Triple lockdown in parts of Malappuram as coronavirus cases rise; 10,000 identified in contact tracing
A triple lockdown has been imposed in parts of Malappuram in Kerala till July 6 as the coronavirus cases continue to rise in the district. The intensive restrictions have come to contain the spread of coronavirus cases.
Triple lockdown is a coronavirus containment strategy that was first implemented in the Kasaragod district of Kerala during the initial phase of the coronavirus outbreak.
The triple lockdown came into effect from 5 pm on Monday in Ponnani Taluk and adjoining areas, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said while making the announcement. The decision comes as 69 new coronavirus positive cases were reported in the district in the past three days.
Speaking to the media in Thiruvanathapuram, Pinarayi Vijayan said that triple lockdown in Ponnani Taluk and adjoining areas will be in place till July 6. Pinarayi Vijayan said mass testing will be done in Edappal and Ponnani.
"The decision was taken due to the increase in the number of cases in Edappal and Ponnani regions. Arrangements being made for widespread testing. Everyone with fever and breathing issues to be tested. Health workers, hospital employees, bank employees, transport workers, auto taxi drivers will be tested even if they are asymptomatic," Pinarayi Vijayan said.
In addition to this, a special medical team from Kozhikode, Thrissur, Manjeri medical colleges will be deployed in the region.
The government has also decided to conduct a minimum of 10,000 tests in regions that are severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The district administration has prepared a contract list of over 10,000 people after five health workers tested positive recently.
According to the Malappuram DMO, two doctors, a nurse, and two paramedical staff tested positive during the sentinel surveillance test. The doctors and staff belonged to two private hospitals in Edappal region.
"These are very famous hospitals and doctors. So many people used to visit them even from other districts. We have managed to prepare a contact list of over 10,000 people. Though the source of infection is yet to be ascertained, we have advised those in the contact list to be on double quarantine. Some children who came in contact with these doctors will be tested on priority," the DMO said.