Kerala Govt Gets Prisoners To Make Face Masks Amid Coronavirus Crisis

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Amid coronavirus, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan took to Twitter to share solution his government has come up with to maintain a steady supply of masks.

Written By Bhavya Sukheja | Mumbai | Updated On:
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As the number of coronavirus cases are rapidly increasing, and face masks and hand sanitizers have become essential commodities, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan took to Twitter to share a solution his government has come up with to maintain a steady supply of masks. The Kerala government has got convicted prisoners in state prisons to manufacture masks. Vijayan even shared images of bundles of blue face masks with the caption, 'Solving the mask problem'. 

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According to reports, Kerala has employed tailoring units in state jails to produce the masks. Furthermore, Kerala government has even sought to increase its supply of hand sanitizer through the Kerala State Drugs and Pharmaceuticals (KSDP), which is set to produce almost ten lakh bottles of hand sanitizers within ten days. The initiative and preparedness by Kerala government were also hailed by several internet users. 

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Total confirmed cases rise to 114

The number of positive coronavirus cases has now risen to 114 in the country, including two deaths reported from Delhi and Karnataka. The Delhi government has also formed teams to take action against who are overcharging for masks and sanitisers and those hoarding these items. Delhi's Health Minister has also re-emphasised that N95 maks should only be used by healthcare workers to those who are showing symptoms. 

According to reports, several pharmacies are also preventing the sale of N95 masks. Price gouging and hoarding has become a major concern during the fight against the novel coronavirus which has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Pharmacists have also alleged that the wholesale dealers have hiked the price after the surge in demand due to the growing threat. 

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