New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In a good news amid the times when the country is struggling with the coronavirus pandemic, Kerala’s finance minister on Saturday said that the state has been able to flatten the coronavirus curve within 100 days after the first case was reported in the state.

Taking to Twitter, state Finance Minister Thomas Isaac today morning said “On the 100th day of confirmation of the first case of COVID, Kerala flattened the curve. Only 16 active cases remain in hospitals. We are bracing ourselves for the 3rd wave”.

His claim came a day after Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the state had been successful in containing the virus in January, when the first case was reported, and during the second wave of infections in March.

"It has been 100 days since the first COVID-19 case was reported in Kerala on January 30... We could contain the spread at that stage. The second phase started in (the first week of) March. Today, after two months, we have managed to flatten the curve," the Chief Minister said on Friday.

"Our recovery rate is comparable to the highest in the world. We are doing everything to avoid a third phase but we are prepared for any situation”he stated, while cautioning people to be “more careful in the coming days given the expected return of thousands of Kerala residents stranded abroad”.

Under the Vande Bharat Mission, two Air India flights landed in Kerala, bringing back over 350 Indians stranded in Abu Dhabi and UAE, after lockdown was imposed and flight operations were closed.  "We expect responsible behaviour from the general public in this regard," the Chief Minister said.

Kerala has reported first three coronavirus cases in India in January and since then the state has done extremely well to contain the virus. Out of the 503 cases reported in Kerala till date, 484 people have been cured of the deadly disease, while only 4 deaths were reported in the southern state.

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Kerala has also took some different steps in containing the spread which helped in flattening the COVID-19 curve. The state has quarantined suspected cases for 28-days, while other states are doing this for 14-days. Kerala government also used the walk-in kiosks for mass collection of samples, inspired by South Korea. 

Posted By: Talib Khan