In a recent, a CPM leader, his wife and two children tested positive for COVID-19 after they welcomed a relative who illegally entered the state in a goods truck.
The relative returned from Maharashtra on May 4. Upon his return from Maharashtra, the CPM leader took him to his home.
The relative tested positive for the virus on May 11 after he showed the symptoms of the disease. Following this, the results of the leader and his family came out positive on Thursday and they were sent on quarantine.
The leader had visited a cancer patient in Kanhangad district hospital three times during this period and visited the cancer ward, lab, X-ray room. A health worker in the district hospital has also tested positive. The CPM leader is said to have attended the funeral of a former CPM leader as well.
The leader’s wife is a panchayat member. The health department authorities have asked authorities including the panchayat president to go under quarantine and turn up for testing their samples on Friday.
The relative of the leader returned from an area which has reported a high number of COVID cases.
For the uninitiated, 26 new coronavirus cases were reported as of 8:00 AM on May 15 in Kerala, according to data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. This brings the total reported cases of coronavirus in Kerala to 560. Among the total people infected as on date, 491 have recovered and 4 have passed away.