KERALA reports 2 COVID -19 victim: Lord Ayyappa temple closed

Kerala: 5 foreigners test positive for coronavirus in Kochi; entry at Sabarimala temple banned

KERALA, one of the worst impacted Indian states by novel coronavirus, has confirmed the second death due to the dreaded virus. A 68-year-old man who had tested positive for COVID-19 passed away on Tuesday morning. The man had been on a ventilator for the past five days. The Medical Superintendent, Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, said, “A man who had been tested positive for coronavirus passed away early morning today. He suffered kidney failure.” Kerala with 202 confirmed cases as of Monday evening, has the highest number of COVID-19 patients among all states and union territories in the country. There are over 1,200 confirmed cases of the disease in India with the number of active cases being upwards of the 1,100 mark as of Monday evening. 5 foreigners test positive for coronavirus in Kochi; entry at Sabarimala temple banned, reports ZEE NEWS. The foreign nationals belonged to a group of foreign tourists which included a UK national who had tested positive for the virus on March 15, the minister told reporters These foreign nationals, who were reportedly holidaying in the hill resort town of Munnar in the state, were quarantined at a Kochi hotel after their fellow traveller was diagnosed with the virus, have been shifted to the Kalamassery medical college hospital near Kochi. he Guruvayur Lord Krishna temple at Thrissur will remain closed for devotees from March 21 until further notice, officials told PTI, adding “Both the temples will continue their rituals and poojas but will remain closed to devotees. “The shrine will be opened from March 28 for the ten-day festival ending on April 7, Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), which manages the temple, said in a release. The release said, “The decision was taken after the district collector, who is also the district Disaster Management Authority chairman, submitted a report suggesting restricting the devotees from visiting Sabarimala temple due to the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the country.” Breaking the myth that aged people and those with other medical complications were highly vulnerable to infections and had higher chances of death from coronavirus, a 93 year and 88-year-old couple have recovered in Kerala. Generally, people above the age of 60 are included in the high-risk group for coronavirus treatment, reports DECCAN CHRONICLE, a widely read newspaper in Southern India. Thomas aged 93 and his wife Mariamma aged 88, natives of Ranni in Pathanamthitta district were infected with the virus from their Italy returned son. They were admitted to Kottayam government medial college on March 9 and considering the high-risk involved, a special medical team was formed to treat the couple. They also have other age-related complications like diabetes and hypertension, DC said.

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