New Delhi, May 24: Another person died in Kozhikode on Thursday, taking the death toll due to Nipah virus to 12, reported ANI. The deceased, V Moosa, had been battling for life for the past few days in a private hospital here and was on ventilator support, said media reports. Moosa is the same person who lost three of his family to the virus. Among the deceased were his sons Mohammed Saliah (28), Mohammed Sadiq (26) and a relative Mariumma. In fact, the virus is reported to have spread from a disused well in their compound which the two brothers had tried to clean. The state government has issued an advisory, asking travellers to avoid visiting the four districts of Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur. Also Read - Amit Shah Directs Delhi Top Cop to Take Action After Doctors Evicted From Homes Over COVID-19 Fears

Of the confirmed 13 cases, 12 people have died. Nurse Lini Puthussery, who was tending to Moosa’s family, also succumbed to the virus. About 160 samples have been sent for testing at the virology institute and 13 cases have been found to be positive, said Kozhikode district medical officer Dr Jayashree E. Also Read - Forceful Eviction of COVID-19 Treating Doctors: AIIMS Writes to HM Shah Against Landlords



Meanwhile, the government has also called for an all-party meeting at Kozhikode on May 25 to discuss the issue. Most of the deaths reported are from Kozhikode and Malappuram districts from where 12 deaths have now been reported and 18 patients are undergoing treatment in various hospitals, including one in Wayanad.  In Kozhikode, from where seven deaths have been reported, District Collector UV Jose has ordered that all summer camps and training programmes be stopped temporarily.  However, no decision has been taken yet on reopening of schools next week after the summer vacations. Also Read - AIIMS Building in Haryana With 800 Beds Will be Used to Treat COVID-19 Patients: ICMR

In neighbouring Malappuram, where three persons have died due to the virus, orders have been issued in four panchayats to stop Anganwadi classes for the time being. A crisis management group has been constituted to coordinate the response of government agencies following the deaths in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts. An expert team from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and one from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) are camping in Kerala to take stock of the situation. (With Agency Inputs)