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Kerala opposition for 500 tests per lakh people to contain Covid-19

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New Delhi: Leader of Opposition in Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala has sent a set of recommendations to the Prime Minister to contain the spread of the virus and ways of "exiting" the lockdown.

The Congress-led United Democratic Front has sent its recommendation to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a roadmap for the smooth lifting of the ongoing lockdown.

The recommendation is based on an expert committee, set up by Chennithala, under Deputy Leader of Opposition Dr M.K. Muneer.

"The committee listed down eight point exit strategy which focuses on removing the lockdown in a staggered approach at a district level with an emphasis given to hotspots to avoid further spread of virus ensuring smooth restart of the economy." said a statement from Chennithala.

The committee has recommended enhancing Covid-19 rapid testing across the country further and widening testing target to the tune of 500 tests per one lakh population.

"To prevent infection and disease control, the government has to provide PPE and infection control logistics to all health care workers and hospitals. The preparedness for any eventuality in terms of PPEs, ventilators, manpower, and training and equipping the private sector for treating corona and non-corona patients should be fast tracked," it said.

The committee has outlined a framework for proper categorization of different services to be restored after lockdown on the basis of priority. The key factors considered are the essentiality of the service and the possibility of having a social distancing during work. A step-by-step approach is necessary for each sector along with conditions that need to be considered for each sector.

The committee said that migrant labourers should be allowed to enter workforce immediately once their district is identified low of medium risk area but should go under mandatory screening and if from different places, should be quarantined.

The report has been also sentA to Chief Ministers of all states, and top Congress leaders.


 

 

 

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