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Covid situation in Kerala serious, cases rising, oxygen stock decreasing very rapidly: CM Pinarayi Vijayan

India Today logo India Today 05-05-2021 P S Gopikrishnan Unnithan
Pinarayi Vijayan looking at the camera

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday said the state is going through a "serious situation" as Covid-19 cases are spreading very "rapidly". The chief minister said the state's test positivity rate is not coming down and its oxygen stock is depleting.

Test positivity rate is the percentage of people who test positive for a disease out of the total number of people whose samples were collected and tested.

As per the latest bulletin on Covid-19, Kerala has a daily test positivity rate of 25.69 per cent. In other words, every fourth person whose sample was collected has tested positive for the disease.

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"Kerala is going through a serious situation with Covid-19 spreading rapidly in the state. Test positivity rate is not coming down. The situation calls for imposing more restrictions in the state," Pinarayi Vijayan said in a statement.

The chief minister said as the number of Covid-19 patients increases by the day, the need for medical oxygen in the state has also increased.

"The oxygen stock is decreasing very rapidly. In this scenario, we need the Centre's help in maintaining adequate stock of oxygen. I have requested the Prime Minister to provide 1,000 metric tonnes of imported liquefied medical oxygen to the state," Pinarayi Vijayan said.

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He demanded that Kerala should be allotted 500 metric tonnes as the first installment from the current import quota. Another 500 metric tonnes may be allotted in the next phase.

Apart from this, the chief minister announced that the state government has directed the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and Kerala Water Authority (KWA) to stop collecting pending bill arrears for two months.

He also urged banks to stop all recovery proceedings considering the prevailing situation that people are going through.

"Those who need emergency medicines and are unable to go out, can seek help from the Kerala Police to buy medicine by calling the police control room. The state police media centre will also spread awareness in social media about Covid-19 guidelines," Pinarayi Vijayan said.

On Wednesday, Kerala reported 41,953 new Covid-19 cases and 58 deaths. This was the state's highest single-day count of confirmed cases. Most of these cases were recorded in Ernakulam district (6,558).

Presently, there are 3,75,658 patients undergoing treatment.

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