Lessons Maharashtra can learn from Kerala to combat Covid - 19
With the inception of Covid-19 cases in India, Maharashtra and Kerala both had the same number of positive corona cases, 122 and 120, respectively. But with strict restrictions and awareness, Kerala has been successful in flattening its curve by securing a lower rank in the number of cases. However, Maharashtra is crossing 65,000 cases whereas Kerala’s current Covid-19 count is still 1,208 with only 9 deaths overall. Strategies undertook Kerala in the past years has had an experience of disasters, whether it is 2018 floods or 2015 Ebola virus. So, now when a virus-like Covid-19 hit the Indian soil, it was quite easy for the state authorities to deal with the crisis. In terms of conducting tests and laboratories, Kerala has conducted 401 tests per million. But Maharashtra has carried out 298 tests per million. These comparisons clearly reflect how Kerala has succeeded in capturing the coronavirus. Hence, the fact that Maharashtra has the highest fatality rate in the country is not totally unpredictable. While Kerala’s average population density is 859 per sq km and Mumbai is 27,411 per sq km. Hence, the comparison between two vastly different states is entirely inappropriate, if compared. Therefore, the inequality in the distribution of space in these localities has to be taken into consideration. Contagion virus-like Covid-19 is impossible to restrict in the overcrowded areas of Mumbai and the strategies have to be different. Spread of virus in states On the other hand, the virus in Kerala to some extent has been visible in its early stage which helped in blocking the spread of the virus. Moreover, the movement of the virus in Kerala hasn’t been so dynamic as compared to other states like Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. This is one of the reasons for the state like Kerala to have a triumphant result over the deadly virus. Overall in a city like Mumbai, a Kerala model is impossible. However, Kerala has come forward to aid Mumbai in the form of doctors and healthcare workers. A team of 16 doctors from Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram will be supporting Mumbai’s Seven Hills Hospital, followed by 100 more doctors and nurses who have volunteered to help in the crisis. A state like Kerala has come out like a phoenix wherein the best practices implemented by the state can be learnt and followed by others as well.
Sources: WHO, CDC, ECDC, NHC of the PRC, JHU CSSE, DXY, QQ, and various international media
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|Jammu and Kashmir||9,501||5,695||154|
|Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu||456||205||1|
|Andaman and Nicobar Islands||156||83||0|
* Cases identified on a cruise ship currently in Japanese territorial waters.