Mangaluru, April 12: The Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industries has asked the Additional Chief Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Department to exclude Dakshina Kannada district from Hotspot/Red Zone area.
“As you are aware, our district has not reported any COVID-19 cases for the past five consecutive days. The credit goes to the district administration and the people of the district. Through constant monitoring and discipline, the people have practiced social distancing along with the use of masks as well as the use of hand sanitizers to good effect,” KCCI president Mr. Issac Vas said in a letter written to Mr. Jawaid Akhtar, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Services on April 8.
“If you recall, our district reported 12 cases in all. Six of the cases were residents of Kasargod and one case was a resident of Bhatkal. All of them had traveled to India from abroad. Of the remaining five cases were from outside the city corporation limits. One case each from Sajipa, Vitla, Sullia, Puttur, and Thokkottu. Of the 12 cases reported, 4 have staged a complete recovery and have been discharged. The others are showing signs of recovery, and no one was admitted to the ICU or was put on a ventilator,” he stated.
“While the lockdown has effectively controlled the spread of COVID-19, the people of the district are facing hardships especially with lack of gainful employment, money and consequently food have become scarce. Therefore our earnest request to you is to consider keeping out our district out of the categorization as a hotspot or red zone as the case may be,” he added.