Mumbai: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Thursday that the state police is collecting call detail records (CDR) of COVID-19 patients for contract tracing to prevent the spread of viral disease.
The Kerala Police uses a contact-tracing strategy to determine how many people came into contact with COVID-19 positive patients and whether these people are showing any symptoms of the disease.
“Law enforcement agencies are allowed to collect this type of information. CDR is also used in Kerala to collect patient information for public health and safety. This is the most effective way to contact tracing and Using this method. For a few months. The information thus collected will not be passed on to anyone else or used for any other purpose,” he said.
The Chief Minister also informed that various techniques and scientific methods are being used by the police for contact tracing.
“New methods for prevention of COVID-19 are being developed under the leadership of District Police Chiefs. The defence measures prepared by the Police Chiefs in different districts will be shared mutually and will be implemented after making necessary changes for adaptation,” he said.
Vijayan further explained that Janmitri (people-friendly) police officers will be given online behavioral training.
He said, “Awareness campaigns against public participation were led by senior officials. Women are being assisted to ensure the safety of their family members.”
Observing the COVID-19 situation, the CM of Kerala said that on Wednesday, 1,212 new coronavirus positive cases were reported in the state, while 880 were cured.
Currently, there are 13,933 positive cases, while the number of cures is 24,926.