Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala has said that there should be no complete lockdown in Kerala. Ramesh Chennithala said that the lockdown will make life difficult for the people and it is doubtful whether Kerala can afford it. Chennithala added that with the results of the Assembly elections on May 2, the success of following the health protocol is enough.
‘Success is enough to follow the health protocol. Disagree with the lockdown. Everyone should cooperate by following the protocol. Lockdown can be difficult for people. Life will get in the way. It should be done where the Containment Zone is required. General lockdowns should be avoided. Sunday’s lockdown is good. A complete lockdown will affect the lives of the people. We have doubts whether Kerala can afford it. The rest is up to the government. The general opinion is that there should be no complete closure. The condition of the people must be taken into account. The lives of those who lead daily lives must be taken into account. The lives of small factories and traders should be taken into account. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with shops running until 9 p.m. ‘ Ramesh Chennithala said.
Ramesh Chennithala said that the UDF has good hopes of victory in Kerala and will form a government. The state has made changes to the discharge protocol of COVID-19 patients in case the COVID-19 situation worsens. The decision comes in the wake of increasing patient rates per day. Patients without serious illness do not need a Covid negative certificate for discharge. Those with mild symptoms may be discharged after three days. At present, the new instructions are to start the discharge only if the antigen test is negative.
Those who are discharged without examination should be monitored for 17 days. Serious cases will be re-examined on the 14th day. The new guideline focuses on critically ill patients. Non-critical patients can be transferred to a primary care centre or home.