Kasaragod, March 20, 2020: Kerala on Friday reported 12 more positive cases of coronavirus infection, taking total number of COVID-19 patients in the state to 40. Of the 12 new cases, six are from Kasaragod district, five from Ernakulam and one from Palakkad.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had strong words for one of the COVID-19 patients in Kasaragod, who did not care about following the precautionary measures. The CM announced a near shutdown for the northern district. The chief minister said examinations across the state were postponed due to the situation in Kasaragod.
“The patient landed at Karipur airport and stayed there that night. Next day, he went to Kozhikode. From there, he went to Kasaragod by train. Back home, he attended all functions, including public meetings and a football match. He also went to a local club and later hosted guests during a family function,” the CM said.
The CM said the patient also shook hands with an MLA and hugged another. The two legislators, N A Nellikkunnu from Kasargod and M C Kamaruddin from Manjeshwaram, are currently in quarantine at their homes.
Two of the six newly reported cases in Kasaragod are the relatives of the patient. Other two came from Dubai while the details of the remaining two have not yet been collected, the CM said.
With 6 cases reported in the district, Kasaragod will enter shutdown mode with all orphanages, clubs and offices closed for two weeks. Shops will also remain open only between 11 am and 5 pm. An order has been issued to enforce all of these measures in the district, the Chief Minister added.