THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Sunday marked the end of the state government’s four-day nighttime curfew on December 30 due to the increase in Omicron cases. However, the day also saw Kerala’s Omicron count cross the 150 mark as 45 more people tested positive for the highly contagious COVID variant.
Now all eyes are on the COVID review meeting which will be chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan this week, as she will take a call to enforce new restrictions. Newly detected Omicron cases were from Ernakulam (16), Thiruvananthapuram (9), Thrissur (6), Pathanamthitta (5), Alappuzha (3), Kozhikode (3), Malappuram (2) and Wayanad (1). Of these, nine were from high-risk countries and 32 from other countries, while four were locally infected.
In light of the increase in Omicron cases, Health Minister Veena George has urged people to maintain extreme vigilance, wear an N95 mask in public, and not lower it while speaking. The curfew from December 30 to January 2 restricted the movement of people between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Reinfection leaves longer lasting problems
Reinfection with COVID leaves some patients cured with long-lasting health problems. Doctors say that although there is no specific pattern seen in the infection, cases requiring hospitalization have declined among those vaccinated.