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.