Chellanam municipality to be shut down completely: V. S. Sunil Kumar
Kochi: More restrictions are being implemented in Ernakulam district as the number of COVID-19 patients and their primary contacts are on the rise. Chellanam panchayat will be closed completely. All 13 wards in Aluva municipality will be declared containment zones. Agriculture Minister V. S. Sunil Kumar stated that Aluva municipality will be shut down completely if the condition worsens.
The fourth division in Maradu municipality will also be declared a containment zone. Varapuzha fish market, Aluva market and Chambakkara market will be closed. Maradu market will function but under strict regulations. Ernakulam market will not be opened immediately as one more person linked to the market tested positive on Wednesday.
The Minister said that the current situation does not demand complete shutdown but added that the public should take the matter seriously. He also asked people with COVID symptoms not to interact with family members or step outside.
The rate of testing in the state is being increased step by step. Between 950 and 1,200 samples are being tested on a daily basis. 250 samples are being tested in Kalamassery Medical College, 70 samples each are being tested in three private hospitals and more than 600 samples are being tested in private labs across the district, the Minister said.
Apart from this, 1,500 to 2,000 antibody tests are being held in airports along with 70 antigen tests. The Minister said that community transmission can be detected early when testing is done on private hospitals also.
The Minister added that there is no community transmission in the district and that apart from seven cases, the sources of all the others have been traced. Out of the 47,953 cases tested in the district, only 0.9 percent cases are positive.
The Minister dismissed the allegation that the rate of transmission is very high in Ernakulam and added that strict regulations will be implemented in containment zones.