Kerala lifts ‘calamity’ status after cure of one Coronavirus patient

Thiruvananthapuram: In a sigh of relief after successful treatment curing a Coronavirus infected patient, the Kerala Government has lifted the ‘calamity’ status declared four days ago in the State.

Kerala had pressed the emergency button last Monday after a third China-returned medical student diagnosed positive for n-CoV in Kasaragod, north Kerala.

In a statement issued here, state Health Minister K.K.Shailaja said that of the 72 people who returned from Wuhan, 67 of the results have come out negative.

“After February 3, there have been no fresh positive cases and the three patients who tested positive are on the road to recovery. Moreover, all those who has come in close contact with the three positive patients, who are under close observation, are fine. Hence it has been decided to lift it,” she said.

On Friday, there are 3,014 people who are under observation, out of which 2,953 are quarantined in their homes, while 61 are in hospitals. Of the total 285 samples sent for testing, 261 were negative and the results of the rest are awaited.

“However, the caution will continue and all those under observation will continue to be observed till they complete 28 days. All the control rooms that have been opened across the state will continue their work,” added Shailaja.

(With IANS inputs)

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