The Kerala government on Monday declared novel coronavirus epidemic as a “state calamity” after 3 people were tested positive for the infection in the state. State Health Minister KK Shailaja said the government will take all the necessary steps to ensure that the coronavirus outbreak is effectively controlled. KK Shailaja said all the districts are now prepared to take action against the coronavirus.
The Kerala health minister said a total of 2,239 people, who travelled from the novel coronavirus affected countries, including China, are under observation across Kerala and 84 people have been admitted in the hospitals.
Some are in isolation wards with symptoms, others are under observation. 140 samples were sent to NIV, 49 results came, three are positive and the 3rd coronavirus case was from Kasaragod. This is connected with the first two cases, they have been in direct contact.
Relief is that all positive cases were people in isolation wards. As of now, things are stable. No medicine is available for this. Patients must follow the guidelines by doctors and they must follow the treatment protocol. We are taking a very cautious approach to this. At least 82 people who came in touch with the positive cases have been traced till now. Of the 82, 40 are in Thrissur and the rest are outside Thrissur.
Shailaja said some people who have returned from China were evading the health department.
“However, some people are unwilling to share their concerns or doubts with the department. This is a very dangerous situation. Some people were noticed to have been hiding this information from the department and attending public events, marriages etc. We are requesting the people who came from the affected regions to contact us,” the Kerala health minister said.
She added: “As of now this isn’t a crime but this might have to be deemed as a crime if they are unwilling to cooperate. We have kept an incubation period of 28 days. We followed the same protocol for Nipah also.”