COVID-19 patients jump to 40 in Kerala as 12 test positive on Friday – UKMALAYALEE

COVID-19 patients jump to 40 in Kerala as 12 test positive on Friday

Saturday 21 March 2020 2:57 AM UTC

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM March 21: Addressing the media, CM Pinarayi Vijayan said 12 persons were tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. Six persons were confirmed with the infection in Kasaragod, five in Kochi and one in Palakkad.

He said the situation in the state is serious and special alert should be maintained in Kasaragod.

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In an expression of solidarity to the central government’s ‘Janata Curfew’, CM Vijayan said buses won’t run on Sunday.

In Kasaragod, it was the carelessness of one person that created this situation. He had travelled to many places from Karippoor Airport including Kozhikode.

He took part in public and private functions and even watched a football match. This is the same person who came in contact with two legislators who is currently placed under isolation.

The CM added that he had briefed that Prime Minister on the situation in the state. He directed that the shops in Kasaragod should operate only from 11 am to 5 pm. Schools will be shut down and the teachers need not come, he added.

The CM said the coronavirus spread is likely to have entered the next stage.

Governments offices in the state will only function five days a week, with holidays on Saturday and Sunday.

Religious centres and metros will be closed down. The CM has advised avoiding Jum’ah in Kasaragod. The state government will implement the directives of the Prime Minister, CM Vijayan said.

Clean the premises of your house on Sunday, he added.