Shashi Tharoor is member of parliament from Thiruvantpuram, the capital of State of Kerala and he is very dissatisfied with the performance of India in Corona Pandemic. His party i.e. rules Punjab where the death toll is highest. The case fatality rate, as it is known, in Punjab is over 3% approx. as against national average of 1.5% approx. The learned MP had granted his constituency Oxyzen concentrators, though the same have not been delivered till recently. See this tweet:
Precarious Finances of Kerala
Kerala is facing a record fiscal deficit following the economic crisis triggered by the Covid pandemic. As per the evaluation made for the first quarter of the current financial year, the state’s fiscal deficit stood at 112.9 per cent which comes to the tune of 10,578 crores. It also pointed out that if financial assistance from the Centre including GST compensation if not received immediately, the state could plunge into a deep financial crisis in the coming days.
Impropriety in Governance:
Kerala government was questioned about its tie-up with American company Sprinklr, over sharing data of people under observation for COVID-19. Later the two-member commission entrusted to probe the Sprinklr deal has found lapses in it. According to report says former Principal Secretary to Chief Minister M.Sivasankar showed undue haste in finalizing the deal in which the details of Covid-19 patients were transferred to Sprinklr Inc.
In July the Customs Department at the Thiruvananthapuram airport found gold concealed in a diplomatic package linked to the United Arab Emirates consulate in the state. The case involving the smuggling of 30 kg gold in Kerala was taken over by the National Investigation Agency, citing the easons that “organised smuggling operation may have serious implications for national security”. Many persons of ruling party are either undeer arrest or are persons of interest in the matter.
Corona Virus in Kerala:
Covid fatality is on the rise in Ernakulam district. The state’s total Covid death toll is well past 1200 deaths. Seventy police men in a camp in the district turned Covid positive recently. Over 5 thousand new cases are reported in the state every day. Currently 92,731 patients are undergoing treatment and 2.77 lakh people under observation in various districts.
State Health Minister K.K. Shylaja has appealed to the public to exercise maximum restraint and adhere to Covid protocols while conducting the Vidyarambham ceremony in connection with Navratri festivities. She said as far as possible pooja festivities should be confined to one’s homes or safe clusters involving one or two houses. No festivities will be allowed outside the houses in containment zones.
History of Corona in Kerala:
The State Health Minister Shylaja was hailed as some kind of miraculous administrator when the Kerala kept the death toll to just 2 fatalities between 13 January to 3rd May 2020. In this entire period from patient one rose to become just 499 cases. For a population of 360 million if was remarkable. Now this number has risen to 317929 last week and is growing around 4000 per day. What went wrong? With population of less than 2% of India, the number of cases in Kerala constitute whopping 12%.
I wonder if Shashi Tharoor went to meet Minister Shylja or to give suggestion to her or to his constituents about controlling the pandemic.
Kerala may not be most populous state but it is twice more dense. It’s population density is 859 persons per sq. Km as against the national average of 457 persons. Obviously when it opened up the lock down it was too quick and too soon and people did not maintain social distance. They assumed that problem is over.
As regards the test positivity rate it was turning out 20% positivity rate as against national average at half that number. It appears that the low fatality rate made people casual. The case fatality rate in Kerala is just 0.35% as against all India average is slightly more than 1.5%.
These low deaths are on the base of very high co-morbidity of diabetes in the population.of Kerala. In men 20% people have diabetes (national average is 11.9%) and in women 13.5%have diabetes (national average is 11.9%)
No wonder Kerala is called as God’s own country.