6 cases of COVID-19 in Kerala; strengthens surveillance: Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja

South India

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja on Monday said that the administration has strengthened surveillance after six persons tested positive for COVID-19.


"We have strengthened the surveillance after 6 positive cases since yesterday. In the state, we have 1116 persons under observation out of whom 976 persons are under home quarantine while 149 persons are in hospitals. This includes people with symptoms as well," Shailaja said.

"In Pathanamthitta, we began the contact tracing at around 6 am. 270 persons are under the primary contact of positive patients. The number of high-risk contacts are 95. 6 people have come to hospitals in Pathanamthitta. The number of secondary contacts is 449," she added.

Contact tracing of persons in Kerala who may have come in touch with those found positive for COVID-19 is being done aggressively to contain the spread of the disease as six people, including one from Ernakulam and five from Pathanamthitta, found to be diagnosed with the deadly virus.

Earlier, a 3-year-old boy, who had travelled to Italy with his parents and returned to Kerala, and tested positive, is being monitored and is under treatment at the Ernakulam Medical college. 

According to the official report, the boy had returned from Italy with its parents at the Cochin International airport on an EK 503 flight on March 7 morning.

After universal screening at the airport, the child was transferred to Ernakulam Medical College. The condition of the child at the hospital is stable. 

As per the report, his father and mother are under observation in the Isolation Ward of the medical college.

On Sunday the state government had confirmed 5 new cases of COVID-19 in Kerala's Pathanamthitta district. Five Keralites, including three who returned from Italy in recent days, have been found positive for COVID-19.

As per the report, the infection was confirmed on Saturday night and the five are currently at the isolation ward of the Pathanamthitta General Hospital.

The three- a man, his wife and son had landed in Doha on February 28 from Venice on Qatar Airways QR-126 flight, then arrived to India in QR-154 Doha-Kochi flight, on February 29. 

Earlier, Centre had suspended visas and e-visas granted on or before March 3 to people travelling from Italy, Iran, South Korea and Japan, effective immediately, after a surge in cases of Covid-19 in these countries.

The deadly coronavirus has caused deaths of over 3300 people globally and the total number of persons tested positive for COVID-19 in India is 44 now.


With inputs from Agency

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