Covid-19: Heart surgery at Sree Chitra hospital in Kerala stopped as patients, staff turns positive
The hospitals in Kerala are in crisis due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the second wave of the pandemic. The heart surgery at Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology in Thiruvananthapuram halted due to the Covid-19 infection.
Seven patients who were admitted for the surgery tested Covid-19 positive. The cardiac surgery department was closed after two employees turned Covid-19 positive.
On Sunday, around 18,257 people in the state tested positive and the government has sanctioned Rs 5 crore each to the districts for implementing strong measures to contain the spread. The District Collectors were given the power to exercise measures.
On the other hand, the Covid-19 vaccine shortage continues to be acute in the state and about one lakh out of the three lakh doses were already used on Sunday. More than two lakh of vaccines are required to complete the mass vaccination drive today.
Meanwhile, the government has made RT-PCR mandatory for those travelling to Kerala from other states. Those who haven't tested will have to isolate themselves for 14 days. Those who are planning to travel to Kerala should register on the e-jagratha portal.
Those who were vaccinated too need to carry RT-PCR test results taken within 48 hours. The government instructs those who haven't yet tested needs to get tested once after reaching Kerala and should stay indoors until the results are negative.