32 more COVID-19 positive cases in Kerala on Monday: Pinarayi Vijayan
Thiruvananthapuram: 32 more persons have been tested positive for COVID-19 in Kerala on Monday, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
With this the total number of COVID-19 positive cases in Kerala rose to 213, the CM said while addressing the media after a coronavirus review meeting.
Among the 32 new COVID-19 cases, 17 returned from abroad while 15 developed the disease through contact, the CM added.
Out of the 32 positive cases on Monday, 17 are from Kasaragod, 11 are from Kannur while two each are from Wayanad and Idukki districts.
A total of 1,57,253 people are under observation in the state. Among them, 1,56,660 are under home quarantine while 623 have been admitted to isolation wards in hospitals.
On Monday alone, 126 people were admitted to hospitals. As many as 6,991 samples have been sent to the lab for COVID-19 tests. Out of them, 6,031 have come out negative.
Pinarayi Vijayan said the issue of migrant labourers staging protests at Payipadu on Sunday was being looked into. "Any wrong-doer, who must have played a role in flaring things up will be taken to task,” he added.
"There are 5,778 camps to accommodate them. Their demand, to be sent to their home state, couldn't me met now due to the nationwide lockdown. We have given instructions to improve facilities, like installing TV sets," he said.
Over 2,500 people without proper houses had been accommodated at special camps and were being fed, he said
Pinarayi Vijayan urged TV channels to provide free services to help keep people at home. The bankers, he said, had promised to provide banking services and keep ATMs stocked and functioning.
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) had promised to supply dialysis systems and ventilators in the Kasargode districts, while UNICEF had given Rs 35 lakh to each of the 14 district collectors, he said.
Defending non-resident Keralites (NRKs) against charges for spreading coronavirus on their return to the state, the Chief Minister said, "They have been the mainstay of our economy. None should blame them in any manner. If they have come, they have come only to their homes. We assure all NRKs to take care of their families here."
(With inputs from IANS)