100 Keralaites dead in ME from Covid


Thiruvananthapuram, May 23 (IANS): While the Kerala model has been globally lauded for containing the COVID-19 disease, but expats from God's our country settled in the Middle East have not been able to fight the virus as well, with the toll of Keralaites settle in the Gulf nation touching 100 on Saturday.

The lure of the Middle East over the last four decades with the remittance economy has been the back bone of Kerala for years.

UAE has had the highest death toll of 62, followed by Kuwait-18, Saudi Arabia-17, Oman-2 and Qatar-1.

According to studies, there are an estimated 2.5 million Keralaite's in the Middle East. The dead were not brought back, but buried in foreign lands, as according to protocall.

Ever since the Kerala government opened a web portal for all those who wished to return, close to four lakh people, a huge majority from across the Middle East, have registered.

"It's really sad to hear the grieving of people whose near and dear passed away due to Covid in these countries, but are not able to bring their bodies for the last rites to their home town. All we can wish and hope at the moment is things clear up fast and normalcy returns," said a leading politician, who did not wished to be identified.

  

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Sat, May 23 2020

    WHO/UNO should appoint Kerala CM as head of task force to contain Kovid in the world by implementing so called "Kerala Model"...no. of people dying will come down, not only that, even no. of people already dead also might come down...

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  • Prashanth, Badiadka

    Sat, May 23 2020

    Dear KBR,

    Kerala model is easy to implement, at same time it can be very difficult also.
    Unlike other states where orders are passed by govt without considering ground realities, in Kerala, first priority was to make sure common man is not impacted. When basic nessesities are provided at door step, it is easier to implement the lockdown. Below are the things they did well.

    1.From the very next day of lockdown till date, they have fed people who don't have money and also migrants labourers through community kitchen. Not even a single person slept hungry. This was done at every panchayat ward level.
    2.Police were instructed to treat people with humanity and sensitivity. People coming out during lockdown were not criminals, they are needy.
    3.Religion of the patient was not considered anywhere.
    4.Pimary helath care Asha workers, Police, panchayat ward members visited each and everybody under home quarantine atleast once a day. They made sure people were at home during quarantine and also they helped those who needed daily groceries.
    5. All the govt guidelines were transparent, there were none contradicting one another. There was no confusion on what is open and what is closed.

    They realised that simply a lockdown will not contain the virus, there are lot of other factors. Kerala model would not work in other states in India itself, it requires lot of humbleness and honesty from government, government officers, police and administration which we lack in other states.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Sat, May 23 2020

    precisely....that is why Kerala has to take charge of war on Kovid in all 'other states' including United States...you have handled it better than China, US, Russia, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Singapore...no mean achievement this... big salute is due to your leaders who pulled it off and also your lucid analysis of the glorious success...

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  • Joe, Mangalore

    Sat, May 23 2020

    Kerala is good at controlling coved in midAir also, just compare the no of covid positive people landed in mangalore airport against those in Various airports across Kerala you will have your answer.

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  • Sandesh Amin, Mangalore

    Sat, May 23 2020

    Anata don't make politics on dead people. If anybody die from your home then you will understand the pain. Most of the people who died are front line workers like Nurses, Dr's, Lab technicians etc. They are dying because they want to save the other people.

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Sat, May 23 2020

    So its clear that in Middle East countries more Malayalees are dying rather than other country origin. In India here, Kerala is showing 3 deaths and brow beating by putting up interviews and articles on Global portals, BBC, CNN etc

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