COVID cases likely to rise in state after LSG polls, say experts


G Sajith Kumar

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The party workers should not enter inside the house, touch or kiss any members of the family and should wear masks, keep social distancing.

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Kollam: The health experts have warned that COVID expansion is likely to increase in the state after the local body election. Though the number of patients is decreasing gradually, the pandemic may enter the second phase any time. The intensity of the same can be reduced only if the candidates and the party workers strictly follow the protocols, said Kerala Social Security Mission executive director Dr. Muhammed Asheel.

The number of patients seem to be reducing when the figures in the weeks starting from October 17 is examined. It was expected that the disease transmission rate will come down in the coming days. However, the graph is likely to rise and the return of the pandemic is expected under the present circumstances.

The return of the disease in Delhi is a warning for Kerala. Though there was a gap of 3-4 months between two phases of the disease in Europe, no such interval was noticed in Delhi. The health experts pointed out that the COVID preventive measures are not strictly followed amid the election campaign.

The party workers should not enter inside the house, touch or kiss elderly people and children of the family and should wear masks, keep social distancing. As the police officers and government officials are likely to be busy with election duty, there are high chances of people violating protocols and ending up increasing disease spread.

A total of 5,51,669 people were diagnosed with the disease in Kerala so far. 1997 of them died and 66,856 are currently undergoing treatment. Test positivity rate of this week is 9.91.

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