On Monday, the Press Information Bureau reported that Kerala’s Wayanad district has not reported any cases for the last 14 days. The most coronavirus vulnerable district Wayanad which shares borders with Karnataka and Tamil Nadu has contained the virus spread but how? The district has so far reported three positive cases of which two have been discharged.
The population of the state is more than 8 lakh and it has placed 12,000 people in-home quarantine, the figure of which has come down to 10,000 now. Rahul Gandhi, the MP of Wayanad took several steps and showed his support to the people of his district but is it his support or the availability of equipment that leads to the flattening of the curve?
The Congress leader and MP Rahul Gandhi presented thermal scanners in his constituency to help the authorities to identify the symptoms of COVID-19 effectively. Rahul Gandhi provided 50 scanners in his district from which 30 was distributed to Wayanad and 10 each was given to Kozhikode and Malappuram districts.
What became the key to flatten the curve in the district?
The district took some strict enforcement which resulted in lowering of cases and the police took action against the first violation of COVID-19 restrictions was registered on the first day which sent a strong message,” said District Collector Adheela Abdulla.
The district is not making any compromise and those violating quarantine directives are facing strict action.
The festival at Valliyoorkavu Bhagavathi temple was a major violation. However, the organizers themselves approached the district administration to abandon it.“It prompted others to follow suit,” she said. In the following days, cases were registered against three mosque committees for conducting gatherings with more than five people in attendance.
What is geofencing and how did it become the crucial key?
A geofence is a virtual perimeter for a real-world geographic area. A geo-fence could be dynamically generated—as in a radius around a point location, or a geo-fence can be a predefined set of boundaries.
The geofencing method was strongly monitored by the police authorities to detect the quarantine related violators.
Wayanad also showed its magnanimity during the lockdown when it opened its borders to let 73 people from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu enter the district for health-related needs. Wayanad has 14 checkpoints and round-the-clock monitoring was ensured to prevent people from crossing the borders illegally.