As the state witnessed a sudden spike in the number of Covid-19 positive cases, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has called for an emergency high-level meeting online.
According to reports, District Collectors, district police chiefs and DMOs will be taking part in the meeting. The meeting aims to discuss the further restrictions that need to be imposed to contain the spread.
The Kerala government has also decided to increase the number of tests done on a daily basis. Currently, the state records 58,245 active Covid-19 cases and 11,25,775 people have recovered from the Coronavirus. A total of 1,90,199 people are currently under observation.
Meanwhile, Kerala Agriculture Minister VS Sunil Kumar has tested Covid-19 positive for the second time. He has been admitted to the Thrissur Medical College hospital. According to reports, the minister's son Niranjan Krishna too has tested Covid-19.
On September 23, the minister had tested positive for Coronavirus for the first time. Through a Facebook post, Sunil Kumar had said that he was supposed to take the Covid-19 vaccine today, but due to severe cold and other symptoms, he tested himself and turned positive.
The minister was taking all kinds of possible precautions as he had tested positive earlier. Reportedly, he does not exhibit any major symptoms. The minister would continue to remain in the hospital till he recovers from the disease. The Agriculture minister even requested those who had come in contact with him to undergo the Covid-19 test and to go for isolation.
When the second wave of Covid-19 is more severe and the situation is getting worst, Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja confirmed that there is a shortage of Covid-19 vaccine. While interacting with a media organization, Health Minister said that the state has sought vaccines from the Centre due to shortage.
The Minister reportedly even hinted about the possibility of regional lockdown to contain further spread. She said, "A complete shutdown is impossible at this time and not only lives, but livelihood too needs to be protected." Also, the state is witnessing a shortage of vaccines amidst the mega vaccination drive.