Kerala state is under semi-lockdown as the Covid-19 positive cases touch 14. All large gatherings including weddings, funerals, public functions stand cancelled; schools and colleges are closed, examinations cancelled, theatres closed, resorts in hill stations closed to tourists—a direct result of three people not revealing their travel history to Covid-19 hit Italy. They tested positive and their irresponsible behavior infected six others.
The issue of suspected Covid-19 patients not abiding by the advice of the Health department officials and causing a Covid-19 scare in the state has again come to the fore with the breakout of Covid-19 in clusters in Pathanamthitta and in Ernakulam. The state had earlier managed to contain the spread of the disease by quarantining three infected medical students who had returned from Wuhan in China in late January.
The alleged irresponsible behaviour on the part of the three-member family from Pathanamthitta who returned from Italy via Doha has now brought the entire state to a halt. Of the nine fresh positive cases of Covid-19 reported on Tuesday, six people had come in touch with the family from Konni, did not volunteer for Covid-19 screening as per the Health department directive.