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Whereas Covid-19 instances spiral, Kerala will get caught in a turf battle it may well’t afford – kerala


The Kerala authorities’s choice at hand over virus contact tracing and different associated obligations to the police has angered state well being officers and opposition events alike even because the state reported 1083 new instances of coronavirus sufferers on Tuesday.

Earlier major and secondary contact tracing of Covid-19 sufferers and marking of containment zones have been carried out by well being inspectors and grassroots well being employees however now, the duty has been handed over to law enforcement officials. The federal government took the choice after a giant spurt in constructive instances. Whereas it took greater than 5 months for the state to report the primary 10,000 instances, the full variety of infections galloped previous the 27,000-mark within the final two weeks, forcing the federal government to strengthen virus management measures.

However the opposition events, the Congress and the BJP, decried the transfer, saying the federal government was making an attempt to impose a ‘police raj’ within the title of the pandemic. The Indian Medical Affiliation Kerala chapter and the federal government medical officers affiliation additionally criticized the choice. Later, the federal government made it clear that it was a joint battle towards the frequent enemy and well being officers weren’t slighted.

Kochi police commissioner Vijay Sakhre, who was made the state nodal officer, echoed the view saying all concerned within the Coved 19 containment efforts will work collectively as a single staff.

In the meantime, the state reported 1083 instances on Tuesday taking the virus tally to 27,955. Out of this, 11,450 are lively instances and 16,303 have recovered. With three extra deaths registered up to now 24 hours, the demise toll within the state has gone as much as 89. The state capital of Thiruvananthapuram remained worst-affected with one-third of the lively instances

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