Number of Covid cases likely to increase in Kerala, says Veena George

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Thiruvananthapuram: Health Minister Veena George said that the number of Covid patients in the state will increase further. The minister also said that the number of patients will be double or more than what is reported now. The minister told the assembly that if the third wave occurs even before the vaccination process is cimpleted then the situation could turn worse.

The minister was responding to an adjournment motion notice filed by the opposition seeking to discuss the unscientific nature of the Covid protocols.

MLA K Babu, who issued the adjournment notice, said that the state government has imposed restrictions that make it difficult for the people and traders of Kerala. The idea of restriction is the use of police in the name of Covid to impose fines on the people, he added.

The speaker said the issue had been discussed for the past two days and therefore no extra time could be allowed. The minister also reiterated that the Covid restrictions in the state cannot be extended forever. The minister also said there is no need to review this. She also stated that the police had to intervene when people violate regulations in such a way to spread the disease.

Meanwhile, opposition leader V D Satheesan said that there is doubt over who is giving the right information, whether the minister or the chief secretary. The Leader of the Opposition also criticized the government for being weak. He also stressed that the health experts have already criticized the restrictions terming it as not being viable and unscientific. The opposition staged a walkout after a request for the adjournment motion was dismissed by the speaker.

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