Kerala Government under-reports Covid-19 cases

    07-May-2020   
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The hitherto undisclosed news about the missing Tablighis and deliberate cover-up of Corona cases raise questions about the credibility of the Left Government of Kerala
 
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The recent spate of Covid-19 cases, with unknown source of infection, points the finger at a possible community spread in the state. The state health department could not find the source of infection for 25 coronavirus patients.
 
Contrary to the initial claims, as of last April, Kerala had a daily average of just 420 tests. The state is now lagging behind most of the other states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, and Madhya Pradesh.
 
Among some of the positive cases reported from Kerala, the incubation period was longer than 24 days. In certain cases, it is as long as 40 days! The officials claim that both were asymptomatic but isolated as per directives. However, people doubt whether it has a direct link to the missing Tablighis who had attended Nizamuddin Markaz.
 
Exposing Kerala’s great cover-up for the first time, the state DGP Loknath Behera had disclosed to a media that around 284 Tablighis from Kerala who attended the Nizamuddin Markaz were still missing. Behera said that it was difficult to trace them as their mobile phones were now switched off!
 
With the state police chief’s statement hitting the headlines, the earlier accounts of Kerala Government and Chief Minister Vijayan proved to be outright lies and concocted to serve political purposes. On April 1, Kerala Chief Minister Vijayan had claimed that all the participants of the Tablighi Jamaat at the Nizamuddin Markaz from Kerala had been tracked and they were under observation in the state.
 
“We are constantly monitoring those who participated in the Tablighi Jamaat from Kerala, all of them have been quarantined, and 60 are under observation. The situation is under control, and there is no need for any concern”, CM Vijayan had said.
 
However, even if the currently available numbers are taken at face value, at least 284 Kerala Tablighis who had participated in the Tablighi Jamaat convention in Nizamuddin are missing. As per reports, 1,311 people, nearly a third of the participants, who attended the Tablighi Markaz in Nizamuddin were from Kerala. More than 3,000 people had reportedly attended the Markaz.
 
Now it is said that 518 Tablighis in Kerala were identified and six of them have tested positive. However, as per the cell phone locations, another 509 attendees from Kerala are currently stationed out of Kerala. And the police have no clue about the rest of 284 Tablighis as they failed to trace their phones.
 
Recently, former state minister Shibu Baby John came up with a serious allegation against the state government, accusing the chief minister of manipulating the number of Covid-19 cases. In a Facebook post on April 30, the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) leader said that the Government hid the details of his party’s local secretary who tested positive for COVID-19 in Kollam. He said that the Chief Minister on Thursday, in his daily press conference, did not reveal this particular case in Kollam.
 
Although the RSP local leader was under treatment in a hospital in Kollam district, the Chief Minister had told media persons that no positive cases were reported from Kollam. However, Shibu reveals that according to unofficial reports, there are over four people tested positive for Coronavirus in Kollam!
 
“Many other districts, including Idukki and Kottayam, have been underreporting the number of positive cases. The chief minister must make it clear that whether this under-reporting is part of a deliberate cover-up,” the RSP leader asks.