The Kerala model of healthcare been lauded for effective containment of COVID-19. In an interview to Preetha Nair, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan talks about his government efforts. Excerpts:
Kerala has now dropped to the fourth place ffrom having the highest number of cases. What made this possible?
Right from the beginning, we have been screening and quarantining people coming in from infected areas. Contacts of positive cases have been traced and placed under observation. As there was a steep rise in cases, Kerala went for a lockdown even before the nationwide one. We have also been testing at a rate unmatched by any other state. Now, we have moved towards rapid and mass testing, even setting up kiosks for the purpose.
Modi asked all states to chalk out an exit strategy.
Phased rollback of the lockdown seems to be the most rational approach at this stage, especially as the Centre has designated a few of our districts as hotspots. As...