Chennai: VK Sasikala, expelled AIADMK leader and close aide of former TN Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who was hospitalised over complaints of fever and breathlessness, tested positive for Coronavirus.
Sasikala, admitted to the Bowring Hospital, is presently in the dedicated Covid-19 Centre of the Victoria Hospital and her condition was stable, hospital sources added.
She had developed symptoms of Severe Acute Respiratory Illness, the very feature of Covid-19, but her previous Rapid Antigen and RT-PCR test reports turned negative. However, on suspicion, fresh tests were conducted on Thursday, which confirmed the infection, they said.
A Victoria Hospital health bulletin issued this morning said, “Sasikalan was diagnosised of Covid-19 severe pneumonia with Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and hypothyroidism. Her pulse rate stood at 62 bpm, blood pressure 100/68 mm of hg and respiratory rate at 20 cpm,”
Serving a four year imprisonment in a corruption case at the Parappana Agrahara Prison here, Sasikala, had complained of fever and breathlessness on Wednesday, a week before her slated release on 27 January.
On Thursday, Bowring Hospital Director Dr Manoj Kumar H V said Sasikala’s oxygen saturation level was 80 (against the normal of 95 and above) on Wednesday evening when she was admitted to the hospital
“She had breathlessness. Before that she had a fever. Accordingly we gave her treatment. Now her oxygen saturation level is normal, which is 96. Her condition is stable now,” Kumar said.
Sasikala’s nephew and Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary T T V Dhinakaran, who rushed here on learning about her illness, said. “I got the reliable information that her health is stable. Doctors are looking after her very well.Good care is given. They are monitoring her.”