‘Omicron effect’: Kerala witnesses slight Covid surge, govt to beef up preventive measures

Health Minister Veena George | Photo: Facebook

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala health minister Veena George on Thursday informed that the state has been witnessing a slight surge in Covid-19 cases compared to last month and in wake of this government has decided to beef up preventive measures.

Kerala recorded 765 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours and genome sequencing of the samples suggests that the surge is caused by the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus. Among the districts, Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram have reported the highest number of cases.

Meanwhile, the health minister elaborated on the measures in place and the government’s preparedness to counter any contingent situations from the surge.

The minister had a high-level meeting to have stock of the situation. Senior citizens, children, pregnant individuals and those having co-morbidities and lifestyle diseases should ensure that they are wearing masks properly, she pointed out.

Those having Covid-19 symptoms should undergo a test. Health workers should have proper safety gear and abide by proper protocol. The minister also informed that genome sequencing of samples will be enhanced.

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