Quarantine not mandatory for all who come into contact with COVID-19 patients: Health minister

Kerala Health Minister Veena George.

Thiruvananthapuram: Health minister Veena George has informed that the health department has taken a different strategy to contain the third wave of COVID-19 in the state.

Compulsory quarantine is no more mandatory for all those who came into contact with COVID-19 patients. Only caregivers who assist the patients need to observe quarantine, said the minister.

Though the Omicron variant is spreading fast, it is not severe compared to the Delta variant. Hence, the number of hospital admissions is not increasing in the state. Only 13 per cent of ventilators are used in the hospitals, said the minister.

Till date, 70 per cent of children in the age group of 15-17 are vaccinated. 100 per cent of the adult population received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and over 84 per cent of people took the second jab. So far, 5,05,291 people received the booster dose, informed the health minister.

Meanwhile, the minister urged the public to visit hospitals only for emergencies and make maximum use of teleconsultation services.

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