MADURAI: Nine people from Madurai who attended the religious congregation held in Delhi tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in the district has now risen to 15.
Earlier on Tuesday, two congregation participants from Narimedu within the company’s boundary tested positive.
While quarantined at an undisclosed facility near Thoppur, the nine who tested positive on Wednesday are in isolation at Rajaji Government Hospital (GRH), district collector TG Vinay said.
Of the nine men, six were from the limit of the municipality of Melur and were aged 36, 40, 43, 48, 52 and 55 years old. Three other men from Elumalai within the panchayat boundary of Peraiyur city are 49, 57 and 60 years old, respectively.
“About 2,714 households with a population of 10,448 in Melur, 7,957 households with a population of 31,828 in Elumalai were contained and monitored by a team of 207 officials from health departments and others.
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“During the containment process, nine people from Melur were identified with minor symptoms. They are currently under home quarantine. If symptoms persist, they will be admitted to the HRM and samples will be sent for swab testing.” , said Collector.
Containment measures were also extended to around 14,500 households with a population of 73,156 in Narimedu, 21,300 households with a population of 80,161 in Anna Nagar and 16,837 households with a population of 75,457 in Thapalthandhi Nagar.
Nearly 330 health officials, Anganwadi agents and other field staff have been deployed to monitor the areas.
While a two-kilometer radius from the main containment and a three-kilometer buffer zone have been covered in the rural boundary. And a one-kilometer radius of the main containment zone and two-kilometer buffer zone has been covered within the urban boundary.
Other active cases include family members, wife and two sons of the deceased COVID – 19 patient of Anna Nagar, a 60-year-old man from Rajapalayam in Virudhunagar and two other men from Narimedu.