doctors from the hospital. The update came just hours after he was taken to Chennai’s Kauvery hospital earlier in the morning.

In a statement, the hospital said that the governor is asymptomatic and in a stable condition. “He underwent further tests and assessments today,” it added. “As the infection is mild, he has been advised home isolation.”

The Governor is already in home isolation since July 29 when three Raj Bhavan staff had tested positive for the virus. The Raj Bhavan in a statement had then said he was “fit and healthy”.

Earlier, 84 other Raj Bhavan personnel, mostly employees from security and fire service department had tested positive. The Governor’s office had then said these personnel were not working in the main building and did not come in contact with the Governor or other senior officials.

Tamil has reported over 2.5 lakh confirmed cases of coronavirus and the death toll due to the infection in the state has already crossed the 4,000-mark.

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