COVID-19: Kerala took the right approach, says health minister
Thiruvananthapuram: Health minister KK Shailaja stated that Kerala has taken the right approach to prevent COVID-19 infection. She noted that most of the countries have taken an approach of herd immunity in the prevention strategy. But Kerala did not follow this strategy. When compared to other countries, it has been proved that Kerala has taken the right approach in the fight against COVID-19, she added.
“Kerala did not decide to ignore the pandemic and let thousands die due to it. We tried our maximum to reduce the infection and positive cases. Hence, the health department has taken all necessary action to keep the graph of COVID-19 cases as low as possible from the first phase. In some phases, we were successful in our mission,” said the health minister.
“Sometimes, we kept the graph at the zero level and reduced the COVID deaths in the state. At some point, we have successfully controlled the spread of the virus,” she added.
But in another phase, the COVID case graph started to rise rapidly. Actually, it was expected. In this situation also, we continue to follow the same strategy to contain the virus. Now, most of the countries which have given relaxations are planning to impose strict lockdown. COVID virus spread is a serious matter of concern,” pointed out the minister.
Till date, 1,67,939 people tested COVID-19 positive. 1,14,530 people recovered from the disease. It shows that the recovery rate is not low. In Kerala, COVID patients get discharged from the hospital only after testing negative. Some people will turn negative on 10th day or 15th day. The recovery period varies from one person to another.
Meanwhile, as per the directions from the central government, asymptomatic patients are allowed to leave the hospital within 4 or 5 days. In such places, a huge number of people will be discharged at a time. But in Kerala, we are not discharging a large number of COVID-19 patients over not having symptoms, said the minister.