38,607 Covid cases in Kerala today, Government to give priority to second dose vaccine; Announces partial lockdown from 04-09 May

38,607 Covid cases in Kerala today, Government to give priority to second dose vaccine; Announces partial lockdown from 04-09 May

Thiruvananthapuram: (new.kvartha.com 29.04.2021) 38,607 new Covid-19 cases were detected in Kerala today from 1,57,548 sample tests (Test Positivity Rate of 24.5%). 48 Covid deaths were also confirmed. The number of patients under treatment for the disease in the state has gone up to 2,84,086 even as 21,116 patients have recovered from the infection today.

Briefing the media, Chief Minister,  Pinarayi Vijayan said, “The review meeting held today decided to impose further restrictions in the State from May 4th to 9th (from Tuesday to Sunday) in addition to the weekend lockdown already in place. Existing restrictions will be strengthened. At the same time, instead of imposing a full lockdown as the last resort, people should practice self-lockdown.38,607 Covid cases in Kerala today, Government to give priority to second dose vaccine; Announces partial lockdown from 04-09 May, Thiruvananthapuram, News, Health, Kerala
Priority for second dose vaccine

The Chief Minister today informed that the state will give priority to those who are eligible for the second dose of the vaccine. “There is no need to rush to Covid vaccination centres for this. The second dose of Covi shield vaccine should be taken within 6 to 8 weeks and Covacin within 4 to 6 weeks. A list of those eligible to receive the second dose of the vaccine at each vaccination centre will be available on the Cowin portal. Accordingly, the managers of the vaccination centres will inform them with the help of Asha workers and local body members. The slot for the first dose will be allowed for online booking only after giving preference to those taking the second dose.”

It is now estimated that vaccinating the vast majority of people over the age of 60 in the first phase of the Covid outbreak has helped reduce mortality in the State. “We have been able to successfully implement early vaccination and this is the reason why the mortality rate is not rising proportionately despite the current rapid spread of the disease. This fact underscores the importance of the goal of getting the vaccine to as many people as possible” he added.

Transportation and supply of oxygen to be made easier

The Police department will make sure there are no issues with oxygen transportation. The Home Secretary and the Health Secretary are already working to ensure the availability of oxygen. The Secretary, Department of Industries has also been directed to liaise with the industry regarding the availability of oxygen. Vehicles carrying oxygen cylinders, medicines and medical equipment should be marked clearly to help police identify them to help them provide safe passage through traffic.

A committee has been set up under the Home Secretary to monitor the availability of oxygen. The oxygen module will be prepared and added to the Covid Jagratha portal. This will help in better utilisation as oxygen stock figures will be available in each district, which will be collected under the direction of the District Collectors.

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