Coronavirus in Kerala: 39 new cases reported, total patients in state at 164

Kerala reported 39 fresh cases of coronavirus on Friday, taking the total number of people under treatment to 164, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. Of the 39 cases, 34 are from the worst affected northernmost district of Kasaragod, he told reporters after a COVID-19 review meeting here. From Kannur, two cases were reported and one each from Thrissur, Kozhikode and Kollam, he said.

Kerala Reported 39 new Coronavirus cases Today, out of which 34 are from Kasargod district resulting in the total in the state moves to 164. With this, the state is heading for its worst-ever crisis in the country. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan conducted a review meeting with officials and the government has decided to provide more facilities to the hospitals in Kasargod and Kannur to meet an emergency.

After the Review meeting, CM said that 69,434 beds arranged in 879 private hospitals to tackle the situation and 1,640 doctors who retired after 2012 are also being tapped for their services if the need arises.

He also said, “At present, there are 1,01,402 people under observation at homes while 601 are in the hospitals.”

Vijayan warned if people violate the quarantine guidelines in the district, the government will be forced to declare the names of them. The Kerala Government has no other way except imposing deep restrictions against people coming out of their houses.

The medical college hospital in Kannur will be converted into a Coronavirus hospital with 200-bed strength to meet the emergency. Steps have been taken to equip the medical college hospital with more facilities. And Central University at Kasargood will be converted into a temporary coronavirus treatment center. The state has also requested permission from ICMR to begin the testing facility here.

Kerala is top in the list of Coronavirus cases in India with 176 cases were reported so far of which 12 have been cured and discharged with Negative reports.  At present,  a total of 1,10,299 people are under observation in the state out of which 1,09,683 are under house quarantine while 616 are in isolation wards in hospitals.