Tiruchirappalli: A 40-year-old COVID-19 patient was on Sunday booked for attempt to murder after he allegedly spat on a doctor treating him at the government hospital in Tamil Nadu, police said.

It was a serious crime under the present conditions with so many restrictions in force to prevent the spread of coronavirus, they said.

The patient, admitted to the hospital's coronavirus ward on Saturday, also removed his mask and threw it at the doctor, enraging hospital staff and other patients.

Ever since his admission in the ward, he has not been cooperating with the medical staff, they added.

Meanwhile, reports from Nagapattinam district stated that a 65-year-old doctor, running a private clinic at Kadambadi in the district has tested positive for the virus after his return from the US three weeks back.

The district administration has appealed to the people who received treatment from the doctor to voluntarily come forward and subject themselves to medical examination.

People could contact the officials on 9751425002 and 9500493022 to pass on information in this connection, it said.

Eight doctors and five nurses have tested positive for coronavirus in Tamil Nadu, state's health secretary Beela Rajesh said on Sunday.