With 20 cases, Leela Palace hotel emerges as new virus hotspot in Chennai

Prior to this, 85 people including hotel employees at Chennai's ITC Grand Chola were found infected

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The luxury hotels have been directed to postpose all scheduled event following the virus outbreak | Photo: theleela.com

After ITC Grand Chola, the Leela Palace has become the second luxury hotel to emerge as a COVID-19 hotspot in Chennai, with 20 of its employees testing positive for the infection.

A total of 125 hotel employees, including 114 from star-category hotels, have been found infected with the virus after 4,392 were tested. The number could go up since the results of 491 such staffers are yet to come.

The luxury hotels have been directed to postpone all scheduled event following the virus outbreak, according to Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) officials.

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Prior to this, 85 people, including hotel employees, at ITC Grand Chola were found infected, the state’s health secretary J Radhakrishnan had said on Saturday.

GCC’s screening report suggest that 11 out of 2,769 people working at non-star category hotels had also tested positive.

In the initial days of the virus, the Koyambedu Wholesale Market and IIT Madras in Chennai had emerged as virus clusters.

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