Kerala Health Minister Veena George has urged utmost caution to reduce the danger of COVID-19 infection as the state experienced heavy crowding during pre-Onam shopping. On the 24th of August, the state’s offices and institutions reopened following Onam, Kerala’s largest festival. According to the minister, the next four weeks are critical for the state.
“Onam was celebrated during the COVID-19 period. Lockdown isn’t always an option. The administration is attempting to preserve both life and livelihood. As a result, the restrictions on shops and business establishments were relaxed, with orders to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 procedure. While some people followed it, there was a lot of crowding in a few spots “On Monday, August 24, the minister stated on Facebook.
Onam festivities in the state began on August 21 and finished on August 24. Almost all shopping malls and market areas in the state were crowded as people rushed to make pre-Onam purchases. According to the minister, several locations confront the threat of the extremely contagious Delta form, as well as the potential of a third wave. “As a result, the utmost caution should be exercised when workplaces and companies reopen following the Onam holidays,” she advised.
Kerala is continuing to report a high number of COVID-19 cases. On August 24, the state registered 13,383 new cases, with a test positivity rate of 15.63 percent.
“The Health Department has begun preparations for a potential third wave. From the taluk level, Intensive Care Units and oxygen beds are being set up in hospitals. The number of ventilators has also grown. District and general hospitals’ intensive care units (ICUs) will be linked to medical college hospitals. As the potential third wave would primarily affect children, pediatric treatment facilities have expanded, according to the ministry. There are 490 oxygen beds, 158 High Dependency Unit beds, and 96 ICU beds available for children.
The Health Department has convened an emergency meeting on August 25 to assess the situation.