October 20, 2020 9:20:31 am
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday mentioned Union well being minister Harsh Vardhan’s current feedback on rising coronavirus instances in Kerala shouldn’t be taken as a criticism of the state authorities’s COVID-19 administration.
With Kerala witnessing a spurt in infections just lately, Vardhan mentioned the state was “paying the worth for gross negligence” throughout Onam festivities when unlocking of providers together with a rise in journey for commerce and tourism led to the unfold of COVID-19.
However, Vijayan blamed an “irresponsible opposition” for the rising instances.
“The current feedback by the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Harsh Vardhan shouldn’t be taken as a criticism of the efforts of the state in Covid administration,” Vijayan mentioned.
The chief minister mentioned the COVID-19 state of affairs within the state was below management throughout and after the Onam festive season as a strict vigil was enforced.
“Our COVID preventive measures had been successful however the large protests throughout the state by an irresponsible opposition derailed the efforts of the federal government,” Vijayan mentioned.
He mentioned Kerala was the primary place within the nation to develop a COVID-19 protocol whereas social distancing and public consciousness campaigns had been began within the state earlier than wherever else.
He added that Kerala was first within the nation to implement a statewide lockdown. “The state was profitable in containing the variety of deaths on account of COVID-19. The authorities’s efforts had been to delay the outbreak of the pandemic from peaking and it used the time gained within the course of to strengthen the medical and well being infrastructure amenities,” Vijayan mentioned.
He mentioned the COVID-19-related dying fee in Kerala was low as the federal government had utilized a scientific method in the direction of lowering mortality amongst coronavirus sufferers.
From a 0.77 per cent mortality fee in May, the decline was gradual because it got here right down to 0.28 per cent in October (until date), the chief minister mentioned, including that, it’s a proud achievement that the state authorities was in a position to convey down the mortality fee even at this stage when the numbers of latest instances had been excessive.
“This is the rationale why our well being sector has obtained a number of accolades at a world degree,” Vijayan mentioned.
Kerala on Monday recorded 5,022 new COVID-19 instances, together with 59 well being staff, pushing the an infection depend to this point to three,33,881 whereas the toll mounted to 1,182 with 21 fatalities.
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