K. K. Shailaja | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: Health Minister K. K. Shailaja said that 6 cases of the UK strain of coronavirus have been detected in Kerala.
Out of the 6 patients, 2 each were from Kozhikode and Alappuzha while 1 each were from Kannur and Kottayam. The UK strain was detected in the test of samples conducted at National Institute of Virology in Pune. The minister said while addressing the media here.
All of the patients are undergoing treatment at hospitals under the observation of the health department. The officials are also observing those who could have come into contact with the 6 people. People who came from the UK and other countries were under observation, said the Health Minister.
The new strain is known to spread inside the patient’s body and to others. So, caution must be exercised. Those who came from abroad must inform the health department. The health minister said that the department has made arrangements to screen people returning to the state from abroad. She requested those who had been in contact with people who have returned from abroad to inform the health department.
Shailaja said that there was no need to panic and the virus can be cured if treated under isolation. She added that care must be given to prevent those in high risk categories, especially the elderly and those suffering from other health problems, from contracting the new strain of coronavirus.