With the latest spike in cases in Thiruvananthapuram and other parts of the state, the much -touted ‘Kerala model’ seem to be crumbling.
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A 51-year-old native of Thuruthy who recently returned from Kuwait succumbed to the disease at the government medical college hospital in Kalamassery on Monday. He was admitted to the hospital on June 26. He was a diabetic and was admitted to the internal care unit (ICU) of the hospital where his condition deteriorated leading to his death, sources said.
Further, a 79-year-old woman hailing from Thodupuzha who was admitted to a private hospital in Ernakulam for kidney ailment, and in the meantime tested positive for COVID-19, died on Monday night.
In Idukki, a 75-year-old native of the district, who recently returned with his son from Theni in Tamil Nadu died of the disease on Monday. His son and several of his relatives have been quarantined.
Meanwhile, three students who recently attended the Kerala Engineering Architecture Medical Entrance Exams (KEAM 2020) tested positive for the virus.
A parent who accompanied his son to the exam centre has also contracted the virus.
While two students and the parent belonged to Thiruvananthapuram, a student tested positive for the disease in Kozhikode.
As many as 18 nuns of St. Mary’s Province in Aluva have tested positive for the virus. They had come in contact with a nun who died of the disease recently, said sources.
Several doctors and nurses of various medical colleges have also tested positive for the disease.
The ‘Gulf Market’ in Tirur has been shutdown after two police volunteers tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.
As on Monday, Kerala has 7,611 active cases. The state lately reports 700 -800 cases a day after having almost flattened the curve and reporting nil cases for a few days at one point of time after the outbreak of the pandemic.
On May 22, Kerala registered its highest of 42 cases a day. By the first week of June the number of cases crossed 100. The spike in cases has continued since then.
Kerala health minister K.K.Shailaja, who was actively involved in containing the cases is conspicuous by her absence before the media lately. Was she sidelined?
Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan seems to be running out of ideas, even as he is assailed by the opposition alleging the chief minister’s office’s involvement in the high-profile gold smuggling case centering around the Consulate of UAE in Thiruvananthapuram.
The conducting of KEAM had drawn flak from parents as the authorities were not able to ensure physical distancing.
Lately, the government clamped triple lockdown in Thiruvananthapuram where local transmission has been confirmed.
“The situation in Thiruvananthapuram is extremely serious,” Pinarayi Vijayan himself admitted recently.
Meanwhile, actor Ahaana Krishna was forced to react with a ‘love letter’ to pro-Left cyberbullies after being at the end of threats and abuses from them for criticizing the government.
Ahaana, who debuted in the Malayalam movie Njan Steve Lopez, had posted a message on Instagram reportedly saying, “Saturday, a major political scam news breaks out. Sunday, a surprise triple lockdown is announced in Thiruvananthapuram. Well, LOL.”
Following attack from cyberbullies for her message, Ahaana reacted describing cyberbullying as a pandemic. She said people are posting vulgar and extremely disgusting comments.
The actor noted that she was not at all hurt by those nasty comments. But she felt extremely sorry for them. “I do not believe that I may be able to change the mindset of a cyberbully. Let us consider them as sick people and I would like to let them know that they are considered as a bunch of clowns or sick people,” she said in a video.