Kerala paying for gross negligence during Onam: Harsh Vardhan


New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS): Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday attributed to the worsening Covid-19 situation in Kerala to the state government's "gross negligence" during the recent Onam festivities.

"The state is paying the price of its gross negligence. There were huge congregations during Onam and adequate safety measures were not taken.

"Epi(demic) curve of Kerala changed completely due to Onam festivities across the state... the daily new cases nearly doubled," he said in "Sunday Samvaad", his Sunday webinar for his social media followers.

Noting that state-wise unlocking of services, along with an increase in intra- and inter-state travel for trade and tourism, led to the spreading of Covid-19 cases across various districts of Kerala, Harsh Vardhan stressed that this ought to serve as a good lesson for all the state governments which were being negligent in planning for the festival season.

The first confirmed Covid-19 case in India was reported in Kerala on January 30. Between January 30 and May 3, Kerala reported only 499 cases and two deaths and the cases were concentrated in only a few districts. It took 203 days to breach the 50,000-mark in total Covid cases as the state managed to rein in the spread of the infection with stringent surveillance.

However, the next 50,000 were reached within the next 23 days. And on October 13, Kerala's Covid-19 tally crossed the three lakh mark.

On Saturday, 9,016 new cases of infection were reported from the state. A central team was sent to the state to examine why the situation has worsened over the past few weeks.

As per the data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the load of active Covid-19 cases in Kerala has brought into the list of six worst-affected states in the country. Kerala's TPR is highest at 17.31 per cent against the national average of 8 per cent.

 

  

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  • Indian, Sharjah

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Thank God, he forgot to blame Tabligi Jamat. Why the same party leaders are insisting to open the places of worships in Maharashtra?

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    Truth hurts for most

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    Where is the truth when he is in NDA ( No Data Available).

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    How much did it hurt you when the court gave verdict that Tablighi evet did not play a role in spreading the pandemic ? Otherwise you guys were going 'Taann' 'Taan' about it ??

    The Minister better recall Namaste Trump event that BJP let to go on, before pointing a finger at Kerala's state festival celebration.

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  • Shameer, Riyadh

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    Fortunately the number of cases in West Bengal is not high.
    The Big Boss and First Lady of India are waiting to target Mamata Banerjee.

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  • Bhavya Baliga, Udupi

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    This message is coming from a competent, highly educated, pragmatic Health Minister with a foresight for states ruled by all and sundry.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    I want to know lf this
    'competent, highly educated, pragmatic Health Minister with a foresight for states ruled by all and sundry.'
    was on the Health Minister's position in Feb., when Modi let Namaste Trump event continue despite knowing that the entire world was under the claws of Covid-19.

    Madam Baliga has a few minutes to spare so that this can be searched ?

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  • Enchina marre, Mangaluru

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    This man wants to play politricks the moment he opens his mouth...

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  • Hussain, Qatar

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    And India is paying for namaste Trump!!

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    Now this doctor Dr Harsh Vardhan has data, numbers and dates perfectly well documented because its his and his party's alien Kerala state. When he was asked in the parliament about number deaths of health care workers and patients in the country, he inhumanely replied he does not maintain all those records. We have lot of this type doctors in this forum as well. BA fail MA pass type scientists not fit to be compounders even.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    The reason behind is that, kerala didn't test initially.
    Now more testing more results.

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    But the doctor and Union minister for health Dr Harsha Vardhan has the record for Kerala he said that first confirmed case for Covid-19 in Kearala was detected in January 30 of this year. You don't have to his be legal council to defend his follies.

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  • El En Tea, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    Why your mouth was locked during the Ganesh visarjan and upcoming festival Navrathri

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