Kozhikode: Around 100 people who had contact with a trader at Valiyangadi here, who tested positive for coronavirus, are now under observation.
There are 21 people in the primary contact list of the trader, who is a native of Kolathara, here in the district. There 72 are in the list of secondary contacts. However, only 6 persons from the list belong to Valiyangadi and they are directly linked to his shop, the corporation health department said.
Although none of those under observation have shown symptoms of COVID-19, the trader’s father has slight fever. Hence the officials are exercising caution.
The shop was closed down immediately after the trader tested positive for the virus. However, as his source is yet to be identified, the restrictions inside the city have been intensified.
As Valiyangadi is the most important business centre in the city and is a place where many people come, there are high chances that the virus could spread, said officials concerned.
The number of COVID-19 cases whose source has not been identified started increasing in the city after an elderly man who committed suicide at Vellayil tested positive for the virus. People who were in contact with the deceased, including police and health officials are now under observation. Their samples have been sent for tests.
Meanwhile, the COVID-19 source of a pregnant woman from Kallai, who tested positive, is yet to be identified.
Both patients have over 100 people each in their contact list. Hence, three wards in Kozhikode corporation and ward 19 in Olavanna panchayat have been declared as containment zones.
As the number of COVID-19 cases whose source has not been identified started increasing in the city, the corporation and health officials have intensified checking.
Action, including suspending the licence, will be taken against 40 shops for violating norms, said corporation health inspector R. S. Gopakumar.