Kerala facing stage 3 of COVID-19 outbreak; stage 4 will be critical: CM
Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan stated that Kerala is facing the third stage of COVID-19 outbreak. He noted that according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) there are four stages of COVID-19.
“As per the guidelines of WHO, the COVID-19 transmission has four stages. In the first stage, there will be no cases. The second stage is sporadic which means people who have travel history will spread the disease. The third phase is the spread of the disease centred in some areas or regions called clusters. The fourth stage is community transmission. At present, Kerala is in the third stage. In the next stage, we are going to face community transmission,” said the Chief Minister.
“In Malappuram and Thiruvananthapuram, clusters which indicate the third phase of COVID-19 have been reported. So, we should be more vigilant to prevent community transmission which is the fourth stage,” he added.
“We prevented the Nipah outbreak after a month-long effort. We have been striving to prevent COVID-19 for the last 6 months. The number of cases is increasing around the globe day by day. It is assumed that the spread of the disease will be under control only by the end of the year,” the CM added.
Pinarayi Vijayan appealed to the public to support the health workers.
“We must consider that our health workers, who are at the forefront of the battle against COVID-19 for such a long time, are feeling the effects of working tirelessly for such a long time. At the same time, some of our citizens have become careless in following the preventive measures. Carelessness resulted in the rise of positive cases through contact. It is time to be more vigilant,” added the Chief Minister.