Kozhikode: At a time when Kerala is concerned about the spread of coronavirus, Kozhikode is breathing a sigh of relief as the 137 samples sent to the lab from the district have come out negative for COVID-19.
The information was revealed by Minister for Excise and Labour T. P. Ramakrishnan while addressing media after an evaluation meeting. But the district is remaining alert as 5,798 people are under observation. The minister did not dismiss the chance of the number of patients increasing in the district.
“A special mobile application named COVID-19 has been created to know the details of the coronavirus situation in Kozhikode. More information can be availed through the toll free number 1077,” T. P. Ramakrishnan said.
Kozhikode will fully cooperate with the Janata Curfew and all arrangements in this regard have been completed. “Pisharikavu temple trust cancelling the temple festival is a huge relief. Such measures from religious authorities are a boost to coronavirus prevention activities,” the minister added.
Kozhikode has decided to include private hospitals in the COVID-19 prevention activities with 70 being part of the initiatives. A decision regarding the number of beds that can be reserved for COVID-19 patients at these private hospitals will be decided soon, T. P. Ramakrishnan added
“A man who was tested positive for COVID-19 reaching Kozhikode is a serious matter. We are waiting for the route map of his travels,” district collector S. Sambasiva Rao said.