Union Health minister Mandaviya is visiting Kerala: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya arrived in Kerala almost two weeks after talking to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan about the rising coronavirus cases in the state.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will visit Kerala on Monday to review the situation of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the state, which has reported an increase in infections. Mandavia arrived in Kerala almost two weeks after talking to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan about the growing coronavirus cases in the state. The Union Health Minister also wrote a letter to Vijayan seeking the cooperation of the state government in the management of the epidemic, urging him to take more active measures to control the spread of the virus.
About 3.67 million cases and 18,601 deaths have been reported in Kerala so far due to Covid-19. On Sunday, another 18,582 new cases were reported in the state, but 102 patients died of Covid-19. Nearly 21,000 patients were discharged Sunday, according to the Health Ministry bulletin, bringing the total number of recoveries to 3,492,367, with 178,630 active cases. On Sunday 122,970 samples were tested for Covid-19 and the test positive rate (TPR) was 15.11 percent.
According to the number of infections on Sunday, more than 2,000 cases were reported in four districts – Malappuram, Thrissur, Kozhikode, and Ernakulam. The bulletin showed that over 499,000 patients were being monitored in several districts of Kerala and 27,636 of them were in hospitals and the remaining 471,395 patients were under home or institutional custody.
Despite Kerala having more than 50 percent of the latest cases in India, state health minister Veena George said on Saturday that the epidemic situation was not in a state of panic and the government was taking all measures to control the spread of Covid-19. “We have asked for more vaccines. Although there are more cases than last week, the number of hospitals and ICU occupancy is significantly lower,” Veena told ANI.
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According to a visit plan shared by the Union Ministry of Health, Mansukh will meet Mandavia Vijayan and George. He will be accompanied by other officials from the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Ministry of Health, sources told ANI on Saturday.
Union Health Minister Mandavya is also likely to visit Assam on Tuesday to review the epidemic situation and hold a review meeting in Guwahati.