Footballer CK Vineeth joins COVID-19 helpline centre in Kerala

Footballer CK Vineeth joins COVID-19 helpline centre in Kerala

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New Delhi, Apr 11: With the country under lockdown due to the spread of COVID19, Indian football star CK Vineeth is donning a new role 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 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. Whatever little I could do to help during an emergency,” Vineeth told on Saturday from the helpline centre during his afternoon break.

The 31-year-old 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.

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,” he added. The Jamshedpur FC attacker feels 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).(UNI)