Thiruvananthapuram: The locals residents of Poonthura, where lockdown regulations were intensified due to COVID transmission, violated the restrictions and gathered for a protest.
As per reports, they blocked the health workers who arrived for medical examination. Hundreds of people gathered without even wearing masks. Out of the 500 samples collected in Poonthura, 115 were confirmed with COVID-19 and strict lockdown was imposed here.
More police force is deployed in Poonthura as part of intensifying restrictions. People are directed not to go out. Patrolling has started in the coastal area to make sure that fisherfolk are not going for fishing. Rapid Action Force is deployed in Poonthura.
The locals protested alleging that the police do not allow them go out for buying essentials and are not delivering things at their households. As the area is densely populated, people happened to go out in large numbers. With this, the police had to send them back home, the locals complained.
Earlier, the police had to disperse the crowd in the area and this ended up in clashes between police and the locals. Though the government claimed to have distributed about 1 lakh masks in Poonthura, the locals alleged that they did not get any.
A fish vendor in Paruthikkuzhi near Poonthura was first diagnosed with COVID-19. He used to engage in wholesale trade by delivering fish from Kanyakumari. 26 people in Poonthura and 2 in Paruthikkuzhi who had contact with him also tested positive for the disease later.