Kerala may face 40,000 Covid-19 cases by August-end: Report | Thiruvananthapuram News

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With the Covid-19 case load in the state increasing manifold in the past few days, the state cabinet on Wednesday held a detailed discussion on the spread and decided to prepare treatment and quarantine facilities on a war footing. A report presented at the meeting reportedly projected at least 40,000 cases by August-end.
Former additional chief secretary Rajeev Sadanandan will be appointed as an advisor to the chief minister on Covid matters on honorary basis for three months. The former health secretary will work in close coordination with the chief secretary and health secretary. Minister K K Shailaja is learnt to have presented the report prepared by the health department at the meeting. The report has projected a huge increase in case load in all districts by August-end. She has reportedly said that there could be an exponential increase in case load in the coming weeks too.
The focus will be to contain super spread in clusters without turning into a community spread.
Those testing positive to be kept within their panchayats
The meeting called for opening more Covid first-line treatment centres at the panchayat level. The idea is to keep those testing positive for the virus within their panchayats and provide treatment to them there itself. Local bodies will be entrusted with the task of opening treatment centres.
“The cabinet had a detailed discussion on the Covid scenario and it has been decided to ensure all necessary facilities to meet the worst scenario. At present, we are witnessing super spread in clusters only. The attempt is to contain it and prevent a community spread,” chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.
The cabinet meeting noted that the clusters in coastal regions were a major worry. “We have announced triple lockdown in these regions now. There are other suggestions made for such areas, which are being considered,” Vijayan said.

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