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40 fresh cases in Kerala, COVID-19 tally breaches 1,000 mark

40 fresh cases in Kerala, COVID-19 tally breaches 1,000 mark

Published:27 May 2020

The COVID-19 tally in Kerala crossed the one thousand mark on Wednesday, with 40 people, including 37 returnees from abroad and other states, testing positive for the coronavirus.

Thiruvananthapuram | With the total COVID-19 tally in Kerala crossing the one thousand mark on Wednesday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan urged people to act as "warriors" in the battle against the coronavirus and inform authorities on those flouting quarantine norms.
"If those in quarantine are defying the guidelines, the local people should immediately inform the health authorities and also advise them," Vijayan said.
The state has been witnessing a huge jump in cases since the past few days as there has been an influx of returnees from abroad and other states to Kerala.
"In the matter of expatriates, whether they come from abroad or other states, those wanting to come, we will welcome them, that is the government's policy," Vijayan told reporters here.
However, they need to strictly follow the guidelines of the government with regard to home and institutional quarantine, he said.
Kerala reported 40 fresh cases on Wednesday, including 37 returnees from abroad and other states.
A day earlier, the state had reported the biggest single-day spike of 62, prompting Vijayan to warn that the state risks sliding into community transmission and losing all its gains if people under observation fail to follow health guidelines.
Three people have been infected through contact, and ten have been cured of the infection and discharged from hospitals, Vijayan told reporters here today.
The number of coronavirus cases in the state has touched 1,004, while 445 people are undergoing treatment in various hospitals and over 1.07 lakh people under observation.
Totally 552 people have been cured and there have been six fatalities so far.
Kasaragod reported the highest number of cases today --ten, Palakkad eight, Alappuzha seven, Kollam four, Pathnamthittaand Wayanad three each, Kozhikode and Ernakulam two each and Kannur one.
Nine of those who tested positive have come from abroad, while 28 of the those infected have come from other states-- 16 from the worst-affected Maharashtra, five from Tamil Nadu, three from Delhi, one each from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.
Meanwhile, the opposition slammed the LDF government over its decision to levy a fee from expatriates for institutional quarantine facilities and also raised the issue at the all-party meeting called by Vijayan to discuss the state's efforts to contain the COVID-19 situation in the state.
Opposition leader in the state assembly, Ramesh Chennithala said in a Facebook post that expatriates returning to the state now are jobless and have lost everything.
Many of their flight tickets to the state are being sponsored by various welfare organisations, he claimed.
Senior Congress leader Oommen Chandy also criticised the decision on paid quarantine and said it was an "insult" to the state.
Seeking to clarify the matter, Vijayan said the issue of paid quarantine for those coming from abroad has been "misunderstood."
"There was no need for any anxiety on the matter.
The indigent will not face any difficulty and government will ensure their safety.
The quarantine fee will be charged from only those who can afford it," he said.
As per the new central norms, all those coming from abroad have to undergo seven days institutional quarantine, Vijayan pointed out.
"We are trying to tell the centre that home quarantine has been fruitful in Kerala.
We had decided home quarantine for all and those who do not have facility at home can be sent into institutional quarantine. But now, everyone has to undergo seven days of institutional quarantine," the chief minister said.
Some people from abroad are planning to charter flights to bring stranded expatriates, Vijayan said.
"We don't have any problem with that. But we need to be informed to make arrangements for them." Chief Minister described as "baseless" reports that chartered flights were not being operated due to the government denying permission.
So far 173 Keralites living abroad have lost their lives due to the pandemic.
The government would take stringent action against those coming to the state without registering themselves at the 'jagratha portal,' he said.
Palakkad district has presently the maximum number of positive cases --89, followed by Kannur 84, Kasaragod 45 and Malappuram 44.
Over 1.5 lakh people have reached the state from various places over the past few days.
According to a government press release, 9,416 people reached the state through airports, 1,621 through the seaport, 88,968 through various checkposts and 5,363 through railways.
Totally 1,07,832 people are under observation, of whom 1,06,940 are in home or institutional quarantine and 892 in various hospitals, including229 being admitted today.
So far, 58,866 samples have been sent for testing and results of 56,558, which have been received, are negative.
Besides, as part of 'sentinel surveillance', 9,095 samples of health and migrant workers and those with high social contact were taken of which 8,541 samples were negative, the press release said.
The number of hot spots in the state has gone up to 81, with the addition of 13 new regions.
. At least 1,133 cases have been registered in Kerala for lockdown violations on Wednesday, 1283 people arrested and 567 vehicles seized.


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