BBC panel praises Kerala govt for efficiently handling COVID-19 

WION Web Team
New Delhi Updated: Mar 08, 2020, 11:03 PM(IST)

CISF personnel and passengers wear protective masks, in wake of the deadly novel coronavirus, at the airport. Photograph:( ANI )

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Five people in Kerala have tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, taking the total number of confirmed cases in India to 39. 

As the world struggles to contain COVID-19, Kerala government has been praised by the BBC panel for its efficient and effective handling of the deadly virus. 

A video of the discussion was posted on BBC News India’s Facebook page has news anchor Devina Gupta conducting a discussion with Chinese journalist Qian Sun, virologist Dr Shahid Jameel and Subodh Rai, senior director of Crisil Ratings. 

The panel highlighted how Kerala efficiently managed to contain the outbreak and how the people and government prepared or responded to it. 

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Kerala successfully handled the country’s first three positive cases, all medical students from Wuhan where the virus broke out, having followed a rigid protocol, including a 28-day quarantine to contain the spread of the infection.

The state Health Minister K.K. Shailaja had explained that the health department officials traced people who returned to Kerala from infected areas and isolated them even if they had minor symptoms.

Meanwhile, five people in Kerala have tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, taking the total number of confirmed cases in India to 39. 

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