With the lockdown being extended till May 3, 2020, the states are gearing up to take stringent measures to fight the coronavirus.
By Astha Oriel
On April 14, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave the green signal for the lockdown to be extended till May 3, 2020. However even before the nationwide lockdown was announced, many states such as Telangana, Kerala, Karnataka, and Madhya Pradesh insisted to extend the lockdown. Now, with India struggling with more than 11000 COVID-19 cases, and more than 377 deaths, according to the data released by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the southern states have now scrambled for the quick response.
Kerala Performs Meticulous Tracing
Kerala was the first state where the COVID -19 case got detected on January 2020. There are reportedly 387 cases of coronavirus with 3 deaths and with eight new COVID-19 reports recorded today. A report by India Today states the Kerala government is now focusing on state-wise surveillance against the public after the lockdown extension. The Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan while talking with the media appreciated the progress made by Kerala in fighting COVID19. However, he emphasised the need for continuing vigilance, to fight the complexity of COVID 19 disease.
The district administration in Alapuzzah, Kerala, has agreed to turn houseboats into isolation facilities, ANI reported.
Kerala: Alappuzha District Administration has decided to convert houseboats into isolation facilities amid #COVID19 outbreak. “This would increase our bed strength by 1500 to 2000”,says M Anjana, Alappuzha District Collector. pic.twitter.com/YpPViQZ6aF— ANI (@ANI) April 15, 2020
Karnataka Prepares for Door Delivery
Two hours after the announcement of lockdown extension the Chief Minister of Karnataka B.S Yediyurappa, in a tweet, issued the precautionary measures to be followed till May 3, 2020., Nonetheless the Medical Education Department has decided to constitute a specialist task force in monitoring the COVID -19 positive cases in all the 19 districts of Karnataka, reports The Deccan Herald. With 17 new cases reported today, Karnataka currently has 277 COVID-19 positive cases, with 11 fatalities. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Tuesday identified six new hotspots for suspected COVID -19 cases, thus making the total number of COVID -19 hotspots to 38. Apart from this, the BBMP commissioner B.H Anil Kumar , on Tuesday also tweeted about the door to door home delivery of essential supplies.
Violations rampant in Andhra Pradesh
The Andhra Pradesh government, post the lockdown extension has scrambled into action with the chief minister of the state YS Jagan Mohan Reddy holding a video conference with the collectors and district magistrates of the states regarding exploring possibilities for delivering essential commodities to the citizens, and having stringent measures in every hospital for the treatment of COVID -19 patients suggests media reports. Andhra Pradesh currently has 483 active cases with nine fatalities.
Tamil Nadu’s Migrant Strategy
Even before the lockdown Extension was announced, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu already announced for an extension till April 30. In a tweet, the CM Edapaddi K Palaniswami, announced that migrant workers to get 15 kilograms of rice, one kilogram kg of pulses and 1 kg of cooking oil free for the month of May. The Tamil Nadu government has decided to give the families of non-resident workers including construction workers, and relief assistance of Rs. 1000. Currently, Tamil Nadu has a total of 1204 cases, with 12 fatalities as issued by the Ministry of Health and family welfare.
Telangana Focuses on Hyderabad
Telangana government has identified 246 areas are designated as the containment zones. , tweeted the Chief Minister of the state K Chandrashekhar Rao. However, media reports suggest that the Telangana government is focusing on the capital city, Hyderabad regarding the surge in the number of COVID-19 cases. Currently, Telangana has a total number of 624 COVID-19 cases, with 17 fatalities.
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