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Kerala to test if someone has even one or two Covid-19 symptoms, says CM Pinarayi Vijayan

The chief minister said that patients would now be tested for the coronavirus even if they start showing only one or two symptoms instead of the present protocol of testing when they show four to five symptoms

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Last Updated: Apr 04, 2020, 02.18 PM IST
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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said the state has managed to control the Covid-19 spread to a large extent and that steps would now be taken to increase the number of tests being conducted.

The fall in the number of fresh positive cases was a testimony to the government’s efforts, Vijayan told a news conference on Friday evening.

“Kerala’s performance in containing the pandemic is appreciable but we should realise the gravity of the situation and should not be complacent. The fight would continue,” he said

Kerala reported its first Coronavirus case on January 30, in a student who had returned from Wuhan, and after an initial surge the rise in number of patients plateaued this week.

The chief minister said that patients would now be tested for the coronavirus even if they start showing only one or two symptoms instead of the present protocol of testing when they show four to five symptoms

"The rapid test kits will also be used to do more tests. However, those who test negative using the rapid test kit would still have to continue under observation. It is possible that they may test positive at a later stage,” he said.

The CM also announced the formation of a 17-member task force to come out with recommendations on a phased return to normalcy after the end of the lockdown period. The task force consisting of eminent persons would be headed by the former Chief Secretary, K M Abraham. The Prime Minister had on Thursday invited suggestions from the state governments on how to address the post-lockdown period.

Nine cases confirmed in Kerala on Friday

Nine fresh cases of Covid-19 infection were reported in the State on Friday. Seven new cases are from Kasargod district and one each from Thrissur and Kannur districts. Of the confirmed 295 cases so far, 251 are currently under treatment in various hospitals across Kerala.

Fourteen patients have recovered on Friday including a nurse who got the infection while attending to a coronavirus patient. Five patients from Kannur district, three from Kasargod district, two each from Idukki and Kozhikode districts, and one each from Pathanamthitta and Kottayam districts are those who recovered.

In Kottayam, an old couple who had multiple issues and were in serious condition were discharged from the hospital today. “We see this as an achievement and a testimony to our healthcare system. I would like to place on record our appreciation for all the health workers involved in their treatment and care”, he added.

As on Friday, 1,69,997 persons are under observation - 1,69,291 at home and 706 at hospitals throughout Kerala. 154 persons were admitted to hospitals today. 9,139 samples were sent for testing and 8,126 results were negative.

Out of the 295 confirmed, 206 patients are those who came from abroad, seven foreign nationals (tourists) and 78 who got through primary contact with infected persons. Three persons who returned from the Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin are currently under observation.
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