Govt quarantine not terminated; home-quarantine more effective in Kerala, says health minister

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People can stay in institutional quarantine, if they have no room with attached bathroom in their house.

Health Minister KK Shailaja (Photo: ANI)

Thiruvananthapuram: Health minister K K Shailaja stated that Kerala has not abandoned institutional quarantine, but intends to home-quarantine everyone who has facilities at their houses. She added that home-quarantine has proved to be more effective in Kerala.

Many raised doubts about the effectiveness of home-quarantine in the beginning. But this method is followed in many places in the world as they realised that institutional quarantine is not practical. However, people should be made aware properly to make institutional quarantine successful, the minister said.

People can stay in institutional quarantine, if they have no room with attached bathroom in their house. No matter where they are, they have to avoid contact with others. The rate of disease transmission can be reduced if they follow the guidelines, the minister added.

Institutional quarantine is difficult when there are more number of people. Only very few people get better service when more people are quarantined. This will lead to complaints. Even this service may not be available when the number increases further, the minister clarified.

It was already expected that the number of positive cases in Kerala will increase. However, the government has to face all difficulties as the number increases and all are getting prepared for it, she said.

Though the number of patients increased again, majority of them came from abroad. The disease transmission through contact is between 10 and 15 percent. Preventing transmission through contact is our target as it will help reduce fatalities, the minister stated.

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