Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala, where the first case of the virus was detected in India, has been fighting over the last one month or so against the viscous spread of COVID-19. The first three cases of coronavirus in the state are now cured. Last week, the Kerala Startup Mission deployed two robots to distribute masks, sanitizers and napkins along with information about COVID-19.
According to experts, it was Kerala’s former experience with the Nipah outbreak in 2018, that made them more cautious about coronavirus.
Kerala released route maps of coronavirus positive cases last month. Hundreds of people were traced across the state to look into risk zones. Surveillance data and live-geo maps were used to look at on-ground clusters of coronavirus’s possible spread. This was seen in the case of one Indian family that had just returned from Italy late in February.
The airport officials are shifting passengers to care homes close to the state airport. They have also set up 5,000 capacity isolation wards to check COVID-19 cases.
While questions are being raised on the facilities provided to the people sent for quarantine in different states, people of Kerala were seen putting up happy stories of the care they receive in the treatment centres. People in Kerala are doing their bit as well by selling hand sanitizers and face masks at cheaper rates despite the soaring market prices. The Kerala administration has also deployed inmates from district prisons to make around 6,000 face masks, which are washable and reusable.
Kerala-based Humble Shit is developing a toilet monitoring system which measures the cleanliness of a toilet based on 24 parameters, according to the founder Samir Dayal Singh.
To raises awareness at places, Asimov Robotics has developed and deployed robots which talk to people and offer precautionary measures to visitors at the entrance of buildings. At the entrance of the facility at a business centre in Kochi, while one robot provides information related to coronavirus, the other one offers hand sanitiser to 600 employees of 40 companies.