Asymptomatic patients to be treated at home if COVID-19 cases increase: Pinarayi Vijayan
Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed that if the number of COVID-19 patients in the state increases significantly, the government will consider treating asymptomatic patients and those without severe problems at their homes.
“Among the COVID-19 patients in the state, above 60 percent are asymptomatic. Experts also recommended with certain conditions that treatment for such people can be continued at home quarantine. Experience of some countries also proven that asymptomatic patients, who are not belonging to the high-risk category, should be allowed to continue in home quarantine if they are residing close to a COVID treatment centre,” said the CM.
He was addressing the media after the COVID-19 review meeting here on Saturday. He pointed out that if the state witnesses a huge spike in the number of COVID-19 patients, such recommendations will be considered.
“At present, over 60 percent of the patients contracted the virus through contact. The number of patients with untraceable sources is also increasing day by day. Clusters of the disease have already formed in various districts,” he added.
Two regions in Thiruvananthapuram have entered into the community transmission stage of the virus. We need to take scientific preventive measures to counter the disease in this situation. Private hospitals are also allowed to treat COVID-19 patients. Small as well as medium hospitals will be allowed to establish COVID First-Line Treatment Centres, pointed out the Chief Minister.