Kerala Corona Update : Kerala faces serious situation, COVID spreads rapidly, Vijayan

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Thiruvananthapuram, May 5 : Kerala is going through a very serious situation and the Covid is spreading rapidly, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said here on Wednesday.

Addressing a press conference, the CM said “All figures are increasing and the test positivity rate is not reducing either. In these circumstances, we need to strengthen the restrictions. As the number of Covid patients increases by the day, the need for oxygen has also increased.”

As the Oxygen stock is decreasing very rapidly, we need the Centre’s help in maintaining adequate stock of oxygen. I have requested the Prime Minister to provide 1,000 MT of imported liquefied medical oxygen to the State,” he added.

“Kerala should be allotted 500 MT as the first instalment from the current import quota. Another 500 MT may be allotted in the next phase. Consideration may also be given to allocating 500 MT from any steel plant near Kerala,” he said.

In view of the increasing number of Covid patients, Kerala should be provided with as many oxygen tankers, PSA plants, oxygen concentrators and ventilators as possible on a high priority basis, he said.

He also wrote to the PM that the state should be allotted 50 lakh doses of Covishield vaccine and 25 lakh doses of Covaxin.

The Centre should take into account the number of people waiting for the second dose and those who have registered for the first dose while allocating vaccines to the States. He also assured the Prime Minister that Kerala would be at the forefront of the fight against the Covid pandemic collaborating with the Central Government.


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