Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan warns of possibility of new Covid clusters after Onam

South India

As Onam comes to an end in Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said that the increased contact among people during these festive days, may result the formation of "Covid clusters" amid the coronavirus pandemic.


"The next two weeks period is crucial as we may see Onam clusters being formed in the State due to increased outdoor public activity and travel during the festival time. We can expect a hike in the Covid cases," he said.

"Even though the number of new Covid cases being reported in the State has come down in the last few days, the test positivity rate was much higher than the usual rate and this is a matter of concern”,  CM said.

The chief minister said that the recent reduction in the number of new COVID-19 cases being detected in the state could be attributable to less number of people being tested owing to the large number of public holidays which has also resulted in less samples being tested.

“The number of tests being conducted in the last few days had also come down due to reluctance of people to go in for testing during the Onam festival time and a large number of public holidays," Vijayan said.

CM further urged all residents to be vigilant and exercise all caution until a vaccine is found.

Earlier, Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja had urged Malayalees to celebrate this year's Onam with soap, mask and gap.

“Malayalees should celebrate the first Onam since the COVID-19 outbreak with care at home. Our country and cities are not free of COVID. It can spread from anyone at any time. Everyone should care while going to shops to buy things or visiting relatives houses," she had said in her face book page.

 “ ‘This Onam with soap, mask and gap'. Everyone should follow this health message. Wear masks properly, wash your hands often with soap and maintain a gap to ensure social distancing”, she added.

“Crowding at shops and markets should be avoided. Shops should have hand sanitizers or hand washing facilities. Shopkeepers should vigil to ensure social distancing. People should wash their hands with soap as soon as they return home from the shop”, she had said.

Kerala has a total of 79,625 COVID 19 cases, with 315 deaths. The active cases currently in the state is 21,516.

With inputs from Agency

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