Virus is the enemy, not patients; CM slams social discrimination against COVID-19 patients

“Even if someone is suffering from the pandemic, we must safeguard them after taking necessary precautions, not abandon them,” Pinarayi Vijayan reminded.

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday said that recently, there had been incidents that tarnish the image created by coronavirus prevention activities in the state.

“The virus is the enemy and not the patients. Nobody should forget that,” the CM said while addressing a press conference here after a COVID-19 review meeting.

We have been able to prevent the spread of the pandemic so far because of joint efforts. But lately, there have been news about the misfortunes of people who returned home after struggling abroad and outside the state.

The CM pointed out incidents where the house of those undergoing quarantine were attacked, their relatives were isolated, patients kept away as untouchables by others and those who completed treatment and cured of the virus denied entry into their own house.

"In Kottayam, we had a case wherein a family who arrived from Bengaluru was looked down upon by even other family members, not to mention others. They had undergone isolation, but were still not able to get back to their own house. Their in-laws also refused to take them in. No one should view people put in isolation as untouchables. It will not be accepted, and it is against our culture,” the CM said.

“Even if someone is suffering from the pandemic, we must safeguard them after taking necessary precautions, not abandon them. Such incidents are a disgrace to our society. We must accept our siblings who have returned from abroad and provide them with the necessary facilities,” he reminded.

The Chief Minister stated that the virus has reached all the districts in the state. The transmission has occurred in both urban and rural areas. “The situation is critical in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam city and Ponnani. It indicates that we must be more vigilant than ever,” Pinarayi Vijayan said.

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