COVID-19: Licences of two supermarkets in Kerala capital cancelled

South India

Licenses of two textile show rooms and the hypermarkets attached to them in the Kerala capital of Thiruvananthapuram have been cancelled by the city corporation that formed two major clusters of Covid-19 cases in the city.

The action followed a direction by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to the home department at a review meeting the other day to probe into the functioning of these outlets identified as Ramachandra and Pothys after a large number of their employees turned positive for the coronavirus.

At the meeting, the CM came down heavily on the district administration and the police for their inaction despite an intelligence input that several employees were brought from Tamil Nadu in June. At least 78 employees in one outlet tested positive, and efforts are on to trace nearly 1,600 that visited the hypermarket.

According to Times of India, the testing of staff began after a delivery man associated with one of the hypermarkets tested positive on July 10. The health department has claimed to have identified the delivery man's primary contacts.

Thiruvananthapuram district collector said 61out of 91 employees tested positive in the first phase and 17 others were confirmed with the infection from a second batch comprising 81 samples.

Announcing action city Mayor, K Sreekumar said that the cases in the two supermarkets had led to community spread of the pandemic in the city, which currently accounts for 36 percent of the total contact cases in the state. The state had recorded the single day highest tally of 821 cases on Sunday.

The capital city is under strict lockdown till July 28.

Image Credit: Deccan Chronicle

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