Kasaragod: Rising COVID-19 cases in Kasaragod is causing concern to authorities and contact tracing is proving to be a herculean task. Days after reporting nil cases, the graph is on the rise with 13 COVID-19 cases as on Friday. The district had at a point of time the highest number of positive cases but managed to bring it down to nil cases, thanks to strict containment measures. But several people, including health workers, were asked to go into quarantine after a ruling CPI(M) local politician tested positive for COVID-19 recently. The politician had on May 4 picked up a relative from Thalapady, who had reached the state border from Mumbai without a pass. Subsequently, the politician's wife, two young sons and the Mumbai returnee all tested positive. At least 50 people, including 17 health workers- two doctors and nurses had come in contact with the politician and have been quarantined. Their samples have been sent for testing, District Medical officer Dr AV Ramdas told news agencies Police said the politician, who refused to go into quarantine, had attended a marriage, a funeral, a cradle ceremony besides visiting few hospitals from May 4-11. He has been booked by the police under the Kerala Epidemics Act.
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