COVID-19 outbreak: 6 more cases confirmed in Kerala, total tally 12

South India

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala today confirmed six more cases of novel coronavirus, taking the total number of people affected by COVID-19 in the state to 12.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced a high alert across the state.

He said that surveillance system will be strengthened across the state. 

The chief minister also urged people to avoid crowded places like visiting cinema theatres, temples, mosques, churches and to avoid all festivals of public gathering.

“Legal steps will be initiated against those hiding their travel history. All people returning from COVID 16 countries should report to health authorities. Screening facilities at airports will be strengthened", said Vijayan.

The chief minister instructed that classes and examinations for students till Class 7 in schools in the state to be cancelled and also shut till March 31 all vacation classes, tuition classes, anganwadis and madrasas.

Chief Minister said that the number of sample testing labs will also be increased.

"Strict action will be taken against those spreading rumours and fake news. For those flying in and out of the airports in Kerala, passenger manifest to be collected from airlines. Availability of Sanitisers and masks will be ensured," he said.

He also urged people to stay away from visiting the Sabarimala Temple but normal rituals will take place in the temple.

With inputs from ANI

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