Second coronavirus death in Kerala, 7 most positive tests

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala reported its second COVID-19 death and seven new cases on Tuesday when the state government announced a special action plan for Kasaragod, which has become a hot spot for the infection, including monitoring of all cases of fever in the district.

Four people were declared cured on Tuesday, while 215 positive cases remained under treatment in hospitals across the state and more than 1.60 lakh people under observation.

A 68-year-old retired police officer from nearby Pothencode became the second person in the state to die from the coronavirus.

The man, on ventilator support for the past five days, had high blood pressure and was on dialysis before passing away at midnight Monday, the state government said.

He was buried in a 10-foot deep well in a mosque in his hometown after following all international protocol for COVID-19 deaths.

With this death, the government ordered people throughout the Pothencode panchayat and a radius of 2-3 km around it to be quarantined immediately, as the deceased had attended a marriage, funerals and other functions before becoming ill .

The first coronavirus death in the state was reported from Chullickal in Ernakulam.

The Chief Minister, who met with the media after the daily evaluation meeting of COVID-19, said that Kasaragod and Thiruvananthapuram the districts have reported two new cases each, while Kollam, Thrissur and Kannur each have one.

At least 1.63,129 people are under observation in Kerala, of whom 658 are in isolation rooms of various hospitals. A total of 7,485 samples have been sent for analysis, Vijayan said.

With Kasaragod accounting for 99 positive cases, the highest so far in the state, the government has drawn up a separate action plan for the northernmost district, Vijayan said.

A separate action plan has been devised. Officials at the Panchayat level will prepare the list of those with a cough and fever. The health department will monitor the list. The central university laboratory has permission to analyze samples. We will run more tests there, he said.

The clash between Karnataka over the closure of the border roads continued, he said, adding that he was optimistic to resolve it.

So far, at least four seriously ill people in need of expert treatment in nearby Mangaluru have lost their lives after Karnataka police allegedly did not allow their ambulances.

When asked about the congregation, Vijayan said those who participated in the event were identified and the list was released to collectors in the district.

He also said that the free distribution of rations in view of the 21 days will begin in the state from Wednesday.

The Prime Minister also urged men to support women in daily tasks and warned of actions in case of domestic violence.

We understand that there are opportunities for domestic violence cases to increase in the state during the shutdown. Women and children are prone to abuse. Such incidents must not take place, Vijayan said.

In a word of advice to students, he said they can make use of the closing period by joining free online courses offered by prestigious universities like Harvard and Stanford.

Meanwhile, state police on Tuesday registered 1,481 cases of lockdown violations, arrested 1,430 people and confiscated 987 vehicles.

In the past eight days, a total of 11,910 cases were recorded, police said.

When asked about addictions and doctors who oppose the plan about liquor prescription, Vijayan said no one was forcing doctors to prescribe it.

He also warned that strict measures would be taken in the event of any April Fool messages regarding COVID-19 being circulated.

Kasaragod leads the state with 99 positive cases, followed by neighboring Kannur with 48. He then continues with 14 cases of COVID-19.

A total of 163 people are in isolation rooms, while another 7,725 were under observation in the district.

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