Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on April 20 wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to release an adequate number of vaccine doses to the state. [Representative picture: Reuters]
Facing an acute shortage of COVID-19 vaccines, Kerala has shut mega vaccination centres, government primary health centres. Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, on April 20, wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to release an adequate number of vaccine doses to the state.
"The state, which had requested 50 lakh doses of vaccine to implement its vaccination plan had so far received only 5.5 lakh doses, due to which the government was forced to stop on the spot registration, affecting efforts to deal with the rapid surge," Vijayan said and urged the Centre to allot the
balance doses at the earliest.
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Thiruvananthapuram's Jimmy George Indoor Stadium, which was one of the state's largest mass vaccination centres, was forced to close on April 20 due to a lack of vaccine doses.
"This was once one of the state's largest facilities. We vaccinated as many as 3,100 people in a single day on several occasions. Due to a supply shortage over the last few days, we had to monitor vaccination by tokens. By Monday afternoon, we had run out of stock," a representative of the vaccination centre told India Today.
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In the highest single-day surge in the state since the outbreak of the pandemic, Kerala recorded 19,577 COVID-19 cases, including 66 health workers, on April 20, pushing the caseload to 12.72 lakh and active
cases to 1.18 lakh, the state government said.
The state has imposed night curfew to stem the rise in cases. Malls and cinema houses in the state will function only till 7.30 pm as part of the restrictions, which will last for two weeks.
Hotels and restaurants have been directed to restrict in house dining to the barest minimum and encourage home deliveries and takeaways, which are permitted till 9 pm.
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Essential services, including medical stores, hospitals, milk have been exempted from the curfew, which will be in force from 9 pm to 5 am.
The state-level bankers' committee has also decided to restrict banking hours from 10 am to 2 pm till April 30.
Due to the rise in cases, the iconic Thrissur Pooram will be held without public participation this week.Click here for Moneycontrol's full coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak