Kerala records highest single day spike of 67 COVID-19 Cases

South India

As many as 60 of 67 people who tested positive for coronavirus are people who came from outside. CM requeste Centre not to run special trains without the knowledge and approval of the state government. 

The unregulated flow of migrants from other states in the country and abroad has taken Kerala to the brink of community spread of coronavirus infection, says Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

He told reporters on Tuesday (May 26) that he has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to operate any special train to the state without the permission of the state government. He said that the government will not be able to monitor returnees if the come in large numbers.

The state recorded the highest single spike of 67 cases on Tuesday. As many as 60 people who tested positive are returned migrants. 27 of them came from abroad and the rest from high prevalent states like Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Seven people infected the virus through contact.

With the 67 new cases on Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases in the state has shot up to 963. Out of this 415 are under treatment in various hospitals in the state.

The chief minister said that the government will increase the testing from June 26 to prevent the community spread. The government is planning to conduct at least 5000 tests a day, he added

The government has also decided to strengthen the monitoring of people who are under quarantine in their homes. The number of people under observation has crossed one lakh. As many as 1.03 lakh people are under either home or institutional quarantine.

The chief minister indicated that the government will not allow any more relaxation in lockdown norms. The number of people moving in public spaces has gone up ever since public transport and auto rickshaws and taxis were allowed.

The chief minister earlier held a video conference with legislators and Members of Parliament to review the situation and discuss measures to be taken to deal with the situation. Vijayan said that the people’s representatives belonging to the opposition parties had extended full cooperation and support to the steps being taken by the government to fight the virus.

He has urged the MPs to mount pressure on the central government to extend financial assistance to the state to tide over the crisis caused by the pandemic.

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