Coronavirus: Kerala on high alert, 8 more cases confirmed
The total number of people tested positive reaches 14 in the state; educational institutions, cinema theaters will remain closed until March end; people are asked to restrain themselves from taking part in festivals, marriage functions and other crowd events
With more people tested positive and more people placed under observation in different hospitals and surveillance in houses, the situation in the state is a little scary. However, the government is doing its maximum to keep the people aware of the dangers if the deadly virus spreads to more areas.
Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan on Tuesday told people to keep away from crowds as the disease spreads through contacts. He asked those who come from foreign countries to share their travel details with the concerned authorities immediately after arrival at airports and present themselves for preliminary screening. All airports have been equipped with the required facilities. All government health facilities including medical colleges and district hospitals are fully prepared to receive patients tested positive.
The total number of people tested positive in the state according to official reports are 14 and 1495 people are under surveillance.
However, the affected people are those who had come from the virus-hit Italy and their contacts back home. Those who are under observation are also the people who came in contact with the infected people. They included the old parents, the car driver and those who went to the airport to receive them.
The chief minister said, in the wake of more cases being reported, all educational institutions including tuition centers and Madrasas in the state would remain closed until March 31. But, exams for class 8, 9 and 10 and higher secondary would be held as per schedule. Students who are under observation would be permitted to write examinations in a special room. All entertainment programs are also called off. Cinema theaters will not function until March end. Religious festivals and marriage functions will be reduced to just rituals and the public are not allowed. The chief minister has also requested pilgrims to avoid visiting Sabarimala for darshan during this period.
India’s first three positive cases, reported from Kerala early last month, have been treated and discharged from hospitals.
Meanwhile, efforts are on to bring back the Keralites stuck at Italian airport.