Nipah Virus: High Court directs issue guidelines for Sabarimala Yatra
The Kerala High Court has directed the Kerala government to issue new guidelines for the Sabarimala Yatra to prevent the spread of the Nipah virus.
The Kerala High Court has directed the Kerala government to take appropriate precautions in view of the spread of Nipha infection in Kozhikode district. The Kerala High Court on Friday directed the state government to issue guidelines for conducting the Sabarimala Yatra on the occasion of the monthly puja and opening the temple if necessary.
The court has also instructed the Travancore Devaswom Board Commissioner to consult with the Health Secretary and take a decision on the matter. The hilltop temple in Pathanamthitta district is open for five days every Malayalam month.
Meanwhile, the state government has informed the court that restrictions have been imposed in North Kozhikode district. A new case of Nipah virus was reported in Kozhikode district on Friday. The total number of infected has reached 6. Two deaths have occurred in the state so far. In this background, the central government has continuously monitored Kerala and Nipah virus control.
Meanwhile, in the wake of Nipah virus infection, all educational institutions in Kozhikode district, Kerala have been declared a week-long holiday till next Sunday, September 24. The district administration has instructed the school management to ensure that there is no disruption to studies by conducting online classes throughout the week.
Currently, there are 1,080 people in the contact list of infected people and 130 more people were added to the list on Friday, Health Minister Veena George said. There are 175 people in the high risk category and 122 health workers are monitoring this.
As the test result of the person who died on August 30 was positive, the infection may affect many more people. So they are all closely monitored. The minister confirmed that six Nipah virus positive cases have been reported in the state so far.
17 people who attended the funeral of a person who died on August 30 have been isolated and quarantined. Among the active cases, four are receiving treatment in hospitals.