Nipah Virus: There is panic in the state with the detection of two more new cases of Nipah virus in Kerala. After which the administration has issued an alert in three more districts Kannur, Wayanad and Malappuram and declared 7 gram panchayats as containment zones. Keeping the situation in mind, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan himself has called a high-level review meeting on Wednesday evening. Let us tell you that before this, 2 people have died in the state due to Nipah virus.
Chief Minister appealed to the people
Earlier, the Chief Minister himself informed the people by tweeting that, “Nipah virus infection has been confirmed in Kozhikode district, the saliva of four people whose saliva was sent for test. Out of them, 2 people have been found infected and 2 people are negative. The Chief Minister has appealed to the people not to panic but to exercise restraint and follow the precautions completely.
Seven gram panchayats made containment zones
The state government has issued guidelines releasing the list of containment zone areas. In which no outsider is allowed to go into the containment zone and no local person is allowed to go out. Apart from this, shops selling food and essential commodities have been allowed to open from 7 am to 5 pm in containment zone areas. Also, no restrictions have been imposed for medical and other health centres.
It is noteworthy that while giving information on behalf of the state government, Health Minister Veena George had said that the first death due to Nipah occurred on August 30 and the second death occurred on September 11. After which samples of the deceased were taken and sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune. Also, the state government had sent samples of 4 more people, out of which 2 people have been found infected. One of them is around 9 years old and the other is 24 years old.
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