Won’t revise new COVID protocol: Health Minister

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Thiruvananthapuram: Health Minister Veena George has declared that the new COVID protocol introduced by the state government on Wednesday will not be revised. The minister asserted that there is no need to revise it as the new directives are more practical.

In the assembly, the opposition alleged that the traders are confused on the directive related to the notice which should be displayed in the shops. Responding to this allegation, the health minister declared that the COVID protocol will not be revised.

The order issued by the Chief Secretary directed that people who visit shops must carry either a COVID test negative certificate or a vaccination certificate. The order was different from the one which the health minister presented in the assembly, alleged the opposition.

MLA PC Vishnunath raised a point of order in the assembly alleging that the new COVID protocol will create problems for the people and traders.

Vishnunath stated that the Chief Secretary’s order is different than the one presented by the minister in the assembly as per rule 300. Opposition leader VD Satheesan also supported Vishnunath’s allegations.

He alleged that officials are ruling the state and asked the government how could the state implement such an order when only 42 percent of people are vaccinated. The opposition staged a walkout after the health minister refused to revise the order.

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