With the State witnessing a massive surge in Covid-19 cases, the Kerala Government Medical Officers' Association has urged the government to impose complete lockdown for two weeks amid high COVID test positivity rate in the coastal state. The COVID situation in Kerala is extremely critical with an exponential rise in COVID patients over the past week, the doctors' body wrote to the Kerala government.
Pointing out that since the state was in the grip of a severe spread of the virus, a two-week lockdown was necessary the association said in a letter to state Chief Secretary, Dr V P Joy. Studies have shown that the mutant strains were getting transmitted from person to person through the atmosphere and this results in the spread of the virus from an infected person to 100 others.
The need now is to ensure people do not move around in public places and remain in their homes, the association said. It also sought an increase in the strength of doctors and other medical staff, more domiciliary care centres and Covid First-Line Treatment Centres should be set up at the block level and tele-consultation facilities should be provided. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) had earlier suggested a week-long lockdown.