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Vishnu Varma is a correspondent for the Indian Express in Kerala.

Kerala has best coronavirus test rate in country, but is that enough?
Wed, Apr 01, 2020

Despite having a clear edge over other states in terms of testing rate, doctors and experts in Kerala, wary over the extent of possible community spread in the state, are asking the government to avoid being complacent at this juncture.

LIVE Coronavirus Latest Updates: Race to trace contacts of Tabligh meet continues as India cases near 1,700 mark
Wed, Apr 01, 2020

Coronavirus LIVE Updates, Total COVID-19 Cases in India Latest Updates: Health Ministry officials have attributed the rise in the number of cases to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation, which took place in mid-March, but said that it, however, does not show a national trend.

Behind 93-yr-old’s recovery, several miracles: ‘6 times we thought we lost him’
Tue, Mar 31, 2020

A couple, 93-year-old Thomas and Mariyamma, 88, suffering from age-related illnesses and underlying diseases, tested negative for coronavirus and are set to be discharged from hospital.

Coronavirus: Rural Development ministry cites report on community kitchens in advisory
Tue, Mar 31, 2020

The article underlined how several groups of Kudumbashree women, having years of catering experience, were joining hands with local governments to run the community kitchens.

Explained: What is the ‘rapid test’ Kerala is rolling out for Covid-19 exposure?
Mon, Mar 30, 2020

To tackle suspicions of whether the novel coronavirus has spread into the community and if not prevent such a scenario, the Kerala government has announced ‘rapid tests’ that will ensure speedy results within half an hour. Who all should take it? How will it be conducted? We Explain.

Coronavirus India update March 29: Cases cross 1000, death toll rises to 27; govt orders 14-day quarantine for migrants
Sun, Mar 29, 2020

Coronavirus India latest update today, 29 March: As thousands of migrant workers continued to return to their homes across states, the Centre on Sunday said all those who have travelled during the lockdown period will be put under a mandatory 14-day quarantine at government facilities.

Roads blocked on Kerala-Karnataka border: Pinarayi says unable to contact Karnataka CM
Sat, Mar 28, 2020

In the last few days, there have been several reports about villages on the Kerala-Karnataka border in Kasaragod district getting cut off after police officials and villagers deposited large clumps of soil on roads leading to Kerala.

Coronavirus India update, March 28: Hundreds of migrants throng Delhi bus terminal to go back home
Sat, Mar 28, 2020

Coronavirus India latest update today, 28 March: At 180, Maharashtra has the most number of cases in the country and is followed closely by Kerala (176).

Kerala’s 43 lakh-strong women self-help network power community kitchens during coronavirus lockdown
Fri, Mar 27, 2020

At a time when Kerala is under lockdown as part of measures to tackle coronavirus, the food that get sent out from this makeshift community kitchen in Thrikkakara municipality is central to the hunger-free project of the state government.

Fighting the pandemic: Across India, stadiums morph into quarantine centres, young graduates are on call 
Thu, Mar 26, 2020

How states are stepping up to fight the novel coronavirus.

Coronavirus India updates March 25: Cases cross 600 as PM warns of action against those misbehaving with doctors
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

Coronavirus India latest update today, March 25: The Centre has asked the state governments to ensure unhindered operation of essential services and their seamless availability for the general public during the 21-day lockdown period announced to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

COVID-19 lockdown: Why Kerala is hesitant to enforce total ban on liquor
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said that a knee-jerk decision to close down all retail liquor outlets in the state could have 'social repercussions' and that the state cannot afford such incidents at this juncture.

Kerala lockdown from midnight: Here’s everything you need to know
Mon, Mar 23, 2020

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced the lockdown measures at a press conference in Thiruvananthapuram, stating that borders to neighbouring states like Tamil Nadu and Karnataka will be closed

Kerala contemplates lock-down in 10 districts, panic-buying in cities
Mon, Mar 23, 2020

An advisory was sent by the Centre Sunday to chief secretaries of states asking to impose complete lock-down on 75 districts in the country, which have reported Covid-19 cases, in a bid to suspend movement of the public and break the chain of community transmission.

COVID-19: As migrant workers return home, how different states are feeling the pinch
Sun, Mar 22, 2020

With 49 active infection cases and over 50,000 people under home quarantine as of Sunday, the Kerala's health system is under considerable duress and is bending over backwards to meet daily needs. Any added pressure will cause the system to collapse.

Coronavirus India update March 21: Total cases jump to 315, most from Maharashtra and Kerala
Sat, Mar 21, 2020

Coronavirus India update March 21: The country is also set to observe a 'janata curfew' from 7 am to 9 pm on Sunday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi advocated social distancing, asking people barring those in essential services not to get out of their homes.

Mental health in the time of COVID-19: How Kerala is helping calm nerves, one phone call at a time
Fri, Mar 20, 2020

Once again, the mental health apparatus in Kerala has been sharpened and polished to deal with a new challenge, perhaps its most daunting and herculean yet: the coronavirus pandemic which has killed over 10,000 people across the world.

Coronavirus India update March 20: Railways in near-lockdown mode, cancels over 3,500 trains scheduled for Sunday
Fri, Mar 20, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest News Updates: The Health Ministry stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for Janta curfew on Sunday will help break the chain of transmission in the country.

From across India, how coronavirus has hit small business owners, traders
Thu, Mar 19, 2020

Last month, the Traders’ body Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) had written to India’s trade minister Piyush Goyal, asking him to assess the impact of coronavirus, particularly on small traders and businesses in the country.

Coronavirus India updates March 18: Govt confirms 276 Indians infected abroad, cases cross 150 in country
Wed, Mar 18, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest News Updates: The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India rose to 151.

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