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TN businessman from China tests positive for COVID


A 37-year-old businessman from Salem, who

returned from China via Singapore has tested positive for COVID.

According to Coimbatore Airport officials the passenger came from

China via Singapore on a connecting flight to Coimbatore.

He was asymptomatic.

According to Coimbatore Airport Director S. Senthil Valavan he landed

at the airport here on December 27 and was subjected to RT-PCR

tests, which returned positive.

His samples were sent to State Public Health Laboratory for whole

genome sequencing to ascertain whether he was infected with the

new fast spreading variant BF-7, which is the main cause spike in

cases in several countries, including China.

The businessman, who reached his native Elampillai village in Salem

district via car, is under home quarantine and the Health Department

officials are monitoring him.

He was involved in trading business in China for the last 13 years and

he returned to India in view of the spike in COVID-19 cases in China.

This is the third case of international passengers from China testing

positive for COVID in Tamil Nadu after a mother and her six-year-old

daughter tested positive at Madurai international airport and were

under home quarantine at their native Virudhunagar district.

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