Indian village reports zero Covid cases since outbreak – Reuters

Coimbatore – More than half of the inhabitants are over 45 years old.

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Published: Fri, June 25, 2021, 1:35 PM

A tribal village in the Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu is one of the few places in India that has managed to ensure the absence of Covid infection among the 150 residents who live there. More than half of the inhabitants are over 45 years old.

Senthil Kumar, who lives in Chinnapathi, the border village of Kerala, told a newspaper that the key to success was ensuring people maintained physical distance and covered their faces in public. This was even before the government launched such measures.

“When we realized that the virus was spreading rapidly in the state, the panchayat (local body in the village) decided to implement strict measures,” said Kumar, whose wife is the president of the panchayat. “We kept track of people entering and leaving our village for work. With the help of an NGO Namma Navakarai, we set up volunteers and prepared a list of members in each house.

Local officials have provided two vehicles to transport people to the nearby health center in case symptoms arise. Medical camps and regular testing for Covid were also carried out, while outsiders were not allowed to enter the village. And most villagers work close to home and don’t usually venture outside.

Volunteers from the village provided informal education to the children. The locals, however, are used to the hard life, as the place lacks basic amenities including electricity, water and transportation services.

Christina A. Kroll