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Kerala: First affected, first to recover from COVID

After the arrival of the first patient from China in January-end, Kasaragod in Kerala emerged as a coronavirus hotspot, thanks to a large number of expatriates in the Gulf region

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Kerala, the first state to be afflicted with the coronavirus disease (COVID), is emerging also as the first province in India that is fast recovering from the global pandemic. Here, 36 COVID patients have recovered from the disease. The state reported only two fresh cases yesterday, according to Health Minister of the state KK Sahilaja.

Kerala has thus registered the highest number of recovered patients on a given day. A total of 179 have recovered in the state, with two who have died of COVID so far. “It was a day of much relief and hope as 36 patients under treatment in the state have recovered from the coronavirus infection and tested negative,” Shailaja said in a press release.

Readers may take heart from the fact that the two new cases, one each in the districts of Kannur and Pathanamthitta, have both foreign travel history, indicating that there is little or no local contagion now. The total COVID cases in the state is 194.

Of the 36 who have recovered, Kasaragod has seen a majority of 28 people, the minister said, noting that this district was the COVID hotspot in the state, thanks to a large number of migrant labourers working in the contagious Middle East.

“Out of the total 36 cured today, 28 are from Kasaragod, six from Malappuram, one each from Kozhikode and Idukki districts. As of now, there are 194 patients under treatment across various hospitals in the state. At least 179 were cured in Kerala till now,” Shailaja said.

The patient in Pathanamthitta had arrived from Sharjah in the UAE. The one in Kannur was a frequent visitor to Dubai, Shailaja said.

A total of 1,16,941 people were under observation in Kerala. Out of these people, 816 are in isolation wards of various hospitals, according to the press release. The state has till now subjected 14,989 people to COVID tests.

Meanwhile, the Kerala government has said that 3,36,436 guest workers were lodged in 18,691 camps across the state. The police registered 2,146 cases and arrested 2,149 on Sunday for moving around in the state, in breach of the lockdown protocol.

State police chief Loknath Behera has ordered the release of all seized vehicles under stringent conditions.

Government of Kerala’s Non-Resident Keralites Affairs (NORKA) said it had launched helpdesks in the Gulf with the help of Indian embassies overseas. This desk is functional in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain etc.

With 97 positive cases, Kasaragod has the highest number of COVID-positive cases in the state. Neighbouring Kannur has 42 cases.

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