Thiruvananthapuram: Health minister KK Shailaja warned that even though the number of COVID – 19 cases has come down in the state, the time for total relaxation has not come. She urged people stepping out of their homes during Vishu to maintain strict social distancing. She was speaking to the media in Thiruvananthapuram.
The current trend indicates that the state’s prevention activities have yielded results. However, the rate of infection can reoccur even if there with the presence of a single virus. So caution will have to be exercised in the future days as well, the minister said.
She also said that the chances of large scale spike in the number of cases is really less. The state has been able to test persons even with the slightest symptoms. Even though there was a shortage of test kits, it has not affected the rate of testing.
Testing is done in 10 labs in the state now. The testing kits provided by the central government are not enough to carry out the tests, so the state is trying to purchase more number of kits.
The health minister credited the health workers and police intelligence department for the effective contact tracing done so far in the state. However, there is still apprehension about whether certain links were missed out. The minister also added that special COVID hospitals and more number of beds have been prepared by the state in case there is a spike in the number of diseases.
However, the state can relax only if the number of cases in other states also come down. The minister also added that relaxation in lockdown will be implemented only as per the instruction from the central government. The state cannot take this decision on its own.