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Thiruvananthapuram: There has been a huge increase in the number of coronavirus cases contracted through contact in Kerala. The state reported 225 COVID-19 cases on Sunday out of which 38 developed the disease through contact.
Among them 22 are from Thiruvananthapuram, 5 are from Kozhikode, 4 are from Kasaragod, 3 are from Ernakulam, 2 are from Malappuram and 1 each are from Kollam and Alappuzha. Moreover, 7 DSC and 2 CISF officers in Kannur, 2 BSF officers in Thrissur and 2 ship crew have also developed the disease.
Out of the 27 cases reported in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday, 22 had developed the disease through contact. The source of 14 among them is unknown. None of them have any travel history which makes the situation even more concerning.
The capital city has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the state and most of them belong to containment zones.
Officials including Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran, who is in charge of the district are saying that the capital city is on the brink of community transmission. 20 wards in the city have been declared containment zones. Mayor K. Sreekumar said things were getting serious and very soon there would be new strict guidelines without which things would go out of hand.
In Kozhikode, 5 persons contracted the virus through contact. According to the District Medical Officer, the patients including children could have contracted the virus from the security guard who tested positive after committing suicide. There are 9 coronavirus cases in the district with unidentified sources.
The coronavirus contact cases in Kasaragod were working in community kitchens and labs. Meanwhile in Kannur, 68 CISF and 22 BSF personnel have tested positive for the virus.
Speaking to Mathrubhumi News, Indian Medical Association representative Dr Sulphi said that there is every possibility of community transmission. Stating that the increasing number of contact cases was alarming, he added that the present restrictions will need to be doubled to keep the virus spread in check.