From claiming to have flattened the coronavirus curve to start with of Could, to over 20,000 circumstances in Kerala by the top of July, the state has been seeing a steady spike in COVID-19 circumstances. Talking to NDTV over the present scenario in Kerala, Well being Minister KK Shailaja stated, “Whereas we did flatten the curve in Could with repeated zero new circumstances, we have been additionally anticipating circumstances to spike finally. We did our greatest to include the unfold however as inter-state motion elevated, folks began violating COVID-19 protocols after lockdown like avoiding inter-state passes, check-posts and even different tips – all essential to include COVID 19. Over 6 lakh folks have returned to Kerala from different states, in addition to international international locations in the course of the pandemic.”
Kerala is the primary state in India to have formally confirmed group transmission – in a few of its areas alongside coastal Thiruvananthapuram. The state’s technique nonetheless focuses on intensive contact tracing, testing in clusters, which are also native containment zones which have mushroomed throughout the state. Kerala now has round 500 hotspots, compared to 116 hotspots in finish of Could. Responding to criticism by some on the necessity for Kerala to alter its technique, the minister stated Kerala’s technique is scientific and being adopted regardless of it being “very robust and difficult”.
“Our technique could be very a lot right even now. We’re strictly following contact tracing. Even well being employees are going inside clusters, painstakingly monitoring contacts and testing. It is turning into very tough as a result of intensive unfold and we’re nonetheless doing it. This vigorous contact tracing could be very dependable technique together with testing. We’ve been establishing COVID First Line Remedy Centres to extend our services. We can not abandon this technique”, KK Shailaja stated.
“We can not open every part and permit folks to get herd immunity. If we go for herd immunity, we should sacrifice hundreds of lives. We’ve seen it occur in different places. That is too excessive a value. We’re specializing in making certain low Case Fatality Charge”, the well being minister added. Kerala has a low Case Fatality Charge of 0.31% with round 70 deaths for over 23,613 circumstances.
Kerala was the primary Indian state to have a COVID-19 optimistic affected person in January. “It has been six months of steady work. It is not simple. Our human useful resource, our floor employees are getting exhausted, mentally drained. However we preserve motivating them. We’re hiring extra well being employees on the bottom and coaching them and deploying them as three layers. Which suggests when first layer is at work, the second layer can relaxation and recoup. We’re strengthening our well being system and its resilience on a regular basis,” KK Shailaja stated.
In accordance with state authorities sources, Kerala is anticipating 50,000 to 70,000 circumstances in hospitals as circumstances surge in August-September. “We’ve over 23,000 whole circumstances however solely 10,000 energetic circumstances as of now. We’re making ready ourselves to deal with round 50,000 energetic circumstances in hospitals. We’ve 10,000 beds at COVID Particular hospitals in numerous districts and Medical Schools. We’ve round 30,000 beds at Covid Frontline Remedy Centres and are one other 38,000 in comparable new centres. We’re making ready to deal with the scenario as circumstances surge additional.”