IMA demands 1-week lockdown to check COVID-19

Thiruvananthapuram: Suspecting the presence of mutant variants of Covid-19 behind the surge in the number of patients, the state chapter of the Indian Medical Association demanded the government to impose a lockdown for a week.

According to it, a high test positivity rate of above 20 per cent warranted the government to take stern measures similar to curfew.

“The spread of infection can be contained by preventing people from crowding. There should be a total ban on festivities and functions. People should know that the maximum spread happens during marriages and funerals. Hence, there should be strict control over their conduct,” said a statement from IMA.

The statement came on the day when an all-party meet convened by the government decided not to impose lockdown and limit restrictions to weekend curfews.

The IMA asked the government to coordinate with private labs to increase the testing. It also asked the government to enforce strict restrictions on May 2, when the result of the assembly elections is declared, to prevent further spread.

The organisation also suggested a facility to provide medical oxygen at homes.