As India grapples with containing the coronavirus pandemic, stories of hope and solidarity are emerging from Kerala.
Over the weekend, a viral video showed a patient who had recovered from the novel coronavirus leaving the Kasargod General Hospital to applause from fellow Covid-19 patients.
Suhail, who had returned from Dubai and was under treatment at the hospital for 12 days, is a native of Kasaragod, the worst affected district in Kerala.
The cheer and support seen in the video echoes the hope the Kerala government has been trying to diffuse into its tweets and daily press conferences.
The briefing and press interaction by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and state health minister K.K. Shailaja at 6 pm every day have become regular viewing for people in the state.
While the CM has also been sharing tweet updates with the message “We shall overcome”, health minister Shailaja has been tweeting out photos of people who have recovered from the virus.
An elderly couple from Pathanamthitta who had contracted the virus from their son was discharged from the Kottayam Medical College Hospital last week.
“When we read the newspapers, all we saw was death being reported. Nobody spoke of recovery. We stopped reading the news. We concentrated on getting better, and that’s how today, everybody, including my grandparents have recovered,” their son Rijo told The Print.
#CoronaUpdate | Kerala makes a mark. Elderly Couple aged 93 & 88 who were tested for COVID 19 along with other age related ailments & remained critical have now discharged from hospital. pic.twitter.com/8COoBDpck5— Shailaja Teacher (@shailajateacher) April 3, 2020
“It is a huge achievement for the state especially when COVID19 patients above the age of 60 are considered in the high risk category across globe,” Shailaja wrote about the couple’s recovery.
The family, which had been previously reprimanded for hiding their travel history, has apologised for their mistake.
On Friday, the health minister...