Guwahati News Desk: V.K. Sasikala, close aide to the late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa tested positive for COVID-19 late on Thursday night.
Earlier on Wednesday evening she complained of breathlessness, fever and cough and was diagnosed with Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) and had been shifted to the ICU in Victoria Hospital.
However, doctors said her condition is stable as of now.
C.R. Jayanthi, Dean and Director, Bengaluru Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI), to which Victoria Hospital is affiliated, said Sasikala’s first COVID-19 test at Bowring Hospital was negative. “However, since her CT scores were high, we again did a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) at Victoria, which was also negative. Following that we had collected samples for TRUNAT and RT-PCR tests and they have returned positive.”
“We are shifting her to the COVID Block ICU at the Trauma and Emergency Care Centre (TECC), the dedicated COVID facility on Victoria Hospital campus. As of now, she is being continuously monitored and treated with antibiotics, antiviral drugs, insulin, heparin, steroids, and other supportive measures,” the doctor added.