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3,000 houses under quarantine watch to be stamped with stickers: Chennai Corporation
The Tamil Nadu government has also warned of legal action against overseas returnees violating directions for self-quarantine as a preventive measure against coronavirus, saying they become a threat for community transmission.
As many as 3,000 homes are under the quarantine watch for coronavirus in greater Chennai Corporation limits and such houses will be stamped with stickers to ensure social distancing, the city civic body said on Monday.
"All the houses where home quarantine suspected people are residing, stickers will be pasted for alerting others and to ensure social distancing, the corporation said in a release.
The corporation, the biggest in Tamil Nadu, said "right now 3,000 homes are under quarantine watch in greater chennai corporation limits."
On the stamping of stickers, it said this was a "time of emergency and it has to be taken in the right spirit," in an apparent appeal to people to cooperate.
Legal action against those violating home quarantine
State Health and Family Welfare Minister C Vijaya Baskar said the list of travellers had been handed over to district administration and police for tracking and legal action would be taken if anyone violated the order.
The warning came amid the rise in the number of coronavirus cases in the state to nine with all of them having overseas travel history.
The nine cases included a 45-year old man who became the first COVID patient in the state on return from Oman and been discharged after recovering.
In another tweet, Baskar said it was clear that all the COVID-19 cases in the state so far had overseas travel history.
"My request to everyone who travelled abroad during the past one month, (they) must self-quarantine and report to doctor if any symptoms persists", he said.
A report from Erode said the house where seven Thailand nationals, two of whom tested positive for COVID-19, stayed at Kollampalayam there was sealed by authorities.
The neighbouring houses were disinfected and people in the locality subjected to thermal screening, officials said.
The two were now under treatment at the Perundurai Government Medical College Hospital.