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On Sunday, October 18, the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan, while addressing his media interactors in the sixth episode of “Sunday Samvaad” highlighted the spike of Coronavirus cases in Kerala. 

Stating that Kerala has displayed sheer ignorance towards the Covid-19 guidelines during the Onam festival, the union minister asserted, “Kerala is paying the price for gross negligence during recent Onam festivities when state-wise unlocking of services with an increase in inter and intrastate travel for trade and tourism led to the spreading of COVID-19 cases. The epi curve of Kerala changed completely… daily new cases nearly doubled.”

According to the data, the Southern State has witnessed an increase of nearly 1.35 lakh in the month of October. Kerala’s case count has touched the count of 9,016 thereby taking the total active cases to a mark of 3,32,228 along with 26 deaths, as of today.

The statement comes ahead of the Hindu festivities season which includes pan-India festivals like Diwali, Durga Puja, and Dussehra. Warning the populace to avoid crowded social gatherings, Harsh Vardhan further urged the masses to stay indoors so as to prevent a similar heightened spike in other states like Kerala. He added, there is “evidence large gatherings can cause rapid spread (of the virus).”

Through his weekly program, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan extended his wishes to the people of India on the occasion of Navratri. Furthermore, he also apprised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his newly launched “Jan Andolan” campaign and encouraged the people of India to follow the Covid Appropriate Behavior. 

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