Coronavirus outbreak : Navy provides indigenous sanitizing units in Kerala

South India

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, eight hand sanitizing units were handed over to the district administration of Ernakulam by Southern Naval Command, on Tuesday.


Earlier, the civil administration had requested the Navy for 30 units. 

While eight units were handed over to the district collector, more would be delivered as soon as the fabrication of the rest gets completed.

Naval Ship Repair Yard, Kochi has prepared these units indigenously and has incorporated features for the prevention of Coronavirus. 

The unit consists of a stand with an integral foot-operated mechanism to dispense the soap. The modifications have been incorporated to ensure that usage of hand is avoided.

In the period of lockdown where material availability has been scarce, the fabrication has been undertaken by the ingenious use of available scrap material, springs, empty containers of fire fighting foam, etc.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare report, the total number of coronavirus cases in India climbed to 1397 on Tuesday.

The death toll due to the COVID-19 rose to 35 while 123 cases were cured or discharged after treatment.

The Central government has taken many stringent measures to prevent the further spread of the disease. 

Starting fromMarch 24 midnight, India is under 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. Only the essential services like grocery shops, medical outlets remain functional during the lockdown.

Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 200 countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic. 

The  World Health Organization estimates that 754,948 people worldwide have been infected with the coronavirus, and 36,571 have died from it so far.


With inputs from ANI

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