13/03/2020 12:15 PM IST | Updated 13/03/2020 3:24 PM IST

This Photo Is Winning Kerala Govt Praise For Its Coronavirus Response

The state government has said it will home-deliver the mid-day meals provided at anganwadis across the state, even as the centres remain closed for the month.

Kerala government continues to amaze with its attention to detail and the priority given to the well-being of residents as the state apparatus deals with coronavirus outbreak.

This was brought home when people on Twitter began sharing the photo of an Anganwadi teacher visiting a child at home while distributing food from the mid-day meal scheme. The photo taken by Jins Michael was published in Malayala Manorama.

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan had announced on Tuesday that all classes, including at madarsas, anganwadi centres and private tutorial institutions, would remain closed till March 31.

However, the state government said it will home-deliver the mid-day meals provided at anganwadi centres across the state.

A total of 16 coronavirus patients are being treated in Kerala, while 270 people are in isolation wards at various hospitals across the state and 3,910 are under home quarantine.

The state is delivering food to people who are under observation. Patients who’ve been treated for covid-19 in isolation wards say they were provided the food of their choice, wifi as well as counselling to reduce stress.

Pinarayi Vijayan announced on Thursday that the government was working with internet service providers to increase connectivity by 30-40% in the state to meet surge in demand.

The government has also now launched a mobile app to provide people with daily updates and accurate information on coronavirus.

Called GOKDirect, the app is available for Android and iOS users. The service will also send SMS alerts to people whose phones don’t have internet.

The government has been advocating a humane but strong response to containing the virus. The government has called for taking stringent action against people spreading fake news regarding the disease. 

Meanwhile, Pinarayi has asked the central government to withdraw an advisory that asks Indians returning from Italy and South Korea to produce certificate of having tested negative for coronavirus.

The Kerala assembly passed a resolution against this on Thursday.