Kerala recorded 62 new coronavirus illness (Covid-19) instances on Saturday, the best single-day spike for the reason that viral outbreak was first reported within the state in end-January, elevating concern for the state authorities to name an all-party assembly on Wednesday to debate methods to combat the pandemic.
The state has reported 794 Covid-19 optimistic instances, of which 275 are nonetheless lively, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan stated on Saturday. Among the many 62 new instances, 18 folks have returned from overseas, 31 got here again from different states, whereas 13 contracted SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19, in Kerala, the CM stated.
The state authorities can also be nervous that seven healthcare staff have examined Covid-19 optimistic among the many 62 new instances. The authorities have declared 9 extra locations within the state as hotspots, the place strict containment measures have been enforced.
Palakkad district has reported the utmost variety of new Covid-19 optimistic instances at 19, adopted by Kannur in north Kerala (16).
“A spike in Covid-19 optimistic instances was anticipated, as folks have began returning to their native locations from overseas and different states amid the easing of lockdown restrictions. We’ve to strengthen our containment measures. Individuals and society must play a much bigger function. If we implement quarantine norms strictly, we are able to win this conflict,” the CM stated whereas asserting that an all-party assembly has been referred to as on Wednesday to deal with the pandemic.
Earlier, the Congress had criticised the CM for “taking all selections unilaterally” and the opposition was by no means consulted.
Kerala is more likely to report extra Covid-19 optimistic instances within the coming days, as home flight service operations, which have been suspended for the reason that lockdown restrictions have been imposed on March 25, will resume from Monday.
Nevertheless, the state authorities has made it clear that it will insist upon entry passes and obligatory residence quarantine facility for all home air passengers. Those that fail to acquire passes must bear institutional quarantine for 2 weeks.
The state authorities’s proposed transfer is at odds with Union Minister for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri, who has stated that home air travellers needn’t be quarantined, as they’d journey by short-haul flights.
The state authorities has tightened its surveillance norms and taking strict motion in opposition to those that flout quarantine norms. Over 200 folks have been booked within the final two days for violating residence quarantine norms. The state authorities lately launched a bike squad to observe folks, who’re underneath quarantine at residence.
Moreover, the authorities are strict about letting folks journey from the worst Covid-19-hit states within the nation resembling Gujarat, as a Shramik Particular prepare was twice rescheduled and cancelled final week. Although the Gujarat authorities had stated the trains have been cancelled at Kerala’s behest, CM Vijayan skirted the difficulty.