CK Vineeth joins COVID-19 helpline centre in Kerala

NEW DELHI, 11 th April, 2020 : With the country under lockdown due to
the spread of COVID-19, Indian football star CK Vineeth has decided to
help out those in his hometown Kannur, Kerala, by joining a government
helpline centre.

The attacker, who has played for the Blue Tigers, and was part of the
Jamshedpur FC in the 2019-20 edition of the Hero ISL, was contacted by the
Kerala Sports Council about the helpline, and immediately jumped into the
thick of the action.

“After I came back here, I got a call from the Kerala Sports Council, asking
whether I would like to help with the COVID-19 helpline, so I joined in,”
Vineeth said to the-aiff.com, speaking from the helpline centre during his
afternoon break. “Whatever little I could do to help during an emergency.”

The 31-year-old, who is adored by fans, especially ones in his home state
Kerala said that he intends to continue working at the helpline centre till the end of the lockdown. “The plan is that we would continue this help-line till the dangers of the Coronavirus are averted, and the lockdown comes to an end. The situation in Kerala is much-improved now, of course,” the crafty winger added.

CK Vineeth with a co-worker at the COVID-19 helpline centre in Kannur.
Though Vineeth and his co-workers at the helpline centre are not exactly
directly in touch with people who may carry the virus, they are taking all the precautions, in order to not contract it.

“Of course, we are following the guidelines prescribed by the Government,
while commuting to and from the call-centre,” said Vineeth. “We are
provided with gloves, masks, and sanitisers, which we use quite often. But
those of us working here are not exactly exposed. We all just go home, and
come here.”

The Jamshedpur FC attacker feels that the curve has indeed flattened in
Kerala, with the number of cases going down over time. The number of calls that he has been getting have also decreased, since the time he started
working at the call-centre (March 28).

“Before, we used to get over 150 calls per day. Now, that number has gone
down a lot. The number of cases are also going down in the state. We just
need to stay strong and wade through these troubled times,” Vineeth
quipped.

“I would like to urge everyone to stay at home and follow the Government’s
guidelines. It’s a good time to spend with your family.  Stay safe people, and
take care.”

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