Don’t turn COVID-19 community transmission into a matter of dispute: Pinarayi Vijayan
Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that there was no need to turn community transmission of coronavirus into a matter of dispute. He was speaking to the media about the COVID-19 situation in the state through social media.
Whenever there is a chance for more people getting infected by COVID-19, the government is trying to increase testing and improve health facilities, the CM said.
The super spread of COVID-19 in some areas must be considered as the first step to community transmission. That is why cluster based examinations are being held and it will be increased further.
The government has already set up two COVID-19 centres in each district to treat critical patients and primary treatment centres for other cases. If the number of cases increases drastically, the government has plans A, B and C to ensure treatment in cooperation with the private sector.
Major cities have surrendered to the pandemic
The Chief Minister said that all major cities in the country have surrendered to the coronavirus pandemic.
Even Bengaluru, which put up a fight initially, has lost its footing now. The Karnataka city reported 1,373 cases the other day. So far, there have been 13,882 patients and 177 deaths in that city, the CM said.
The situation in Chennai is even worse. 73,728 cases have been reported from there. We must remember that these cities reported COVID-19 cases after Kerala.
In these cities, a cluster developed based in an area. It led to multiple clusters and subsequently resulted in community transmission. The super spread identified in Kerala is similar to this. Carelessness could lead to spread of the virus. In a state like Kerala, where population density is very high, the virus will spread quickly. We must understand that we are facing a great danger, the CM said.
When the nationwide lockdown was declared on March 24, India had reported 519 coronavirus cases and 9 deaths. But now, there are 7,93,802 cases and 21,604 casualties. These statistics show the depth of the problem that we are facing.
When the coronavirus is at its peak, we must be ready to build the strongest defence we can muster. None shall move ahead with activities which would weaken the preventive activities, the CM reminded.