COVID cases may cross 10K mark, Kerala to open more CFLTCs
Thiruvananthapuram: The state health department has expressed concern in the increasing number of COVID patients and fear that it will cross 10,000 in Kerala. In view of the surging COVID cases, the health department will open more COVID First Line Treatment Centres (CFLTCs) in respective regions. Most of the CFLTCs were closed following the fall in number of COVID patients.
A team of district collectors will hold talks and take a final decision regarding this.
Apart from increasing the treatment facility in hospitals, medical colleges will be equipped with facilities to treat patients in critical condition.
COVID patients who have no health issues will be allowed to continue treatment at home. Only those who have proper facility for quarantine will be permitted to continue at home.
Crushing the Curve
With a fresh surge in Covid cases expected in Kerala, state Health Minister K.K.Shailaja on Friday held a high-level meeting with top officials where it was decided to embark on a mass vaccination drive, named "Crushing the curve".
"At the moment, there is no shortage of vaccines and in a matter of one month, we plan to vaccinate maximum number of people in the age group 45 to 60. For that, we will approach the Centre for supply of more vaccines," said Shailaja, who chaired her first meeting of officials after the April 6 Assembly polls.
Kerala has reported 5,063 new COVID-19 cases, 2,475 recoveries and 22 deaths in last 24 hours, the state health department informed on Friday.
There are 36,185 active cases of COVID-19 in the state.
(with added inputs from agencies)