Kerala CM announces financial assistance for fishermen, beedi workers, others

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM (KERALA): The chief minister announced Thursday that all fishermen in the state will receive Rs 2,000 each, while lottery sellers and 'beedi' workers will get Rs 1,000 each, as financial assistance amid the national shutdown due to coronavirus.

He also said that 12 new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state and that the Kerala coronavirus count increased to 357.

Twelve new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state: four in each and Kasaragod, two in one, each in Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram. Of these, 11 contracted the disease through a local contact, 1 had returned from a foreign country. Total positive cases here reach 357, the chief minister said at a press conference here.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare reported that the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country reached 5,865, including 169 deaths and 477 cured/discharged.