Covid-19: Weekend Lockdown Continues in Kerala
Amid the spike in Covid-19 cases in Kerala, the state will continue with its night curfew and Sunday lockdowns. Only essential services were allowed in the state as police carried out strict enforcement of lockdown rules.
Earlier, on September 4, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, in a press conference after holding a meeting to review the state’s COVID-19 situation, confirmed that the state will continue with its night curfew and Sunday lockdowns.
The Chief Minister also informed that Kerala reported 29,682 new COVID-19 cases, 25,910 recoveries, and 142 deaths on Saturday. The number of active cases in the state stood at 2,50,065 while the death toll logged was 21,422.
The test positivity rate was recorded at 17.54 per cent.
Vijayan also said that the post-Onam increase in the number of COVID-19 cases was not as high as was anticipated.
Stating that Kerala is facing a severe shortage of vaccine doses in some places, Vijayan stated that as informed by the Centre, the state is scheduled to receive 9,97,570 doses on Sunday.
Vijayan said, “We are facing a severe shortage of vaccine doses in some places in the state. The Centre has informed us that we will receive 9,97,570 doses of vaccine on Sunday.” The Kerala Chief Minister stated that with COVID-19 vaccination “progressing at a great pace”, the state government is hoping to achieve herd immunity soon.
As per the World Health Organization (WHO), ‘Herd immunity’, also known as ‘population immunity’, is the indirect protection from an infectious disease that happens when a population is immune either through vaccination or immunity developed through the previous infection.
WHO supports achieving ‘herd immunity’ through vaccination, not by allowing disease to spread through any segment of the population, as this would result in unnecessary cases and deaths.