Vijayan, Chandy stable after testing Covid positive

While Vijayan admitted at the Kozhikode Medical College is being monitored by a seven-member medical team, Chandy is admitted at a private hospital in the state capital…reports Asian Lite News.

The health condition of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his predecessor senior Congress leader Oommen Chandy, who had both tested Covid positive, was stable, said health officials on Friday.

Both tested Covid positive on Thursday and were admitted in two different hospitals.

While Vijayan admitted at the Kozhikode Medical College is being monitored by a seven-member medical team, Chandy is admitted at a private hospital in the state capital.

A source told that Chandy was cheerful, reading newspapers and watching TV in his room with his son giving him company.

While Vijayan was at his home turf in Kannur, when his daughter and son-in-law first turned positive, he after tested positive on Thursday and got himself admitted to the state-run Medical College hospital at Kozhikode.

In Chandy’s case, though he was down with fever for the past two days and was under observation at his home here, it was late Thursday night after the district medical officer came home and recommended that he be moved to a hospital, he was admitted to a private hospital.

While Vijayan had taken the first dose of the vaccine jab, Chandy had not gone for it.

Covid protocols tightened

With the Covid test positivity ratio in Kerala climbing to above 5 per cent, a high-level meeting held earlier this week has decided to tighten Covid protocols with immediate effect.

The decision came as it was found that 3,502 people on Wednesday had tested positive from 60,554 samples tested in the past 24 hours.

Across the state, there are now 31,493 Covid positive patients while 11,08,078 people have been cured so far.

Following the tightening of protocols, it has been decided to ask the police to ensure that these are strongly adhered too.

With the Assembly elections over on Tuesday, it was also decided to ask all polling agents to immediately undergo a Covid test.

Around one lakh people have been asked to take the test in the coming days.

The authorities fear that things might take a turn for the worse, as the elections and the campaign saw huge crowds of people all across the state.

The meeting also decided to see that vaccination camps be set up and to see that in the next 45 days, all those above 45 years are vaccinated.

Moreover with the elections, the routine quarantine for all those arriving from outside the state was also not strictly enforced and from now, all visitors will have to ensure that they undergo the mandatory quarantine period without fail.

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