'Strict Lockdown, Containment Only Solution to Fix Kerala's Rising Covid Graph': Govt Sources

The rising Covid-19 instances in Kerala are anticipated to return down by mid-September if strict containment and lockdown measures are adopted, high sources within the well being ministry have mentioned because the southern state struggles to regulate the unfold of the pandemic.

“There is no other way but to lock down areas where infection rate is high. The test positivity rate is high and cases can only come down if strict lockdown is implemented,” the sources mentioned.

They added that the state wants a strategic and sensible containment, together with an evening curfew solely in view of festivities to interrupt chain of transmission prefer it occurred in Delhi.

“The infection spread has been high for over a month and if strict lockdown is implemented now, in two weeks from now, by mid of September, Kerala will see start to see decline in number of cases,” they mentioned.

Kerala has reported a median of 13,500 instances per day in July and nearly 19,500 each day instances in August. It additionally stays one of many high contributors by way of each day instances and is accounting for greater than half of the energetic Covid instances within the nation at current.

Kerala Health Minister Veena George, who reviewed the state’s Covid-19 state of affairs earlier this week after the ‘Onam surge’, has additionally blamed the violation of house quarantine directives for the worsening state of affairs and cautioned towards the elevated indoor transmission of coronavirus at properties.

George has repeatedly suggested these positioned beneath house quarantine to not step out of their room and requested all members of the home to put on masks to keep away from danger of indoor transmission.She additionally launched a set of directives to be adopted by the individuals to combat the illness.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, who visited Kerala on August 16, introduced a particular bundle of Rs 267.35 crore for the southern state to strengthen its well being infrastructure.

The central authorities has warned the state authorities that the months of September and October will probably be essential in pandemic administration and cautioned that festivals must be celebrated in accordance with Covid-19-appropriate behaviour.

“During a pandemic a very powerful issue is to scale back the deaths. In Kerala, the mortality price is 0.51 per cent whereas the nationwide mortality price is 1.34 per cent,” Vijayan said on Saturday.

The southern state – that earlier garnered appreciation for its handling of the pandemic – recorded over 30,000 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, while India’s tally was 41,965. The state has been reporting more than 10,000 new cases every day for more than a month even as other states witnessed a drop in daily surge.

Kerala has logged over 40 lakh cases since the start of the pandemic, and over 20,000 deaths linked to the virus.

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