Kerala NRIs test positive for COVID-19 cases: Under strict observation
Out of the 100 Non-resident Keralites, at least one of them test positive for COIVD-19. A total of 5619 people who returned from Gulf, on the Vande Bharat and Samudra Setu mission on the 7th of May. The returnees are mostly from Maldives and the other Gulf countries. However, for all the others who returned from other states of India, the rate of infection is much less, after the initial lockdown relaxation on May 4. Out of the 59,945 people who returned by road and and train, only 41 of them have tested positive for the contagion.
However, in the past 10 days, 67 of them who came from abroad tested positive. Majority of these people were from Middle East. The domestic returnees from Mumbai and Chennai contribute to the highest number of positive cases in Kerala. Chennai and Mumbai are currently the prime hotspots in India. Dr. Amar Fettle, the state nodal officer of public emergency and is currently the in-charge of anti-Covid 19 efforts in the state said that the ones who have only mild symptoms are being treated in the Covid care centres of the state.
The Health officials have also assured that the current situation was an expected one and there is nothing really to be worried about. The residents are also placed in a 14-day quarantine. The returnees have also been advised to follow social distancing and quarantine strictly.
However, in the last 10 days, there were 100 new cases. This was the same number in the past, but only after 16 days. Dr. B Ekbal, chairman of Kerala medical advisory panel also emphasised that this surge was only expected. He also said they were expecting more cases and are also being vigilant. They also plan to pick up the cases much early, trace the contacts and put them on quarantine. The Kerala government is truly on its toes and is strictly watchful of the scenario.