Kerala: Asymptomatic migrant workers can resume their work

Corona cases in the state of Kerala are surging day by day. The Kerala government has issued an order stating that migrant workers in the state can employ in work, even if they have COVID-19 and are asymptomatic. The order says that before-mentioned asymptomatic migrant labourers can work in “areas exclusively marked” for them. According to the order, if migrant workers are found positive for the coronavirus, they should be separated from other workers working.

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The order issued by Satyajeet Rajan, Additional Chief Secretary of Labour Department states, “If they are asymptomatic positive, then they may work in the areas exclusively marked for the work to be done by the asymptomatic positive workers by taking all precautions." The order was assigned based on the direction of the Additional Chief Secretary (Industries) Alkesh Kumar Sharma IAS due to hold in infrastructure projects in the state. As per the guidelines issued, asymptomatic workers should be provided separately as per the guidelines followed by the COVID-19 First-Line Treatment Centres.

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It also continues that, if the asymptomatic migrant workers develop symptoms, like fever, cough, sore throat, diarrhoea, loss of smell or breathlessness, after testing positive, then they shall be referred to a COVID-19 hospital or DISHA. Such an order has been issued despite multiple instances being reported of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients falling seriously unwell and in some cases dying. In many such cases, even in Kerala, deceased people have been later reported to have COVID-19, in the test done posthumously.

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