Kasargod district witnesses sharp fall in COVID-19 cases: Kerala CM

South India

Kerala's Kasaragod district, which has recently emerged as the COVID-19 hotspot with 169 cases, has managed to bring down the active corona cases to 27.


State Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday said that the way Kasargod fought back should be a role model for the country.

"The Kasargod district, in particular, has shown much resilience in fighting the pandemic in the last two months as the district had the highest number of 169 confirmed cases within the State. Now, 142 have recovered and the rest 27 patients are on their way to recovery with no serious issues. The way Kasargod fought back should be a role model for the country," said Vijayan.

He said that there was a phase, when Kerala accounted for the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country but today the state has the highest number of recovered cases.

 "At one point, which was on April 4, we had the highest number of people under surveillance in the State, a total of 1,71,355 persons and today, it has come down to 46,323," he said.

On Monday, six new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the State, all from Kannur district. Five of them have come from overseas and one has got the infection through a local contact. 

Meanwhile, the test results of 21 patients under treatment have come negative - 19 from Kasargod district and two in Alappuzha.

In Kerala, 114 patients are under treatment in different hospitals across the State and 291 patients have so far recovered from the infection. So far, Kerala has reported three COVID-19 deaths.

Earlier, the Kerala government had announced a four-tiered lockdown relaxation plan for all its 14 districts. 

The fourteen districts have been classifed into four categories: Red, Orange A, Orange B and Green.

Kasaragod, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Kannur have been marked 'Red', and will be under complete lockdown until 3 May, when the national lockdown is expected to end.

Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam and Kollam have been marked 'Orange A', and will be under complete lockdown until 24 April, and are expected to see partial relaxation thereafter.

Alapuzzha, Trivandrum, Wayanad, Palakkad and Thrissur districts have been marked 'Orange B', and will be under complete lockdown until 20 April and are expected to see partial relaxation thereafter.

Kottayam and Idukki have been marked Green, which denotes complete absence of the virus at those places, and will see lockdown lifted after 20 April.

All government offices will function in Kottayam and Idukki from Tuesday and all employees have to attend offices.

According to the report, restaurants can remain open from 7 am to 7 pm, and textiles shops can function from 9 am to 6 pm. All commercial establishments will remain open. However, restrictions on travelling to neighbouring districts will remain the same. People have to wear masks while moving out. In cars and autos, only two passengers other than driver are allowed.

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

Starting from March 24 midnight, India is under 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. The lockdown, effective March 25, is supposed to end on April 14.

However, on Tuesday, in an address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the 21-day national lockdown has been extended till May 3.

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. 


With inputs from ANI

Image credit: Outlook India

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