Keep off public places in case of fever symptoms, health minister urges caution

Kerala Health Minister Veena George visits a vaccination centre for children (15-18 age group). Photo: Manoj Chemancheri

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Health Minister Veena George has advised people to avoid public places in case of fever symptoms.

Those who have a cold should sit sit at home in isolation. Those who have symptoms of fever should undergo COVID-19 tests. They should avoid contact with other people. Detailed guidelines have been issued in this regard, the minister advised.

Out of the 1,99,041 total COVID-19 patients in the state currently, only 0.3% use oxygen beds and 0.6% use the ICU facilities. There is a 2% fall in the use of ventilators in government hospitals, she pointed out.

Veena also said that a guideline on cluster management has been issued in the backdrop of the sudden increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state.

The minister said that establishments should set up an infection control team. Such teams will be given training by the Health Department.

If 10 people in an organisation are infected with the pandemic, it should be considered as the formation of a cluster. If five such clusters are formed, a serious thought should be given on closing down the organisation temporarily.

On Thursday, Kerala logged its highest-ever daily COVID-19 tally, since the outbreak of the disease in early 2020. With 46,387 reported cases, the state has surpassed its previous high of 43,529 logged on May 12, 2021.

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