Kerala health minister blames political parties for surge in COVID cases

    Pinarayi Vijayan and Shailaja Teacher (File Pic)

    Health Minister K K Shailaja stated that the COVID cases in the state increased as the safety protocol was not followed properly. However, the death toll could be decreased a lot, she added.

    We took precautions in view of the large number of people returning from other states and abroad. This move proved to be effective. However, when the lockdown was withdrawn, the people violated the safety protocol and crowded, the minister said.

    About 80 percent of people followed the rules. Meanwhile, many events including strikes of political parties were held. While shouting slogans, chances are high for the spread the virus through saliva. But, we were able to fight the disease as precautions were taken, the minister added.

    The major target was to reduce the death toll. When positive cases increases, death toll also rises. We managed change this through collective effort. The death rate in Kerala is 0.34 percent while it is over 1 percent in other states. Test positivity rate was increased as the number of clusters increased, the minister stated.