Primary contacts also made up a significant proportion of the new cases reported on Wednesday. Kerala saw 24 fresh coronavirus cases, 15 of which were primary contacts. Kasaragod, a COVID-19 hotspot, made up half of Wednesday’s cases, with 10 primary contacts.
Senior IAS officer Alkesh Kumar Sharma, who has been appointed special officer in Kasaragod, said stern action would be initiated against those who violate the quarantine regimen. "Those under observation should not venture out of their homes."
The virus had cast a shadow over the Kottayam-based family. Seven relatives of Thomas, 34, including his parents-in-law and the latter’s aged parents, were tested positive for COVID-19. All have emerged negative.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the new coronavirus cases reported on Friday had contacted several persons and visited many places and therefore, the government is thinking about publicising their names.
Anupam Mishra, sub-collector in Kollam district, had been on leave and joined back duty on March 18. Realising that Mishra had gone abroad during the leave period, he was directed to remain under observation at his official residence.