Among the 600 samples collected from Poonthura, 119 tested positive showing an immediate hike in the number of Covid-19 cases in Kerala. There were 301 cases reported in the state on Tuesday amid 64 cases reported due to community spread.
Poonthura, a densely populated fishing spot in Trivandrum district with nearly 10,000 inhabitants, was turned to a containment zone guarded by 25 commandos to restrict people from leaving their household unnecessarily.
The spread of novel coronavirus forced the government to carry out triple lock-down Trivandrum city by closing down shops, government offices, and institutions except necessary goods. The State also decided to close state borders. Multiple regulations in the coastal borders with the help of Coastal Security Guards and Marine Enforcement in order to check the arrival and departure of fishing boats in and out of Tamil Nadu.
People of Poonthura started to panic owing to the steep hike in cases due to community transmission. The government takes strict action against people violating quarantine rules. People are given enough possible instructions to cooperate with security guards as they demand the health security of people.