New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: As India’s tally of coronavirus cases crossed the 1 million mark, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday said that community transmission has been taking place in two coastal hamlets of Poonthura and Pulluvila in state capital Thiruvananthapuram.

The comments from the chief minister came after 791 new infections were reported in the state during the last 24 hours, taking the total count of coronavirus cases in Kerala to 11,066.

“An ‘unprecedented situation’ was prevailing in the coastal region of Thiruvananthapuram, with the infection spreading fast. In Puthuvila and Poonthura areas, community spread of the infection has taken place”, Vijayan said as reported by news agency PTI.

With regard to Thiruvananthapuram district, which accounted for 246 cases, only two had come from abroad and 237 had contracted the disease through contact. He also announced a total lockdown in the coastal regions where community spread is prevailing.

 

"We will have to impose lockdown in coastal areas from tomorrow," he said, adding the coastal stretch has been divided into three zones. "In Pulluvila in Karimkulampanchayat of the 97 people tested, 57 were found positive while in Poonthura 26 have tested positive out of the 50 samples tested in Ayush hospital”.

Vijayan, however, has ruled out enforcing a complete lockdown. "There will be only cluster-based lockdown now and we are not thinking of full lockdown. I can assure you that the situation is as expected and we are prepared to handle it. We were able to contain the spread till now," he said.

 

In Kerala a total of 11,066 people have been afflicted with the coronavirus while 38 people have succumbed to the deadly infection. Of the total 6,033 are active cases in the state, while 4,995 people have been so far cured and ddischarged from the hospitals across the state. 

Posted By: Talib Khan