Kerala government confirms community transmission in coastal areas

The Kerala CM said that countless cases have been accounted for in coastal areas of Thiruvananthapuram area and it is a reasonable sign that the infection has spread.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, said that Community transmission has happened in two coastal villages of Poonthura and Pulluvila in Thiruvananthapuram

The Kerala government Friday confirmed the community spread of coronavirus in two coastal areas in Thiruvananthapuram district. The development, which is characteristic of the powerlessness of coastal areas to the infection, comes even as about 800 new cases were reported in the state over the most recent 24 hours with all-out Covid-19 tally surging past 11,000. Out of the new cases, 532 people got the infection through contact while a total of 133 people recovered from the deadly disease today.

According to the state health department, in the last 24 hours, 16,642 samples have been tested. As many as 1.78 lakh people are under observation, while 6,124 are in various hospitals, including 1152 admitted today. Totally 2.75 lakh samples have been sent for testing and results of 7610 samples are awaited. There are 285 hotspots in the state as of now.

The state government is taking necessary steps to face this serious situation and is prepared to move into the next stage of lockdown now, he added.

“There will be more restrictions in the capital district, which has a serious outbreak of the disease. A total lockdown will be implemented in the coastal areas from tomorrow,” announced the Kerala Chief Minister.

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