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Kerala News HIGHLIGHTS: Nipah virus: Tamil Nadu begins screening travellers from Kerala

Kerala News highlights: Nipah virus: Administration adds more containment zones in Kozhikode district.

Kerala News LIVE 13 September 2023 major highlights developments anr
First Published Sep 13, 2023, 7:59 AM IST

6.00 PM: Relief for Unni Mukundan: Kerala HC quashes sexual harassment case against actor

The Kerala High Court on Wednesday quashed the criminal proceedings against actor Unni Mukundan in a sexual harassment case. Justice Gopinath P passed the verdict after noting that a settlement had been reached between the actor and the complainant-woman.

4:30 PM: Girl attacked by youth in Perumbavoor dies

A girl who was being treated after being stabbed by a young man in Perumbavoor Rayamangalam died on Wednesday. Alka Anna Binu, a native of Rayamangalam, died. The girl was under treatment for a week with serious injuries.

Read more: Kerala shocker: Youth commits suicide after attacking girl, her grandparents in Ernakulam

3.45 PM: Nipah virus: Tamil Nadu begins screening travellers from Kerala

Following the outbreak of the Nipah virus in Kozhikode district, Tamil Nadu will begin screening travellers from Kerala. Strict checks have been established in all districts that share the border with Kerala. The TN govt has also decided to treat those with fever symptoms in the isolation ward.

3.30 PM: Two health workers suspicious of Nipah symptoms; route map of deceased released

Two more health workers are suspected to have symptoms of Nipah virus. Their samples have been sent to Pune NIV. Meanwhile, the route map of the 47-year-old who died of Nipah was released

2.15 PM: Nipah virus: Administration adds more containment zones in Kozhikode

The contact list of the infected is thought to have included 702 people at this time. Of these, 371 came into contact with Muhamad Ali, the first deceased patient, 281 with Harris, who passed away, and 50 with those who are receiving treatment. The administration has declared additional containment zones in addition to the ones announced earlier. The 3,4,5 wards of Villiappally and the 13th ward of Purameri panchayath have been cordoned as containment zones.

1.35 PM: Human Rights activist Grow Vasu acquitted by Magistrate court

The Kunnamangalam First Class Magistrate Court acquitted human rights activist Ayinoor Vasu (Grow Vasu) on Wednesday. He (93) was arrested for protesting and raising slogans against the alleged extra-judicial police killings of two Maoists -- Devarajan and Ajitha -- in 2016 near the mortuary of the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital. He was charged with unlawful assembly and obstructing police in the discharge of duty.

12.45 PM: Southern Railway to restore Kozhikode-Thrissur passenger train service

The Kozhikode-Shoranur Express Special train (unreserved, 06496) and Thrissur-Kozhikode Express Special (unreserved, 06495) will be reinstated in Kerala said General Manager R.N.Singh.

12:15 PM: Man injured after cable stuck his neck

In Kochi, a scooter passenger's hip bone was broken after a cable got stuck around his neck. The accident happened on Monday on the Ernakulam-Kompara market road. Muhammad Irfan, a native of Kalur Karukappilli, was injured when the cable got stuck around his neck and he fell from the vehicle. He is under medical treatment.

11.40 AM:  Government employee found dead in Kannur

A village officer was found hanging dead in Kannur on Wednesday (Sep.13). The deceased has been identified as Rajendran (55), a native of Kunnathur. He was found dead in front of the Payyavoor office. The police have started an investigation.

10.00 AM: Nipah virus: Bangladesh variant found in Kerala, says Health Minister Veena George

Responding to a query regarding the Nipah infection in the assembly, State Health Minister Veena George said that the virus strain seen in Kerala was the Bangladesh variant that spreads from human to human and has a high mortality rate, though it is less infectious.

9.00 AM: Senior BJP leader PP Mukundan passes away in Kochi

Former BJP state general secretary PP Mukundan passed away on Wednesday morning. He was 77. Mukundan breathed his last at Amrita Institute of Medical Science, Kochi. He was the former organizational secretary of the BJP.

Read more: Kerala: Senior BJP leader PP Mukundan passes away at 77

8.30 AM: Nipah outbreak: Entry and exit points restricted to 43 wards in 7 panchayats in Kozhikode

Following the Nipah outbreak, the entry and exit points have been restricted to 43 wards in seven panchayats in Kozhikode.

Grama Panchayats & containment wards:
Ayanchery:  1,2,3,4,5,12,13,14,15
Thiruvalloor: 1,2,20
Kuttiady: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
Kayakkodi: 5,6,7,8,9
Vilyappalli: 6,7
Kavilumpara: 2,10,11,12,13,14,15,16

8.09 AM: Nipah confirmed in 4 patients; Central team to arrive in Kozhikode today

Kerala Health Minister Veena George on Tuesday said that four people have been infected with the Nipah virus. Of them, two are undergoing treatment, while two others died due to the disease. Meanwhile, an expert team appointed by the Central government will arrive in Kerala today. 168 people who came in contact with the patient have been identified, informed the Minister. 

7.59 AM: Nipah concern in Thiruvananthapuram; student under observation

Amid the Nipah outbreak in Kozhikode, a BDS student in Thiruvananthapuram is under observation following a fever at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital. The student's body fluids will be tested. However, authorities informed that there is no cause for concern.

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