Kerala reports COVID-19 surge in 3 districts, state Health Minister Veena George says ‘no need to worry’
With Ernakulam, Thiruvananthapuram and Kottayam in Kerala registering a rise in the coronavirus cases, the state’s Health Minister Veena George said that there was no need for concern.
Following a high-level review meeting on COVID-19, George said that although there is a slight increase in the number of infections in the state currently, the cases are only of the Omicron variant of the virus.
“The highest number of cases are in Ernakulam, Thiruvananthapuram and Kottayam districts. These districts need special attention. Those with symptoms should be tested,” she said.
The Health Minister further urged people to take precautions and vaccines.
“It is important to live with COVID-19. Everyone must wear masks. Measures should be taken to protect elderly people and bed-ridden patients. All those who have to take the second dose of COVID vaccine and precautionary dose should take it. Health workers must take the precautionary dose,” George said.
With the decrease in cases of COVID-19, many people are reluctant to take the second dose and the precautionary dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, she said and termed it dangerous.
It is estimated that COVID-19 deaths are higher among those who have not been vaccinated and those who have comorbidities, she said.
The Health Minister also directed to take special attention to infectious diseases, especially the Nipah virus and rabies.
As per the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Kerala logged 734 COVID cases in the last 24 hours, taking the active cases in the state to 6,990.
Meanwhile, the Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has written to officials of five states including Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu to closely monitor emerging clusters of CCOVID-19 cases and maintain an adequate number of tests, and send samples from infected individuals for genome sequencing.