New Delhi: In a first-of-its-kind instance, commandos were deployed in a coastal village in Kerala to control the super spreading of COVID-19. The coastal village of Poonthura in Thiruvananthapuram district has been cordoned off as all the 54 reported COVID-19 cases on July 8 got infected through local transmission.
Out of the 600 swab samples collected in the village, 119 of them tested COVID-19 positive, confirmed minister Kadakampally Surendran while speaking to the media on the super spreading of novel coronavirus in the village.
According to health experts in the district, the rapid increase in number of cases in Poonthura is due to the presence of multiple super spreaders in the area.
Super spreaders are those COVID-19 infected individuals who pass on the infection to others at a large scale. Reacting to the super spreading, health officials have declared three wards in the village as critical containment zones while five other wards in the village have been declared as buffer zones.
A team of 25 commandos along with six teams of health workers have been deployed in the village to keep a check on the spread and implement the restrictions of movement in Poonthura.
All the houses in the village will be sanitised and all the activities have been banned in the coastal areas of Thiruvananthapuram until further notice.