In the wake of the deadly outbreak of the coronavirus in India, where positive cases have crossed 100, there has been a shortage of face masks and sanitizers. As a result, people are unable to buy masks to protect themselves. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday, took to Twitter to share a noble initiative that his government has come up with to maintain a constant supply of masks in the state. Also Read - Uber Partners With NHA to Provide Cab Service For COVID-19 Healthcare Workers
As of Sunday, 22 cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Kerala, the most in any state after Maharashtra. Among them is a 3-year-old boy who was confirmed positive on March 9. According to the Health Ministry of Kerala, there are 7,677 people under observation for symptoms of coronavirus currently. Also Read - Don't Panic, This is Delhi Government's WhatsApp Number: Kejriwal on Delhi's Corona Battle
The government has got its convicted prisoners to manufacture masks in state prisons. Vijayan shared images of bundles of blue face masks with the caption, “Solving the mask shortage”. “In light of the shortage, directions were given to engage the prisons in the State in manufacturing masks. It has commenced on a war footing basis. Today, the Prison officials of Thiruvananthapuram Jail have handed over the first batch”, Pinarayi Vijayan captioned the post. Also Read - Air India Halts All Bookings Till April 30, But What About Employees' Pay?
This decision by the Kerala Government brought a lot of cheer on social media. One of the users wrote, “Kudos to you and your entire team for wonderful work against Coronavirus outbreak”. Another one mentioned, “This is a really good idea. Not just to get more masks, but also to give the prisoners the feeling that they can help fight this thing. This will combat despair and riots”.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India reached 110, with Maharashtra reporting the highest followed by Kerala, the Health Ministry stated on Monday. The figure includes 17 foreign nationals, two deaths and first three cases of Kerala, where the patients have been discharged.