Kozhikode: The Kozhikode administration on Monday partially lifted restrictions it had imposed on containment zones in the district, as no new Nipah cases were reported for three straight days. The move also comes as no one in the contact list of the affected persons did not turn Nipah positive.
However, it may be noted that reductions in curbs are not applicable to all containment zones. The reduction in curbs is applicable to the following areas:
- Ayancheri Grama Panchayat- Ward numbers: 1,2,3,4,5,12,13,14,15
- Maruthonkara Grama Panchayat-Ward numbers: 1,2,3,4,5,12,13,14
- Thiruvallur Grama Panchayat-Ward numbers: 1,2,7,8,9,20
- Kuttiadi Grama Panchayat-Ward numbers: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
- Kayakkody Grama Panchayat-Ward numbers: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13
- Kavilumpara Grama Panchayat-Ward numbers: 2,10,11,12,13,14,15,16
- Villiappally Grama Panchayat-Ward numbers: 3,4,5,6,7
- Purameri Grama Panchayatt: Ward number 13, Ward number 4 which includes Thanneer Panthal town region
- Changaroth Grama Panchayat-Ward numbers: 1,2,19
- Shops and establishments can function until 8 p.m. by following the Nipah protocol
- All banks can operate until 2 p.m. by following the Nipah protocol
The mandates are effective until further orders. The authorities are likely to reduce the curbs in the coming days if the situation in the district is favourable.
Till Monday evening, 1,270 contacts were traced and some of them through the help of the police, Health Minister Veena George said and added that over 47,000 homes had come under surveillance in the district till now.
She also said that the Animal Husbandry department held a meeting with the Forest and other departments and subsequently, decided to carry out a continuous community surveillance.
Regarding the four Nipah infected patients, including a nine-year-old boy, the state Health Minister said their medical condition was stable.
The last Nipah positive case reported in the state was on September 15.
The minister had on Sunday said as no new positive Nipah cases were reported, the containment and quarantine measures would remain in place for 42 days from the last positive case reported.
The incubation period of the virus is 21 days and therefore, "a double incubation period of 42 days from the last positive case" is considered as the period during which caution has to be exercised, George had explained.
The total number of cases of Nipah infection confirmed in the state are six, of which two persons have died and four people are being treated.
The World Health Organisation and ICMR studies have found that the entire state, not just Kozhikode, is prone to such infections.
With PTI inputs