Kerala reports zero cases for second consecutive day; 61 recover

Mumbai: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan ats 'Mumbai Collective', in Mumbai on Feb 2, 2020. (Photo: IANS) by .
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan (Photo: IANS)
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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday said there are no new fresh cases of coronavirus reported in the state, for the second day running.

As many as 61 were cured of the virus, and there are 34 presently under treatment.

“A total of 21,352 people are under observation at their homes while 372 others have been kept under observation at different hospitals across the state,” said Vijayan.

There are 84 hotspots in the state presently.

With the nationwide lockdown now further extended till May 17, a relaxed state of affairs was seen on Monday in the green and orange zones of the state.

Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Thrissur districts are in the green zones, and Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Palakkad, Idukki, Kasargode and Wayanad in the orange zones.

Kannur and Kottayam are in the red zones.

Mumbai: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan ats 'Mumbai Collective', in Mumbai on Feb 2, 2020. (Photo: IANS) by .
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan (Photo: IANS)

Kerala to attract investment

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday said that it’s time for the state to look forward and attract investments due to huge human resource potential as many state natives would return from abroad.

Vijayan said that his government had decided to relax registration and licensing norms to attract fresh business investments.

“All applications will be processed in a week’s time and conditional licenses given. The investor will have a year’s time to finish all other processes and the state will give time to rectify any lapses,” said Vijayan.

Vijayan said to formulate a robust plan for attracting investments a special task force of experts will be set up.

“It has also been decided to classify all the proposals into gold, silver and bronze categories based on the investments and the total employment such units will generate,” added the Chief Minister added.

Kochi: Medical staff wearing protective gear, take medical waste to dump it as they exit the Special Isolation Ward set up to provide treatment to novel coronavirus patients at Kochi Medical college, in Kerala on Feb 8, 2020. (Photo: IANS) by .
Medical staff wearing protective gear, take medical waste to dump it as they exit the Special Isolation Ward set up to provide treatment to novel coronavirus patients at Kochi Medical college, in Kerala. (Photo: IANS)

“Kerala’s human resource has by now proved to be better than the best anywhere in the world. We are certain that this is our biggest strength to attract fresh and new investments,” said Vijayan.

He pointed out that cities like Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Kozhikode and Kannur have good airports, roads, railways and ports.

“In these cities, we plan to set up logistics parks, besides making value addition to the Kannur-based Azhikkal port. Another area with huge potential is to make value addition in the agricultural sector and hand over the land available at the Palakkad food park to industrialists to set up units. Coconut park is also a potential one,” said Vijayan.