Kerala capital latest hotbed of COVID-19, 20 test positive at Sree Chithra Hospital

Sree Chitra
Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram. Photo courtesy: Website/ SCTIMST

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala's capital reported several clusters on Thursday amid the spiralling Covid-19 cases in the state.

Twenty employees of the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, including 8 doctors tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday.

Surgeries were cut short at the hospital following the outbreak.

CET shutdown ordered

The College of Engineering Trivandrum (CET) was shut here on Thursday after over 100 students within the campus contracted the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. A week-long online classes have been announced by the college authorities.

More than hundred individuals, including students, have tested positive for the disease, thus forcing the authorities to declare the college campus as a cluster.

(Cluster refers to an aggregation of cases of a disease. A coronavirus cluster occurs when there is a concentration of infections in the same area at the same time.)

Covid-19 review meet on Friday

Kerala's Education Minister V Sivankutty will meet Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday to discuss the prospect of closing schools amid the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the state.

There has been an increasing demand to shut down schools from primary classes (Grade 1 to 7) in Kerala.

The final decision to this respect will be arrived at after the periodic COVID-19 review meet on Friday. Other measures like weekend and night curfew are also being considered. The shut down of higher education institutions is currently not under consideration.

Mega ‘Thiruvathirakali’ at CPM meet

Meanwhile, the mega ‘Thiruvathirakali’ at the CPM district conference in Thiruvanthapuram with 502 dancers, conducted by flouting all latest restrictions, has invited severe criticism across state. Among those who witnessed the event on Tuesday were politburo member M A Baby, CPM Thiruvananthapuram district secretary Anavoor Nagappan and C K Hareendran MLA.

As many as 502 dancers performed at the ground of the CSI School, Cheruvarakonam, when gatherings of more than 150 people are banned under the current pandemic rules. An equal number of viewers were also present at the ground.

"The mega Thiruvathira should have been avoided. It was an ignorant mistake," Education Minister V Sivankutty said while responding to the media.

CPM State Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan also stated that the programme should have been avoided.