the battle against novel coronavirus entering a decisive phase, the South
Indian state of Kerala has initiated an innovative ‘Break The Chain’ campaign to
contain the spread of COVID-19.
“The aim of
the two week campaign is to stop the disease spreading from one person to
another. We need to follow personal hygiene as a healthy habit and wash our
hands whenever we are in public contact. By doing so, we will be able to break
the chain of virus infection,” said Health Minister K K Shailaja.
programme involves setting up of ‘Break the Chain’ kiosk/booth at entrances of
public institutions, schools, colleges, bus-stands and railway stations among
others. The booths should have soap, lotion and sanitizers so that visitors or
public can wash their hands and then dry them using sanitizers which results in
killing of the virus, if any.
authorities called on Local Self Government institutions, residential complexes
and others to take up the massive campaign as the state aims to contain societal
spread of the virus. Ultimately, the campaign aims to make every individual stick
to hygiene practise.
So far those affected with virus infection in the state are
either those who returned from COVID-19 affected countries or people who came
in direct contact with them. The South Indian state, which so far reported 22
positive cases, have managed to avoid mass spread of the disease till now.
An analysis of the virus spread in countries like Italy, Iran
and Spain reveal that the virus outbreak got out of hand in third and fourth
weeks of first reporting of the cases. For instance in Italy, there were three
cases in first week and 152 in second week, while the numbers surged to 1036 in
third, 6362 in fourth and 21157 in fifth week there.
The total number of affected in India has touched 110 while there were two deaths so far.