The ACJ Wrap: Covid-19 in Kerala

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan | Photo credit: The Economic Times

The state of Kerala on 8th February during the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

 While India saw daily Covid-19 cases dip to 67,597, an increase in the death toll was seen. Of the 1,188 deaths reported, 733 were from Kerala. The state owes this to the process of reconciling data on Covid-19 deaths.

Earlier, states were asked to make sure that all backlog deaths were reconciled and accordingly updated to the revised guidelines for identifying a Covid-19 death. These guidelines had come from the Centre on the directions of the Supreme court.

A total of Rs.904.96 crores has been spent in Kerala by the state and central government for Covid treatment. Almost half of the funds were utilised for giving salary to health workers who had been working temporarily during the pandemic.

The details of major expenses in the state such as medicines, PPE kits, diagnosis and awareness have been reported here.

The Covid-19 review committee of the state is meeting today. The Hindu reported that the committee will have a take on relaxing stringent restrictions that are already in place, only depending on the recent transmission trends.

As part of the lockdown restrictions, the state had categorises 14 districts into categories A,B,C depending on the spread of the disease and the number of cases at the hospital.

The state had also issued some guidelines for international travel — only those showing coronavirus symptoms among international travellers and those travelling from Omicron-hit countries will be tested. However, it also added about 2% of international travellers will be randomly tested.

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It might be a relief to those living in Kerala that the state is seeing a dip in everyday Covid-19 cases. As on Monday, the State had recorded 22,524 cases.

Interestingly, the state with the highest literacy rate in the country had little to stop educating its people even with the threat of the virus. Teachers from a school in the Pathanamthitta district took education to the doorsteps of tribal children. Five teachers visit the tribal hamlet and teach the children for two hours.

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