A 68-year-old resident of Telangana, who reached Thiruvananthapuram after boarding the wrong train from Jaipur, succumbed to COVID-19 on Wednesday, with his test results coming in a day after his demise.
In the daily media interaction, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the man, recognised as Anjayya, had incorrectly boarded a train for Thiruvananthapuram from Rajasthan, instead of a train for his home in Telangana.
The man, along with his family members had reached the capital of Kerala on May 22 from a Shramik special train. After arrival, the family was asked to stay in institutional quarantine.
The man was later admitted to a hospital after he established symptoms of coronavirus. He lost his life before his test results were declared. According to the protocol, the body would be buried in Thiruvananthapuram.
According to reports, his wife and two children with other family members are under observation.
Meanwhile, Kerala which saw a flattening curve in the coronavirus graph is now observing a surge in the COVID-19 spread. The southern state also observed the biggest single-day spike, with 84 fresh coronavirus cases on Thursday. The total infection tally now has crossed the mark of 1,088 in the state.
Recently, CM Pinarayi Vijayan said that increasing COVID-19 cases are a serious issue and we have to reinforce the precautionary measures even further.
In the media address on Thursday, Vijayan said, “At this stage, we cannot say that there is community spread of coronavirus in the state. But, we are on the brink of community spread. The number of positive cases has risen. But, most of them are coming from outside and infected through contacts in Kerala. That is a positive sign that we can still curtail the spread of COVID-19.”
Kerala is on the verge of community spread with a solid rise in cases in the last 20 days, mainly due to the return of people from different states.