Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said that the rise in coronavirus cases in Kerala can be attributed to the gross negligence during Onam. He said that other states must learn a lesson from this and ensure that all precautions are taken during the celebration of festivals to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
While addressing his weekly social media programme Sunday Samvaad, the Health Minister said that the surge in coronavirus cases in the state took place due to gross negligence during the Onam festival. He said adequate precautions were not taken during festivities and large gatherings were responsible for the spike. During the interaction, the health minister also admitted that India was in the stage of community transmission. The minister said that transmission was limited to a few districts with dense population and that it was not happening across India. This is the first time Centre has confessed that the community transmission was indeed taking place.
The Kerala model, which was receiving huge praises in May, seems to have faltered as cases in the state have crossed three-lakh mark. The state is the list of top 10 states with maximum caseload and is adding 7,000 to 10,000 infections on a daily basis. The number is even more worrisome considering the size of the state.
Meanwhile, the Centre has taken cognizance of the spike in COVID-19 cases and has sent a team to monitor the situation and determine why the situation is becoming worse in the state. Experts have said that coming days are going to be challenging for Kerala and it is very important to ensure all the precautions are in place for upcoming festivals.
The silver lining for Kerala is the high recovery rate. The state government has said that the daily number of recoveries is higher than that of the daily number of infections.