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COVID-19: third phase stares in the face of the state


Thiruvananthapuram:  The state’s health department comes under heavy stress as more COVID-19 cases emerge after hopeful recovery rates.

The return of expats and other state Malayalees led to double-digit uptick each day, threatening of the third phase of the epidemic in the state.

Health officials from doctors to nurses and health inspectors to cleaning staff have been on preventive works for the past 60 days.

Alongside, police spent time on streets for enforcing social distancing.

Each day between May 1 and 13 reported only single digit cases. However, after reporting 10 cases on May 13, contact cases rose alarmingly, amid plummeting recoveries.

Social distancing is in question following loosening up of curbs on markets, and transport.

Health workers on tiring duty could adversely affect the health department.

With the onset of Monsoon, the state could face contagious flu including dengue fever, health officials warn.

The government, nonetheless, cannot shut doors against returning expats.

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