Kerala Covid-19 spurt price for ‘gross negligence during Onam’: Union health minister


    Kerala Covid-19 spurt rate for ‘gross neglect throughout Onam’: Union health minister

    By: Express Web Desk|Kochi |

    October 18, 2020 4: 11: 54 pm

    Harsh Vardhan, Kerala Covid cases, kerala covid news, Onam negligence Kerala harsh vardhan, coronavirus news, coronavirus updates, indian express Union health minister Harsh Vardhan during his Sunday Samvaad program. (Photo: YouTube/screengrab)

    Union health minister Harsh Vardhan Sunday said carelessness throughout Onam led to the spike in Covid-19 cases in Kerala, and other states must ‘discover a lesson’ from this.

    Kerala, which had actually successfully flattened the infection curve by the first week of May by bringing the number of active cases listed below 20, has added over three lakh cases ever since. With daily new infections in between 7,000 and 10,000, Kerala is back on the list of top 10 mentions with optimum caseloads.

    The Union minister, answering a concern from a resident as part of his ‘Sunday Samvaad’ programme, said, “In between January 30 and May 3, Kerala reported simply 499 cases and 2 deaths. The majority of the cases were concentrated in Kasaragod and Kannur districts. Subsequently, Covid-19 cases cropped up in other districts due to increase in inter and intra-state movement of individuals due to trade and tourism.”

    He continued, “And after that the curve of Kerala changed entirely due to Onam festivities. The Onam celebration lasted from August 22 to September 2. Throughout this duration, there were big churchgoers across the state, where people did not take appropriate safety measures. Kerala, which was reporting approximately 2,000 cases in the first week of September, reached 4,000 average cases fortnightly—- which indicates it was adding 7,000 -8,000 daily brand-new cases.”

    The minister declared Kerala ‘paid the price for its gross carelessness’ during the celebration season, an aspect that other states must keep in mind with the Navratri-Diwali season ahead.

    ” I would say other states should discover a lesson from Kerala’s spurt due to negligence during the Onam season. All states require to be mindful during the upcoming festival season and ensure Covid-appropriate behaviour. Otherwise, it may lead to a quick increase in cases across India. This caution must be worked out over the next 3 months at least,” he stated.

    Kerala health authorities, consisting of minister KK Shailaja, have confessed in recent weeks that the Onam celebration in the recently of August, a period which saw greater social interaction, had a direct bearing on the spurt of infections in September and October. There was laxity on the public’s part in following Covid-19 procedures throughout Onam, she had stated.

    The other aspect the federal government has actually held accountable was the state-wide protests by the Opposition UDF and the BJP requiring the resignation of college minister KT Jaleel in a supposed FCRA infraction case. Lots of political employees from the Congress and the BJP, along with over 200 authorities officers present during the agitations, were contaminated with coronavirus

    State authorities, nevertheless, likewise point to the lower mortality rate as a sign for success in Covid-19 management.

    Since October 18, there were 1,139 deaths in Kerala, a mortality rate of 0.34%. Relatively, regions like Delhi and West Bengal, which have lower caseloads than Kerala, have death rates of 1.82% and 1.88% respectively.

    Health officials in Kerala believe that if procedures are followed strictly, the infection will strike its peak by October-end, followed by gradual fall in cases.

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