Adopt Kerala model to combat COVID-19: Siddaramaiah



Leader of Opposition in the Karnataka Assembly and former chief minister Siddaramaiah on Friday, lashed out at the Karnataka Government through a series of tweets, for their inefficiency in handling the crisis.

Taking to Twitter, the Congress leader pointed out that out of all the southern states, Karnataka has conducted the least amount of tests.

The number of tests being conducted in our state is much lesser than in states like Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Maharashtra. There is an urgent need to increase the number of tests in the state, Siddaramaiah wrote.

Stressing on the need to adopt the Kerala model in the state, he pointed out in a tweet that the number of foreign-returned people was very high in Kerala and despite this, the state went on a war-footing to tackle the spread of the infection.

"Today, the number of infected persons in Kerala has come down drastically, while in Karnataka, the number of positive cases is increasing. This needs to be studied," he said in one of the tweets.

He added that the government should have taken the necessary steps immediately after the first few cases were reported in the state. "Even we had made certain recommendations to the government, but they kept procrastinating, that is why we have reached this situation today," he charged.

Commenting on the Mysuru pharma company Jubilant, many employees of which have contracted the disease, Siddaramaiah pointed out that it was said that the source of the infection was a container that came from China. "If the quarantine measures were taken up in an efficient manner, even the Jubilant issue would not have been a serious one," he added.

Siddaramaiah also informed that he had met with the authorities of various government departments to gather information about the steps being taken by the state government with regard to the COVID-19 crisis earlier in the day.

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